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Evening StarEvening Star
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Beyond Even (1992-2006)Beyond Even (1992-2006)
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3.55 | 95 ratings
(No Pussyfooting)
1973
3.66 | 68 ratings
Evening Star
1975
3.92 | 45 ratings
The Equatorial Stars
2005

FRIPP & ENO Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 8 ratings
The Cotswold Gnomes (aka Beyond Even (1992 - 2006))
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Paris 28.05.1975
2014

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4.80 | 5 ratings
(No Pussyfooting) / Evening Star
1975
2.48 | 13 ratings
The Essential Fripp & Eno
1994

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 Evening Star by FRIPP & ENO album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.66 | 68 ratings

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Evening Star
Fripp & Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Robert Fripp is the maker of Frippertronics, the structuring of layered tape loops of his guitar into pieces of music. Brian Eno is the credited creator of ambient electronic music. Put them together and you get some very beautiful and very interesting soundscapes. That is what is contained on this experimental album.

So, I know there are a lot of listeners out there that have a hard time with experimental music. However, it is this type of music that leads to discovery of different genres that keep the current of music flowing forward and not becoming stagnant. This album is important in that it was through experiments like these that created a new form of music that people enjoy. The sound of this album is the sound of discovery and of the expansion of musical form. It helped lay the groundwork for both ambient and drone music.

This album is all instrumental. The first 3 tracks are beautiful examples of the music that can be created from the minds of two geniuses. They consist of taped guitar loops from Fripp that have been layered over each other with embellishments of synthesizer sounds provided by Eno. The titles are descriptive of the sound of the music and you can close your eyes and visualize the pictures that are painted by the music with suggestions of where your mind is to go by the titles of the tracks. All three of these soundscapes are simply lovely, the first being very shimmery, soft and dreamy, the 2nd being brighter in tone with more exaggerated guitar sounds somewhat similar to what Fripp would produce in his later KC guitar solos, very connected with amazing phrasing. This is a free floating beauty of a track and the guitar work is stunning. The 3rd track is rather short and somewhat understated but still beautiful. Not much is developed in this track, but it still fills in nicely. "Wind on Wind" is 100% Eno on synthesizer creating a soundscape similar to his Ambient albums. This music was intended Fripp's use in live concerts as background music for him to solo over.

The 2nd side of the album is made up of one long-single track called "An Index of Metals". Aptly named, it is more of a cold and metallic sounding track, not metallic in terms of genre, but in terms of feeling. It is set up with a drone that continues throughout the track with ambient sounds weaving around the basis. About halfway through, Fripp's distorted guitar starts to be heard as the drone subsides somewhat and the sustained notes of the guitar continue to layer around each other, repeating softer and softer until they meld into the drone as other sounds are being created on top of it.

This is headphone music like most ambient music is, at least that is where it is most effective. It has the best effect when you can listen to it uninterrupted and your mind can create the pictures or it can travel to destinations unknown. Some may say they need mind-altering drugs to get the full effect, but I don't find that necessary. The best music can take your mind away without chemical influence. I find this music soothing and relaxing. That is the overall feeling of this album. Even the long track, even though it is more dissonant and cold sounding, is still soothing to me. It isn't as harsh as "(No Pussyfooting)" or as clinical. It is a collection of beautiful soundscapes and part of a movement that would inspire artists still today. I love this sound as it is very visual and even though it is experimental and the sounds are more processed than actual, it was at the time a new way to manipulate sound into beauty and art. I love this sound when I'm in the right frame of mind and because of it's influence and it's originality of the time would have to consider it essential. The fact that I enjoy it so much cements the fact that it is a 5 star recording.

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 (No Pussyfooting) by FRIPP & ENO album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.55 | 95 ratings

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(No Pussyfooting)
Fripp & Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by LearsFool

5 stars Its funny what two musical geniuses can do when you put them together. Brian Eno had been in contact with Robert Fripp for a time before this one night when he invited Fripp to his home studio. Eno, as it happened, was experimenting with the idea of using tape loops to make music. They eventually had an idea where Fripp would play various drones and rises on his Les Paul, and Eno would take recordings of these and loop them to make them last longer. Fripp would then lay down a few solos to be put on top of the loops. The result is Side One, "The Heavenly Music Corporation", the first masterpiece of ambient. Perhaps the great secret sauce behind the majesty of proto-ambient is the willingness to allow for soft solos, and Fripp's wonderful playing on all guitar parts gives us atmosphere, and then gives us something to enjoy. The ending of the track tops off the piece with a wonderful descending guitar tone. A year later, Fripp put some guitar over loops from Eno's VCS3 and called the result "Swastika Girls": they apparently had found a torn page from some sort of Third Reich themed lad's mag or something of the sort, so the story goes. While not as excellent as the purely guitar "Corporation", it still pleases with ever wonderful guitar work and ethereal VCS tones. Not even Eno knew that one day at a German airport he would think to come back to these experiments and forge "Music For Airports"; the world was blindsided by how good and influential this album was, and only years after it first dropped. This is the font of ambient, and its water is sweet.

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 (No Pussyfooting) by FRIPP & ENO album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.55 | 95 ratings

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(No Pussyfooting)
Fripp & Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars For starters, it will be quiet hard to fit this work as such, even with the early 60's late 70's electronic music..... Prog and not. It stands closer to the "un-musical" aesthetics, of early electronic music, which dates back to 1925, with Luigi Russolo's "ALL" electronic compositions, which were never intended or needed, to be "tagged" as such. The obviuos "comparisson" between this kind of FRIPP & ENO "language", and the traditional "Prog" one, is undeserving, due to its inherent "non-musical" approach to these avant/garde structures, there are 2,.... or "noise-like", if it helps.

So, to even things out, this is as close as the late, purely electronic music of musicians, like Xenakis or Stockhausen, comes to Prog. Obviously this kind of work fits perfectly under the Progressive/Electronic sub-genre, more than anything else, considering its participants.

Brian Eno has a field day in this kind of non-musical experiments, he was already trying to break out, of all common places in the construction of his music, his "tools" (tapes, synths, recorders, tapes, studio facilities, gadgets, etc, etc...), were in fact already more than tried and tested (remember since 1925). He had at the time (1973) left, to call it somehow, Roxy Music's planet, and was already embarking in his "solo" discography.

On the other hand, Robert Fripp, had to carry with the weight of "exiling" his instrument of choice, the electric guitar, with its perfectly tuned strings to the Central-European, canons of structures, to the unruly world of Droning-Noise.

This was a great first step for the electric guitar kingdom and the court of guitarists that follows. He succeeded, without doubts, and his guitar playing, changed for good and for long. (Yes, there are "solos" and "riffs", but on the un-musical side of noise.)

It is quiet unwise to approach this "No Pussyfooting" effort as a musical effort, just because it is recorded. These are 2 long -timed "Drone-like" compositions, (around 20 minutes each), which are "raw", electronic, non-musical structures, which are constructed in the pure electronic spirit of the early pioneers, but transfixed for the Avant Garde audiophiles of now, by two of the most prolific composers and founders of not only this sub-genre, but of Prog.

WARNING----"To expect "music" is missing the whole trip." *****5 PA stars!

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 (No Pussyfooting) by FRIPP & ENO album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.55 | 95 ratings

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(No Pussyfooting)
Fripp & Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by VOTOMS

3 stars Drone music is a minimalist musical style that emphasizes the use of sustained or repeated sounds, notes, or tone-clusters called drones. It is typically characterized by lengthy audio programs with relatively slight harmonic variations throughout each piece compared to other musics - Wikipedia about Drone Music. Well, I think No Pussyfooting is the definitive drone.

Robert Fripp and Brian Eno working together at the weirdo ambiental "(No Pussyfooting)". Good. This is something totally experimental, with some creative passages. Two tracks. Sorry, but it would be better. While I really love Swatiska Girls, The Heavenly Music Corporation annoys me sometimes. The whole album is a brainwashing mantra, repetitive. It's good to listen to while you're reading.

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 The Equatorial Stars by FRIPP & ENO album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.92 | 45 ratings

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The Equatorial Stars
Fripp & Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars After years of occasionally playing and recording; these un-matched duo of composers; have more to deliver than contrast of structures and instruments. Time and experience settled these two rivers into a single ocean; or galaxy more in accordance with the recurrent picture.

After an incredible "Evening Star"; which could flow between "krautrock", "electronic", "eclectic", "ambient" and "indusrial-ambient"; "The Equatorial Stars" as they establish in the name; is going to be an un-earthly collaboration; the third between the 2, at that time.

Years of playing occasionally together have blended the route of their approaches. The result in this project is closer to Enosīs keyboard "ambient" language and Frippsīs electric guitar "soundscape" environments, coexisting together in the same gravity and space, breathing the same air. Therefore the feeling in general is "electronic-etherea"l, leaning towards "ambiental", but without its low-keyed "limits" and without any kind of preconceived attachments, being that both languages have very solid structures and identities by themselves.

And even better than that; we are offered focused compositions; even thoug, both languages merge as whispers of two different voices, the direction both take has more control and direction, so the approaches are counter-balanced by song-composition and its "restraints". Two worlds collide for a very "friendly" third clash.

*****5, "The best of two worlds redifined and refined by experience and way ahead vision" PA Stars

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 (No Pussyfooting) by FRIPP & ENO album cover Studio Album, 1973
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(No Pussyfooting)
Fripp & Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by thellama73
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars Robert Fripp and Brian Eno were two of the most interesting and innovative musical personalities of the 1970s, but it would also be hard to imagine two more divergent temperaments. Eno was a flashy, kinetic wild man who, during his tenure with Roxy Music managed to steal the show from one of the most dynamic frontmen ever, despite not really playing any instruments. Fripp was a cool intellectual who sat on stool on stage while playing his guitar and was notoriously standoffish to fans. The public may not have known what to expect when they decided to team up, but anyone could bet the result would be magical.

The driving force behind the album is a tape loop system developed by Eno which was capable of simultaneous playback and recording. This allowed a performer to hear a loop of his himself while continuing to play on top of it, adding new layers and rhythms in real time. This was not entirely a new idea-Terry Riley had been doing similar things for years-but Eno dubbed the process "Frippertronics" and the name stuck.

The record consists of two side-long tracks, each containing a subtly pulsing backdrop over which Fripp solos extensively. On "The Heavenly Music Corporation," the mood is serene and Fripp's guitar sweeps slowly around with his characteristic warm tones climbing and plunging like dive bombers in slow motion. The effect is lovely and captivating.

Side two, entitled "Swastika Girls," is more active, with heavier focus on Eno's electronics making up the rapidly swirling backdrop. There is a lot more going on here than o the first side, and it takes several listens to take it all in. One of the dangers of this type of recording technique is the tendency for things to become overly cluttered and aurally confusing. I'm not sure whether that quite happens here, but it certainly walks a fine line.

Fans of either Eno's solo work or Fripp's guitar playing (mainly in his capacity as a guest soloist for the likes of David Bowie; there's little resemblance to King Crimson) will find much to love here. The latest reissue is a 2-CD set of good quality and a couple of puzzling choices. First, they broke the side long tracks up into separate parts for the CD indexing, which is totally unnecessary and arbitrary to my way of thinking. Second, the bonus tracks consist of the entire record played backwards and a half speed version of "The Heavenly Music Corporation." The reasons for this remain obscure, but I am forced to admit that the different versions are interesting and enjoyable, if not essential.

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 The Equatorial Stars by FRIPP & ENO album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.92 | 45 ratings

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The Equatorial Stars
Fripp & Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
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4 stars After several decades pause, the collaboration of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno had evolved from their rawer 1970's sounds towards more soothing and quieter directions of ambient realms. The inspiration for this elevating disc of aural tranquility was drawn again from the stars. The reference to term "equatorial" was left slightly unclear to me; possibilities would be either an observing perspective from locations of Earth's equatorial latitude, allowing visibility for both northern and southern hemispheres heavenly views, or maybe referring to the astronomer's celestial equatorial concept used as for a star homing tool. Whatever the case was, both are earthbound observing methods, not related to actual positions of stars, which only due our own vantage point seem to reside as constellations. The open and soothing record can also be listened easy without any thematic orientation, though it suits well for either mystical astrologic contemplations or slumbering in scientific astronomic cosmic dreams. My own on-professional astral navigator's notes are stated as follows;

The delicate ringing of ethereal bells creates a pleasant experience of vast space for the beginning of the journey. The first cosmic entity adored is gigantic star "Meissa" (The Shining One), radiating its blue glow from the constellation of Orion. Robert's dark-toned effected guitar solo licks reach solemnly for the heavenly light, harmonizing wonderfully with the radiant background vibrations of cloister observatory's audio research chamber. Later the guitar sound morphs to mesmerizing echoed shadows, merging to the disappearing background tonal tapestry. The perception shifts to "Lyra"'s constellation, dominated by Vega, one of the most brightly shining stars on the skies. Synthesizers evoke a melodic triangle creating a feeling of anticipation, clear guitar slides mystifying on the harmonic probabilities with fantastic sense of style. Like from man's perspective of time, the solid stagnation of the sounds appears as firm as the stars themselves on the nocturnal roof of the earth. According the Greek tale of Orfeus, his lyra was sent by Zeus to the skies on the wings of an Eagle, which could give a signal to turn the telescopes to the constellation of Aquila. There one can witness a young giant star "Tarazed". Here hollow wind-like humming pairs with Robert's guitar prayers, this fusion scribing yet another wonderful page to this celestial book of hours. The long waves of cosmic sounds move quietly towards more electronic modern sound palettes in the final moments of this song.

To this point, the album has musically been completely awesome meditative resource for me, but the following visitation to the "Lupus", the constellation of the Wolf, introduces some programmed rhythm loops, which I did not find most optimal for meditative music listening. This predatory animal, lurking in shades of mighty constellation of Centaurus in the southern hemisphere's sky, has also some more turbulent radiophonic elements familiar from Robert's 1990's solo recordings.

The next place of observation, "Ankaa," is the traditional name for constellation of Phoenix, the mythical fire bird eternally being reborn from its own ashes. The visualization for this sun is created from semi-harmonious synth abstractions, cinematopic sound constructions and subtle guitar visitations, continuing the core quality line of this record for me.

The visions are again drawn to the constellation of Aquila, positioning for the light of "Altair", one of the closest and brightest star visible for us. This rapidly rotating sun has been studied by the cosmologists, and it has been noted being flattened from its poles due gravitational forces of its spinning. For this fact, the presence of rhythm loops and funky guitar riffs are justified, and create more dynamic tension for the movement. However for the complete listening experience I tend to skip this track along with the earlier mentioned fourth song.

The last glance goes to a group of stars on the constellation of Sagittarius, "Terebellum", reaching a wonderful climax to the formless cosmic presence available on this album. So for me the only negative aspect of this record were the few programmed rhythms, which in my opinion disturbed the sacred serenity sensed from the other tracks, luckily occupying the majority of the album's running time. These great solemn moments make this as a really pleasant album, certainly worth recommending for those searching elevating groves of modern ambient music calmness.

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 The Equatorial Stars by FRIPP & ENO album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.92 | 45 ratings

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The Equatorial Stars
Fripp & Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Fripp and Eno are at their best when they turn their attentions to astronomy. Just as Evening Star was the superior of their two albums from the 1970s, so too is The Equatorial Stars a great little bit of ambient bliss three decades after their last major release. Steering a careful course between taking advantage of updated technology on the one hand and staying true to the project's parameters on the other, the duo once again create a varied and fascinating album which may no longer blaze a trail into uncharted regions of ambient as their first two albums did, but is no less compelling despite that.

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 Evening Star by FRIPP & ENO album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.66 | 68 ratings

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Evening Star
Fripp & Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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4 stars A more diverse and mature album than No Pussyfooting, at least partially because both Fripp and Eno had had a chance to have a think about what this whole "ambient" thing they've cooked up is and what they might do with it, Evening Star consists of a side of shorter tracks based on a variety of approaches (and featuring some absolutely gorgeous guitar solos from Fripp) and a side-long epic in the form of An Index of Metals, which is a Frippertronic piece which essentially restates the premises of No Pussyfooting but does so in a more engaging and interesting fashion. In this particular case, experience really does show - No Pussyfooting might have shown promise, but it was Evening Star that fulfilled it.

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 (No Pussyfooting) by FRIPP & ENO album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.55 | 95 ratings

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(No Pussyfooting)
Fripp & Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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3 stars As innovative and important as it is to the development of the ambient genre, and even though it's a good album, at the end of the day No Pussyfooting doesn't quite manage to transcend its origins as two guys messing about with musical instruments and electronics at home and putting the results on vinyl. Eno's tape system and Robert Fripp's guitar playing combine to create a forerunner of Frippertronics, but there's no getting around the fact that this aimless noodling is, well, nothing more than aimless noodling. Superior drone-ambient outings had already emerged from the Krautrock scene in the form of Tangerine Dreams' Zeit and Klaus Schulze's Irrlicht and Cyborg, and whilst the album would prove to be an important turning point in the career of both participants, all that proves is that unexpected consequences can come out of the most humble places. Three stars.

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