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 Ambient, drone
Length 47:43
Label Island Records
Producer Brian Eno & Robert Fripp
Fripp & Eno chronology
(No Pussyfooting)
Evening Star
The Equatorial Stars
Robert Fripp chronology
(No Pussyfooting)
Evening Star
Brian Eno chronology
Another Green World
Evening Star
Discreet Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Spin 8/10[3]
Pitchfork Media 8.6/10[4]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[5]

Evening Star (1975) is an ambient album by the British musicians Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. The cover is a painting by the artist Peter Schmidt.

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.

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

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 one[edit]

  1. "Wind on Water" – 5:30
  2. "Evening Star" – 7:48
  3. "Evensong" – 2:53
  4. "Wind on Wind" – 2:56

Side two[edit]

  1. "An Index of Metals" – 28:36



  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r38378
  2. ^ Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 1904
  3. ^ Weisbard & Marks, 1995. p.129
  4. ^ Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Fripp & Eno: No Pussyfooting / Evening Star
  5. ^ Record Collector (magazine) (p. 89) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n essential album for any modern record collection... "


  • Weisbard, Eric; Craig Marks (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.