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Fripp & Eno


Progressive Electronic

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Easy Livin
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1 stars No music either

"No pussyfooting" contains of just two tracks, one on each side of an LP. The music consists of just guitar and keyboards, with no other musicians being involved in the performances. The music is however manipulated through post recording techniques such as the use of tape loops. It should of course be borne in mind that as these recordings date from the early 1970's, they pre-date sampling, midis, processors etc.; tape loops in this case really does mean recording tapes jointed together to form loops!

There's very little music here as such, this is an avant-garde piece of self indulgence which is totally improvised. Anyone hearing this without knowing hwo it is by could be forgiven for thinking it was recordedby a group of spotty teenagers armed with a guitar and a keyboard who spent a bit time on a tape deck after recording their efforts. The problem is though, that pretty much sums up what this is. Robert Fripp is undoubtedly a competent guitarist, but his efforts are lost in sea of repetitious mumbo jumbo which goes absolutely nowhere.

The two pieces which make up the album were recorded almost a year apart in 1972 and 1973. It would be difficult however to justify the delay in terms of writers block since, on the face of it, little if any premeditation went into either track.

While I would not list ambient electronic music as my chosen genre, there is much of it which I enjoy. The sounds, which are often more important than the music when it comes to this unique genre, can often be pleasant and relaxing. I cannot though find anything here other than noise of the sake of noise.

Both Robert and Brian have shown themselves to be accomplished in their chosen fields. It seems to me though that any success and recognition enjoyed by this release is purely on the strength of their reputations, not on the contents herein.

Easy Livin | 1/5 |


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