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., Feb 7, 2012|
Posted by: DanielK
So loose and easy. Reminds me of the Fab Four playing a rooftop gig, just without vocals. Dig it!
|Thankyou! Mon., Feb 6, 2012|
Posted by: pete3names
Excellent. So it’s basically a 12-bar blues in 7/8 - I never noticed before!
|Fruit Of The Fripperboard Sun., Feb 5, 2012|
Posted 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 Read more
|odd, that Sat., Feb 4, 2012|
Posted by: dubhthaigh
There are 2 Crim shows I’ve attended that stood out as signal changers. Signalling what, not sure I can articulate, but even the long suffering wife dragged criminally against her will to decades of KC adventures observed after this one: Read more
|if you can't buy 'em all... Thu., Feb 2, 2012|
Posted by: jacethecrowl
I couldn’t spend a bundle on the bundle, so I went with this one based on the setlist (unimpeachable in my book, and the only one with "Oyster Read more
|Welcom to prom night! Mon., Jan 30, 2012|
Posted by: mnewstrom
The title was Adrian’s salute to the venue, very a propos for the seated audience who were in fine fettle that evening. For me, fresh from a distressed period of my life, this was a very necessary Read more
|AH...THAT SOUND! Wed., Jan 25, 2012|
Posted by: SSImuse
If there is such a thing as a perfect electric guitar sound, it has to be that of Fripp’s sustained overdrive. Love it....just plain love it.
| London, London, United Kingdom May 20, 1981|
Posted by: iansturgess
Presumably it was Record that the engineer hit!
Ha - absolutely Ian! Sid
|Hidden Track Mon., Jan 16, 2012|
Posted by: anonymous
This is my mistake, so sorry about that.
I will remake the track listing and add a track no. to Walking On Air Dub.
|Wonderful Mon., Jan 9, 2012|
Posted by: codex75
Again a wonderful collection, can’t wait ’til Vol. 5. And what have we here? Hidden at the end of track 2.2 something that appears to be a "dub" version of "Walking On Read more
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