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
LP GOD SAVE THE QUEEN – UNDER HEAVY MANNERS POLYDOR US PD-1-6266
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!