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Woman’s Boat and Lifeforms

What a Fripp

1994 was a wonderful active year for Fripp, contributing to Damage – Live , Flowermouth  and Sidi Mansour but that is not all.

Together with a star cast is names like Peter Gabriel, Trey Gunn and David Rhodes, Fripp contributed to Toni Childs album “The Woman’s Boat” on several tracks. The album features a rich world music inspiration that we also know from the works of Peter Gabriel in this period and it is no surprise to find that it was recorded in his Real World Studios.

 

Toni Childs (born 1957) is an American/Australian singer and songwriter. Making three albums from 1988 to 1994, best received was the debut “Union”. After 1997 Toni Childs gave up touring after developing Graves’ disease, she would not make another album until 2009.

Fripp also played on a track from “The Future Sound of London”’s album “Lifeforms” a wonderful album of avant-garde electronic music, walking the line between  techno and ambient. Surprisingly not only a success with critics but also commercially; selling over 60.000 copy’s.

The Future Sound of London is a duo of Garry Cobain born 1967 Bedford England and Brian Dougans born 1966 Glasgow Scotland. Brian Dougans has also released as soloartist under the name Humanoid having a hit with ”Stakker Humanoid” prior to his work with ”The Future Sound of London”

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The John Paul Jones Story Part 5

In 1994 Jones produced and co wrote most af the material for The Sporting Life, an album by : “ Diamanda Galás with John Paul Jones”. Galas is a female American vocalist, composer, and pianist/organist. Galás has a 4 octave vocal range, and a very avant-grade vocal style, not easy for the first time listener.

After producing a debut album by Elephant Ride in 1995, Jones started writing material for a solo album, he got signed with Robert Fripp’s DGM label, recordings began in 1998 and the album “ZOOMA” was released in 1999. The album is a very diverse mix of styles, and as his first solo effort, represents well all the different music interests of Jones, with a hint of Zep here and there.

Jones produced the album, and played : bass guitar, double bass, keyboards, guitars, electric mandola, Kyma (some sort of music programming device beyond my understandings)

The recording band was :  Pete Thomas – drums (Elvis Costello), Paul Leary – lead guitars (Butthole Surfers) Trey Gunn – rhythm guitar, Warr guitar (King Crimson) and Denny Fongheiser – djembe, drums, the album was all instrumental.

Dangerous Curves

 

Friday is Fripp day
What a Fripp
So lets Fripp out.

King Crimson is not just one band, have been so many constellations, with so different members, playing so different music, that it would be very hard to digest in a post, or even a few posts. On the other hand, it would be too strange to do Fripp Fridays, and continue to avoid Crimson, so what I will do, is take one little piece once in a while, and post them in between other things Fripp.

“Dangerous Curves” is a track first found on the Level Five Live “Tour EP”, released I 2001.
It is a Crimson Instrumental, starting very calm and slowly building more and more heavy, towards a climax. In this version with a strange intro of (Belew’s) spoken words, and a wonderful clean sound.

This is not found on Youtube – But i would recommend every KC lover to get it, one of the best recordings KC did, from the mid 80’s and onwards.

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The track appears again on the 2003 full studio album “The Power to Believe”. It is now longer, scary, darker, a nice example of how Crimson develops their material, the track had changes quite a lot. The studio production of this particular track, in my opinion, makes it a bit weaker than the cleaner “Level Five” version

A live version

There is another live version, from the 2003 tour, supporting the release of “The Power to belive”.
Again we get a very different version, this time with a very raw (Belew) guitar base, an ambient texture of almost symphonic sounds, wild futuristic electronic percussions, now more robotic, industrial.

Live 2003

 

King Crimson, in this period:
Adrian Belew – Guitar, Vocals ; Robert Fripp – Guitar ; Trey Gunn – Warr Guitar ; Pat Mastelotto – Drums

Previous Fripp Friday January 24.

David Sylvian and Robert Fripp

Friday is Fripp day
What a Fripp
So lets Fripp out.

Fripp and Sylvian had been working together on some of Sylvians solo albums and in 1993 they did an album together as “David Sylvian and Robert Fripp”, The First Day. With former Peter Gabriel drummer Jerry Marotta, and Fripp’s “guitar craft” student Trey Gunn, who had also participated on Fripp’s “Sunday All Over the World” project, with Fripp’s wife Toyah Willcox as vocalist.
The First Day, was followed by touring and a life album, “Damage”.

The band had changed a bit, on “Damage” Jerry Marotta was replaced by former Mr. Mister drummer Pat Mastelotto. He would, like Trey Gunn, soon become members of Fripp’s flagship, King Crimson, and they had expanded with Infinite Guitarist Michael Brook (*).

“Damage” works better for me than “The First Day”, it becomes much more interesting live. Sylvians soft voice, the music stretching from sometimes ambient, sometimes very catchy and accessible, to long heavy almost Industrial sections, pointing towards the music King Crimson would later be making in the 90’s and 00’s. Everything Spiced up by Fripp’s unique soloing.

(*) Michael Brook created The Infinite Guitar, allowing an electric guitar note to be held with infinite sustain. In addition to his own instrument, Brook produced two Infinite Guitars, one of which belongs to Daniel Lanois, the other to The Edge of U2.

Friday is Fripp day

What a Fripp

So lets Fripp out !!
Today with a few track’s from Rieflin ,Fripp ,Gunn : “The Repercussions Of Angelic Behavior”
Robert Fripp and Trey Gunn was both involved with Bill Rieflin’s solo album “Birth of a Giant” (1999), and in the process of making that album, they did some extra sessions together, resulting in “The Repercussions Of Angelic Behavior”.
The Album is a pleasant travel in the realms of Jazz Fusion, with a very clear Fripp signature. Avant-garde in the true sense of the word. There is no liner notes (apart from : ““random play is required for full effect”) but I believe it’s safe to say, a lot of this was improvised.

Rieflin is an American drummer who have worked with a lot of Experimental/Industrial rock bands, Ministry, Swans, Nine Inch Nails, R.E.M., King Crimson, and many more.

Gunn is mostly known as a member of King Crimson since 1994, but have worked with a lot of other musicians : Tool, Puscifer, Gordian Knot, David Sylvian, John Paul Jones (Ex Led Zeppelin), Eric Johnson ect.
He has released a number of solo albums.