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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|Awesome Wed., Jul 20, 2011|
Posted by: boobuns
Oh bliss! Aural ecstacy!
I feel like a flippin’ kid in a frippin’ candy store.
Thank you ever so much Robert, and DGM Live staff.
|robert fripp Wed., Jul 20, 2011|
Posted by: augustus
Thre is any doubt out there where are the genius ?? Raw sessions like this pretty much confirm how talented the musicians are
|Absolutely essential Mon., Jul 18, 2011|
Posted by: gasmrv
This, without a doubt, is absolutely essential listening. One of the very best downloads to date. The quality of the music & musicianship and the sheer rawness found here almost instantly makes one forget this recording is Read more
|Elegant and beautiful. Mon., Jul 18, 2011|
Posted by: Mouxie
Just gorgeous. I love Anne Laplantine’s work for similar reasons as I adore this, but of course her work leverages on digital cut-ups, whereas this just spills out, all in the moment, making it Read more
|Breathtaking Mon., Jul 18, 2011|
Posted by: myshadow
Beyond a doubt, this has to be the most amazing release since The Asbury Park gig. Which has now been eclipsed.
What I have heard so far is absolutely breath taking.
This is raw Red Mark Read more
|Not the first time! Thu., Jul 14, 2011|
Posted by: maxbuzz
Inspired by this track, I listened for Lizard once more time, and actually heard this piano track in the final mix. The sound is weakened several times, but is still recognizable (tune your ears to these "thrakking" chords and find Read more
|very nice Thu., Jul 14, 2011|
Posted by: gbruner
i think i will make this my new ringtone!
|Great little gem Thu., Jul 14, 2011|
Posted by: gasmrv
This could easily have been part of the 1995 Thrak improvs or even some of the ConstruKction of Light 2000 improvs.
|Concrete cavern Wed., Jul 13, 2011|
Posted by: NotoriousA
I was there for this show, at the Casino. I took a bus by myself from north Jersey. It was general admission, with no seating on the ground floor. Though at the front end of the line, I opted for Read more
| London, London, United Kingdom September 10, 1970|
Posted by: emmapeelfanclub
Thanks for yet another fascinating glimpse from the old multitracks. Keith is in pretty fiery demonic form here!
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