While the genesis of this project may sound a lot like how John & Yoko’s Two Virgins came about, the difference is that both Fripp and Eno were much more adept at making something musical come out of tape experiments, and their project certainly would not have gone further than their own ears had it not possessed any musical value. Indeed, one of the most striking things about (No Pussyfooting) is how it manages to sound different with every listen. (As a tribute to its notorious BBC radio debut, where the album was played off reel-to-reel tape threaded backwards, the double-CD reissue includes bonuses of a sort. In addition to being separated into indexed sections for “easier access”, both pieces are presented in reverse, and “Heavenly Music” also appears a third time at half-speed. Only those familiar with the music would otherwise know which was which given a sampling.)
Fripp and Eno would collaborate many times again, but it would be decades before another team-up on the level of (No Pussyfooting) and Evening Star. The albums are essential for fans of either man, neatly fitting onto a Maxell for long drives.
Fripp & Eno (No Pussyfooting) (1973)—3
2008 CD reissue: same as 1973, plus 3 extra tracks
Fripp & Eno Evening Star (1975)—3½
Fripp & Eno Live In Paris 28.05.75 (2011)—3
2014 CD reissue: same as 2011, plus 2 extra tracks