Happy Birthday Robert Fripp: Our Top Five Fripp Collaborations

Happy Birthday Robert Fripp: Our Top Five Fripp Collaborations
On this day in 1945, legendary guitarist Robert Fripp was born. Known best for his work in the  prog rock band King Crimson, his career has spanned five decades, a variety genres, and several hundred releases, including iconic works with Roxy Music's Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall, Blondie, David Bowie, and Talking Heads. We celebrate now with our top five Fripp collaborations! 
Happy Birthday Robert Fripp: Our Top Five Fripp Collaborations
Happy Birthday Robert Fripp: Our Top Five Fripp Collaborations

4. Fripp/Daryl Hall - Sacred Songs (1980)
Fripp produced and played on Daryl Hall's first solo album, Sacred Songs. Recorded in 1977, the album was intended to be part of an audio-triptych with Fripp's Exposure and Peter Gabriel's second album. Sacred Songs was shelved until 1980 because Hall's label believed it wouldn't be commercially successful; it was too different from all the Hall & Oates records, and RCA didn't want to risk upsetting that empire. Outraged at RCA's decision to hold the album, Hall and Fripp leaked it themselves and eventually RCA caved. A Hall and Fripp collaboration may seem odd at first but Sacred Songs is a surprisingly brilliant record that showcases Fripp's skills in production.  

Happy Birthday Robert Fripp: Our Top Five Fripp Collaborations

Happy Birthday Robert Fripp: Our Top Five Fripp Collaborations

 

Happy Birthday Robert Fripp: Our Top Five Fripp Collaborations

 Brian Eno - Baby' s On Fire

1. Fripp/Eno - "Baby's On Fire" (1974)
Fripp appeared on three tracks on Eno's classic solo debut Here Come the Warm Jets--voted one of the best albums of the year in Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics poll for that year--but it's his work on "Baby's On Fire" that we love the most. One of Eno's best pop compositions, the song features an unforgettable, blistering guitar solo from Fripp--possibly the most scorching solo ever recorded. A masterful collaboration at the height of both of their careers. 

 

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