Fripp & Eno – No Pussyfooting – 200 Gram Vinyl, LP, Recut, Discipline Global, 2014

“No Pussyfooting” is the debut collaborative album by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno, released in 1973. The album is significant for its pioneering work in the realm of ambient music and its innovative use of tape looping and delay techniques.

Robert Fripp, known primarily as the guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, and Brian Eno, who would later become a key figure in ambient music and electronic experimentation, came together to create this experimental album. The title itself comes from British slang, suggesting a direct approach rather than tiptoeing around an issue.

The album consists of two long tracks: “The Heavenly Music Corporation” and “Swastika Girls.” Both pieces were created using tape loops and Fripp’s guitar manipulations, with Eno’s expertise in ambient soundscapes and studio experimentation. These compositions feature layers of guitar loops and electronic textures, creating immersive and hypnotic sonic landscapes.

“No Pussyfooting” was influential not only for its innovative sound but also for its impact on the development of ambient music as a genre. It laid the groundwork for Eno’s later ambient works and Fripp’s experiments with looping and sound manipulation. The techniques used on this album would go on to influence countless artists in various genres, making it a seminal work in the history of electronic and experimental music.