Sometimes, if we’re lucky, music transcends the space and time of its creation. The set at Wulfren Hall is one of those. [endtease] It’s nothing short of a miracle that music as sublime and as searching as this was able to emerge from an environment where the majority of the crowd were waiting expectantly for Porcupine Tree. Mind you, that's not as bad as some of the people who were there to see Fripp play.
AV Hall recalls that “a guy in the T-shirt with a print of RF’s equipment set-up bundled past me as the doors opened shouting "I must see Fripp, I must see Fripp" was the first one to take a picture of him standing in the wings. One of his party subsequently took a second picture as the guitarist sat down. Stepping back from my standing position in the second row I accidentally backed into the guy who had a concealed DAT recorder and a tiny microphone positioned out of his top jacket pocket.”
With friends like these, etc., etc. Remarkably, none of these obstacles is apparent in the soundscape we have here. To these ears, the version of Time Stands Still is one of the best in the whole series of the December suite to date.

From Robert’s diary

Throat pain this evening continues to be excruciating, so great that 30 minutes was all I could manage onstage. A supportive audience in a standing hall.

AUDIO SOURCE: Direct Hard Drive



Threshold Bells
Time Stands Still
Queer Jazz Symmetrical
Threshold Future Shift
At The End Of Time
Coda Bells

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Written by Rafał Kosim
Absolutely mandatory
This one is truly exceptional. Time Stands Still is very deeply moving, and I could not give myself a better Christmas gift. Not to mention the blissful finale, where time is nonexistent...  Thanks to everyone involved in making this available!
Written by David F Snyder
Good work.
Luckily for us, Mr. Fripp listens to his muse and not to his listeners. This performance, just shy of 34 minutes long, is both heartfelt and visceral. The stereo production is tender, provide good depth and width throughout; a quad or 5.1 version would be worthy of this particular Soundscape, performed on a late version of The Lunar Module (perhaps the last tour with The Lunar Module?). The bells are a brilliant introduction, awakening, perhaps even alarming, the listener to what follows. In Time Stands Still, we have time slowing, ebbing forward and backward in beautiful eddies. Cycles repeat; voices are reflected and reversed in time. The individual cries out at its reaching this point. But can time stand still forever? Queer Jazz Symmetrical: bass, horns, piano voices welcome us into a place that is uncertain, or at least that never resolves, a morphing figure. This section cycles through darkness and light, through the tragic and comic. At The End Of Time is beautiful and peaceful, yet affirming. Thank you for this offering, DGM.
Written by Michael Flaherty
Time Stand Still
The performance at Wolverhampton is, I believe, among the best titles from Robert Fripp’s December Suite.  In particular, this version of "Time Stands Still" is very moving, perhaps the best version available of this piece.  The rest of the concert continues a high standard, making this selection a particularly good choice for the soundscape collector. However, with this many versions of the same work being available, recommendations of a single night from this tour become almost impossible.  While Wolverhampton contains my favorite "Time Stands Still", Ely’s "Queer Jazz" and the Shepherds Bush version of "At the End of Time" stand out.  My feeling is that for recent soundscapes the longer All Saints show from January 2006 is a good starting place.  If that show leaves you wanting more, this is as good of a place to start as any.
Written by Jack Cooper
I'm sorry for being entusiastic.
Hello all. I am the "guy in the T-shirt with a print of RF’s equipment set-up". I have already posted on Mr Fripps’ guest book with a full apology on behalf my photo taking. I was vaguely aware of Mr Fripps’ dislike of photography and should have known better - however I though a photo before the music had begun wouldn’t be of bother - this was all explained on the guest book entry. I now know different and as explained – when I was informed Mr Fripp has shaken his head I did not take any more photos (even though I never planned too while he was playing) However I would like to state here I have NO IDEA what a DAT recorder is, let alone use it, and did not record the show. It must have been my MP3 player or phone. I am very confused by this but it was certainly not I. Now, I am very new to Mr Fripps’ music compared to some people that visit this website and was rather excitable that day (blame it on my youth, 18 next month). It was my first time I have seen Mr Fripp live – and it wont be my last. I respect Mr Fripps’ beliefs and attitudes and now know “better” – even if personally I do not agree with them. We are all individuals – and I’m sorry for the unintentional disrespect shown. It will not happen in the future. You may keep notes as they are – even though I find such a harsh judgement rather unsettling and slightly embarrassing. I hope my review here is made available for others to read and AV Hall could be a bit more thoughtful before judging and printing false information. Of course the sounds scape was wonderful and I enjoyed every second of it – thank you for a wonderful night. .