Fripp and Eno: Beyond Even; 1992-2006 (Opal/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Fripp & Eno: Triploli 2020
Fripp and Eno: Beyond Even; 1992-2006 (Opal/Southbound)

As mentioned in the previous posting of the Travis and Fripp album, when guitarist Fripp got into the studio alongside musician-without-portfolio Brian Eno for the albums Evening Star and No Pussyfooting in the early 70s a particular magic was created.

Not ambient music (that was to follow from Eno) but more like music as an emotional landscape -- and if that's a description somewhat overloaded with emptiness these days you must remember Fripp and Eno rigorously defined it both musically and intellectually.

This collection of work over a lengthy period shows how little they moved from the original template, which actually proves not how constraining it was, but how rich in endless possibility.

This double disc illustrates the seamlessness of their musical ideology: on one of the discs the gentle and evocative tracks all run into each other and you can't spot the stitching. (The other disc has the tracks separate).

That said, little here releates directly to those two wonderful 70s albums and so if you are new to the game you could pick things up this late in the day and profitably work your way back.

Fripp/Eno aficionados probably need no second invitation.

Hold your breath for the final track however: Fripp's Cross Crisis in Lust Storm is a clanging and commanding affair.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

The Fratellis: Here We Stand (Island)

The Fratellis: Here We Stand (Island)

Last year's debut album Costello Music by this rowdy Glaswegian three-piece didn't make it to Elsewhere because, frankly, I didn't rate it as highly as some. I thought it had many of the problems... > Read more

Whitey Morgan and the 78's: Born, Raised and Live from Flint (Bloodshot/Southbound)

Whitey Morgan and the 78's: Born, Raised and Live from Flint (Bloodshot/Southbound)

If there's any honkytonk, rockin' country cliche missed by this post-Waylon longhair wildman, it's probably only the one about the dog up'n'dyin'. With his hard rockin' band recorded live... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

TRILOGUE; LIVE IN BERLIN 1976, a concert film (Jazz Shots/Southbound DVD)

TRILOGUE; LIVE IN BERLIN 1976, a concert film (Jazz Shots/Southbound DVD)

The tragic story of bassist Jaco Pastorius (1961-87) has been told in depth at Elsewhere (here) but this concert film from '76 -- with avant-trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff and drummer Alphonse... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Willy Vlautin

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin perhaps first came on to people's radar with his Oregon band Richmond Fontaine. Albums like The Fitzgerald, Thirteen Cities and We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded like a River... > Read more