Robert Fripp


Robert Fripp

We begin 2011 with Robert Fripp – still alive as of this writing, aged 64.

7″                  DISLOCATED / 1984 (JANUARY 13th – MAY 16th) (PS)     EG UK                     EGEDS 2

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP                EXPOSURE                                                                                POLYDOR AUS     2310 661

1979 17 TRKS with Peter Hammill

CDx2           EXPOSURE (Deluxe edition) (Kami)                                     WHD JPN               IECP-20001/2

1979 39 TRKS (’06 issue) (22 x bonus tracks) kami sleeve


1980 5 TRKS

7″                  HEPTAPARAPARSHINOKH / MARRIAGEMUZIC                 EG UK                     EGEDS 1

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP                LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN                                                      POLYDOR JPN     28MM 0023

1981 14 TRKS insert

CD               LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN / GOD SAVE THE QUEEN       EG US                     EEGCD 9

1979/81 9 TRKS

LP                LIVE! (with “Crafty Guitarists”)                                                 EG UK                     EGED 43

1986 11 TRKS Live

12”               NETWORK                                                                                  EG US                     EGMLP 4

1985 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD5             PIE JESU                                                                                     DISCIPLINE GM    DGM 9704

1997 4 TRK CD Single CD5

No King Crimson or Fripp & Eno titles today, just the stuff that says “Robert Fripp solo”.  I followed King Crimson in real time from approx. 1970 – 1974’ I did not particularly notice when he started appearing on Blondie or David Bowie records.  I made an effort to get “Exposure” when I saw that Peter Hammill sang on it.  I instantly got the “League of Gentlemen” LP (a Japanese pressing, luckily!) when it became obvious that the band contained Barry Andrews of XTC and Sara Lee of Gang of Four!

King Crimson singles were always difficult to come by, so I definitely noticed and obtained the two Fripp 45’s listed above.  “Marriage Muzic” is over 10 minutes long – and still not on CD?

For some reason, only the edited versions of “League of Gentlemen” and “God Save The Queen – Under Heavy Manners” are on CD.  “Exposure” got a deluxe re-issue (as has many of Fripp’s works), so there’s hope, I suppose.  I have yet to play the deluxe edition of “Exposure” that I obtained, not really rushing to hear previously unreleased Darryl Hall vocals.

After the live “Crafty Guitarists” LP, I sort of stopped looking.  Probably due to incessant bootlegging, Fripp began to release assorted vintages of live King Crimson material on his DGM label, but – as previously stated – no K.C. titles here today.

I bought the 1997 “Pie Jesu” EP very inexpensively; never been played.  To tell the truth, I don’t see much of Fripp’s solo works available inexpensively, and there’s so much of it now that I have no way of telling the wheat from the crap.  So, I stick to buying inexpensive King Crimson live shows on CD, as I can find ‘em (’69 – ’74 only, of course).  Viva Fripp!

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4 Responses to Robert Fripp

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    Ron: You should listen to “Exposure” 2xCDRM. The unreleased Daryl Hall material will kick your *ss! His take of “Mary,” never a fave cut on the original album or the remix, is breathtakingly tender and a revelation to me. Never a fan of Hall & Oates, nor can it be said, Terre Roche. Nevertheless, his previously unreleased take is on my shortlist of favorite vocal performances ever.

  2. postpunkmonk says:

    I want to REVO RM the original League of Gentlemen LP but still need “Marriagemuzik.” How severely groove crammed is that track?

  3. ronkanefiles says:

    The “Marriagemuzik” 45 is a mess – over 10 minutes long, low level etc. I have a pristine Japanese LP for the orig. League of Gentlemen LP.

  4. postpunkmonk says:

    For what’s it’s worth, Sara Lee first surfaced in the LOG. She didn’t join the Gang of Four until ’82, after Dave Allen had left to join Shriekback [with Barry Andrews], after the LOG was a memory. When “Hard” was released, I noticed that Sara from the League of Gentlemen was now in the band. At the time I was busy buying Shriekback records! They are all great, except for “Go Bang.”

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