The Cotswold Gnomes

The Cotswold Gnomes

Comparable to Eno’s recent Curiosities series this selection has been compiled by the man himself [endtease]and gathers together a sequence of sketches, out-takes, work in progress and alternative mixes of which many are being made commercially available for the first time.

Timean Sparkles has a chiming melody evoking associations with the title track of their classic 1975 recording Evening Star, whilst the related Hopeful Timean has Fripp’s sound stripped bare, delicately plucked notes against one of Eno’s elusive ethereal backdrops. It’s simple but wonderfully effective blend.

Though there are plenty of languid atmospherics to go around in this selection, Eno has also chosen to present some of their more rhythmic adventures.

More processed than polished, Fripp’s patented laser-beam soloing on The Idea Of Decline is set against a highly filtered up-tempo bedrock of dub-funk replete with glitches, short-wave radio angst and the occasional choral effect.

Up beat in extremis is the metallic headbanging of Cross Crisis In Lust Storm. This piece dates back to Eno’s abandoned My Squelchy Life in 1992 and also has Trey Gunn on Stick. Talking to John Schaeffer on the WNYC New Sounds radio programme at that time Eno commented “This is Fripp in one of what I think is possibly his best ever recorded performances. It’s an amazing piece of playing. When he heard it after he played it he said ‘that’s the best thing I’ve ever played Captain!’ So it’s not only my judgement.”

A companion piece to their other albums, Unreleased Works of Startling Genius provides a fascinating insight into the artistic processes of two influential musicians at work and at play.

Please note that this download is now available on CD where it has been renamed Beyond Even and is available in a special 2 disc limited edition. CD1 offers the first 12 pieces in segued form, while CD 2 offers the 13 pieces individually.

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TRACK
TIME
01
Ringing Beat
05:14
02
Gasp
02:06
03
Sneering Loop
03:11
04
Tripoli 2020
06:03
05
Behold The Child
02:51
06
Timean Sparkles
02:36
07
Dirt Loop
04:01
08
The Idea Of Decline
04:19
09
Deep Indian Long
04:57
10
Hopeful Timean
04:33
11
Glass Structure
03:55
12
Voices
04:53
13
Cross Crisis In Lust Storm
05:20
Written by Burr Anderson
yriemfk
this music is weird
Written by Jim Keyerleber
Fripp & Eno - March 14, 2006 - London
This is a great look at both Fripp and Eno. A must for all fans of either.
Written by Rik Romerein
shucks
I am practically salivating over the opportunity to hear what both Robert and Brian think was RF at his best, but will have to wait until a) a CD is released, I hope, or b) I buy a new computer with something other than the Vista operating system.  This DGM site kindly offers a workaround to deal with FLAC conversion in the Vista operating environment, but I tried it unsuccessfully before and was stuck with music I paid for, that I was never able to hear!  I just want to buy a CD of this recording, please.
Written by Christophe Nugue
Some sparkling jewels buried in the sand. Not very easy to find the treasure but if your ears have a kind of perseverance, you will be rewarded. A profusion of ideas. Cross crisis in the lust storm is "Brillantissime".
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