This show is from the second performance of the seventh gig on this short Frippertronics jaunt which the guitarist embarked upon as King Crimson pondered on the fate of their yet-to-be third album.

That sense of other-worldliness is further reinforced by the inclusion of the solos from bootleg sources which have been painstakingly matched up to the original reels by Alex ‘Stormy’ Mundy. The difference in the audio quality makes it sound as though the room was tuning into a radio station broadcasting from the past or perhaps another dimension altogether.

Loop II and Solo is a ravishing slow-burning piece that all but steals the show. Against the radiant ebb and flow of chords Fripp adds urgent trumpet-like notes that hit the spot.

As well as taking the audience through the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) interactions between music, musicians, audiences and the industry, we hear about buying ‘off the bone’ underpants from Fred Miller in Wimborne and what to do when your hired-in Revox is late or catches fire! There’s one or two slightly test elements in the audience in the latter part of the lecture section, and perhaps referring to some of the musical tricks he mentioned during his talk, the guitarist finishes off the evening with some remarkably scary-sounding honks and howls alongside his bleeps and drones. Fiery stuff for sure!

AUDIO SOURCE: Reel To Reel Tape And Bootleg

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TRACK
TIME
01
Loop I
05:13
02
Loop II
07:56
03
Loop III
06:36
04
Lecture Pt I
16:43
05
Loop I And Solo
05:26
01
Lecture Pt II
22:17
02
Loop II And Solo
08:16
03
Lecture Pt III
08:35
04
Lecture Pt IV
04:50
05
Loop III And Solo
06:33
Written by Frank Hadlich
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Fantastic music, very receptive audience and lot’sa fun during the presentation and the interaction between the lecturer and the punters.
Written by Jeff Miner
Best of the 1983 Frippertronics Shows
I’ve been going through a Frippertronics phase lately and listening to a lot of the DGM Live downloads. At this point, I’m less happy with the 1983 shows than with the earlier years. I expect it’s largely due to the guitar-synth predominating in these shows - the sound seems very thin. In addition there seems to be a lot of "wobble" in the sound on many shows (is ’flutter’ the proper term?). Of the 1983 shows, I thought this one was the best - the sound is good and the playing quite strong. Very interesting to me is that "Loop II and Solo" is clearly the same ’piece’ as the next-to-last "Loop and Solo" on 3-23. Different backing loops, but structure and tone and general tenor are the same throughout. The 3-23 audience is rowdy and the sound quality much rougher, but it’s a great performance, too.
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