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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|Wonderful! Tue., May 22, 2012|
Posted by: JohnSmallwood
Five stars indeed all the way, both in terms of sonic quality and performance. The arrangement of Formentera Lady/The Sailor’s Tale is very interesting and takes unexpected twists and turns, and even Read more
|Savoy Nov. 7, 1981 First House Mon., May 21, 2012|
Posted by: Billco
All I can say is ..........WOW! The sheer power and joy of this performance is astonishing ! A surprisingly potent audience recording really brings this home. The version of "The Sheltering Sky" here is otherworldy, I have never heard a better Read more
|Afternoon or evening set? Tue., May 8, 2012|
Posted by: fhc339835
This is an excellent soundscape recording, one of the best so far in total, and the best of this certain period around the millenium. The liner notes indicate that on this day two sets have been performed by Robert, the current Read more
|Working Titles Tue., May 8, 2012|
Posted by: hammamatsu
I saw the Guildford, Dunstable, Cromer and Poole shows from March ’82 and I’m sure the untitled number was referred to as ’Rocker’ and the instrumental version of Neurotica was Read more
|A must have ! Sat., May 5, 2012|
Posted by: beebfader1
This is a superb recording of a band at the top of their game, trying out `Islands’ material and more. `Sailor’s Tale’ has an incredible guitar solo from Fripp, and there is a pretty wonderful half hour improv covering Read more
|Excellent - Superb++++ Sat., May 5, 2012|
Posted by: fripprob
What a great show!!! Sound Quality is excellent, though Boz`s vocals are recorded a bit high in places. Great guitar solo in Schizoid Man that just flows into Mel`s great sax Read more
|this is not closing time? Thu., May 3, 2012|
Posted by: bruno84
this concert is unstained pleasure; this easily could be a CD that can matche others.
all versions are awsome. PLEASE MAKE A CD;
|Excellent ***** Mon., Apr 30, 2012|
Posted by: MikeLockyer
What a pleasure this recording is - high quality throughout and very jazzy.
Currently my favourite live recording
Many thanks and hoping for more
|Best yet from this incarnation Mon., Apr 30, 2012|
Posted by: DocBobster
This is splendid stuff -- just what I always hope for in a live set. Everyone was extremely creative this night; every tune is filled with nice surprises and little Read more
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