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Robert Fripp - Exposure (standard edition) (2CD)



?The Sergeant Pepper of avant-punk.? ? The Wire

The term ?Classic album? has been devalued somewhat through overuse, but if ever an album has proved worthy of the term it?s Robert Fripp?s 1979 solo debut Exposure. An invitation from David Bowie & Brian Eno in July 1977 resulted in his appearance as lead guitarist on Heroes, David Bowie?s 2nd 1977 album from his own golden year & marked Fripp?s return to full time musician. Further work with Daryl Hall, Peter Gabriel, The Roches & Blondie (a version of ?I Feel Love? sung by Debbie Harry was planned for inclusion on the album but never recorded), preceded the sessions. Recorded at the Record Plant in New York, Exposure was originally conceived as part of a trilogy alongside Daryl Hall?s Sacred Songs & Peter Gabriel?s 2nd solo album (both Fripp produced). Exposure was delayed from its scheduled 1978 release date by RCA?s postponement of the release of the Hall album (that remained unissued until 1980) & Hall?s then manager?s insistence that some of his vocals be removed from the album. When the album finally appeared in 1979, its mixture of songs, singers, instrumentals, snatches of speech, audio verite sound collages ? all linked by an autobiographical/diary approach - presented a very different musician from that of the initial King Crimson period 1969-74. Even in a period when the wheel as represented by a vinyl album seemed to be reinvented on a routine basis, a time when ?expect the unexpected? was the best approach to any number of then new or current recordings, Exposure stood apart. It still does. With the influence of the era noticeable in any number of contemporary bands & the wider variety of post-punk bands & music being been belatedly reappraised, it?s a particularly apt time to reassess the assemblage of all the material from one of the seminal releases of the period.

With the emergence of digital technology but, crucially, prior to the emergence of suitable re-mastering equipment, the album was remixed in 1983 & reissued in 1985. This remix was issued as the CD version. The new 2 CD edition consists of the original 1979 release on CD1 [1st appearance of the original vinyl version on CD], while CD2 presents a version of the 1983 remix/1985 reissue with the inclusion of the 3 formerly unreleased Daryl Hall vocal tracks & an appendix of bonus tracks ? all material re-mastered from the original source tapes by Simon Heyworth & Robert Fripp. The accompanying 24 page booklet features archive photos, the original lyric inserts & sleeve notes along with newly written notes by Robert Fripp.



Tracks

Disc 1:

"Preface" ? 1:16
"You Burn Me Up I'm a Cigarette" (Fripp, Hall) ? 2:24
"Breathless" ? 4:43
"Disengage II" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 2:44 (Hall vocal)
"North Star" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 3:12
"Chicago" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 2:18
"New York, New York, New York" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 2:18 (Hall vocal)
"Mary" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 2:09 (Roche vocal)
"Exposure" (Fripp, Gabriel) ? 4:26
"Hden Two" ? 1:58
"Urban Landscape" ? 2:35
"I May Not Have Had Enough of Me But I've Had Enough of You" (Fripp, Walton) ? 3:38
"First Inaugural Address to the I.A.C.E. Sherborne House" (Bennett) ? 0:07
"Water Music I" (Fripp, Bennett) ? 1:19
"Here Comes the Flood" (Gabriel) ? 3:56
"Water Music II" ? 3:55
"Postscript" ? 0:55

Disc 2:

"Preface" ? 1:16
"You Burn Me Up I'm a Cigarette" (Fripp, Hall) ? 2:24
"Breathless" ? 4:43
"Disengage II" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 2:44 (Hall vocal)
"North Star" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 3:12
"Chicago" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 2:18
"New York, New York, New York" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 2:18 (Hall vocal)
"Mary" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 2:09 (Roche vocal)
"Exposure" (Fripp, Gabriel) ? 4:26
"Hden Two" ? 1:58
"Urban Landscape" ? 2:35
"I May Not Have Had Enough of Me But I've Had Enough of You" (Fripp, Walton) ? 3:38
"First Inaugural Address to the I.A.C.E. Sherborne House" (Bennett) ? 0:07
"Water Music I" (Fripp, Bennett) ? 1:19
"Here Comes the Flood" (Gabriel) ? 3:56
"Water Music II" ? 3:55
"Postscript" ? 0:55

Bonus tracks (alternate takes):

"Exposure" (Fripp, Gabriel) ? 4:28 (Hall vocal; previously unreleased alternate take)
"Mary" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 2:07 (Hall vocal; previously unreleased alternate take)
"Disengage" (Fripp, Hammill, Walton) ? 2:50 (Hammill vocal; same version as used in 1985 Release)
"Chicago" (Fripp, Hall, Walton) ? 2:03 (Hammill and Roche vocals; same version as used in 1985 Release)
"NY3" ? 2:16 (Andrews organ; same version as used in 1985 Release)

 




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