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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|Parts of the finished track? Tue., Dec 11, 2007|
Posted by: DanielK
I haven’t listened to TOAPP for a file, but some of the stuff in this recording definitely sound like the final version of the track starting around 3:30 minutes in, basically what ends up being the end of Larks Read more
|Fascinating Mon., Dec 10, 2007|
Posted by: davidfsnyder
Beginnings are invisible, but this brings the listener a step closer into the creative process of KC. The musicianship is excellent (of course!). Mr. Stormy once again picks a real Read more
|Pier `82 download Sun., Nov 25, 2007|
Posted by: Billco
I concure that the pitch is off on this download although I think I know where the mistake was made. If you compare the pitch of the opening percusion of "Waiting Man" to other recordings of the same song the Read more
|Good - but pitch correction needed? Sat., Nov 24, 2007|
Posted by: paorear
This recording sounds like it’s nearly a full half-pitch lower than the Convention Hall gig from the night before (and seems so from my guitar as well) - which means that at correct pitch they must have really been charging Read more
|Discipline and Thrakking Sat., Nov 17, 2007|
Posted by: KC_1980s
The violently creative Entry of the Crims lead-in makes Thrakattack sound like an Air Supply album, combining the Dionysian influence with a lot of noise.
I was reluctant to get this download at
first because it is a duplication of
Absent Lovers. While AL is sort of
the definitive "discipline" version of the band at this time, this download is the "thrak" version -- raw and Read more
|Ooh la la! Thu., Nov 15, 2007|
Posted by: KC_1980s
Worth ten bucks for Adrian’s introduction to Neal and Jack and Me -- which is great, and plays off the audience member who shouts "ooh la la" once Ade mentions Read more
|Lucky Stiffs Wed., Nov 7, 2007|
Posted by: TargetMassAppeal
ah, to have caught KC during these trilogy of tours (sorry, don’t know what to call it). thanks so much for a kickass FREE show... RF knows the score. pls don’t convert these pristine, Read more
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