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Fripp & Eno
Live in Paris 28.05.1975

Fripp & Eno, Live in Paris 28.05.1975 (15th September 2014)

   Fripp & Eno — Live in Paris 28.05.1975
δδ   Tento koncert představuje zlomový bod pro oba umělce, překročení nových hranic profesionálně a osobně: Eno jako známý hudební průkopník a Fripp právě znovuobjevil sám sebe jako “malou, samostatnou, mobilní, inteligentní jednotku”. Zde je pátá ze sedmi show evropského mini–turné. Fripp nedávno rozpustil King Crimson v bodě, který by mnozí považovali za jejich umělecký vrchol. Eno se nedávno rozešel s Roxy Music v podobné situaci a přerušil své první a jediné rozsáhlé sólové turné po hrstce show, kvůli selhání plic.
δδ   Tento historický záznam dokumentuje velmi vzácný a klasický výkon tajemné spolupráce turné dvou z nejkreativnějších a fascinujících postav světové avantgardy.
δδ   Three CD set with complete concert… full audio restoration synched with the original studio backing loops as used in the performance and more…
δδ   Experimental guitar virtuoso who pushed rock boundaries with King Crimson and later became an electronic and avant–garde innovator.
Born: 16 May 1946, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England
Notable instruments: Gibson Les Paul, Roland GR-300 Synth Guitar, Ovation Guitar 1867 Legend (Guitar Craft), Robert Fripp Signature Guitars
Birth name: Brian Peter George Eno
Born: 15 May 1948, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, UK
Location: Olympia, Paris, France
Album release: 15th September 2014
Price: $20.00
Record Label: Warner — Panegyric — Burningshed
Duration:     31:22 + 62:37 + 61:47 => 155:46
Tracks:
Disc: 1
1. Water On Water     10:46
2. A Radical Representative Of Pinsnip     9:39
3. Swastika Girls     7:44
4. Wind On Wind     2:00
5. Announcement     1:13
Disc: 2
1. Wind On Water     9:44
2. A Near Find In Rip Pop     7:21
3. A Fearful Proper Din     4:12
4. A Darn Psi Inferno     4:59
5. Evening Star     5:59
6. An Iron Frappe     10:33
7. Softy Gun Poison     12:31
8. An Index Of Metals     7:20
Disc: 3
1. Test Loop I     4:07
2. Test Loop II     0:47
3. Loop Only: A Radical Representative Of Pinsnip     10:39
4. Loop Only: Wind On Water     9:53
5. Loop Only: A Darn Psi Inferno     5:40
6. Loop Only: Softy Gun Poison     14:45
Bonus tracks:
7. Loop Only: Wind On Water Reversed     9:50
8. Later On (single b side)     4:56
Notes
δδ   Tento výkon v Pařížské Olympii je technicky bezchybný a také z hudebního hlediska neuvěřitelně inspirující. Jako bonus jsou také Enem prezentovány pásky v čistém formátu, včetně testovacích smyček ze zvukové zkoušky. Co víc si můžete přát od živé nahrávky? Naprosto zásadní poslech.
δδ   Po uslyšení pásky v plně restaurované zvukové kvalitě je snadné pochopit, proč přitahuje takovou pozornost a zároveň ukazuje nepochopení, až nepřátelství poté. δδ   Žádné Roxy Music hity ani riffy King Crimson, pouze duo sedí v přítmí s dvěma magnetofonovými kotouči, improvizuje na bázi před–natočených smyček, otáčejících se na pozadí projekce. Představte si magneťáky propojené s několika notebooky / iPady / sekvencery a máte jádro hodně aktuálního živého vystoupení od elektroniky až po hip–hop nějakých třicet let dopředu. V té době diváci reagovali na takové nahlédnutí do budoucnosti pískotem, odcházením a všeobecným zmatkem. 
δδ   These show notes are written by long–standing Frippertronics expert and unofficial archivist, Allan Okada, whose help in the restoration of this concert has been invaluable.
δδ   This historic recording documents an extremely rare and classic performance of a mysterious collaborative tour from two of the most creative and fascinating figures in rock. It is one of the most rewarding live recordings this writer has ever heard. For any fan of ‘No Pussyfooting’ or ‘Evening Star’, this live recording is of epic significance and thanks to the efforts of Alex Mundy, is now also comparable in audio quality, by synchronizing the most complete and best (by a mile) available live bootleg recording with Eno's stage tapes recently discovered. This tour also represents a turning point for both artists, about to enter new frontiers professionally and personally: Eno as an ambient music pioneer and Fripp’s re–emergence as a “small, mobile, intelligent unit”.
δδ   Here is the lead up to this 5th of a 7–show European mini-tour. Fripp just recently disbanded King Crimson at a point which many would describe as their artistic pinnacle. Eno also recently parted ways with Roxy Music at a similar juncture and then aborted his first and only extensive solo tour after only a handful of shows, due to a collapsed lung. Fripp & Eno live in concert? What would they do? All the shows in Spain and France were, not surprisingly, accompanied with unrealistic fan expectations, hoping for a presentation of ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’ combined with ‘Baby’s on Fire’ perhaps? What this audience got was something entirely different. The programme was largely improvised and totally instrumental. Adding to the event's unorthodoxy was the absence of all conventional stage lighting. The sole illumination was provided by Malcolm LeGrice's colour saturated and looped short film ‘Berlin Horse’ projected behind the two shadowy figures on stage, visually mimicking the music. The result was an unprecedented live performance format, years ahead of its time. It was also mind–boggling to most of the unsuspecting 1975 audience, yielding wildly different reactions. Reportedly about half the shows on this tour were also plagued with some sort of major technical hazard, stemming from the venue, the PA or the duo's stage equipment. In Saint–Étienne, the audience went as far as booing the duo off the stage! Fortunately for us here, this Paris Olympia performance was technically flawless and from a musical standpoint, incredibly inspired.
δδ   Starting with the pre–recorded primordial drone ‘Water on Water’, the duo eventually walks on stage. Fripp begins playing through the “Enotronic system” (since Eno, not Fripp operated the tape machines on this tour). It's important to note that at this time, the mechanics of the Revox tape delay system was a mystery to the guitarist. This must have surely added a heavy dose of Eno’s "idiot glee" to the entire proceedings. Fripp moves this piece into uncharted territories with short volume pedal sweeps of lunacy before detaching from the delay system and beautifully soloing over the familiar backing loop of ‘Swastika Girls’. Very astute listeners will detect the unrealized main theme from King Crimson’s ‘Blue’ off the top. An intermission has the audience treated to Eno’s seminal ‘Discreet Music’ before the duo return to the stage with another improvised loop morphing into the now familiar ‘Wind On Water’ landscape. The sublimely serene ‘A Near Find in Rip Pop’ follows with Fripp soloing over a beautiful, strummed guitar piece (from the ‘Evening Star’ sessions) enhanced with synthetic animal screeches utilized months later on Eno’s ‘Zawinul/Lava’ track. δδ   Then just as you feel relaxed, Eno’s loop changes to something akin to a gigantic, looming dark cloud as Fripp hits the distortion pedal and fires off some solos of truly monstrous intensity. Eno gently takes the proceedings back down to Earth again by introducing the now infamous ‘Evening Star’ backing loop over which Fripp treats us to yet another wonderful solo before leaving the stage again, while ‘An Iron Frappe’ continues to envelop the crowd. The duo reappears for the final ‘Softy Gun Poison’ complete with tapes of sinister laughter and mysterious chatter (foreshadowing moments of Fripp’s upcoming ‘Exposure’), before leaving the stage for the last time, while (the then unknown) ‘An Index of Metals’ terrorizes the bewildered audience as they exit the venue. All in all, this lucky Paris audience was treated with the entirety of both classic albums as well as enough new material to constitute a third. As a bonus, we are also presented with Eno’s stage tapes in pure format including Test Loops from the sound check. What more could you ask from a live recording? Absolutely essential listening.
REVIEW
Posted by Sound Colour Vibration on August 4, 2014
δδ   The historical collaborations between Robert Fripp and Brian Eno in the 1970’s are breathtaking, laying out framework for many disciplines in ambient music, early electronica and genres far beyond. Both artists were at the top of their class when they first aligned on (No Pussyfooting) (1973) and their collaborations have generated a wealth of growth and publicity for artists who create in the ambient style of loops and textures. Releasing four studio albums and touring through the years through each record, there is little recorded material of the group performing live in the 1970’s. δδ   A recording of the duo performing for Paris in May of 1975 has been available digitally through Fripp’s Discipline Global Music and previously on poor quality bootlegs. Now his production platform has prepared an expanded 3CD version of the historical and legendary concert. We have heard the original digital release and let us assure you, it lives up to the name it has created over the decades. We are very excited to see the Paris show hit a physical print and have included full information below. This is a must own item.
δδ   Thanks to the discovery and restoration of the original backing tapes, it was possible — with much painstaking restoration work by Alex Mundy at DGM — to isolate, de–noise and match the live elements from the performance tapes to the studio loops to produce the final recording. — soundcolourvibration
* CDs 1 & 2 feature the complete concert with full audio restoration synched with the original studio backing loops as used in the performance.
* CD3 features the backing loops without overdubs.
* CD3 also features the reversed loop for Wind on Water as used on the Evening Star album.
* CD3 also features Later On, edited from No Pussyfooting & originally the B-side of Eno’s first solo single Seven Deadly Finns. :: http://soundcolourvibration.com/
δδ   Much bootlegged, though never heard in even reasonable audio quality, this concert — one of a handful undertaken for Fripp & Eno in 1975 — is routinely described as “legendary”. Hearing the tapes in fully restored audio quality, it’s easy to understand why it attracts such reverence now & perhaps, why the shows attracted such hostility then. No Roxy Music hits, No King Crimson riffs, just a duo sitting in near darkness with a reel to reel tape recorder, improvising over the pre–recorded loops with a filmed background projection. Replace the reel to reel machine with a couple of laptops/iPads/sequencers & the core of much current live performance from electronica to hip–hop was there some thirty years in advance. At the time, audiences responded to such a glimpse of the future with booing, walkouts & general confusion.
δδ   Thanks to the discovery & restoration of the original backing tapes, it was possible — with much painstaking restoration work by Alex Mundy at DGM — to isolate, de–noise & match the live elements from the performance tapes to the studio loops to produce the final recording.
δδ   This historic recording documents an extremely rare and classic performance of a mysterious collaborative tour from two of the most creative and fascinating figures in rock. It is one of the most rewarding live recordings this writer has ever heard. For any fan of ‘No Pussyfooting’ or ‘Evening Star’, this live recording is of epic significance and is now also comparable in audio quality, by synchronizing the most complete and best (by a mile) available live bootleg recording with Eno's recently discovered stage tapes. This tour also represented a turning point for both artists, about to enter new frontiers professionally and personally: Eno as an ambient music pioneer and Fripp’s re-emergence as a “small, mobile, intelligent unit”. This Paris Olympia performance was technically flawless and from a musical standpoint, incredibly inspired. This lucky audience was treated with the entirety of both classic albums as well as enough new material to constitute a third. As a bonus, we are also presented with Eno’s stage tapes in pure format including Test Loops from the sound check. δδ   What more could you ask from a live recording? Absolutely essential listening.
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