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Fripp And Eno - (No Pussyfooting) CD (album) cover

(NO PUSSYFOOTING)

Fripp And Eno

 

Progressive Electronic

3.46 | 84 ratings

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Slartibartfast
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4 stars Pussyfoot: An unusual sexual practice? No. Actually means to move stealthily or cautiously. Informal to act or proceed cautiously or timidly to avoid committing oneself.

As a long time fan of Fripp and Eno as individual artists and of their second duo album, Evening Star, I avoided adding this one to my collection because the album and track titles weren't as compelling as those on Evening Star. No Pussyfooting? The Heavenly Music Corporation? Swastika Girls? What the hell? Well so happens I was browsing at my local independent records store recently, wasn't finding much of interest, came across the 2 CD limited edition version, and decided to give it a try.

If I were to play this to the unacquainted and do the "guess the year" game, I bet few music fans would be able to place the year of this album's creation at or around 1973. There is a certain timeless quality to it. When you consider that this did actually come out in 1973, the No Pussyfooting album title actually does fit. No one had ever done any music like this before then that I know of. It was originally released as two long tracks consisting of Eno tape loops and Fripp on solo guitar. It's the beginning of Frippertronics and what Eno would later term ambient music, which now encompasses some music by some artists that came before.

Eno defined ambient music as music which could be "actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored, depending on the choice of the listener". So indeed, many a progressive music fan might find this stuff boring. Being a long time fan of ambient, I find this to be an essential part of my collection now. And if you are a fan of Fripp or Eno's non-ambient works, you might want to try this one out anyway.

The special edition has extra versions of the two pieces. The two tracks are run backwards and the first one is run at half speed. And would you believe those versions work as well as the originals? I don't think there's much out there in music you could do that with.

Fripp and Eno boldly not pussyfooting.

Slartibartfast | 4/5 |

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