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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|OMG..i was there !!! Wed., May 4, 2011|
Posted by: jonnymarz77
Don’t want to be negative. I really don’t want to be. I love Crimson & Fripp in many, many incarnations. I have been fortunate to have seen them on many occasions thru the years, and have been to well over 500 Read more
|A standout show! Mon., May 2, 2011|
Posted by: JPrisco
Nice to hear the band strong right out of the gate -- nice audience presence between songs, and the band is more than ready to flatten hairs. However: if your sole raison d’etre is to be Fripped out, you may Read more
|Blimey Sun., May 1, 2011|
Posted by: jeansteinmann
A new whole new sub-genre on offer. This is gorgeous. We can all be Ade!
|Wish I Was There! Sat., Apr 30, 2011|
Posted by: aka_srp
The Double Trio is my favorite inkCarnation - arguably one of the finest bands ever - this blistering batch of well worn socks will surely be enjoyed by fans of all Read more
|OH LORD Sat., Apr 30, 2011|
Posted by: melvinc7
This is terrible.Gavin ,d pat are jive drummers getting over.No black drummers?Miles davis used white musicians.wake up Mr.Fripp."
|More of the not-same Wed., Apr 27, 2011|
Posted by: JPrisco
As with all ProjeKct shows, it’s not so much what you expect as what you don’t. In this show, the easy rewards seem to be mostly up front: the Soundscape is wild and unpredictable; the first Vector Shift Read more
|Fantastic!!! Tue., Apr 26, 2011|
Posted by: LouieB
"One Time" is one of my all-time favorite latter-day King Crimson songs. To hear it in its instrumental form is absolutely amazing. I’ll have to agree with the other person who would like to hear more Crimson Read more
|Crim Karaoke Collection Mon., Apr 25, 2011|
Posted by: ombass
Very nice; thank you! It would be great to hear an entire collection of these Crimson ’Karaoke’ versions. Or, better yet, an actual remixed Crimson Dub compilation. (In the same vein as reggae dub remixes) Now THAT would be extremely Read more
| Pforzheim, Germany March 31, 1974|
Posted by: chrisklenox
There must have been something in the air in Germany! This may be the most intense King Crimson recording I have ever heard. The enery level on this is through the Read more
|finally giving us what we want Sat., Apr 23, 2011|
Posted by: melvinc7
I LOVE THIS DISC.BEEN WAITING SINCE 1980 TO HEAR THIS STUFF.YIPPIEEEEEE.FRIPP IS BACK ! TO HECK WITH THE SO CALLED NEW MUISC THE CLOCK IS TURNED BACK AND I FOR ONE AM ENJOYING IT PLEASE PUT OUT Read more
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