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2.14 | 25 ratings | 2 reviews | 4% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Lady Or The Tiger? (29:48)
2. The Discourager of Hesitancy (19:13)

Total Time: 49:01

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Fripp / performer (?)
- Toyah Willcox / vocals

With "The League of Crafty Guitarists" (students of Guitar Craft IX course):
- Terry Blankenship, Roy Capellaro, Jon Diaz, John Durso, Andrew Essex, Tony Geballe, Claude Gillet, Curt Golden, Mike Gorman, Trey Gunn, Brian Helm, James Hines III, Danny Howes, John Miley, John Novak and Mark Tomacci / guitar (2)

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Artwork: Bill Smith Studio with Richard Haughton (photo)

LP Editions EG ‎- EGED 44 (1986, UK)

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ROBERT FRIPP Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox: The Lady Or The Tiger ? ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(4%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(8%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (48%)
Poor. Only for completionists (16%)

ROBERT FRIPP Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox: The Lady Or The Tiger ? reviews

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars In 1986 Robert Fripp released this album, with his wife, Toyah Wilcox reading two stories by Frank R. Stockton. It is an interesting concept, and in some ways interesting, but as a whole, I would say it was a failure.

The stories are interesting enough when reading them. The Lady Or The Tiger? is quite famous. But Wilcox reads them so lightly that it makes it a chore to pay attention to them all the way through.

And Fripp doesn't help much. The Lady Or The Tiger? has Fripp creating soundscapes bahind the droning Wilcox. I presume any child subjected to this album would be asleep no more than a third of the way through. The Discourager Of Hesitancy fares no better. This one has The League Of Crafty Guitarists noodling away behind Toyah's reading.

The music itself occasionally has some nice sounds, but all in all, it would probably make the most ardent new age fan yawn.

Two stars, because it can put a toddler to sleep.

Review by Tarcisio Moura
2 stars I must say I was taken by surprise by the content of this CD. The first collaboration Fripp recorded with his wife Toyah Willcox should be an interesting item: Toyah Willcox was a new wave artist who had always an experimental, edgy side. And Robert Fripp was an avant guard experimentalist who always had a melodic touch on most of his works. I was expecting a good mix of both worlds and thatīs not exactly what you got here: in fact, it nothing like that. Itīs just Toyah reading two stories accompanied by Frippertonics on the title track and by the The League of Crafty Guitarists on The Discourager of Hesitancy. Thereīs no music per se: what you got here is just background ambient sounds that do not interfere with the storytelling.

So, I was quite frustrated by what I heard: her reading is too monotonous for my liking. And the background noise (this is no music as far as Iīm concerned) is just that: it did not help things get any better. Iīm not saying that is bad, just that is not for my taste. And to listen to it for almost half an hour (The Lady Or The Tiger?) or for twenty minutes (The Discourager of Hesitancy) was just too much. I should have read Evolverīs review before I get this CD. Well, Iīm warning you. Thereīs a second CD where it seems the couple makes a more "traditional" music, if you will. Iīm still planning to give it a try. But, boy, am I disappointed with this one! Specially if you think about the talent of the people involved. As for the rating I can only give it 1.5 stars: not exactly poor, but certainly for special tastes. And completionists.

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