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Contributions by Robert

My first Fripp Friday in a while, today focused on some of the many albums in various styles, where Fripp has just participated on a few tracks, as a guest guitarist.

What a Fripp

Peter Hammil : Fripp played on some of “Van der Graaf Generator” early albums, as well as front man Peter Hammil’s first solo album “Fool’s Mate” (1972). Several track include contribution from Fripp, but I personally prefer the calm and beautiful “The Birds”, with it’s interplay between Hammil’s piano and Fripp’s guitar.

Blondie : Fripp played on a single track on Blondie’s 1978 album Parallel Lines, an album that was Blondie’s worldwide break. Blondie was an American Rock band, with roots in the mid 70’s New York’s Punk/New Wave underground, later developing into a more POP/Rock oriented band.

Talking Heads : Due to his close friend Eno’s involvement with the band, it is not surprising that Fripp would show up on a Talking Heads album, sooner or later, that happen on their second Eno production “Fear of Music” in 1979, on the original album, Fripp only plays on “I Zimbra”, but for Fripp enthusiast it a lot more fun, what he does on the alternate take of “Life During Wartime” released later on CD, although it seems the mix may be focusing too much on the guitar.

To be continued

Just Another Cover Story – Massive Attack, Blondie, ect.

”The hunter gets captured by the game” is a love song written Smokey Robinson, first recorded by The Marvelettes in 1966, the song did fairly well, peaking at no.2 on the US Souls/R&B chart.
The song have been covered numerous times.

In 1974 the track was recorded again by Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead fame. Garcia keeps the fundamentals of the original,but with a destinctly “European/American” twist and a rock guitar solo.
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Grace Jones, 1980 version, is transformed into an up-beat dance track, as so often before Jones use a Jamaican reggae like beat, nice and easy. Feel good music, no more, no less.

Blondie’s 1982 version is darker, more dangerously sexual, the lightness is gone, the production larger and very 80’s.

1995’s Massive Attack version, with the supreme Tracey Thorn, wow, now this track blows, the sadness always hidden in Thorns vocal, combined with Massive Attacks dark beautiful trippy mix. It brings something very new to the track, now it a very sad love song, very deep and emotional.