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Thursday, November 5, 2009

ROBERT FRIPP [REPOST]

ROBERT FRIPP
EXPOSURE (1979)
REMASTER
192-320 KBPS

The late 70s were probably Fripp's most diverse period, bridging the gap between the two least silly King Crimsons, working with Brian Eno on those classic Bowie albums, writing screeds about the capricious record industry long before Messrs Albini and Love made it fashionable, and even forming a punk band called The League Of Gentlemen before he started a more new-wave outfit that coalesced into a new King Crimson.
Anyway, the album. It's a bit of a grab bag, with angular guitar workouts, ambient pieces, and interesting (as in "... to say the least") vocal turns from guests Daryl Hall, Peter Gabriel and Peter Hammill - who practically leaves his lungs on the studio floor after "Disengage". One highlight for me is "Breathless", which manages to combine the crunchiness of Red, the discreet clangour of Discipline, and his ambient stuff with Eno (such as "Wind And Water") in the space of four and a half minutes. "North Star" prototypes King Crimson's "Matte Kadusai" with its laidback feel. Elsewhere there's more ranty wordplay from the pen of Joanna Walton, soundbites that echo Fripp's philosophies, and of course the trademark byzantine guitar playing. The album winds up with a final act which consists of two ambient pieces named "Water Music", natch, bookmarking Gabriel singing a stripped-back "Here Comes The Flood".
In the end, it's not the most astounding record, but it is very listenable as far as "solo" albums from überguitarists go. Certainly, it's muchly recommended for those who acknowledge that King Crimson were never about wearing capes.

Disc 1
Original Release
1. Preface
2. You Burn Me Up I'm a Cigarette
3. Breathless
4. Disengage
5. North Star
6. Chicago
7. NY3
8. Mary
9. Exposure
10. Haaden Two
11. Urban Landscape
12. I May Not Have Had Enough of Me But I've Had Enough of You
13. First Inaugural Address to I.A.C.E. Sherborne House
14. Water Music I
15. Here Comes the Flood
16. Water Music II
17. Postscript

Disc 2
1983 Remix
1. Preface
2. You Burn Me Up I'm A Cigarette
3. Breathless
4. Disengage
5. North Star
6. Chicago
7. New York, New York, New York
8. Mary
9. Exposure
10. Haaden Two
11. Urban Landscape
12. I May Not Have Had Enough Of Me But I've Had Enough Of You
13. First Inaugural Address To The I.A.C.E. Sherborne House
14. Water Music I
15. Here Comes The Flood
16. Water Music II
17. Postscript
18. Exposure
19. Mary
20. Disengage
21. Chicago
22. NY3

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Listening to King Crimson could be a lot more fun if they wore capes! Anyway, I always liked Exposure and at last I can listen to the expanded version. Thanks very much!
Eric

Anonymous said...

Rapidshare says suspected illegal content. Bummer.

1x1head said...

deleted. thats a bummer, man.

Mr Moodswings said...

It's alright now. ;)

Loren said...

Down again. Capes? Bought this when it came out and again when it came out on cd. What a strange man and such strange music. I like it.

Mr Moodswings said...

Not anymore... ^^