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FRIPP & ENO - No Pussyfooting

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    (No Pussyfooting) is the debut studio album by the British musicians Robert Fripp and Brian Eno (credited as Fripp & Eno). The album was released in 1973. (No Pussyfooting) was the first of three major collaborations between the musicians, growing out of Eno's early tape recording loop experiments and Fripp's "Frippertronics" electric guitar technique.

    Brian Eno invited Robert Fripp to his London home studio in September 1972. Eno was experimenting with a tape system developed by Terry Riley and Pauline Oliveros where two reel-to-reel tape recorders were set up side-by side. Sounds recorded on the first deck would be played back by the second deck, and then routed back into the first deck to create a long looping tape delay. Fripp played guitar over Eno's loops, while Eno selectively looped or recorded Fripp's guitar without looping it. The result is a dense, multi-layered piece of ambient music. This technique later came to be known as "Frippertronics".

    (No Pussyfooting) 's first track, which fills one side, is a 21-minute piece titled "The Heavenly Music Corporation". Fripp originally wanted the track titled "The Transcendental Music Corporation", which Eno didn't allow as he feared it would make people "think they were serious". It was recorded in two takes, first creating the background looping track, then adding an extended non-looped guitar solo over the backing track. This track features Fripp's electric guitar as the sole sound source.
    The second track "Swastika Girls", which fills the other side, was recorded almost a year after "The Heavenly Music Corporation" in August 1973 at Command Studios at 201 Piccadilly in London. The track employed the same technique as "The Heavenly Music Corporation" except Fripp played to a background electronic loop created by Eno on VCS3. Fripp and Eno took the tapes of "Swastika Girls" to British record producer George Martin's Air Studios at Oxford Circus to continue mixing and assembling the track there.[6] The track's title refers to an image of nude women performing a Nazi salute that was ripped from a discarded pornographic film magazine found by Eno at AIR studios. Eno stuck the image on the recording console while recording the track with Fripp and it became the title of the track.

    (No Pussyfooting) was released in November 1973 and failed to chart on either the American or British charts. It was met with negative reaction from the record label itself, Island Records, who were actively opposed to it. The album was released in the same year as Eno's more rock-based solo album Here Come the Warm Jets. Eno was attempting to launch a solo career, having just left Roxy Music, and his management bemoaned the confusion caused by the release of two albums with such different styles. Robert Fripp's bandmates in King Crimson also disliked the album. The mainstream rock press also did not pay the album much attention compared to Fripp's work with King Crimson and to Eno's solo album. In the UK, the album was released at a large discount compared to normal album prices and was regarded as something of a musical novelty.
    Track Listings:
    Side A - The Heavenly Music Corporation - 20:55
    Side B - Swastika Girls - 18:43

    Remastered edition (2008)
    The double CD remastered edition adds variations to the track list:
    1 - The Heavenly Music Corporation - 20:55
    2 - Swastika Girls - 18:43
    3 - The Heavenly Music Corporation (Reversed) - 20:52
    1 - The Heavenly Music Corporation (Half speed) - 41:49
    2 - Swastika Girls (Reversed) - 18:54
    24 bit remaster by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp.
    Total Time: 39:38
    Artist Name(s):
    Brian Eno – synthesizer, keyboards, treatments, VCS 3 synthesizer.
    Robert Fripp – electric and acoustic guitars.
    Brian Eno, Robert Fripp
    Release Year: 1973
    Ambient, Experimental
    Album Type:
    Compact Disc, LP 33 1/3
    Cover & Packge Design:
    Willie Christie
    Engineer(s): Arun Chakraverty
    Label / Publishing
    Label Name:
    Island E.G.
    Catalog Number(s):
    Help 16
    London (Uk)
    Discipline Global Mobile
    Discipline Global Mobile
    Editions / Reissues
    1. United Kingdom November 1973 Island Records LP HELP 16
    2. United States Antilles Records 7001
    3. United Kingdom 23 February 1987 EG Records CD EGCD 2
    4. United States 31 August 1990
    5. United Kingdom 29 September 2008 Discipline Global Mobile 2CD DGM5007
    Synthesizers Used
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