For All Mankind

The top three albums by Brain Eno are, in this order, Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978), Discreet Music (1975), and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (1983). Two of the three most beautiful tracks on Apollo, "Always Returning" and "An Ending (Ascent)," dominate the soundtrack of the 1989 documentary For All Mankind, which was initially called Apollo and concerns the space mission that took two humans to the moon. Those who, like me, know Eno's albums even better than the back of their hand, will be surprised that the 80-minute documentary, directed by Al Reinert, does not follow Apollo's very clear track list. For example, one expected the album's penultimate track, the majestically ethereal "Always Returning," to score the Apollo mission's return to Earth. All that said, For All Mankind is still worth watching because it is as close as we will ever get to the amazing film that's depicted on Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. by Stranger Senior Staff Writer Charles Mudede
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