This track was one of Stormy's Monday selections. It is currently unavailable, but will be part of his next bumper collection. His fourth year of treasures from the murky, cavernous DGM archives, torch in hand, fedora upon his head is now available for download.
The marvelous thing about Mister Stormy blowing the dust off the multi-tracks is that we get to hear a little of the processes involved in the recording of albums we know and love. It makes one consider how different the piece we think of as forever preserved in aural amber somehow made malleable and prone to radically altered outcomes had the decision made during the mixing been different. So this is an alternative reality version of Prince Rupertís Lament from Lizard. Not only do we have a different guitar solo (there were four takes in total) but, as we can hear, there was another guitar accompanying the bass providing extra harmonic information and some mood-shifting colour. This is in keeping with Frippís approach during the making of an album, placing a kind of musical scaffolding in the early stages of building up a track, and then remove it all for the final unveiling of the finished piece.
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Prince Rupert is Smiling, Thu., Mar 22, 2012
Written by SSImuse
You can tell Frippís just getting warmed up on this take. It still doesnít have the full ferocity of the final master but still sheds light on the Beast yet to emerge.
BTW, Iím with the rest - I still consider Lizard to be a watershed work of musicianship; to hear these snippets from this album makes me want to hear the whole session.
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