For the past five decades, Brian Eno has been a persistent force in music through his groundbreaking solo releases and behind the scenes work as a producer of numerous iconic albums. Collaborating with legends such as David Byrne, Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Grace Jones, even Bono, he has cultivated a catalog of excellence that will no doubt stand the test of time. Without Eno, we might not have such a well-defined Ambient music style, for it was him who coined the term and released the fantastic Ambient series. Forever a pioneer of pushing musical boundaries, his embrace of synthesizers in the 70’s showed his ability to grasp trends well before their time. An artist with no limits, his video and visual works have received wide critical praise and the music he produces for art installations reveal his deep care for Art of all kinds.
As a tribute to Brian Eno, and on the heels of a solid reissue of four of his albums, we look at how members of the Discogs community interact with his physical releases. Known for extensive liner notes, inspiring album covers, and thoughtful packaging, Brian Eno’s many physical releases provide a rich experience that is hard to replicate in digital formats. Dive into the most collected, most wanted, and most expensive Brian Eno albums.
Most Collected Brian Eno Albums
It’s little wonder that Brian Eno’s seminal Here Come The Warm Jets landed the #1 spot in his most collected albums list. It’s his debut solo album, coming off a synthesizer stint with Glam Rock outfit Roxy Music. Credited as just Eno, he enlisted 16 different musicians to play on the album, including all but the vocalist of Roxy Music. He famously directed these disparate musicians through dancing and movement cues to help shape their sound. A truly unique album is the result, one that keeps some of the style of Roxy Music, but breaks into unexplored territory.
Most Wanted Brian Eno Releases
First pressings dominate the most wanted individual releases in Brian Eno’s catalog. Music For Airports shows up no less than 4 times in the top-10 list and is a worth revisit for those of you planning on some holiday air travel.
Vinyl. First Pressing. Original first release with printed inner sleeve.
Vinyl. First Pressing Blue-rim Island label. Black Island inner sleeve.
Vinyl. First Pressing.
Vinyl. First US Pressing.
Vinyl. First press with grey labels.
Vinyl. First US press.
Vinyl. First UK press.
Vinyl. 1982 US Reissue.
Vinyl. Gatefold. First Pressing.
Most Expensive Brian Eno Releases
To mix things up a bit, I’m taking what I call the Midas-touch approach to the most expensive Brian Eno items sold on Discogs. Instead of looking at just his solo work, I wanted to dig deeper – seeing what works he has either played in, wrote, or produced that have sold for high amounts on the site. This has led to some interesting insights, such as the amount of exceedingly expensive U2 items sold. I want to give an honory mention to his work creating the Windows ’95 startup sound as well. The operating system, at a cost of around $350 in today’s dollars, just missed landing on this list, but is perhaps his most listened-to composition.
Highest Sale Price: $750
A Bolivian release with label titles in both Spanish and English. Only copy of Joshua Tree pressed by the German Ariola label. Six of these have sold for more than $500 on Discogs.
Highest Sale Price: $700
Brazilian CD Promo.
Highest Sale Price: $668.54
5 7″ singles. A very rare mispressing exists.
Highest Sale Price: $584.26
6 CD Numbered Box Set plus a 64-page full-color book.
Highest Sale Price: $576.92
Two 200-gram vinyl records, released on vinyl for the very first time.
Highest Sale Price: $574.16
Limited to 500 copies worldwide. Multi-format; Red vinyl, 2 x CD, 4GB USB. Signed and numbered by Peter Gabriel.
Highest Sale Price: $561.80
Another Mysterious Ways CD single. This one, released in France, has a wrong title mix listed on the back cardsleeve, but is correct on the CD. Just two have been sold on Discogs, both in early 2018.
Highest Sale Price: $556.18
Bowie self-released pressing estimated to be limited to between 150 – 200 copies. Brian Eno wrote many of the songs on this release.
Highest Sale Price: $512.82
Rare Venezulean pressing.
Highest Sale Price: $505.62
Limited edition avaible for the first day only through Australian Virgin Megastore. Set of “Zooropa” CD + “Mysterious Ways” Maxi CD.