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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|Amazing! Thu., Sep 1, 2011|
Posted by: pinkmilk
Short but beautiful concert of this wonderful quartet that brings out all its sonic potential in this evening to be framed as one of the best performances of the tour. Songs are played masterfully with a focus on the rhythm Read more
|Menacing Muir Thu., Sep 1, 2011|
Posted by: harmonicscarf
this is quite a violent gig. there are explosive intensities in the percussives. This changed my life in a good way, i thought I wasn’t going to have any more mindblowing crim experiences but this did it Read more
|Hull Heaven Thu., Sep 1, 2011|
Posted by: petersenior
A complete and excellent show from the Muir era band. Despite the source this has good sound apart from the odd bit of distortion and top end crackle, far superior listening to the Zoom Club 2cd Read more
|Oxford Dreaming Thu., Sep 1, 2011|
Posted by: petersenior
Superb playing and great sound for an audience bootleg. After a great Larks 1 followed by some amusing comments from RF there is a sublime Daily Games drifting via a DC solo into a pastoral improv which quietly builds into Read more
|griffinsfire Thu., Sep 1, 2011|
Posted by: griffinsfire666
I saw this tour in Syracuse,N.Y. and the show was fantastic! The whole band shined, surpassing my already high expectations.
|Memphis Blues Wed., Aug 31, 2011|
Posted by: Wordsmith
I too was drawn to this download by the potential thrill of hearing what former "stunt guitarist" Michael Keneally could do in a Soundscape situation. Although his contributions are a little lost in the mix at times, I Read more
|Another Tue., Aug 30, 2011|
Posted by: mflaherty
The continuation of DGM’s current "Let’s get all of Michael’s money" project.
Of course the big deal is Mike Kenneally joining Fripp for 18 minutes, and while he’s somewhat buried for the first half, he Read more
|Red Mon., Aug 29, 2011|
Posted by: pydeloreilhe
This is great music, but quite a bit short (only 20 seconds) !
|Oxford Sun., Aug 28, 2011|
Posted by: arrcee
Bootleg source, nice performance.
|Yeah, its USA plus, and plus a lot Mon., Aug 22, 2011|
Posted by: DarrylDardenne
While its fantastic to hear the entire Easy Money from Asbury, truncated on the USA album. You older Crimson fans know of what I speak. But the real star here is Read more
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