8/24/2006

Fripp/Eno - Evening Star

(Click on the picture to download.)

What a gorgeous record! It's much calmer than the first Fripp/Eno-collaboration No Pussyfooting, in fact it sounds much more eno-ish than fripp-ish to my ears. One track, Wind On Wind, is actually Eno solo and an basically a condensed version of the title track of Discreet Music (as son of icongneato kindly pointed out in the comments). The overall mood is languid and meditative, dissonance is for the most part kept to a minimum until the final 30 minute track An Index Of Metals. But even there the noise and guitar distortions have a rather calming and blissful effect.

Another BitTorrent find,
so thanks a ton to the original uploader calling him/herself (?) resistir!

15 comments:

muse1453 said...

Hi, square dancer. Much thanks for "Evening Star". I've been looking for this one. I can't wait to listen to it later in the evening at around my bedtime. I'm thinking of upping a couple of Robert Fripp records. From your description, I'm not sure if you would be excited about Fripp, but I thought I'd let you know. Cheers.

square dancer said...

Hello muse, thought you'd be interested in this one. Let me know if you like it, I think it's great.

I'm actually not that familiar with Fripp, just know some King Crimson albums and bits and pieces of his solo work. I found some of it very good and some a bit too prog rock for my taste. But it'll definitely interesting too hear more and give him a closer inspection. Take care!

Son of Incogneato said...

Yes indeed, this is an all-time classic. I just thought you'd might like to know that Wind on Wind is, as you say, from Eno's album Discreet Music, but it is in fact a condensed version of the title track 'Discreet Music', which fills the entire first side of the album. Side two is Eno reworking Pachelbel's Canon in D Major, using members of the Cockpit Ensemble, as he filters the music through his tape time-delay system. If you like Wind on Wind you'll probably love Discreet Music.

I would also recommend Fripp's Soundscape series, which is more or less a follow up to his ambient work with Eno.

Cheers!
Son of Incogneato

square dancer said...

hi, thanks a lot for that information. Discreet Music is in fact one of the classic Eno albums I haven't listened to yet. I just found the information on the net (and obviously got it a little mixed up). Those Fripp records sound very intruiging, seems like I have to check them out. Cheers!

Son of Incogneato said...

If you're looking you'll find Discreet Music here:

http://rapidshare.de/files/28194588/BE-DM.zip.html

Thanks should go to fratan1234 who posted the link at skafunkrastapunk.

Cheers
Son of Incogneato

square dancer said...

Oh, thanks a lot for that link! Seems like I have to brush up on my Eno a little ;-) Have a nice day!

muse1453 said...

square dancer,
Evening Star is breathtaking. I think it ranks among Eno's masterpieces such as On Land, the already mentioned Discreet Music, Music For Airports, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, and Another Green World. Like those albums, Evening Star immerses me in its beauty. I'm pleased too that the rip is at 320 kbps.
I may post Fripp's album Let the Power Fall. It is an album that has electric guitar and feedback sounds that are similar in nature to what is on Evening Star. Fripp himself refers to his experiments in sound as 'Frippertronics'.
Much appreciation to you for sharing Evening Star. Take care.

Son of Incogneato said...

Fripp and Eno have a realtively new album out called 'The Equatorial Stars' (2005). It's nothing like 'Evening Star', but awesomely beautiful in its own way. However I have to admit that 'Evening Star' has always had a special place in my heart. I've gone through two vinyl copies. I hope the CD will last longer!
'No Pussyfooting' by F and E is also an interesting piece of music, but much heavier (IMHO). Whereas 'Evening Star' is like mushroom music, 'No Pussyfooting' is more like acid.

Hey Muse!
You wouldn't by any chance have 'God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners'? It's the hole in my Fripp collection.

Very nice blog Square Dancing! May you prosper.

Cheers!
Son of Incogneato

square dancer said...

muse,

I could listen to this record all day long at the moment. It's just so incredibly delicate and richly textured. Please do post that Fripp record! If it's anything similiar to Evening Star, I'm really looking forward to it. Btw, is my understanding correct that Frippertronics basically refers to a method of looping in real time by using to tape recorders?

son of i.,

I like that mushroom-acid comparison. I recently bought the re-issue of No Pussyfooting and your metaphor is really spot on. No Pussyfooting is also great in its way, especially Heavenly Music Corporation, but at the moment I prefer Evening Star.

Glad you like my blog! Take care, guys!

muse1453 said...

square dancer,
Your understanding is correct about Frippertronics. This article has an interview with Fripp where the concept is explained in more detail.

http://www.loopers-delight.com/tools/frippertronics/frippertronics.html

I should have Let the Power Fall and another Fripp record up later today at my blog. Let the Power Fall is not as richly textured and delicate as Evening Star (Eno is not present of course), but the sounds are beautiful in their own way. Just imagine Evening Star without Eno and you'll get the gist of it.

I've found a few links with lots of Eno albums if there's anything that you wanted to check out. (There's also other stuff there too.)

http://www.dotcomjunkies.com/members/Stairway_to_Heaven/forum/posts/06-08-06/

http://www.dotcomjunkies.com/members/Stairway_to_Heaven/forum/posts/06-08-09/

http://www.dotcomjunkies.com/members/Stairway_to_Heaven/forum/posts/06-08-13/

Son of Incogneato,
Sorry, I don't have God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners. I also wish to have it.

square dancer said...

Wow, thanks a lot for those links. Guess I know all the "canonic" albums by now, but there's a lot of stuff I don't know yet. Definitely have to dl some of the collaborations, esp. with Moebius and Roedelius (I love the Cluster & Eno album and Eno's work with Harmonia). Very keen to hear the Fripp record too. Cheers!

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pharmacy said...

It is indeed a fantastic record, I love this music, it is so relax and put in such a great mood.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!!!!

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