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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|Thank you! Fri., Jun 8, 2012|
Posted by: TonyKoera
Thank you so much! I’ve been waiting years for this!
I would exchange all these songs to hear Red from this gig though :) Very unfortunate that it is not available.
Toni Read more
|Epic Road Trip Sat., Jun 2, 2012|
Posted by: BlackPage
My girlfriend (and now wife of 30 years) and I road tripped from State College PA to Jersey hopping subways to get to NYC and back with a Read more
|Play that funky music, Crim boys! Mon., May 28, 2012|
Posted by: SSImuse
Who’da thought The Beast could be this soulful? You can see where a completed piece such as this could have ended up in this version’s ouevre. Shame there isn’t more.
|Interesting and unique Mon., May 28, 2012|
Posted by: WhiskeyVengeance
I so wish this were longer than a minute. I’ve never heard Fripp play quite like this, and I like it! Has a Stax/Volt flavor but with the fast jazz flourishes characteristic of Fripp’s playing during this time Read more
|Jaunty Mon., May 28, 2012|
Posted by: emmapeelfanclub
This must be the jauntiest recording I’ve ever heard by King Crimson. You can tap your tootsies and even dance to this! Very enjoyable! Read more
|All SIX shows! Thu., May 24, 2012|
Posted by: mannylunch
Yes, I was at ALL six NYC ’81 shows, including both early and late shows on the first night of the three, which begs the question: If this is the first set, why not come out and label Read more
|Wonderful! Tue., May 22, 2012|
Posted by: JohnSmallwood
Five stars indeed all the way, both in terms of sonic quality and performance. The arrangement of Formentera Lady/The Sailor’s Tale is very interesting and takes unexpected twists and turns, and even Read more
|Savoy Nov. 7, 1981 First House Mon., May 21, 2012|
Posted by: Billco
All I can say is ..........WOW! The sheer power and joy of this performance is astonishing ! A surprisingly potent audience recording really brings this home. The version of "The Sheltering Sky" here is otherworldy, I have never heard a better Read more
|Working Titles Tue., May 8, 2012|
Posted by: hammamatsu
I saw the Guildford, Dunstable, Cromer and Poole shows from March ’82 and I’m sure the untitled number was referred to as ’Rocker’ and the instrumental version of Neurotica was Read more
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