Solid and Historical Set
Being the first date of the European tour of 1979, this show is one of the earliest Frippertronics recordings available. Not the first show, not even the first show of 1979 (there were a few performances in Montreal and the UK in April), but still very early on. For that reason this set is absolutely worth picking up, as the style Fripp adopts here would change quite soon as the month of May progresses. This show features more ambient washes and drones, with fewer of the bleeps and blips that seem to dominate the albums God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners and Let the Power Fall.
It's also worth picking up to hear Robert's playing overtop of the loops, although this is only possible because the recording is sourced from a bootleg made by an audience member. Being able to hear the sounds of the room do allow the listener to sort of get a grasp for how the loops are sometimes constructed; in Music For Theatres and Solo III, you can hear a point during Robert's soloing where he rapidly and repeatedly clicks on a foot pedal, switching the output of his guitar and Frippelboard back and forth, going from the amplifier on stage to the tape machines that allow him to create his loops. This appears to be at least one method used to create the various bleeps and blips.
All in all I can't say it's a particularly special or unique show because of the content. Most of the loops are built around ideas Robert would revisit in later performances with a little more experience under his belt. For that, as well as the quality of the recording, I wouldn't recommend this to somebody completely unfamiliar with Frippertronics (actually for that person I would recommend finding a copy of Let the Power Fall, or perhaps GSTQ/UHM although that one has not been released on CD as of the time of writing). However, if you have heard both of the Frippertronics albums or have heard a few of the other shows on this tour or others (or maybe the albums *and* some other shows), I can safely say this one is still worth picking up for historical reasons especially. This style of Frippertronics would very quickly evolve from the ambient washes and drones to the later heavy reliance on beeps (not that either one is inherently better than the other). Alternatively, save your money and pick up the entire 1979 tour.