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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, October 21, 2008
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While music of this nature is now considered commonplace, back in 1973, it was quite a different story. When "No Pussyfooting" was initially released, critical reactions were quite mixed. Some didn't know what to think about an albums worth of sustained guitar lines looped through two tapes machines while others found the sounds embedded in the record grooves to be groundbreaking. Over time, the public slowly caught on to the innovative ideas heard in this album and it's now considered to be a timeless classic.
The original album contained two long tracks (one per side of the original LP). The opening track "The Heavenly Music Corporation" was recorded in August 1972 and consists soley of Robert Fripp's guitar being played through two Revox tape machines. The tape machines are manipulated by Brian Eno to create looped phrases and a massive wall of sound. The overall effect is beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Fripp would later perform similar music to this on his own coining the term "Frippertronics" to this guitar/loop technique.
The other track "Swastika Girls" was recorded one year later is more 'composed' in its over all structure. In addition to Robert Fripp's sustained lead guitar and frentic rhythmic guitar loops, Eno adds a busy synthesizer sequence to the music which repeats throughout the entire piece giving it somewhat of a base-structure.
After its initial release on CD in the early '90s, "No Pussyfooting" fell out-of-print and became a sought-after collectors item.Read more ›
I borrowed the LP from a schoolfriend and, when he returned to collect it, I asked him incredulously how he could listen to it. "I can work to it," came his reply, which seemed shocking at the time. We were used to giving 100% of our attention and involvement to the likes of Deep Purple's 'Made in Japan' and Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust'. The idea of music which you could ignore seemed ridiculous. The music you listened to was a social and political statement -- you could get beaten up at bus stops by other schoolboys simply for saying you preferred Slade when you should have said T. Rex. Before the advent of video and videogames, music was far too important to be classified simply as wallpaper.
Well that was then, and by now I must own nearly 100 ambient albums and many Eno or Eno-tinged CDs. I have to say that in retrospect this album owes as much to Robert Fripp as it does to Eno. Its sound is closer to 'Lark Tongues' or 'Red' than it is to 'For Your Pleasure', 'Warm Jets' or 'Tiger Mountain'.Read more ›
Track one, even though it was recorded more than thirty years ago, still sounds new and fresh, even after scores of listenings. It is made up of two guitar lines - but one of them is an incredibly complex, ever-changing loop that continually unfolds out of itself and interacts with the lead line. It's almost like Fripp is soloing over an entire band. but beware the sonic onslaught of the track's last three minutes - if you don't have good speakers the low notes will probably rip your woofers apart.
Track two presents a sunnier, happier side of looping, this time with Eno supplying the loop on his synthesizer. Fripp's entry (at 7:42) is fascinating. Throughout the solo he plays riffs and figures that he still uses to this day.
A great record for listening to in a large room in the dark, lodly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This recording is a superb piece of innovation, the CD is brand new very spiffy. Major hours will be spent playing this recording through my Ribbons...Published 5 months ago by P. Lesniak
Deep, looping guitar riffs mixed into an Eno sound scape. Great working music.Published 6 months ago by resonance
Totally the best album to chill and mellow out to when you're tired and had a long day. I love the half speed version the most.Published 11 months ago by Matthew Cassidy
Eno & Fripp two of the more idiosyncratic artists sync up and make noise together.Published 12 months ago by L. Diana
Fripp and Eno. First this is NOT ambient. It is Fripp and Eno. Frippertronics. Whatever you want to call it. It is definitely experimental. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MarcS
At the time of this recording, Robert Fripp had a pretty checkered history with King Crimson, beginning huge in 1969, but going down, down, down with every subsequent release. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dave Machemer
A must buy for anyone who labels themselves a music enthusiast (or non-musician with an ear for the unique). If CDs suite you for transportability and car listening, get it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Katherine Cooper