Brian Eno Albums Ranked By Most Collected, Wanted, And Expensive

For the past five decades, Brian Eno has been a legendary presence in the music world through his groundbreaking solo projects and work as a producer of numerous iconic albums. Collaborating with legends such as David Byrne, Bowie (during the brilliant Berlin years), 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 an ability to grasp trends well before their time. An artist with no limits, his video and visual works have received wide critical acclaim and the music he has produced for public installations reveal a deep care for art of all kinds.

 

As a tribute to Brian Eno, we look at how the Discogs community interacts with his music. Known for extensive liner notes, inspiring album covers and thoughtful packaging, Brian Eno’s many physical releases provide rich experiences that are hard to replicate in digital formats. Dive into the most collected, most wanted, and most expensive Brian Eno albums.

Most Collected Brian Eno Albums

Here Come The Warm Jets

Released: 1973

Collected: 17,889

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.

Another Green World

Released: 1975

Collected: 17,787

Before And After Science

Released: 1977

Collected: 15,969

Ambient 1 (Music For Airports)

Released: 1978

Collected: 15,238

Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

Released: 1974

Collected: 13,880

Music For Films

Released: 1976

Collected: 9,984

Ambient 4 (On Land)

Released: 1982

Collected: 9,039

Discreet Music

Released: 1975

Collected: 9,002

The Ship

Released: 2016

Collected: 2,586

Lux

Released: 2012

Collected: 2,410

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 missing people watching in airports.

 

Another Green World

Wanted: 1,951

Vinyl. First Pressing Blue-rim Island label. Black Island inner sleeve.

Ambient 1 (Music For Airports)

Wanted: 1,920

Vinyl. First Pressing. Original first release with printed inner sleeve.

Here Come The Warm Jets

Wanted: 1,774

Vinyl. First Pressing.

Discreet Music

Wanted: 1,147

Vinyl. First press with grey labels.

Before And After Science

Wanted: 1,113

Vinyl. First UK press.

Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

Wanted: 1,052

Vinyl. Gatefold. First Pressing.

Ambient 1 (Music For Airports)

Wanted: 1,039

Vinyl. First US Pressing.

Ambient 4 (On Land)

Wanted: 1,000

Vinyl. First US press.

Ambient 1 (Music For Airports)

Wanted: 943

Vinyl. 1982 US Reissue.

Ambient 1 (Music For Airports)

Wanted: 917

Vinyl. US.

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 music. 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 Discogs. 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.

 

U2 ‎– Zooropa

Highest Sale Price: $1,079.13

A true anomaly. A CD promo released in a cardboard slip sleeve. Only 6 users have added it to their Discogs collection worldwide.

U2 ‎– Numb

Highest Sale Price: $850

Another promo, this one on a 7” vinyl out of Mexico. Less than 10 copies are in Discogs collections.

U2 – The Joshua Tree

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.

U2 – Mysterious Ways, Single

Highest Sale Price: $720

Brazilian CD Promo. Someone nabbed this for $30 in 2011. Ever since, the only copies have sold for more than $700 on Discogs.

George Michael ‎– Songs From The Last Century

Highest Sale Price: $711.15

Unofficial release, last sold in April 2020 for more than $700. Eno is listed as a co-writer on “Miss Sarajevo.”

David Bowie ‎– “All Saints” Instrumental Christmas ’93, CD

Highest Sale Price: $670.73

Bowie self-released pressing estimated to be limited to between 150 – 200 copies. Brian Eno wrote many of the songs on this release.

U2 – Joshua Tree Box Set

Highest Sale Price: $642.09

5 7″ singles. A very rare mispressing exists.

U2 – Joshua Tree Box Set

Highest Sale Price: $633.18

A massive CD boxset with the lucrative obi strip.

Grace Jones – Hurricane

Highest Sale Price: $609.74

Two 200-gram vinyl records, released on vinyl for the very first time.

Brian Eno – Music For Installations

Highest Sale Price: $561.14

Prices have come down significantly since this sold for €520 in 2018.


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Steven Williams
Steven is a Discogs employee and indie radio host residing in Portland, OR. Formerly a member of P.H.C., a found-object free jazz collective, he now spends his spare time learning bluegrass tunes on the mandolin.
2 Comments
  • May 17,2020 at 14:56

    Look at my pseudonym and you’ll know what man I love.

  • mjb
    May 16,2020 at 21:59

    Brian Eno seated in chair – Photo credit: Jill Greenberg.

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