Saturday, February 7, 2015

Live in Paris by Robert Fripp & Brian Eno

The one word that best
describes this live performance
must be courageous.

Listening to Robert Fripp and Brian Eno's album Live in Paris May 28, 1975 is a bit like engaging in musical archaeology, not because 1975 was a long time ago but because this rare (and recently cleaned-up) recording captures two pioneers of electronic and ambient music creating collaborative and improvisational soundscapes before such a thing even had a name.

The live recording on discs 1 and 2 is gritty, the performance avant garde, the listener experience arresting (in hindsight), perhaps baffling (to the contemporaries). You can get a taste from the video below.

The third disc features Eno's tape loops in their full studio glory.

Keep in mind this performance was pre-digital and Eno's work was all analog and live. Yet he and Fripp deliver an eye-opening peek at future possibilities.

I received no compensation of any kind for this review.

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