Here’s some artsy prog rock for your Friday. Robert Fripp’s guitar playing is (naturally) precise and thematic throughout this reading of “Starless.”

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This Fernandes ad comes from Guitar Player, August 2001. In those days Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew were back in the saddle with King Crimson, having released The ConstruKction of Light the previous year. Fellow endorser Reeves Gabrels was into his post-Bowie solo career, Ulysses (Della Notte) being his most recent issue.

The text also cites Steve Vai, The Edge, and Steve Lukather as Fernandes Sustainer users.

From the Rooney Archive

 

Where do Peter Fonda and King Crimson meet on U.S. TV? In 1981 it was on Fridays, ABC’s fleeting attempt to compete for a Saturday Night Live type audience. This version of “Elephant Talk” is outstanding. Also: Click around to find “Thela Hun Ginjeet” from the same episode.

Following an extended legal battle with Universal Music Group prog guitar giant Robert Fripp has reportedly retired from making music. According to Dutch Progressive Rock Page,  the King Crimson founder has had enough. Fripp said through FT.com:

I couldn’t concentrate on music, so I made the choice to give up my career as a musician in the frontline to deal with the business. (The arrangement between artist and label has) moved from a symbiotic relationship to a parasitic relationship.

Read more at DPRP.

Right here.

 

Something Else! is running a new interview with prog deity Greg Lake wherein he discusses upcoming tour dates, ELP, and his old associate Robert Fripp:

Robert and I went to the same guitar teacher when we were very young boys. We used to practice our lessons together. So, Robert and I knew each other’s playing intimately. That’s one of the things that was underpinning King Crimson – that Robert and I are almost one person, in a sense. I really know exactly what he’s going to play.

Read more, including Lake’s take on Gary Moore, at Something Else!

Right here.

Time for another list. The editors at Guitar Player have published “The 40 Most Influential Rock Guitar Solos.” Seem impossible? Probably, but they describe the selection process in some detail and, to their credit, don’t try to rank the leads:

The solos are organized chronologically—including those that fall within the same year—because we thought it would be instructive to see how they relate to each other historically. Additionally, we included a graphic timeline of “influenced by” and “influenced” for each artist and solo to more generally illustrate the concept of succession.

There are obvious entries (Clapton/Cream “Crossroads,” Van Halen “Eruption”), head-scratchers (Lynch/Dokken “The Hunter,” Wylde/Ozzy “No More Tears”—fine solos, just kind of weird choices) and some surprises, such as Robert Fripp’s break in “21st Century Schizoid Man,” about which they note:

Fripp’s serpentine solo on this alarmingly virtuosic track combines a supersaturated sustained tone with atypical intervallic movement, non-bluesy bends and trills, and note choices and phrasing that had more in common with Coltrane than Clapton.

Petty nitpick: Though it could be an iTunes problem (there are download links to every song), the cover of Santana Festival appears with the description of “Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile)” though that track appears on Amigos.

Take a look at all 40 over at GP.

Right here.

Ever check out Adrian Belew’s “Elephant Blog?” It’s good stuff. In one recent entry the dynamic guitarist reminisced over the circumstances that led to him joining King Crimson—a morning telephone call from KC mastermind Robert Fripp on the heels of a Talking Heads tour party:

he began by saying he knew I was not one for “raving” and so felt safe in calling so early. he was wrong. I had a blistering hangover. mortified I had already let down one of my heroes I sheepishly asked if he could call back later.

Have a look at the whole story and much more right here.

Robin Trower was born on this day in 1945. You may be familiar with Bridge of Sighs, but did you know he was in Procol Harum? Yes, the band that did “Whiter Shade of Pale”—though he’s not on their most famous song (that was a guy named Ray Royer). Did you also know he once gave lessons to Robert Fripp? Here’s what Fripp says about his one time mentor in the liner notes of the BGO 2-for1 Trower reissues:

Robin Trower is one of the very few English guitarists that have mastered bends and wobbles. Not only has he got inside them, with an instinctive knowing of their affective power, but they went to live inside his hands.

Trower is still at it, touring with Jack Bruce in Europe. Check out a recent interview with him over at Review Fix.

Right here.


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