deluxe 2017 reissue -Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), originally released by Island Records in 1974, picks up where Here Come The
Warm Jets left off the prior year. On August 4, 2017 Astralwerks will release a limited edition deluxe of the original
album, now split over two 180-gram LPs playing at 45rpm housed within expanded gatefold sleeve packaging, and
lovingly mastered in the highest resolution, and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios,
unearthing revelatory detail for the first time.
Continuing the twisted pop explorations of Here Come the Warm Jets, Eno's sophomore album, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), is more subdued and cerebral, and a bit darker when he does cut loose, but it's no less thrilling once the music reveals itself. It's a loose concept album -- often inscrutable, but still playful -- about espionage, the Chinese Communist revolution, and dream associations, with the more stream-of-consciousness lyrics beginning to resemble the sorts of random connections made in dream states. Eno's richly layered arrangements juxtapose very different treated sounds, yet they blend and flow together perfectly, hinting at the directions his work would soon take with the seamless sound paintings of Another Green World. Although not quite as enthusiastic as Here Come the Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain is made accessible through Eno's mastery of pop song structure, a form he would soon transcend and largely discard.
|A1||Burning Airlines Give You So Much More|
|A2||Back In Judy's Jungle|
|A3||The Fat Lady Of Limbourg|
|B1||Mother Whale Eyeless||6:00|
|B2||The Great Pretender|
|C2||Put A Straw Under Baby|
|C3||The True Wheel|
|D1||China My China|
|D2||Taking Tiger Mountain|