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Robert Fripp's solo debut, originally released in 1979, Exposure is not only an important release historically in terms of influencing much music to come, including post-punk popular groups of today, it also is a who's who of guest musicians from Daryl Hall to Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill, Terre Roche, Brian Eno, Tony Levin, Phil Collins, Narada Michael Walden, Jerry Marotta, Barry Andrews and Sid McGinnis. This standard edition is being released as a two disc set, with 24-page booklet. Remastered with many previously unreleased tracks. The jewel case version is being released simultaneously with a limited edition gatefold deluxe version which will appeal to the large base of serious Fripp collectors. Only packaging differs between the two versions tracks remain the same.
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In some ways Fripp's solo album is a personal overview of a transitionary period in Fripp's musical life. Located somewhere between the old guard of Crimson and a new musical perspective which would see him become a "small, mobile, intelligent unit", playing Frippertronics in small venues such as Pizza Restaurants and even Hair Salons! This is an attitude to touring he still carries out today with Soundscapes.
Musically there are signposts to the past and the future. "Breathless" is "Red" re-visited and is one of the best things Crimson never recorded. Here it is just Fripp with Tony Levin (future Crimson) on bass and Narada Michael Warden (Mahavishnu Orchestra) on drums. This is storming stuff and a highlight of the album. The more mellow "North Star" and "Mary" pre-date the type of song which 80's Crimson would do such as "Matte Kudasai". Special mention to Peter Hammill who really excels here, ripping apart "Disengage" and brooding on "Chicago". "NY3" points to Fripp's instrumental four piece "The League of Gentlemen".Read more ›
This album is startling, beautiful, seductive, abrasive, funny, deadly serious and more. Short fragments of songs burst into taped conversations (and vice versa), heavy guitar riffage-mania is juxtaposed with drones, gorgeous frippertronics and vocals which are at times crooned while at others sound spat or throttled.
The newly released Daryl Hall material is thrilling, particularly his version of "Disengage" which - pitch black as it is - puts the song as previously released out to pasture (and given that the previous version, also on this set, was sung by the great Peter Hammill, that's no mean feat).
Fripp designed this album as one of a trilogy to include Peter Gabriel's second album and Daryl Hall's "Sacred Songs". Although each stands very well alone, hearing all three adds enormous resonance to the project.
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.
This is a great and comprehensive edition too, and the unreleased material from Daryl Hall is a revelation. If you haven't already got Hall's solo album Sacred Songs (and if you have, chances are you already own Exposure), you should buy it. Fripp's contributions to it are very strong, but more than that the songs are great. Another album that I never tire of.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Welcome to Robert's head (nightmare ?) ......Beautiful if nothing else..... if nothing -" you cannot achieve the aim without suffering...." so true . enough said.... Read morePublished 7 months ago by rob prattey
Great allbum but with the extra tracks. An album to play for life. Colin.Published 12 months ago by Colin
This album has more 'editions' than even the most messed-about-with Zappa albums. The main problem is that the remix that emerged in the mid-1980s is obviously the 'definitive'... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2013 by mattjoplin
I quite liked listening to this I want some king crimson eventually I like psychedelic music I like alsorts of musicPublished on 12 Sept. 2013 by paul david hurst