Laid Wah Wah (4CD Super Deluxe Set)
Following the success of their Seven album, Andy Diagram left James to pursue other musical interests, taking the distinctive trumpet sound of that album with him. James’ next tour, an acoustic romp through the USA with Neil Young, had a profound influence on the development of their sound; playing acoustically focusing the band on producing a more simple "stripped and naked" sound.
The other distinctive factor in the sound of their next album, Laid, was the appointment of Brian Eno as producer. Where Seven sounded like a band striving for perfection, "Brian encouraged us to improvise, encouraged us to use takes where we didn't know what we were doing. He made us realise that this imperfection was a good thing."