Fruit Of The Fripperboard February 5, 2012
Written by happypig
This is the essence of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Work, for me, at least. The interlocking stuff, the complex-timed constructions, the Soundscapes, I wait (and sometimes suffer) through all of that to get the smidgen of this. Solos like the "Hammond Song", like "St. Elmo’s Fire"-A sui generis tone, playing melodies not based in the blues, but having just as much emotion. The few notes of "Heroes" says more than all the notes of all the shredders together. A reviewer once wrote "Withering" and I couldn’t agree more.
I often wanted to attend a Guitar Craft course, just for the chance to ask RF a "burning question" -"Why are you so parsimonious with these gems?" The Frippertronics shows of yore were rich with the melodic solos, but they really shine as part of a song. A fantasy of mine would put RF in a studio with Art Garfunkel or Aaron Neville, a piano trio (preferably Larry Goldings) and new songs by people who know better. Produced "audio verité" style. That guitar with those voices, in that setting. Traditional and cutting edge simultaneously. And I’ll bet that record would shift a few units as well.
But I digress...
I do not mean to dismiss the larger portion of RF’s work, but the "Gamelan Guitars" start to sound like The Hanon and Czerny exercises I had to endure as a student. The Soundscapes remind me of Tangerine Dream and Eno’s ambient stuff. The aleatoric-ish Crim tunes sometimes sound like they are dense and difficult for their own sake. I continue to buy Crim and Fripp-related music because I am assured that there will always be something that will interest me therein, and there is always a chance that there will be some sort of Fripp melodic moment contained.
2¢ deposited, Soapbox collapsed. And if anyone has Art or Aaron’s phone number, pass it over to RF-I have Larry’s...
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| Berkeley, California August 13, 1982|
Posted by: tombstone
First, I’d like to say thank you to RF & co. for this free offering; very generous. I’ve spent the last week (January 1-5 2007) listening to the 7.30.82 show from Club 26 and, as I listen to this performance from Read more
|Thanks for helping my memory too Thu., Jan 4, 2007|
Posted by: jmclion
I love to find recordings of shows I have attended. It helps keep the memories strong. Almost been 25 years since this performance. This is going stright to the top of my listening Read more
|Thank You Wed., Dec 6, 2006|
Posted by: millingt
First and foremost, thank you to DGM Live for giving us a free download. To me, 80’s Crimson was one of the most interesting times. In my opinion, with maybe the exception of In the Court, Discipline is Read more
|Thanks Sun., Nov 26, 2006|
Posted by: DeusIrae
One of the fundamental aspects of human nature is the desire and need for creative work/ expression. Thanks for sharing this work with us.
|Another thing to be thankful for! Thu., Nov 23, 2006|
Posted by: acampo
Thanks for the chance to upgrade my worn out 3rd gen tape of this show. Excellent sound of a good show played at a treasure of a Read more
|1981 vs. 1982 Thu., Nov 23, 2006|
Posted by: stevesull
I attended this presentation as well... In fact, I attended all KC presentations at the Old Woldorf in 1981 and each performance at the Greek in 1982... What do I remember Read more
|Great, Great Fun! Wed., Nov 22, 2006|
Posted by: cuicawrangler
I was fortunate enough to attend this show, and quite happy to hear after all these years that my memories are supported by the evidence. The Greek is my all-time favorite venue, and this was a wonderful Read more
|EXUBERANT! Fri., Nov 10, 2006|
Posted by: tylewno
I’ve always looked back at this - my first King Crimson show - as the best concert I’ve ever attended. Such an energetic presentation of the new line-up and new material to eager Read more
|This is the one! Mon., Oct 30, 2006|
Posted by: cubist
For me this is the best live set by this line-up I’ve heard. I think it PULVERISES Absent Lovers - absolutely slays it. The reason is because the band is still comparitively young and the pieces all fairly new and Read more
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