18 January 1978

After rehearsals in New York with John Wetton and Michael Walden in 1977 had finished, Robert Fripp continued to work on and refine material for what would become Exposure with Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta. Having worked with the pair previously with Peter Gabriel in both the studio and on stage the previous year, there’s an easy fluency between the players here. That could of course also be the result of the material here being more formed and developed than the previous Exposure rehearsals.

While some of these pieces are familiar we get to hear them in either their raw state such as the new-to-these-ears Slow Stomp, or, as in the case of You Burn Me Up, moving towards a finished form that’s instantly recognisable.

The two Chicagoish tracks presented here have the novelty of Fripp playing a surprisingly bluesy lick that would ultimately be lost by the time it came to record the album properly.

What’s also intriguing about this session is the presence of another ballad other than North Star. With the provisional and prosaic title of Ballad, if you close your eyes it could be springing from the fingers of Fripp in Brondesbury Road in the late 60s or even a contender for the Poseidon album.

The sound quality here is vastly superior to the Fripp/Wetton/Walden tapes and once again Alex Mundy has done us proud in bringing another aspect of the Exposure album to light.

AUDIO SOURCE: Rehearsal Cassette

DGM AUDIO QUALITY

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TRACK
TIME
01
Slow Stomp I
03:38
02
Slow Stomp II
01:24
03
Chicagoish I
01:37
04
Chicagoish II
02:33
05
North Star I
01:39
06
North Star II
02:04
07
North Star III
02:44
08
Ballad I
01:13
09
Ballad II
01:37
10
Ballad III
01:12
11
You Burn Me Up I
01:36
12
You Burn Me Up II
01:33
13
You Burn Me Up III
00:50
14
You Burn Me Up IV
02:44
15
Haaden Two I
00:29
16
Haaden Two II
02:27
17
Haaden Two III
02:47
18
Groove
01:20
Written by Cristian Skina
carrot before the mule?
I hope this is warming up for a long-awaited re-release of the vinyl (2,3, 40 anniversary?) Whichever, I need a new one, my original plastic sounds like a deep fry.
Written by Rex Fermier
For Mr. Joe Gorelick
Perhaps you missed the title at the top of this web page. The studio is the Hit Factory. And, yes I agree that more of these tapes would be fun to hear.
Written by Joe Gorelick
Wish we had 20 more rehearsals like this one...
Anyone know the exact studio this was rehearsed in???
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