Evening Star (album)

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Evening Star
Fripp & Eno's Evening Star.jpg
Studio album by Fripp & Eno
Released December 1975
Recorded 1974–1975
Genre
Length 47:43
Label Island
Producer Brian Eno & Robert Fripp
Fripp & Eno chronology
(No Pussyfooting)
(1973)
Evening Star
(1975)
The Equatorial Stars
(2004)
Robert Fripp chronology
(No Pussyfooting)
(1973)
Evening Star
(1975)
Exposure
(1979)
Brian Eno chronology
Another Green World
(1975)
Evening Star
(1975)
Discreet Music
(1975)

Evening Star is an ambient album by British musicians Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. It was recorded from 1974 to 1975 and released in December 1975.

Background and recording[edit]

This album's recording and the preceding seven show European tour by the duo marked Fripp's first output after disbanding King Crimson and his last before temporarily retiring from music (at the time thought to be permanently) to study at the International Academy for Continuous Education in Sherborne House.

Content[edit]

AllMusic described the record as "a less harsh, more varied affair, closer to Eno's then-developing idea of ambient music than what had come before in (No Pussyfooting)".[1] The first three tracks are serene, gentle tape-looped guitar textures performed by Robert Fripp and accented with treatments, synthesizer and piano by Brian Eno. Track four, "Wind on Wind", is an excerpt from Eno’s solo project Discreet Music, which was released after this album. Eno had originally intended Fripp to use the material which became Discreet Music as a backing tape to play over in improvised live performances.

The second half of the album is a twenty-eight-minute piece of drone music titled "An Index of Metals", in which guitar notes are accumulated in a loop, with distortion increasing as the track progresses.

The album's cover is a painting by the artist Peter Schmidt.

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Spin 8/10[5]
Pitchfork 8.6/10[3]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[4]
Trouser Press generally favourable[6]

Evening Star was released in December 1975 by record label Island.

Evening Star is the only Fripp album to be released during his retirement.

Legacy[edit]

Tracks from this album were used for the music on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Primary Phase. Also, "Wind on Water" and "Wind on Wind" were included in the 1983 film Breathless soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, except "Wind on Wind" by Eno.

Side A
  1. "Wind on Water" – 5:30
  2. "Evening Star" – 7:48
  3. "Evensong" – 2:53
  4. "Wind on Wind" – 2:56
Side B
  1. "An Index of Metals" – 28:36

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mills, Ted. "Evening Star – Fripp & Eno,Robert Fripp,Brian Eno | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 1904
  3. ^ Howe, Brian (January 9, 2009). "Fripp & Eno: No Pussyfooting / Evening Star Album Review | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ Record Collector (magazine) (p. 89) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n essential album for any modern record collection... "
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Craig Marks (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. p. 1995. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  6. ^ Walker, John; Fleischmann, Mark. "TrouserPress.com ::: Fripp & Eno". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 

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