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FRIPP is best known as a founder and continuing member of KING CRIMSON, from the debut album "In The Court Of The Crimson King" in 1969, through "Larks' Tongues In Aspic" (1972), "Red" (1974), "Discipline" (1981), "VROOOM" (1994), "THRAK" (1995), "THRaKaTTaK" (1996), and the H.O.R.D.E. tour of 1996. Well known collaborations and contributions include FRIPP & ENO's "No Pussyfooting" (1973) and "Evening Star" (1975), ENO's "Nerve Net" (1993), the first three Peter GABRIEL albums, David BOWIE's "Heroes" (1977) and "Scary Monsters" (1980), Daryl HALL's "Sacred Songs" (1979), and The Roches (1979 & 1982). FRIPP left the music industry between 1984 and 1991 to establish the Guitar Craft seminar program, which continues around the world.

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3.70 | 129 ratings
Exposure
1979
2.87 | 29 ratings
God Save the Queen / Under Heavy Manners
1980
2.53 | 31 ratings
Let The Power Fall
1981
2.67 | 26 ratings
The League of Gentlemen
1981
3.35 | 38 ratings
I Advance Masked (with Andy Summers)
1982
2.71 | 23 ratings
Bewitched (with Andy Summers)
1984
3.08 | 23 ratings
Robert Fripp / The League Of Gentlemen - God Save The King
1985
2.29 | 9 ratings
Toyah And Fripp - The Lady Or The Tiger?
1986
3.82 | 40 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists - Show of Hands
1991
3.57 | 23 ratings
Sunday All Over The World - Kneeling At The Shrine
1991
3.84 | 29 ratings
The Robert Fripp String Quintet
1993
3.73 | 23 ratings
That Which Passes: 1995 Soundscapes, Vol. 3
1996
3.88 | 33 ratings
The Gates Of Paradise
1997
3.54 | 17 ratings
The Repercussions of Angelic Behavior (with Trey Gunn and Bill Rieflin)
1999
3.74 | 13 ratings
A Temple In The Clouds
2000
2.55 | 12 ratings
Thread (with Theo Travis)
2008
3.83 | 14 ratings
Travis & Fripp - Follow
2012
4.20 | 5 ratings
Robert Fripp | Andrew Keeling | David Singleton - The Wine Of Silence
2012
3.50 | 4 ratings
Travis & Fripp: DISCRETION
2012

ROBERT FRIPP Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.63 | 10 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists - Live!
1986
4.57 | 5 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League Of Crafty Guitarists - Live II
1991
4.11 | 9 ratings
Kan-non Power
1992
3.37 | 16 ratings
1999 Soundscapes - Live in Argentina
1994
3.90 | 10 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists - Intergalactic Boogie Express
1995
4.20 | 24 ratings
A Blessing of Tears 1995 Soundscape-Vol 2 - Live in California
1995
3.57 | 7 ratings
The League of Gentlemen - Thrang Thrang Gozinbulx Official Bootleg: Live in 1980
1996
4.32 | 12 ratings
Radiophonics 1995: Soundscapes Volume 1 - Live In Argentina
1996
4.11 | 10 ratings
November Suite Live at Green Park Station
1997
3.81 | 23 ratings
Love Cannot Bear
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Soundscapes- Junction, Cambridge, UK December 2005.
2005
4.48 | 12 ratings
At The End Of Time
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Robert Fripp- Inroads, New York, NY, USA August 06, 1981
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Soundscapes-Diamond Hall, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan November 27, 2006
2009
3.50 | 6 ratings
Live at Coventry Cathedral (with Travis)
2010
3.00 | 2 ratings
Robert Fripp- Wintergarden, Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark May 18, 1979
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
Le Trompe l'Oiel Paris, France 1979
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Robert Fripp Theatre Le Palace, Paris, France May 27, 1979
2012

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4.00 | 3 ratings
The Robert Fripp String Quintet - Live In Japan
1994

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Four From Exposure
1979
5.00 | 1 ratings
Heptaparaparshinokh
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dislocated
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Advance Masked (with Andy Summers)
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Parade (with Andy Summers)
1984
2.32 | 9 ratings
Network
1985
3.46 | 8 ratings
Pie Jesu
1997
3.52 | 4 ratings
Disengage
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Robert Fripp- Gaston Hall Washington, DC, USA-1983
2013

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 The Gates Of Paradise by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.88 | 33 ratings

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The Gates Of Paradise
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This was an interesting listen the first time I heard it because it sounds nothing like I thought it would. Many consider this to be Fripp's best "soundscape" album and I have to confess the only other solo Fripp album I own is called "Exposure" which is a song based album. It might just be the subject matter(ya think?) but the music is melancholic and haunting to almost scary at times. It consists of four long tracks with tracks one and three called "The Outer Darkness" or Hell, and tracks two and four called "The Gates Of Paradise" or Heaven. It doesn't show it on the track listing on PA here but each song is broken down into sub-titles which certainly gives us some context.

I have to admit I didn't know this album had a concept to it when I bought it but once I found that out I was reminded of Fripp's guest appearance on IONA's "Beyond These Shores" record some four years earlier as he added his Frippertronics to that Christian band's album. The connection between the two isn't the music but the Christian themes.

Things get started with the longest tune on here "The Outer Darkness" clocking in at just under 24 minutes. Man I found this annoying at times, specifically during the "Wailing" sections that crop up four different times. It almost sounds like processed organ that is very loud. Again to me this is more annoying than scary. Love the start though with that powerful atmosphere that settles back around 5 minutes. The first arrival of the "wailing" section comes in around 7 1/2 minutes and it sounds like an angry church organ. This happens three more times over the length of this long track. I much prefer the spacey and mellow soundscape 19 minutes in. "The Gates Of Paradise" sort of drifts along and the organ-like sounds are softer here and more enjoyable for sure.

The third track "The Outer Darkness" starts off loud and annoying and this continues pretty much throughout. Yes this is my least favourite track and it's sub-titled "In Fear And Trembling Of The Lord". "The Gates Of Paradise" ends the album and it's my favourite soundscape on here. And this does sound different from the rest and it's more interesting as well with more variety of sounds added this time around. It's still haunting and spacey though. A change around 7 minutes as it calms right down. This final part is called "Acceptance". Nice. Beautiful stuff.

I wish this moved me like it does others but it doesn't, and the enjoyment factor is quite low so 3 stars it is.

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 1999 Soundscapes - Live in Argentina by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Live, 1994
3.37 | 16 ratings

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1999 Soundscapes - Live in Argentina
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt

4 stars "Music for the 21st century schizoid human being"

Robert Fripp's 1994, "1999", Soundscapes - Live in Argentina. Track by track.

1999-track 1: Massive, cacophonic, uncompromising, restless, deeply intense, symphonic like overture, constructed step by step with Fripp's "trademark" soundscapes.

2000- track 2: Juxtaposed layers of contradictory melodic lines,immersed in an ocean of hypnotic and invisible attractive "noise" riffs.

2001-track 3: A slow flowing sonic landscape adorned with sweeping synth and bells like guitar loops that work as background to a minimalistic guitar soloing, that dissapears eventually in an entanglement, of the increasing presence, of layers of drone like "soundscapes", filling the whole space with an extraordinary melodic contrast of high pitched timbres and pitch black tones, which create an unexpected composition of "contemporary classical music" grandeur.

Interlude-track 4: A short exercise of tranformation from "frippertronics" to"soundscapes". This" King" has more than one kingdom.

2002-track 5: Could pass as a pre- "Blessing of Tears" track. An inviting reflection into an isolated "soundscape" filled to the top with layers of sonic textures, which eventually reduce themselves into a simple stereo guitar loop, which just like that vanishes.

No recorded applauses, as almost always, with Robert Fripp's "live" albums.

****4 PA stars for a top-quality, evoluting and unique musical language and performance.

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 Soundscapes-Diamond Hall, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan November 27, 2006 by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Live, 2009
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
4 stars Another gentle reminder, this is a masterful performance. Yes!, another one. I will be unwise, at this lenght of the race, to overstate, that this music, is quiet close, from where "prog" kind of limits away from "contemporary central-european classical" music. This, one of a series of performances, that were scheduled for a "ProjeKct" band appereance, during a Porcupine Tree tour in Japan, had to turn otherwise, due to half' the band was unavailable (Adrian Belew), so Robert Fripp not backing up from his compromise, set a series of "Soundscapes" solo performances, in which he has become an authority, since 1979, more or less.

The "darker" tones of his composition writing, prevails all through this performance. He privileges austerity over self-emphasis, maybe even like "sacred" kind of music, without never pretending such a thing, but more like receptive of the audience's reaction.... Imagine, this was the "openning" act for PT, so I suppose he kind of got away with it, knowing beforehand, the respect which is "usually" given to performers, (In fact he has lots of "followers" down there, the same as PT).

If you do not mind, setting foot, on some kind of electronic, "crossover", experience, that is closer to contemporary classical music "canons", done entirely with a single electric guitar, backed up by myriads of subtle, yet enourmous pre-recorded, "drone-like", invisible structures. Performed up-front, in an awesome display of discipline and creativity, by the "King C" himself, this is an essential 4 star work. The only thing you will regret, uncommon these days, is that it does not last longer (less than 40 minutes), Damn! ****4 PA stars

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 Soundscapes- Junction, Cambridge, UK December 2005. by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Live, 2005
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Soundscapes- Junction, Cambridge, UK December 2005.
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
4 stars The set of "live" works played as part of a Porcupine Tree's 2005 tour gig, seem like, what I could easily re-baptize as "A Young Person's Guide to Robert Fripp's Soundscapes" in accordance to his manners. I am obviously guessing, but as a performance it actually covers the "whole" trip of his "Soundscape" biography. I find in this performance (most of his "Soundscape" projects are recorded in live venues) the dissection of his best achievements, compressed into direct and out in the open display of his best treasured findings, as if presenting his "Jewels" to a mostly eager to rock audience, than time to listen to this guy who dresses like an accountant. Maybe Mr, Fripp thought PT's audience will be as cultured as the band but he of course, was proven wrong. Here are his published comments about the experience "There were some musical developments, although it was difficult to feel an overall sense of the performance because so few people heard what was going on; and their lack of connection prejudiced my own. But, I trust the process, and persist ". And yes persisted and achieved to us "few" who actually appreciate his work then and now, outside the Crimson... "Como darle perlas a los puercos" goes the saying here in Mexico. The translation may sound offensive but true "Like giving pearls to the pigs" without offending the pigs of course. An amazing display in a quiet short timed "live" performance, of a self created musical language, refined by a self-impossed quest of creation, covering up in a less than 40 minutes, years of exploration, performed against all odds of reception, and be such an artist to sound like this. WOW! ****4.5 "nothing comes close to Fripp but Fripp himself", PA stars. DGM live sells this downloadable masterpiece, there is no excuse to miss it at all. Climb the ladder!

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 Robert Fripp- Inroads, New York, NY, USA August 06, 1981 by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Live, 2009
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
4 stars It ismy fault this Robert Fripp addition has no art/cover, although it is meaningless, in comparisson to trying to push this 1981 masterwork "live" performance, which has been "unearthed" by the DGM label, which has the full approval of the composer himself, as to its release as a downloadable/ cd in 2009. By the time of the performance, Mr. Fripp's "frippertronics" were becoming richer in his "writing" of simultaneous electric guitar lines or "riffs" (if it fits), happening alongside his pre-recorded material.

This by all means is "PROGRESSIVE/ELECTRONIC", so it will fairly be more appreciated by that "ever growing" crowd.

In able to have more edge, with this uncompromising song writing, is to understand the amplitude of a single musician, with an own re-structured language (although there are some very Crimson-like heavy/guitar solos), that constructs single handedly, huge, apparently "naked", dynamic, minimalistic structures, that are both rich in daring composition as performance. The whole album lasts less than 40 minutes, and yet it could not get better.

Forewarning the "world' of the upcoming great, "Let the Power Fall" in those days, this is by far its best precedent. Highly recommended to be owned, by any "alternative" Progressive/Electronic follower, or any one who wonders what this is all about. IMO, ****4 PA stars.

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 Robert Fripp- Gaston Hall   Washington, DC, USA-1983 by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
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Robert Fripp- Gaston Hall Washington, DC, USA-1983
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
4 stars A year after recording 'I Advance Masked", with fellow guitarist Andy Summer, Robert Fripp started another "Frippertronics" tour around various north american (USA & Canada) universities and theaters,. This time "the music" came along with a down to earth interaction between Mr. Fripp and the audiences. This are mentioned as "lectures" in this series of LIVE recordings (this is no EP nor Fan disc, I upload it wrong and then, it was moved to this EP/FAN category, this is a series of authorized , by Fripp, himself, LIVE recordings, you can get them in the DGM Live label).... Anyway, this excersise of conversation eventually turns into a very humorous monologue, where Fripp talks about some personal and general matters (this disc's Lecture is about electronic and ethnic music progressions and their methods of expression). I myself am not big fan of Lectures but these uncover a very bright witted guy, with a keen sense of humour. Anyway, the MUSIC, is extraordinary. Fripp's Frippertronics in this set are so hypnotic, that the feeling in general is that of "austere magnification", intimate, yet expandind into huge structures, which are melted around eventually, with an awesome display of very "frippish" and very inspired, guitar solos. Considering the enlightning lecture , Mr. Fripp is consciously getting away off the "Crimson" stardom legacy, that's why the emphasis in "frippish" . Anyway, I moved the lectures to the bottom of "my" disc version, and the whole thing is worth its price, both in advanced "Frippertronics" combinations and as an audiophile hypnotic "live"experience, in music and spoken word. Among this sets this one is ****4 PA stars, sharp!

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 Le Trompe l'Oiel     Paris, France 1979 by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Live, 2012
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Le Trompe l'Oiel Paris, France 1979
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
5 stars In between his first out of Crimson studio solo project "Exposure" and his second, Robert Fripp already had a very clear picture of where his music was heading. As it was already punctuated in the first project's "Water Music " songs. So in this pause between, he toured around exposing his peculiar "Frippertronics" which later will be named "Soundscapes" (which consist of simultaneous processed electric guitar "loops" along with a "live" electric guitar playing over them, for those who are not familiar with the terms).

Le Trompe l'Oiel Paris, France 1979 live performances ( there were 2) consisted of him playing in this well known (at the time) Paris restaurant. Therefore the title of this one hour long composition is aptly named "Music for Restaurants". As good as it gets for those who indeed are familiar with Mr. Fripp's solo projects. This one hour composition, in fact is composed of many different fragments of "Frippertronics" lines,which are threaded so exquisitely that they could be referred as a single composition project. So, the future second and amazing studio project (God Save the Queen-UnderHeavyManners) was already cooking. BUT "that", we will find out later in time. BUT in this the record, I am reviewing, the composition is, too call it somehow unpublished, meaning that all these tour dates privileged themselves of always sticking to the venues "atmosphere" (of course without any kind musical compromises, I mean this is Fripp) so, each live session thrives on different "compositions" depending on each place they happen (record stores, restaurants, churches, clubs and so on). This one, was a very good day in the musical life of Mr. Fripp's live performances. There are some clues to the future studio project but this is a completely different effort. This miracolous achievement is due to his insistence of recording all his dates. Therefore we get the value of each individual performance (as a musical self-diary, which he also is very fond in keeping) . Adding up to that the recording quality is superb, and there are no annoying public nuisances, considering he always tries to record inwards more than fom the outwards. A ***** 5 Star- Unearthed, , small wonder Masterpiece!!

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 A Temple In The Clouds by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.74 | 13 ratings

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A Temple In The Clouds
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt

5 stars I am kind of alone when it comes to Fripps´s solo projects. I neither; do not know how to put it in words or it is a general rejection. When the G-3 came to Mexico with him as guest; people used his intervention as an intermission to loose themselves down and start chattering or going to the toilet. Odd; considering half of them were wearing Crimson T-shirts. I am not suggesting a standing ovation: but the feeling in general is; as if he has lost relevance in the music field and more important in the prog one. Anyway; I have never been that hot with my prog-peers neither. So 5 stars? Am I overblowing the 5 stars conditions? ore worse, my admiration for Fripp?!!... To anyone who was a bit (at least) amused with the Eno & Fripps´s 1975, "Evening Star" project and thought: What would have happened if they went the other way around. Instead of constructing the industrial like passages, went instead the "cosmic" way? ( Something that will happen later with "Equatorial Stars"). But the feeling in general in comparisson to this work is that we were just given a little dossage of the " whole pill".

This is the whole pill! Here Robert Fripp takes off with a different travel mate: Jeffrey Fayman. As the liner notes explain he (Fayman), planned the whole scheme, and waited for Fripp to Ok it. The travel-logue: A Temple in the Clouds. From the moment it starts, it simply grabs you and only when it finishes you will be set free ( you would not like to get off,anyway), no stop-overs. Intense, abstract, deep, flawless, original and beautiful by chance, not intention. My favorite kind. Ok! so this is not an "Eno & Fripp" album, less a "Crimson" one, more like a soundscapes "reloaded" project. 5 Stars "like a luxurious trip to the clouds; pure white,electric blue, shades of gray and pitch black."

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 The Robert Fripp String Quintet by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1993
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The Robert Fripp String Quintet
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt

4 stars In a not so Faraway place; known to us commoners as "classical music" there came upon the world a movement known as minimalism; this "style" diverted in all sorts of directions. Minimalism works both with Fast-diminute structures to create a "whole" (like baroque music); or the slow-passage of a complete structure as a "whole" like Lou Reed´s "Metal Machine Music" to set a Rock-related known example . "The Bridge Between" plays mostly with the first mentioned pace; diminute guitar patterns counterpointed by a second and a third and a fourth (sometimes wide; sometimes thin electric guitar "frippertonics"/"soundscapes"; and everything wrapped within a 5th element; which constructs an environmental backdrop for the rest to play inside..( Trey Gunn and Fripp will switch places in this task.). The first 3 elements are the quiet overlooked and talented "California Guitar Trio" which is a working guitar trio but not from California- The combination plays perfectly to match. A string quintet with the understanding that " the strings" used are a wide variety of acoustic/electric-guitars). So we have 5 talented and inventive guitar player performings simmultaneously in 6 original compositions and 4 borrowed ones (JS Bach,A. Dehonestis, J.P. Sinks, and C Golden) The fantastic all guitar environment; may draw you back to Steve Reich´s guitar counterpoints; but this is a whole different approach. (for starters the language is not like Reich´s; except for the guitar counterpointing). The pieces are agressive and experimental but they all (except the last) have the "friendly" California Guitar Trio touch. The intelligent and captivating songs measure up to high standards and are non-repetitive; to avoid this they re-fresh the focus; with 3 different mooded pieces; the beautiful ethereal "Blue" piece. A Trey Gunn showcase piece "Contrapunctus" and the long "frippertronic" piece that closes down the project. ****4 "excellent /original "classical/mimimalism" Prog-oriented guitar compositions and performances" STARS -PD: "Lite" - followers you will rave over this one! or any guitar player who likes guitar beyond the "normal" borders.

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 Travis & Fripp - Follow by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.83 | 14 ratings

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Travis & Fripp - Follow
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt

4 stars To set it clear, from the start, Robert Fripp's music is closer in this stage, to "contemporary classical music" than to average prog language (the Symphonic -Prog tagging, goes some other way) . So if you have the knack for this kind of language "classical", BUT also, for the "Kings" early days with the Court, you will surely appreciate this effort. Of course, Mr, Fripp hasn't turned into some "pompous snot" who pretends to be what he is not, in fact he has grown the opposite way, where "payola", and unruly deals are seen as a matter of discomfort and even as a compromise to ones own dignity. Therefore, Robert Fripp, still is the musical "iconclast" , he was, since the "Crimson" was born. His language has self-evolved, as his goals, but for good, into sophistication. From his "normal" guitar playing, to "Frippertronics", to "Soundscapes" all are played here in this project For those familiar with "The Tangent", Theo Travis (thank the Gods!) is now better known. All those mysterious wind passages that happen there, here they become compositions. This collaboration is in turn closer at times,(in return or as a paradox), to the "The KING C" itself, early acoustic/electric experiments , with the experience and elegance time has brought, by relentesly pursuing, his own self and natural musical language. "FOLLOW" in specific, shows a better balanced "clash" of opposites, both in composition, as in performance. Some earlier Travis/Fripp collaborations had less balance, so they sounded like fighting more than playing. Here the diversity of each musician's tools of expression, are as diverse as their own talents, AND never abusing each others space, makes it, for us listeners, quiet an overwhelming catalog of sounds and virtuosity brought up in a single stage. And those last touches of early "Crimson" like-musical frenzy, makes this record quiet collectible. 4****PA Stars .

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