Robert Fripp, Network (1985)
A network is important for a guitarist like Robert Fripp. I’ve been enjoying this mini-album/EP. It showcases some of his musical friends (Daryl Hall, David Byrne, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno) but it also, naturally, showcases Fripp. You might hear him play wilder stuff elsewhere – but there’s a logical flow to this. And some of the dreamy, late-night pop material sounds super-fresh (to my ears). I’ve been enjoying settling in with this record lately – I don’t even know where I first heard it or when/where I bought it. It’s one of the new rediscoveries from recent times; unearthing the storage LPs. I do remember playing it a few years back – a decade or so. And I liked it then. That was when I was a fan, hugely, of the No Pussyfooting album and of the King Crimson material. (Not saying I’m not a fan of those now). But this wee compilation of ideas was crucial for me in hearing one of the world’s great guitarists in a sideman/supporting role. With just enough of that inimitable magic shining through.
Sample Track: North Star
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