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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Heavenly Music Corporation (20:59)
2. Swastika Girls (18:38)
3. Wind on Water (5:29)
4. Evening Star (7:48)
5. Healthy Colours I (5:36)
6. Healthy Colours II (5:39)
7. Healthy Colours III (5:35)
8. Healthy Colours IV (5:35)

Total Time: 75:19

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Fripp / guitar
- Brian Eno / electronics

Releases information

LP Carol 1886-2 (U.S.)

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FRIPP & ENO The Essential Fripp & Eno ratings distribution

(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
Good, but non-essential (40%)
Collectors/fans only (35%)
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Review by Syzygy
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars The Essential Fripp and Eno is a curious release that contains some of the most original and influential minimalist electronic prog of the 70s by two acknowledged masters of the style. The real attraction is the inclusion of 4 tracks from an abandoned 1979 Fripp and Eno session, although they are stylistically quite different from anything else released under the Fripp and Eno banner.

The CD opens with the No Pussyfooting album in its entirety - splendid stuff to be sure, but if you're a fan you probably own the album already. This is followed by the first two tracks from Evening Star - the most accessible and melodic tracks Fripp and Eno ever released. Up to this point the CD contains a little over 50 minutes worth of brilliant experiments in minimalism, using just electric guitar, tape loops and a little discreet synthesiser.

With Healthy Colours parts 1 - 4 the mood and style changes abruptly. These tracks were recorded in new York in 1979, and fall somewhere between Fripp's God Save The King and My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, Eno's collaboration with David Byrne. Over a kind of automated funk backing (similar in some ways to Kurt's Rejoinder from Before and After Science) Fripp plays some cross picking and adds a few squalls of his unique guitar noise, while Eno throws in fragments of radio and TV dialogue as the piece unfolds. It's not bad at all, but sits rather oddly with the earlier pieces. If Healthy Colours had been released as a stand alone ep it would have made a lot more sense both commercially and artistically.

If you're a newcomer to Fripp and Eno start with No Pussyfooting or Evening Star as they were originally released. If you've already got those albums, this is worth picking up from a bargain bin but represents extremely poor value at full price. A good example of a badly thought out, low value compilation, despite containing so uch good music.

Latest members reviews

1 stars This is a compilation in three parts. Interestingly (and fortunately) it features the original No Pussyfooting album first up. For those unaware this was pre-King Crimson 70s break up collaboration between analog synth and studio meister Eno (Roxy Music) and KC main man Fripp. Fripp had created ... (read more)

Report this review (#302904) | Posted by uduwudu | Friday, October 8, 2010 | Review Permanlink

2 stars 2.5 stars really. Very uneven. There are some good points. 'Evening Star' for example. But there are large portions of this release that don't do much for me. Like all of 'Healthy Colors' and also 'Swastika Girls'. Basically what you get here is the ambient electronic style with added guit ... (read more)

Report this review (#176634) | Posted by digdug | Sunday, July 13, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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