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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BrufordFreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2013 at 20:58
The most beautiful solo I've ever heard Fripp play is on "Losing True" from The Roches 1982 album Keep on Doing--though "Upon This Earth," the last song from the second disc of David Sylvian's Gone to Earth would be a close second. 

Evening Star, Sheltering Sky, Sartori in Tangiers, Baby's on Fire, Waves, Gone to Earth, are all great. And YES to all the solos on Scary Monsters. Also like 

BTW:  The pedal steel lap guitar solo at the end of Gabe's "White Shadow" is ALL Sid McGinnis. I revered it, too, and thought it was RF until I saw it performed live. I was TOTALLY shocked when seeing them on tour that year (Fall of 1978--the "bald" tour)--seeing Sid up front and center playing that one on his lap--OWNING it as if it were all his own--and Robert "Dusty Roads" Fripp was on-stage (playing from a stool behind the stacks of speakers).
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2013 at 23:56
^Very nice post, BF!  Great contributions, thanks!  Clap

I forgot about his work with "The Roches," some excellent stuff by RF, TL and BB!!  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dmrprog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 26 2014 at 16:31
I likewise have been impressed at the gorgeous guitar lines Fripp
pulls off in "Book Of Saturday," "Night Watch," and the intro to "Starless". Beautiful examples those. I think he's at his rip-
roaring best in the ProjeKcts. A bold, screaming kind of guitar
line (the word "extraterrestrial" would best describe it)
hits you in tunes like "1 ii 2" (P.1) and "Deception Of The
Thrush" (the ProjeKct 2 Live Groove version, duplicated also
on KC's live double-CD Cirkus.) Goldang, that last one is some
twisted and sublime solo!
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Book of Saturday for me..
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So hard to choose...I need more time! ;)
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the night watch
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Originally posted by Gryphon Gryphon wrote:

the night watch

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tedhead Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 02 2014 at 18:09
I'd like to throw in the track "The New World".  Its on the first 'League of Crafty Guitarists' album (1986), and is the only Frippertronics track and the only studio track.  Unlike 'Let The Power Fall', the Frippertronics are accompanied by a solo going the length of the song.  I can never believe how quickly the time passes whenever I listen to it.
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Probably Book, Watch or Sheltering for me.
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my all time favorite is the one from Eno's Baby's on fire
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Einsetumadur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2014 at 07:23
There might be more remarkable solos, but Fripp's lead guitar work on Peter Hammill's "The Birds" is totally gorgeous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDUPIcCG4tQ

... other favorites: Eno's "Golden Hours", The Roches' "Hammond Song", King Crimson's "Starless" and David Bowie's "Heroes".




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Bearded Bard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2014 at 13:57
Originally posted by ProgMetaller2112 ProgMetaller2112 wrote:

Originally posted by Gryphon Gryphon wrote:

the night watch
Yeah, works for me, too.
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Too many to exist, but Exiles (Lark's Tongues In Aspic). Many honorable mentions.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HackettFan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2016 at 08:02
Not sure if I posted already, I'll have to look, but how about Sartori in Tangiers.

Most specifically, the live version off the Three of a Perfect Pair video.

Edited by HackettFan - September 19 2016 at 08:03
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Originally posted by ExittheLemming ExittheLemming wrote:

but the hook on Starless is so beautiful it audibly aches....

This nicely nailed it.
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Originally posted by `rapope@toast.net `[email protected] wrote:

Too many to exist, but Exiles (Lark's Tongues In Aspic). Many honorable mentions.

Exiles would probably be my pick as well.
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I know just about nothing from Fripp outside Crimson, and I haven't read the whole thread, but I have seen mentioned the beginning of Starless... however, I would rather go for the ending of Starless on the live versions, where the main theme is played with the electric guitar very powerfully... well, at least on the "Collectible King Crimson Vol 1, disc 1", other live versions aren't as cohesive nor have the same strength at the end. However, for such a great guitar player, I have a hard time remembering guitar solos from him.
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The one that really stands out for me is the solo in Sailor's Tale on the Earthbound album. I'm afraid there's no doubting that it's a horrible album overall, but that particular solo has always fascinated me. There have been numerous versions of it on different bootlegs, but that one is damned near perfect. How the hell was it done? How does it break from those soft, oozing notes into that plaintive, cracked wail, then back into liquid tones teetering on the edge of feedback? Is it done by using a wah-wah pedal to play tease the notes to the very edge of feedback or is it by some other kind of alchemy? The perfection of that solo was never repeated, yet Fripp has obviously taken great steps to prevent it from reappearing on YouTube. To me that solo has everything and means far more to me than any technically perfect piece of guitar virtuosity. That one reaches down into your soul and catches you on a very emotional level.
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Fripp + Beautiful = A Blessing of Tears
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