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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Posted by: donhenson
My mother gave me this Frippertronics bundle for Christmas. A wonderful and thoughtful gift. I have listened to this show a number of times and have been moved to tears Read more
|Wonderful! Tue., Jan 1, 2013|
Posted by: codex75
Again a wonderful collection, especially the Robert & Adrian Rehearsal and the Trumpeting Horse....
Number Five already and I still can’t get enough of this slow but steady excavation of the wonderful Fripp Read more
|Experimental Energetic Abandon Fri., Dec 28, 2012|
Posted by: Projekctfive
I was at this show and I’ve heard it again now for the first time 11 years later. I love this show. It seemed a little extra wild at the time and Read more
|Whiptight, smart and brutal Tue., Dec 25, 2012|
Posted by: DarrylDardenne
The band are on oN ON for this night. The show starts with a 25 minute long soundscape by Mr. Fripp that perhaps should be considered a first set and then the band kicks Read more
|Fantastic show, so so sound Tue., Dec 25, 2012|
Posted by: DarrylDardenne
The recording is an audience tape and so the fidelity is not all that good. Though everything is clear, there is some distortion on some of the louder passages and the microphone gets "handled" at some points which adds to Read more
| Paris, France May 28, 1975|
Posted by: SeanStephensen
Looking forward to the CD release! Any idea what part of 2013 we can expect it in?
|exquisite Thu., Dec 20, 2012|
Posted by: TangerinePete
i was really looking for one particular early 70s KC show that hit all the bases in terms of the early repertoire, and for me this historical first-ever live performance from the Islands line up is Read more
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Posted by: Padmasambhava
10. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Pt II; piece edited.
|Well OK. Thu., Dec 6, 2012|
Posted by: Bakullama
10cc meets Queen meets Wolfman Jack? Someone had a grand time mixing this!
|Terrific debut of this lineup Sat., Dec 1, 2012|
Posted by: jeffoaster
So here we have the first ever performance of the Boz/Collins/Fripp/Wallace lineup, and they don’t disappoint. Really terrific sound quality is a bonus addition to this concert. Unlike the Larks Tongues lineup debut at the same venue the Read more
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