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The two sides of TS McFripp
:: Posted by albemuth on April 21, 2015
Thanks for the correction Rogadaire about the BOF solo. I seem to be open to any and all April Fool’s jokes. Incidentally, I believe I know (and others know) what note you are referring to!
Still, while I enjoy Fripp’s moments of rhapsodic joy and terror, I tend to prefer his cooler and restrained playing, as though he is a little bit removed from the proceedings. Woody Guthrie wrote "This machine kills fascists" on his guitar. Robert Fripp should write "Remain in hell without despair" on his.
Honor Artists' Intentions
:: Posted by Dr_Erock on April 21, 2015
Neko Case takes a stand against disruptive audient:
"[A]fter a winning performance on Friday, Case walked out of her Saturday show early, skipping the encore, thanks to an attendee who wouldn’t stop filming -- contrary to Case’s wishes."
That solo, and a couple of others
:: Posted by rogadaire on April 21, 2015
I hope albemuth is not in any serious doubt about who played the solo on Baby’s On Fire. There was a mischievous thread concerning RF’s contribution posted on April 1, a date of sufficient significance that I trust I can safely leave any ’debate’ concerning this matter there... Personally I do very much rate the BOF solo as quintessential RF. It would probably get my vote as one of the top 5 RF contributions to other people’s albums because of one outrageous note he pulls out of the bag at a point where it just doesn’t seem ’on’, like scoring a net-busting goal from an ’impossible’ angle, back to goal, while surrounded by 3 defenders.
I seem to recall there’s another great RF solo on an Eno album that I rarely hear getting any kind of mention: Nerve Net (one of the last albums I ever bought on cassette, which probably explains why I haven’t listened to it for a good few years). Of course, a solo doesn’t need to be particularly flashy to leave its mark. Another favourite of mine from RF is on Peter Gabriel’s ’White Shadow’. It’s just so totally assured in the way it blends into and complements the sound of the other instruments, but there’s no particular stand-out part to it. One thing that I think helps make RF’s guitar playing on other people’s songs so distinctive and fresh sounding is the lack of preparation he typically has in terms of initial familiarisation with the music, it’s just plug-in and go. This leads me to the final example I’ll mention - and another personal favourite - the soloing on John Paul Jones’ ’Leafy Meadows’. The opening phrasing on that is exquisitely off the wall, a feat RF manages to augment by appearing to come in at the ’wrong time’ (I realise I should have had another listen before writing this, but I believe it comes in mid-way through a bar instead of at the start of a bar, as we’re ’trained’ to expect). It is so good that I must admit to being intrigued as to whether or not RF wrote that phrase in advance. It doesn’t detract from it if he did, it would just mean that he occasionally resorts to a kind of practiced as well as spontaneous genius.
Re; Fripp's acoustic Peace A Theme
:: Posted by Valhalla on April 21, 2015
A nice acoustic guitar sound indeed for a wonderful piece of music & it reminds me to ask, does the Fripp man still play acoustic guitar? I don’t think I have heard him play one on a recording since the early 70’s. I may be stretching the memory a little there of course, but it is something that I have thought about for eons!
What this little ’2nd take’ at the intro reminded me of, was Ian Anderson’s acoustic intro to Baker St Muse from the classic Tull album Minstrel In The Gallery. The 2nd take tit bit after a little stutter, pause & then some colourful language from Anderson before he recommences.
Heaps of acoustic guitar on those Tull albums, as there was at times with Crimson also, well maybe not quite as much as Tull of course, but still wonderful.
Stormy Monday Selections
:: Posted by mikefrost on April 20, 2015
Great selection, Alex! A fascinating insight into the recording of an often overlooked album! Just a small question, are the hot tickler every three weeks now or is there no particular pattern anymore?
The work on box sets and other demands on the team's time means that the frequency of the tickles can sometimes be subjected to a degree of disruption. Don't worry however, Mister Stormy will continue to fearlessly brave the challenges of the unknown in the vaults as time allows.
Guildford and/or Watford?
:: Posted by Chris_DeVito on April 20, 2015
As WhiskeyVengeance points out in his review for the new(ish) Watford
’72 Jamie Muir KC download (http://www.dgmlive.com/archive.htm?artist=4&show=241&member=&entry=), the first part is the same material previously released on CLUB 24 as Guildford ’72 (now up for download at http://www.dgmlive.com/archive.htm?artist=4&show=240&member=&entry=). Which date/location are correct? And will there be a stitched-together version of the concert using the best-sounding material from the various sources?
It's certainly a riddle - and one which the team at DGMHQ are trying to get to grips with. Stay tuned for an update.
:: Posted by boobuns on April 15, 2015
:: Posted by brotherbeavis on April 11, 2015
A friend spotted this poster for a 1974 documentary on the Bermuda Triangle featuring "music by King Crimson."
It happened. Really. A small segment of the song The Devil’s Triangle is repeated throughout the film, which is narrated by Vincent Price. Going by Sid Smith’s Book In the Court of King Crimson this was officially sanctioned by the band and the record company. Parts of it can be viewed on the you tube.
:: Posted by pcpaki on April 15, 2015
Loved the smiling flow of April 14 entry, Mr. Singleton!
Equipment on Lizard
:: Posted by observehypothesis on April 15, 2015
does anybody know which bass brand/model Haskell played on Lizard?
:: Posted by thecapitolcardiff1971 on April 15, 2015
I have felt for some time now that Robert, as an acknowledgement to his beginnings in the music business, should title a future KC musical extravaganza with the reply of a Mr Giles when RF enquired whether he got the gig in GG &F. Should be good.
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