‘Om de wereld enigszins interessant te maken, moet je die de hele tijd manipuleren.’ (Brian Eno)
‘For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.’ (Brian Eno)
Fripp & Eno – No Pussyfooting – 1973
Released in November ’73, No Pussyfooting jumpstarted the solo career of Brian Eno and introduced Robert Fripp’s ‘Frippertronics’ to the world. This early example of minimalistic experimental ambient music is the stunning result of Fripp’s virtuosity combined with endless taped delays and Eno’s VCS3 synth feeding a hungry reel-to-reel system of Revox A77 tape recorders (later perfected on his album Discreet Music).
Impressionistic analog soundscapes where the listener is caught between ‘real time’ and ‘delay’ with the sole intention of kicking your imagination into overdrive. The 2 improvised pieces (‘The Heavenly Music Corporation’ and ‘Swastika Girls’) contain no vocals or no rhythms, they are mere semi-melodic sound reflections that defy space and time. Conceptual in form, psychedelic and abstract in nature, Fripp & Eno were exploring unknown territory beyond the established norms of rock ‘n’ roll and invented a new musical language in doing so.
Looking at the cover artwork, ‘the room of mirrors’ reflects the same vibe as the recording. Parallel worlds where there is almost no distinction between original and copy. No Pussyfooting is now 40 years young and still sounds and looks very fresh in our world of today.
Current prices on Ebay: 15 euro (re-issue) up to 50 euros (for the original HELP 16 Island release)
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