7 Remarkable Robert Fripp Moments (Not With King Crimson)

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1
Nice list! Though I think Heavenly Music Corporation edges out Swastika Girls.

(Anyone have any leads on where to purchase/acquire digital copies of God Save the Queen or Let the Power Fall [aside from YouTube]?)
2
In about 1979 or '80 Fripp made an appearance at the old lower Queen Anne Tower Records, the big one, and played "Frippertronic" Christmas carols with a guitar and a tape player allowing him to loop and sustain indefinitely. It sounded something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFAENQ2u…

Extraordinary to watch, and pretty cool, right there in the dead center of the store.
3
Yeah, great little list here. If I had any idea he was here tonight, I would have bought tickets and planned in advance. Well, guess I'll see him on his next swing-by.
4
Great list as well! I would also add "NYCNY" by Daryl Hall from the Fripp-produced Sacred Songs.
5
Adding Baby's on Fire from Eno's Here come the Warm Jets.
6
His work with The League of Gentlemen is fantastic.
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@3 - it might be a bit of a wait. tonight is only the third performance ever of "Slow Music." The first was in 2005, at the Croc, and it was fantastic (as evidenced by the disc of the show). The second show was last night. GO.
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Oh, no GG&F? They certainly had their moments.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8mLqNR0…
9
I would add his solo in the Roches' "Hammond Song" as well as Bowie's "Fashion".
10
I remember seeing Fripp playing solo guitar as he warmed up for the more bombastic headliners of the G3 tour back in the 90s. I can now look back and reflect that his perfirmance was actually more groundbreaking than the fingerboard antics that Vai and Satriani were doing that night.

Strangely enough, I'm writing all of this on the day after seeing Petrucci's shredfest with Dream Theater.
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@9, second the motion on "Hammond Song", and also "Losing True" from the second Roches album.
12
I actually agree with the article and all of the comments so far. I would add EXPOSURE; pretty much every second of that album is killer
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Another two huge thumbs up for the solo in "Fashion" which is really mind warping right from the start of the track... there's also some really great licks in "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)". I think this album, and Daryl Hall's "Sacred Songs" are highly underrated.
14
I would suggest some of the work he's done with David Sylvain. Brightness Falls from the live Damage recording. Extraordinary!
15
I, too, vote for this post to have been last week, when I still had a chance to make arrangements to go.
16
Somebody mentioned "Losing True" so I'll come on here and suggest "The Sheltering Sky" off the first King Crimson mk 4 album, "Discipline".
17
I'd already committed to Afghan Whigs in ignorance of Fripp's date. I am now basking in regret as I don't really like Greg Dulli, Mrs. Solomon does.

@5 is correct, Baby's On Fire is a towering achievement.
18
I'd love to add Grindermans "Super Heathen Child" to this mix.
19
"Don't Blame It On Love" by Hall & Oates contains a wonderful solo from Fripp.
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@5 Was thinking the same when reading this list.
I would say that is is one of the best guitar solos. Most of the time guitar solos sound the same or follow a formula but the "Baby's on Fire" solo goes where guitar solos dare to go.
21
I am glad to see a post on Robert Fripp. I remember seeing him here in Vancouver. Just him playing into a tape loop as described on the back of Eno's Discrete Music album. So just him sitting down with a Les Paul and a tape loop next to him playing back what he was laying down building up layers of sound. It was amazing.
22
There's no e-bow on "Heroes." Fripp addressed this specific issue in a note to the Elephant Talk newsletter in 2000:

>>I have never used an e-bow professionally, and almost never otherwise. Chris Stein (of Blondie) gave me one c.1978 when we were chums in NYC. But "Heroes" was simply a Les Paul, Marshall cabinet and a way of working.<<
23
Thanks for the clarification, @22. Putting on this hairshirt now...
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I would also like to add Fripp's jagged solo on "Baby's On Fire".
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It's a common misconception that Fripp used an e-bow on "Heroes," but he didn't — he's just that good at controlled sustain. In Fripp's own words: "I have never used an e-bow professionally, and almost never otherwise. Chris Stein (of Blondie) gave me one c.1978 when we were chums in NYC. But 'Heroes' was simply a Les Paul, Marshall cabinet and a way of working."
26
"Earthbound/Starblind" with David Sylvian. One of Sylvian's greatest songs followed by one of Fripp's greatest flights.
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The solo and guitar work in "Fashion" screams. It literally makes my teeth hurt when I hear the first solo. It's quite amazing.