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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|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
|Fantastic Mon., Aug 22, 2011|
Posted by: DarrylDardenne
Not only is the performance wrought with tension, which means in this case the musicians are paying attention to each other, but the recording sounds as if the band is playing right in front of you in a small Read more
|Crim deliver the tasty goods! Mon., Aug 1, 2011|
Posted by: freshlet
Just purchased this lovely little sucker today and cannot get enough of it. Crimson are in super-fine form at this Kokusai Hall show. The playing is extremely tight, with a very special aura of magic encircling Read more
|Heaven On Earth Mon., Aug 1, 2011|
Posted by: drgroovy
In March of 1990, I was living - for a very brief period of time - in Poughkeepsie, NY when this tour came around. I had absolutely no idea what, or who, The League of Crafty Guitarists Read more
|OMG Thu., Jul 28, 2011|
Posted by: Radiolux
OMG ! How many germs like that are still hidden in the DGM archives ? Obviously, this one could have been included in the last reissue of the "In The Court Of The Crimson King" Read more
|LOVELY Mon., Jul 25, 2011|
Posted by: syncopatico
Now this is indeed lovely in every way--including the recording quality, and the mix!
I would say it’s Crimso ’cK’araoke time, but Ian’s flute soloing is too beautiful to sing over here: this definitely works as an (alternate) instrumental Read more
|A Dream Come True Fri., Jul 22, 2011|
Posted by: Squonkamatic
Thank you so much for making this selection available. It has been a dream come true to hear, re-hear and get to know the spellbinding music presented in this compilation. You have never heard anything like this Read more
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