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Robert Fripp Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 April 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eg
  • ASIN: B000026XY2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Preface
2. You Burn Me Up I'm A Cigarette
3. Breathless
4. Disengage
5. North Star
6. Chicago
7. NY3
8. Mary
9. Exposure
10. Haaden Two
11. Urban Landscape
12. I May Not Have Had Enough Of Me But I've Had Enough Of You
13. First Inaugural Address To I.A.C.E. Sherborne House
14. Water Music
15. Here Comes The Flood
16. Water Music II
17. Postscript

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BBC Review

The first part of Robert Fripp's fabled 'Drive to 1981', Exposure, his lone true solo album, is the contradictorily beautiful piece of work that reintroduced the former King Crimson leader back onto the music scene in 1979. Galvanised into action by his guest appearance on David Bowie's '''Heroes'", Fripp made an album in New York that neatly précised his past, present and future working primarily with Daryl Hall.

However, when Hall's manager, Tommy Mottola, was horrified with the results, Fripp kept two of his vocal performances and brought in guests such as Peter Hammill and Terre Roche to sing the other parts alongside stellar players such as Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno and Phil Collins. As a result, it remains one of the most nervously thrilling of all Fripp's recordings.

With its speech interjections, the work's light and shade seems in sharper relief than ever. The instrumental ''Breathless'' -''Larks Tongues III'' in all but name -is as aggressive as the Hall-voiced ''North Star'' is pure and mellow. The extremist, blocky funk of the title track and the subtle understatement of ''Here Comes The Flood'' take back Gabriel's originals and render them poignant.

With the comprehensive annotation and attention to detail that could only happen with a Fripp release, Exposure - in this double disc edition - remains a perfect entry point for those who want to know quite how thrilling the art-rock scene was at the turn of the 80s. --Daryl Easlea

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad genius 5 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Robert Fripp is on the fringe of rock music to an extent, but his band King Crimson are one of the most awesomely powerful and inventive bands of the last 30 years.
Exposure is Fripp's first solo album after temporaily disbanding King Crimson. Not wanting to sound like the 'dinosaur' prog bands, Fripp was heavily influenced by the New Wave scene in New York in the late 70s. But it is New Wave with an art-rock edge. Unlike KC (5 songs per album), this has 17 wildly diverse tracks. For me, highlights include the ultra heavy 'Breathless', New Wavey 'You Burn Me Up', and the beautiful 'Here Comes the Flood' featuring Peter Gabriel. Mind you I am not sure about 'First Inaugural Address to IACE Sherbourne House' but that is not a huge problem as the track only lasts 4 seconds!
If you are interested in King Crimson then I would recommend this above most of his other solo work - it is not easy listening, but a challenging and impressive meeting of the new wave and prog rock - while all his comtemporaries (Yes, Pink Floyd, Genesis) were rehashing former glories with less and less success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROBERT FRIPP - EXPOSURE 1 Sep 2009
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Hello everyone

There is not a lot i can say about this wonderfully eclectic album by Mr Fripp.
I first bought this album on vinyl in 1979 when it was released.
It is a very difficult album to get into, but after two or three hearings you begin to appreciate the complexity of it all.
There are some bizarre tracks such as "You burn me up like a cigarette" with Daryl Hall on vocals, and others that just seem to fit with the vocal works of Peter Gabriel and Peter Hammill.
All in all , this would have to be one of those albums that really should be part of your collection.
Please enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still a bonkers album 12 April 2014
By MikeH
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I first picked up this album some time in the 1980s, I think from legendary second hand Record Store, Beano's in Croydon, South East London and it continues to this day to impress and confound almost in equal measure.

Schizophrenic doesn't really cover this album's description as it leaps from new wave, three chord garage rock, to muscular prog rock and pretty ballards, knitted together with ambient soundscapes and recorded voice cut ups. But it does work. And if there is a basic polarisation here it is the way that late 70s New York, where Fripp was living at the time, has been filtered by this very English of musicians.

The record features the great and the good of British Progressive Rock at the time, Peter Hammill, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Brian Eno along with various American musicians including Daryl Hall ( yes, that one ! ) and Terri Roche. Now I love Progressive Rock. But this is a more eclectic album than that so you shouldn't necessarily be put off if you don't.

I didn't realise until fairly recently when the 2 CD reissue came out through DGM the complicated nature of the album's creation and release. Daryl Hall initially sang a number of the songs but allegedly his record company at the time refused to let them all be released for fear that this very uncommercial album could damage the success of Hall and Oates at the time. So when the original vinyl release came out a number of these songs had Peter Hamill on vocals instead. And when the album came out on CD originally the tracks were slightly different and a couple featured different vocal peformances from Hammill. The 2CD re-release brings together the first vinyl release version and the version as envisaged with Hall's greater involvement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic mixture 17 Oct 2006
By Simon Uglow VINE VOICE
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I went to a gig at a friend's insistence, and it featured Robert Fripp on his own, doing something he introduced as "Frippertronics" - playing a guitar line, then overlaying it by using tape loops. It was mesmerising, and I went out and started buying Fripp and King Crimson albums as a result. I love this album - its not an easy listen, but for Peter Gabriel completists, it has what I think is the seminal version of Here Comes the Flood. Also featured is Darryl Hall on You Burn Me Up which is the opener. A great album, not an easy listen, but stimulating and intriguing.
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