Brian Eno - 2: Vocal
3 x CD, Compilation, Box Set, UK, 1993
This is a very good compilation of Eno’s vocal recordings in one package. The essential aspect of the box set are the singles that never made it onto the official albums released by Eno. “Seven Deadly Finns” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” are important early Eno recordings. As well as the record he made with Snatch “R.A.F. The rest of the songs are pretty much available on his other albums, but I think the key thing here is the packaging. One who is a fan will want the box set of his vocals as well as the Instrumentals package. It is sort of like owning and controlling the yin & yang. So this, basically is a great present for the one who doesn’t have Eno’s recordings. But I think for the hardcore fan, they would be happy to have the original albums as well as trying to locate the 45 singles.
If one is on a strict budget, I would settle for the instrumental set, because I think there is a great deal of unreleased or hard-to-find tracks in that package. The Vocal box set is not that obscure with respect to finding the original albums and recordings.
Also keep in mind that at first look one would presume that his package would represent the entire early albums, but this is not the case. Getting the original albums are much more of a desire, because those albums are nearly perfect. Including the sequencing of the songs, which flows beautifully as an album.
So in the nutshell, good gift item for the person who needs to hear Eno, but for the fan, I would settle for the original albums.