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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.

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ROBERT FRIPP discography


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

3.67 | 209 ratings
Exposure
1979
3.19 | 57 ratings
God Save The Queen / Under Heavy Manners
1980
2.87 | 55 ratings
Let The Power Fall
1981
2.73 | 54 ratings
The League Of Gentlemen
1981
3.60 | 79 ratings
Robert Fripp & Andy Summers: I Advance Masked
1982
2.80 | 45 ratings
Robert Fripp & Andy Summers: Bewitched
1984
2.14 | 18 ratings
Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox: The Lady Or The Tiger ?
1986
3.86 | 54 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists: Show Of Hands
1991
3.52 | 39 ratings
Sunday All Over The World: Kneeling At The Shrine
1991
3.87 | 47 ratings
The Robert Fripp String Quintet: The Bridge Between
1993
4.05 | 52 ratings
The Gates Of Paradise
1997
3.59 | 34 ratings
Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn & Bill Rieflin: The Repercussions Of Angelic Behavior
1999
3.79 | 26 ratings
Robert Fripp & Jeffrey Fayman: A Temple In The Clouds
2000
2.68 | 22 ratings
Robert Fripp & Theo Travis: Thread
2008
4.03 | 37 ratings
Robert Fripp & Theo Travis: Follow
2012
4.00 | 24 ratings
Robert Fripp, Andrew Keeling & David Singleton: The Wine Of Silence
2012
3.94 | 16 ratings
Robert Fripp & Theo Travis: Discretion
2012

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

2.66 | 20 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists - Live!
1986
4.27 | 6 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League Of Crafty Guitarists - Live II
1991
3.93 | 14 ratings
Kan-non Power
1992
3.44 | 21 ratings
1999 Soundscapes - Live in Argentina
1994
3.92 | 20 ratings
Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists - Intergalactic Boogie Express
1995
4.32 | 29 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
3.98 | 22 ratings
Radiophonics 1995: Soundscapes Volume 1 - Live In Argentina
1996
3.50 | 16 ratings
The League of Gentlemen - Thrang Thrang Gozinbulx Official Bootleg: Live in 1980
1996
3.96 | 18 ratings
November Suite Live at Green Park Station
1997
3.88 | 26 ratings
Love Cannot Bear
2005
4.40 | 26 ratings
At The End Of Time
2007
3.67 | 3 ratings
Slow Music Project - (The Coach House, May 12, 2006, San Juan Capistrano)
2009
3.30 | 10 ratings
Live at Coventry Cathedral (with Travis)
2010
4.83 | 4 ratings
Keneally
2015

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

3.67 | 6 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 | 40 ratings
Robert Fripp / The League Of Gentlemen - God Save The King
1985
2.00 | 1 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
2.40 | 11 ratings
Network
1985
3.49 | 12 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
2.05 | 3 ratings
Glass and Breath
2007
5.00 | 2 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
3.49 | 5 ratings
Disengage
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Wintergarden, Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark May 18, 1979
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Theatre Le Palace, Paris, France May 27, 1979
2012
5.00 | 1 ratings
Le Trompe l'Oiel Paris, France 1979
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Gaston Hall Washington, DC, USA-1983
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Cleveland,OH, USA June 14, 1979 -Record Revolution
2015
2.33 | 3 ratings
18 JULY 1985
2017

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 Sunday All Over The World: Kneeling At The Shrine by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.52 | 39 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 | 209 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 | 79 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
2.14 | 18 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 | 209 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 | 2 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!

 Cleveland,OH, USA June 14, 1979 -Record Revolution by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Cleveland,OH, USA June 14, 1979 -Record Revolution
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars A young man's or woman's guide to the myriad of possibilities in the use of Frippertronics.

Frippertronics, (a term coined by poet Joanna Walton, Fripp's girlfriend in the late 1970s), is an analog delay system consisting of two reel-to-reel tape recorders situated side-by-side. It evolved from a system of tape looping originally developed in the electronic music studios of the early 1960s which was FIRST used by early Minimalism, electronic music composers Terry Riley and Pauline Oliveros and then made POPULAR through its use in what was named "Ambient" music a term coined after composer Brian Eno's multiple recording experiments with it. Through these experiments Robert Fripp came in contact with this recording technique and ended up associated with it due to the fact before mentioned and of course Mr. Fripp's weapon of choice for experimenting.

The electric guitar sound as such became elastic and mutable in the hands of the Crimson King. His open minded, relentless attitude, transfigured the known guitar school into the unknown one. The electric guitar sound entered the realms of electronic "bleeps", drones, noises, metallic slidings, glitching glissandos, canon like ocean waves sweepings, deconstructions and reconstructions, even its fire power solos turned into something else.

So, already forwarned subtly that this Fripp CLEVELAND,OH, USA JUNE 14, 1979 -RECORD REVOLUTION live release, is not a King Crimson album, let me explain what to expect besides this "new" guitar idiom.

Imagine the slow progression of alternate electric guitar short structures, be them bleeps, noises, short or long, back n forth dronings, short circuit pizzicatos or arpeggios, among long chords of repeating string like unmelodic melodies and seagull like minimalistic solos, as they by addition start to counterpoint each other in an oncoming and ongoing ocean wave like movement, whose unexpected directions are "controlled" and transfixed by the single performer's talent, dexterity, vision, heart and knowledge of his technological possibilities.

Its multiple structures title track "Music For Revolutions" is presented and recorded as an independent organism which grows outside itself as it goes through several modulations and simultaneous modifications and reconstructions.

This 2 CD release is a must if you already are caught by this form of Fripp's electric guitar expression. If not, feel lucky and indulge in one of Robert Fripp's most intelligent and heartfelt, top of the game, late 70s, live FRIPPERTRONICS performances.

****4.5 PA stars.

 Soundscapes - Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO, USA March 04, 2006 by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
2.14 | 2 ratings

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Soundscapes - Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO, USA March 04, 2006
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

2 stars It is a well known fact that Robert Fripp, as he has mentioned 1000s of times, agrees on the theory in which music composed "LIVE" and its performance is an sonic experiment , as Rupert Sheldrake also wrote in his book "Seven experiments that could change the world" , the same as those of science, in which the scientist's attitude toward their experiments and its environment affect the results of the experiments. Meaning for us that a single composition's performance will be directly "altered" according to the place it is exposed, including us audiences of course. Differents strokes for different folks!

Therefore Mr. Fripp convinced of this principle, has been recording and releasing similar live programs in different venues and believe me my friend there are a lot of these recordings. So as expected, the aquisition of the best ones is subjective, according to the same principle and also luck, quiet a bit of it. But above all, if you are a close Robert Fripp follower (as I do), then you already have the knowledge of these already, mostly, already studio or live recorded pieces. I mean if you do not like the composition beforehand, no matter where or when, you probably would still not like it.

This specific program is not exactly my favorite one. Anyway, this "SOUNDSCAPES - BLUEBERRY HILL, ST. LOUIS, MO, USA MARCH 04, 2006", has some extraordinary, from their first time published, soundscapes like the mini "Threshold Bells 1" and "2" and "Starlight 1" or the longer "Time Stands Still", and "Starlight 2", which I do enjoy a lot. Then again the other 5 compositions are not the kind which gets my undivided attention, their cacophonous and incidental structures do not work for me, beforehand, even before they were composed.

2.5 PA stars.

 Exposure by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.67 | 209 ratings

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Exposure
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

2 stars For those looking to get this album expecting some long lost King Crimson opus or a prog rock gem, bear in mind that "Exposure" does not say "King Crimson" on the cover - it is a wholly Robert Fripp album through and through. And as such, it deviates quite far King Crimson's early output.

The album has a superstar guest line-up, which I feel no need to list, and each of the guest musicians offers their own flavour from time to time but overall "Exposure" is not a musical project so much as an intellectual exercise by Fripp. Much of the material is unconventional to say the least, with hard rock riffs being overlaid by cryptic, looped-and-layered dialogue and it is quite evident that the album's purpose isn't to wow with musicianship, but to convey Fripp's philosophical developments. The one exception is "Here Comes The Flood", a wonderful ballad with Peter Gabriel taking lead vocals.

Overall this is an album that will appeal very strongly to Robert Fripp fans. It has plenty of raucous but intelligent thought-based pieces and its fair share of Frippertronics. But to a listener who doesn't care to get better insight into the mind of the artist, there isn't much going for it.

 Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists - Intergalactic Boogie Express by FRIPP, ROBERT album cover Live, 1995
3.92 | 20 ratings

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Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists - Intergalactic Boogie Express
Robert Fripp Eclectic Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This album is an aural, guitar lovers delight. This album also demonstrates the reason why so many people and artists consider Robert Fripp a guitar God. It's nothing but a bunch of guitars playing with each other in some amazing ways.

Fripp took 10 of his best students and put together a tour with them that featured music mostly taken from "Show Your Hands" and "Live I" and travelled all over Europe. If it wasn't enough to put together a series of shows and fund it by selling some of his own rare guitars, then think about how much of a crazy organizational nightmare it must have been to put this together. That in itself is a feat of wonderment. But listening to how these amazing musicians can pull this off in a live setting is simply astounding. This album has no percussion, no keyboards, no vocals, nothing but guitar, and for the most part, it holds up very well and manages to not get boring at all. There is quite a variety of musical styles here, from baroque music to traditional to rock to avant garde. You can hear this amazing group of people tackle Bach and then suddenly switch to "Wabash Cannonball" with the greatest of ease. You also hear the bare bones of what would be future King Crimson classics such as "Thrak" and "ConstruKction of Light" and even the basis for the "Discipline" album.

The group of guitarists play complimentary or contrasting arpeggios against melodies and they sound like an orchestra of guitars, because that is what they become. It is amazing to listen to and marvel at how they can do it and be so precise, in time with each other. There are so many artists here with their own individual styles and personalities, that it is quite a dizzying prospect to think of how they can so effectively pull of such a concise and excellent team effort.

Quite an amazing and sometimes even dizzying listen, this is an album that seldom gets boring except when there are a few tracks back to back that sound similar, but this happens seldom. It does tend to weaken the overall power of the album and some of the slower tracks lose their impact, but the lower points of the album are few and over quite quickly. Also, ideas and concepts are not dwelt upon for too long because the tracks only last from just over a minute to not quite 4 minutes, so the music is almost always moving forward.

Because of some similarities between tracks, this is not exactly a masterpiece, but it is still quite excellent and any lover or student of guitar should hear this. KC fans and RF fans should also hear this to understand the master's contribution to music and to also hear how the transition between incarnations of KC actually came about, it makes the period of time between "Red" and "Discipline" make a lot more sense, and may make some of those who were lukewarm as far as enthusiasm towards the sound of the KC from the 80s appreciate that era of KC's discography better. Easily an important time in Fripp's history and also an excellent addition to your prog rock collection, especially your King Crimson/Robert Fripp collection.

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