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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.
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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