February 6, 1977 Mary

This track is now available for download as part of a bumper collection of Mr Stormy's Monday Selections - his second year of random romps through the murky, cavernous DGM archives, torch in hand, fedora upon his head.

A delightful find.[endtease]We hear Robert, recorded at his home in Hell's Kitchen, working through some intriguing melodic possibilities for the ballad that became Mary.

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Mary
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Written by Mark Johnson
The most intimate version of "Mary"
Each successive version of this song that is released is more intimate than the previous. The Terre Roche vocal version from the original LP had a stateliness that was superseded by the soulfulness of Daryl Hall’s alternate take version. And now, we have the closest evidence of the original idea, played by Fripp, alone. The simplicity of the chord progression and the thin, fragile sound of the lead guitar suggests vulnerability, a brief glimpse of music beginning to reveal itself to Fripp. At first blush, this 58 seconds of music doesn’t seem like it would offer much, but give it a chance to speak to you.
Written by ALLAN G OKADA
Another gem
Another interesting tidbit that gives a glimpse at the early writing process of these now classic pieces of music. I wonder if there are any of these that never went beyond this stage and were forgotten. Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear how Robert would finish it some 30+ years later ?
Written by Rich Barrett
Mary
What a generous version of the lovely song/
Written by Andrei Rouliakov
Nice One
Loved it. Simple, but serious. Inspirational. Beautiful.
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