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.
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