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Robert Fripp - Born 16 May 1946 (Wimborne Minster, Dorset, UK)

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.

See also: FRIPP & ENO

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ROBERT FRIPP top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.67 | 219 ratings
Exposure
1979
3.20 | 64 ratings
God Save The Queen / Under Heavy Manners
1980
2.88 | 61 ratings
Let The Power Fall
1981
2.75 | 64 ratings
The League Of Gentlemen
1981
3.60 | 87 ratings
Robert Fripp & Andy Summers: I Advance Masked
1982
2.84 | 52 ratings
Robert Fripp & Andy Summers: Bewitched
1984
2.13 | 23 ratings
Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox: The Lady Or The Tiger ?
1986
3.84 | 58 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists: Show Of Hands
1991
3.41 | 45 ratings
Sunday All Over The World: Kneeling At The Shrine
1991
3.89 | 54 ratings
The Robert Fripp String Quintet: The Bridge Between
1993
4.04 | 59 ratings
The Gates Of Paradise
1997
3.56 | 39 ratings
Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn & Bill Rieflin: The Repercussions Of Angelic Behavior
1999
3.80 | 29 ratings
Robert Fripp & Jeffrey Fayman: A Temple In The Clouds
2000
2.71 | 26 ratings
Robert Fripp & Theo Travis: Thread
2008
4.00 | 41 ratings
Robert Fripp & Theo Travis: Follow
2012
4.00 | 27 ratings
Robert Fripp, Andrew Keeling & David Singleton: The Wine Of Silence
2012
4.05 | 19 ratings
Robert Fripp & Theo Travis: Discretion
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Robert Fripp and David Cross - Starless Starlight
2015

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

2.70 | 23 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists - Live!
1986
4.12 | 8 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League Of Crafty Guitarists - Live II
1991
3.93 | 14 ratings
Kan-non Power
1992
3.41 | 24 ratings
1999 Soundscapes - Live in Argentina
1994
3.95 | 23 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists - Intergalactic Boogie Express
1995
4.32 | 30 ratings
A Blessing of Tears 1995 Soundscape-Vol 2 - Live in California
1995
3.69 | 34 ratings
That Which Passes - 1995 Soundscapes, Live Vol. 3
1996
4.02 | 22 ratings
Radiophonics 1995: Soundscapes Volume 1 - Live In Argentina
1996
3.44 | 18 ratings
The League of Gentlemen - Thrang Thrang Gozinbulx Official Bootleg: Live in 1980
1996
3.96 | 19 ratings
November Suite Live at Green Park Station
1997
3.92 | 26 ratings
Love Cannot Bear
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundscapes; Mud Island Ampitheatre, Memphis TN - Oct 11, 1997
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundscapes: June 13, 2006 - St. Paul's Cathedral, London, UK
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundscapes: Jaani Kirik, Tartu, Estonia - August 26, 2006
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundscapes, ND Ateneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina - June 10, 2007
2007
4.43 | 26 ratings
At The End Of Time
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundscapes: The Big Chill, Eastnor Castle, UK, August 06, 2005
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
August 5, 1981, Inroads NY, New York, USA
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundscapes: Somerville Theatre, Boston, MA - June 24, 2005
2009
3.67 | 3 ratings
Slow Music Project - (The Coach House, May 12, 2006, San Juan Capistrano)
2009
3.25 | 12 ratings
Live at Coventry Cathedral (with Travis)
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundscapes: Pac Art Centre, Holmdel, NJ - June 21, 1997
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundscapes: Sunrise Musical Theatre, Miami, FL - October 16, 1997
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Robert Fripp and The League of Crafty Guitarists - Teatro Independencia, Mendoza, Argentina - June 2, 2007
2012
4.71 | 5 ratings
Keneally
2015
3.00 | 1 ratings
Robert Fripp & Theo Travis - Between the Silence
2018

ROBERT FRIPP Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.57 | 7 ratings
The Robert Fripp String Quintet - Live In Japan
1994

ROBERT FRIPP Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.01 | 41 ratings
Robert Fripp / The League Of Gentlemen - God Save The King
1985
2.50 | 2 ratings
1995 Soundscapes Live
1996

ROBERT FRIPP Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 2 ratings
Silent Night
1979
3.50 | 2 ratings
North Star
1979
3.50 | 2 ratings
Four From Exposure
1979
4.00 | 3 ratings
Heptaparaparshinokh
1980
3.50 | 2 ratings
Under Heavy Manners
1980
3.50 | 2 ratings
The League Of Gentlemen (Sampler)
1981
3.50 | 2 ratings
Dislocated
1981
3.50 | 2 ratings
I Advance Masked (with Andy Summers)
1982
3.00 | 3 ratings
Parade (with Andy Summers)
1984
2.45 | 12 ratings
Network
1985
3.51 | 14 ratings
Pie Jesu
1997
5.00 | 1 ratings
Soundscapes - World Financial Centre, New York, New York November 30, 2000
2005
4.05 | 2 ratings
Soundscapes - Junction, Cambridge, UK December 2005.
2005
2.14 | 2 ratings
Soundscapes - Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO, USA March 04, 2006
2006
4.00 | 2 ratings
Soundscapes - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, USA February 25, 2006
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundscapes - St. Peters Church, Newlyn, Cornwall, UK, December 03, 2005
2006
2.04 | 4 ratings
Glass and Breath
2007
5.00 | 3 ratings
Arny's Shack, Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom January 1, 1980
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Soundscapes-Diamond Hall, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan November 27, 2006
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Inroads, New York, NY, USA August 06, 1981
2009
3.45 | 6 ratings
Disengage
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Wintergarden, Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark May 18, 1979
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
16 December 1977
2011
4.00 | 2 ratings
Theatre Le Palace, Paris, France May 27, 1979
2012
5.00 | 2 ratings
Le Trompe l'Oiel Paris, France 1979
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Gaston Hall Washington, DC, USA-1983
2013
4.05 | 2 ratings
Cleveland,OH, USA June 14, 1979 -Record Revolution
2015
2.33 | 3 ratings
18 JULY 1985
2017
4.00 | 2 ratings
Soundscapes (Le Pretzel En Chien, Montreal, Canada) August 19,1979
2018
2.00 | 1 ratings
Soundcapes (Tribal Stomp Festival, Monterey, USA. September 08,1979)
2019

ROBERT FRIPP Reviews


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 Sunday All Over The World: Kneeling At The Shrine by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.41 | 45 ratings

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Sunday All Over The World: Kneeling At The Shrine
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

3 stars Recorded in 1991, Sunday All Over the World is Robert Fripp's project that he created with his wife Toyah Wilcox, who supplies the vocals for this recording. This album was recorded about the same time as the King Crimson Discipline era, and sounds very similar, so that is a great thing. Something else that the album has going for it is that Toyah sounds a lot like Kate Bush. How could you go wrong with that?

Also joining in on this album is Trey Gunn on the Chapman Stick, who also supplies the lower register vocals. Paul Beavis plays the drums. What you end up with is a very interesting sound, very much what you would expect King Crimson to sound like with a female vocalist and a lot less instrumental solos. The music is just as high quality as KC. Fripp's guitar is unmistakable, playing his unique styles and adding in Frippertronics when needed along with the fast fingered discipline style playing.

There is a good amount of variety here too. There is the upbeat and catchy sound of the title track, the slower and hesitant "Kneeling at the Shrine" which also uses some cool Kate Bush-style vocal tricks. "Don't Take It Away" has a straightforward sound with a solid beat that would have fit on any early Bush album. "Transient Joy" has a nice bright sound and Fripp uses the guitar to create an synthesizer sound and Gunn supplies the background vocals. "Strange Girl" allows Toyah to demonstrate her amazing range and at times almost operatic voice and some innovative Fripp work. "If I Were a Man" could be a possible single that would sound right at home even now in 2019.

This album is definitely something that is worth searching for if you are a King Crimson or Robert Fripp fan. Half of it is quite accessible, and the other half is a bit more experimental, but any Kate Bush or Robert Fripp fan would appreciate all of it. I don't consider it as good as most of the King Crimson or Kate Bush albums, but it is still something that makes for a good spin from time to time.

 Soundscapes (Le Pretzel En Chien, Montreal, Canada) August 19,1979 by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2018
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Soundscapes (Le Pretzel En Chien, Montreal, Canada) August 19,1979
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A multi layered Frppertronics live & radio-broadcasted rendition of some tracks of his Under Heavy Manners/God Save the Queen & Let the Power Fall (second & third solo albums).

"Good evening and welcome to those of you out there in Radioland to an evening of live music, improvised music dedicated to the notion of hazard. Here in the studio, we are creating a first in that Frippertronics has never before gone out live on the air and this is recommencing a tradition of live music. I'm very privileged to be the first person to kick it off this time," says Fripp in his opening remarks to the audience assembled in Montreal on the last date of his extensive North American tour. - Taken from Robert Frippīs DGM Live.

Le Pretzel en Chaine (19-August-1979) is an unedited live & radio broadcasted "remix" (to set it in contemporary market-lingo), of some tracks of these records plus his spoken word intermissions explaining the possibilities and reasons of this event, Frippertronics themselves and Brian Enoīs acquaintance. One can say whatever but when you are a composer who actually owns a musical idiom your words become twice relevant.

The live electric guitar & layers added move from mesmerizing solos, intense dronescapes & layers upon layers of pre-recorded material into a new mix.

Once I listened to this digital album and have heard all its intermissions I just simply glued only the music (around 45 minutes) and it just simply rekindled my affection for these past masterpieces.

For anyone who enjoyed Under Heavy Manners/God Save the Queen & Let the Power Fall as I did or has a special hunger for independent, original and intelligent electronic electric guitar music composition this is pure joy.

****4 PAīs stars.

 Robert Fripp & Andy Summers: Bewitched by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.84 | 52 ratings

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Robert Fripp & Andy Summers: Bewitched
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

3 stars Robert Fripp & Andy Summers 2nd collaboration 'Bewitched' is a more composed and structured album than what their first collaboration was. This album concentrates more on written compositions and less experimental and improvised music. The original intention, according to Summers, was to have an album with more of a variety, but it turned out to be one based on a softer jazz/rock fusion using 80's style drum loops and electronics with more carefully crafted instrumentals.

'Parade' starts out the album with what sounds like something recorded for a TV theme song or game show. It is penned solely by Summers and it doesn't really have much substance to it other than sounding like it was trying to be popular, but ends up sounding cheap.

'What Kind of Man Reads Playboy?' is the 2nd track, and again it uses automatic percussion, and a somewhat oriental sounding riff as the main melody, but at over 11 minutes, it is definitely more interesting. It does strive for the popular music sound, but there are some nice guitar and sax solos and later a nice bass line along with a funky vibe. What starts out as feeling canned, actually develops into a decent, yet accessible track.

After this track, the remainder are much shorter tracks, with only 1 going over the 4 minute mark. 'Begin the Day' has a dated sound, again it is upbeat, but the keyboards have the smooth jazz sound. Of course, the guitar is great with Fripp's signature sound, but everything else is annoyingly poppy. 'Train' at least has a more interesting vibe, but doesn't develop much outside of its theme. 'Bewitched' is something left over from 'The Police' with Summers' obvious sound. It is at first a decent enough track that lends itself to the typical Police instrumental with his atmospherics and it actually has some repeated vocals in the background. Again, there is no development and it gets too repetitive by the end, so it wears itself out.

'Tribe' is much better and features the sound you would expect to hear from this talented pair. The percussion is better and the music is more interesting. Taking sounds from both of their styles, the only drawback to the track is that it is too short. 'Maquillage' has a more experimental feel to it and could have fit on the 'I Advance Masked' album. It features a Spanish sounding guitar and a slow plucked acoustic accompaniment. No cheap electronic percussion, thank goodness. 'Guide' ventures into a spacey ambience which is very nice. 'Forgotten Steps' continues with the ambient feel, this time with more of Summers' atmospherics and Frippertronc-sounding sustained chords without the usual Fripp layering effects. 'Image and Likeness' ends the album with the shortest track. Plucked strings give that oriental vibe again, but with a shimmer that echoes behind each note.

This 2nd outing isn't near as interesting as the first as the first half of the album is too composed. The second half is more interesting after they lose the electronic 80's beats and get into more experimental territory. But, with the exception of one track, everything on here is too short. The length of the one long track works to its advantage even if it is on the weaker half of the album. I wish the better tracks could have been more developed. The stronger tracks tend to save this album from being a complete failure, but if you can suffer through those terrible 80s beats, its not too bad. At least it comes out of it with 3 stars, more for the guitar work of these 2 geniuses than the overall quality of the music.

 The Robert Fripp String Quintet: The Bridge Between by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.89 | 54 ratings

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The Robert Fripp String Quintet: The Bridge Between
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by Chaser

4 stars You don't need to be a Robert Fripp fan to enjoy this album.

Anyone who enjoys and appreciates great guitar music played expertly should enjoy this.

Don't be put off if you're not a fan of Fripp's solo work. This album is very different (mostly) and is built around the talents of the California Guitar Trio, along with Fripp and Trey Gunn.

The album is an exhibition of classical guitar combined with often distorted electric guitar or stick.

"Bicycling to Afghanistan" is one of the stand out tracks on the album. The fast paced picking of the classical guitar combined with the heavy rhythm of the base guitar perfectly evokes the sense of bicycling through mountainous terrain towards Afghanistan. You feel that this track should be used as the introductory music to Tour De France coverage or something.

"Passacaglia" is a wonderful piece, with it's intricately winding and interweaving classical guitar pieces building to a climax where all of the guitars sing in unison.

My only issue with this album is the final piece "Threnody for Souls in Torment".

It's not that it's a bad piece in itself, and, on a different album, it would probably work well.

It's just that it seems terribly out of place on this album. It is a very dark and brooding track that has everything to do with Robert Fripp's solo work and little to do with the California Guitar Trio.

The other tracks on the album are much lighter in tone and "Threnody" feels like a Halloween costume at a summer wedding. It just doesn't belong on this album.

But "Threnody" should not put you off from owning this album, and I would recommend anyone who loves the guitar to buy this album and have it as part of your collection.

A little gem in my opinion.

 Sunday All Over The World: Kneeling At The Shrine by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.41 | 45 ratings

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Sunday All Over The World: Kneeling At The Shrine
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by WFV

3 stars First listen revealed exactly what I'd hoped - this is essentially a Disccipline era King Crimson album featuring a female soprano voice. I didn't even know Fripp was married until a few weeks ago then after digging a bit further I read about this, acquired the album, and have been listening to little else since. As I age I've noticed I've been seeking out more female voices and I think in Toyah I've found a favorite. Her voice is powerful, vulnerable, and beautiful all at the same time. For Crimson and Fripp fans like myself, this is a nice addition. Toyah does another record called Ophelia's Shadow from 1991 that features Fripp and Gunn as well, I'm hoping it's as interesting as this one. The music isn't out of this world awesome and I'd rate it near the bottom of all King Crimson if this were indeed that vaunted group. Still, it's a nice find for those already initiated. "Strange Girls" is a mild annoyance, but I really like the beat and vocals on the next song, "F I Were a Man"
 Exposure by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.67 | 219 ratings

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Exposure
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by WFV

4 stars Following the dissolution of King Crimson after their Red album, Fripp thought he'd retire from music. There's an audio recording out there featuring Fripp on the NYC radio staple The Nightbird in 1975 where one can clearly hear the pain in his voice when talking about his experiences in the band. Fripp collaborated with Brian Eno and David Bowie in 1977 and this rekindled his love for music, and he subsequently set out defining his post Crimson image producing records for Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall, and folk sisters the Roches.

Man does this debut do a terrific job foreshadowing the rest of Fripp's career. All over the map, in here and out there, the only thing missing is a fifteen minute improv jam. I can only listen to this sporadically as it really is nearly incoherent with its blend of styles. Terre Roach is in fine form on a few tunes showing Fripp should use female singers with his heavy sound more often. Daryl Hall does his worst pre Whitney Houston imitation on the most foul thing on this disc. Of course, the instrumentation is virtuosic and stylish, in contrast to most pop/rock at the time. Fripp is certainly conscious of this, in fact the opening track pretty much wages war on commercialism.

It all adds up to more than the sum of its parts. A good record for those initiated with King Crimson. But Daryl Hall? Did he offer to sing for free?

 Robert Fripp & Andy Summers: I Advance Masked by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.60 | 87 ratings

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Robert Fripp & Andy Summers: I Advance Masked
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by WFV

4 stars This is an excellent album if judged on its own merits. The listener must carefully discern the style and intent from the artists' more universally known projects, of course King Crimson for Fripp and The Police for Summers. Those expecting a lost King Crimson album will likely be disappointed. Those looking for poppy punky reggae hooks of the Police would likely be let down as well. This is a project for both artists to explore personal artistic freedoms that each man was afforded after showing exceptional talent and artistic endeavour with their main collectives. In my mind, this is a true collaboration as the style of each man is evident after digesting it all. This definitely bears resemblance to the experimental ambient tape loop albums Fripp would release during the '80's as well as the path Summers would cut on albums like Mysterious Barricades and The Golden Wire. Enthusiasts should know before listening this is a terrific album if judged accordingly. China - Yellow Leader really exemplifies this mode of thought and in my mind is among the strongest material each man has recorded through their lengthy careers. 4 stars.
 Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox: The Lady Or The Tiger ? by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1986
2.13 | 23 ratings

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Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox: The Lady Or The Tiger ?
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Exposure by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.67 | 219 ratings

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Exposure
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by Ali.A

3 stars this album is kind of weird it has some nice moments and strange too.

"Preface" is just some spoken words(weird). "You Burn Me Up I'm a Cigarette" is kind of punk rock song with Daryl Hall on vocal. overall its ok. "Breathless" is heavy and very good actually ..great guitar work by fripp."Disengage" another heavy song with hammill on vocals..it is good but not great. "North Star" its a mellow song with Daryl Hall on vocal.its pretty good. "Chicago" a great song in my opinion with great peter hammill and nice piano. "NY3" has a great intro with guitar but as song continues i lose my interest in it (maybe for its vocal..i can't hear what the singer in singing) "Mary" a good mellow song with great guitar..Terre Roche sounds very good.

and side two:

"Exposure" good guitar with Terre Roche screaming. "H''den Two" i don't like this very much.some spoken words with a little bit of guitar. "Urban Landscape" great atmosphere ..reminds me of his work with brian eno . "I May Not Have Had Enough of Me but I've Had Enough of You" its similar to Disengage good..but i don't like Terre Roche here..hammill is good tho. "First Inaugural Address to the I.A.C.E. Sherborne House" a 4 second noise i don't know why its on the album. "Water Music I" and "II" similar to Urban Landscape. "Here Comes The Flood" a great mellow song (vocals by peter gabriel). i can't find anything wrong with it.

i think that 3.66 star fits well with it

 Arny's Shack, Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom January 1, 1980 by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
5.00 | 3 ratings

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Arny's Shack, Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom January 1, 1980
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

5 stars "We may not have an equality of talent. We may not have an equality of experience. But we may be equal in aspiration. We can be equal in commitment."- R. Fripp

"Arny's Shack, Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom January 1, 1980" a 2 tracks Robert Fripp's involuntary EP has its unavoidable "obscure gem" history to add up to its, as such, high value.

As copied & pasted from Fripp's dgmlive site comments.- "With backing loops recorded sometime during his Frippertronics tour of 1979, Fripp went back into the studio in the 80s to lay down some truly inspired soloing. However, we don't know exactly when - the best guess being sometime between 1980 and 1983. Perhaps the second track is the one donated to the British Deaf Association's fund-raising album, "Sometimes A Great Notion" released in 1984?"

No one is sure but that, as I mentioned, just adds up bonus value.

Frippertronics, which had the fortune to tag along more time in their owners hands, therefore providing the time for second listenings, second impressions, meaning more time to work with before departing to their unspecified clearly destinations.

Two, 5 +- minute each, amazing in high spirits, rich in composition, totally focused, creatively constructed and flawless, Frippertronics. 5 stars each.

I do agree, that it is impossible to rate fairly EPs, opposite to lengthier releases. 11 minutes of flawless music are uncomparable to 60 minutes of the same. On the other hand those 11 are better than any 100 or more minutes of mediocre music or its combination, which requires some personal reviewer's method to rate accordingly, but useless in the whole PA's rating universe. A tough decision on how to rate.

Therefore I will stick to PA's suggestion on rating without time length consideration.

*****5 "full" PA's EP stars.

pd- A 1 to 2 dollars investment you would not regret investing in!

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