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4.43 | 27 ratings | 4 reviews | 41% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Threshold Bells: St. Paul's (1:11)
2. At The End Of Time: St. Paul's (9:44)
3. Evensong: Tallinn (7:20)
4. Evensong Coda: Tallinn (1:48)
5. At The End Of Time: Broad Chalke (12:41)
6. Evensong: Viljandi (10:19)
7. Evensong coda: Viljandi (10:43)
8. Future Shift: Haapsalu (0:59)
9. Evensong: Haapsalu (11:13)
10. Evensong Coda: Haapsalu (8:12)

Total Time 74:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Fripp / guitar

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(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(41%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(26%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
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Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars From those Robert Fripp's solo soundscapes I have heard, this record returns again to the finest celestial spheres I found earlier from his divine "The Gates of Paradise" album. The music focuses again more deeply to the mystic feelings and religious experiences. These solemn relations in the musical context are underlined with use of both church bell and pipe organs resembling sounds, which create beautiful contrasts with very low-pitched and vast humming, associating with echoes of infinity and most profound human questions. The descending and ascending motives form waves summoning forth a powerful sacred spiritual experience, full with melancholic solemnity with presence of hope. These tides on the sea of soothing peacefulness sail to both hypnotic calm phases and cross-picked guitar mantras. Some of the synthesized sounds are quite realistic, some having more artificial characteristics. There are also some fine guitar solos, where the instrument's sound is not so much processed.

Major theme of the album are several variations of "Evensong" from the Fripp & Eno album "Evening Star"; In Tallinn the descending notes of referred track are audible in the tingling background layers, in Viljandi the overall humming sound presence and in codas quiet bells, then in Haapsalu session the dark motives behind solo guitar along with the serene coda details. The wind chime sounding quiet bells dominant on codas of these "Evensong" prayers are very beautiful, chanting with piety their minimal cycles. These entities are segmented with two tranquil phases titled "At The End of Time", and the final "Evensong" is reached through powerful deep sounds of "Future Shift", offering visions from more atonal ethereal planes. The last phase of the album has very sorrowful progression with electronically treated solos, reaching later more hopeful yearning to its flight, before escaping to most blissful bells fading to the void of celestial harmonies.

The composition of the record is built successfully from the church concert recordings, which were captured from a small tour in England and Estonia, reaching a solid thematic album from the emotional logics of the sacred sounds. In the CD booklet there are links to DGM Live web shop, from where one can purchase flac/mp3 downloads of five whole concerts from which this album was built. Robert also shares his memories from the tour and contemplations about his musical career and philosophical views.

I believe this music is relying mostly on the feeling of sounds, not containing very complex musical content. The performances must have been extraordinary events in the churches, if one should be open to peaceful spiritual experiences. Though I do not accept any dogmas of religions preached by men correct, but I see wisdom in William Blake's words "all religions are one". I think the urge to search answers to spiritual questions is a fundamental part of human existence. Though the answer might not be possible to be found, it is possible that search itself is more important, and I refuse to accept the conflict of secular scientific and spiritual faith based views of world - a clash that I have noted to be strong in the segment of society being visible to me. For those who are doing this search or just like beautiful ambient-oriented music, I would certainly recommend this extraordinary album.

Review by admireArt
5 stars Enjoy the music at the end of time!

The most sophisticated and "universal" soundscapes album to this day. I feel like I am pushing Robert Fripp to your attention, but it is a shame that this masterpiece has 5 lonely ratings (all good 4/5 Stars). It is quiet a mystery, considering the sole fact of who this guy is.

But anyway, this is as good as it gets and you should try to immerse yourself in this original guitar language project. Of course there is no contact with King Crimsonsīs multi-instrumental/vocal, colored fireworks, as that has been established since Fripp's 3 drone like compositions in his first solo studio recorded work "Exposure" and completely in his 2nd. "UnderHeavyManners/GodSavetheQueen".

Closer to the electronic "Ambient/Drone" experimentations, his guitar's self made language makes no compromises, like spoken-languages never do, either you get them or not. BUT the main attribute about " At The End Of Time" is the depured synthesis of Fripp's "soundscapes" musical language.

Self-demanding artistry evolution and refinement led its way to this kind of result. So assumed that there are no close connections to Eclectic-Prog's roots or direction like KC's, this will fairly be considered Progressive Electronic. It has all its elements, but generated totally by the electric guitar unexplored , until then, sounds and technological possibilities and not the usually synths/keyboards found in this prog sub-genre.

"Electronic/Enviromental/Experimental/Ambient/Drone/Shoegaze/Minimalism" in spirit and contemporary symphonic due to its well defined multi-overlapped melodic lines, sections and transparent yet monumental structures

One of those efforts which covers the whole scope and intention of the composer without losing grip or forcing the outcome. Add up a "Loosely/Tight" performance with the makings of perfection.

"Friendly" as beauty usually is and uncompromising the same way!

. *****5 "Flawless original, daring with all the energy of Robert Fripp's self-impossed perfect pitch attitude towards performance and music composition" stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars A quick thought: Robert Fripp's End of time is a live album of more of Fripp's solo ambience & soundscapes.It shares the same premise of the early days with Brian Eno,but Fripp has evolved the concept and sound,some what.Interestingly each song is played in a different church throughout England ... (read more)

Report this review (#248205) | Posted by mrcozdude | Wednesday, November 4, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A Sunday Times CD of the week no Fripp implies in his typically effusive sleeve notes, if you were to have come along to a performance of his "Churchscapes" expecting some hard riffing then you would be disappointed. Here, it's Fripp and his "Solar Voyager" playing solo in a series of c ... (read more)

Report this review (#150316) | Posted by Phil | Monday, November 12, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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