The long-awaited 32-disc boxed set of Robert Fripp in the studio and in concert 1977 - 1983 will be released on 27th May 2022. The set will feature many previously unreleased tracks, outtakes and rarities as well as a number of tracks appearing on CD for the first time.
After King Crimson's dissolution in 1974, Robert Fripp embarked on a lengthy sabbatical away from the public eye. His relocation from Great Britain to New York in February 1977 marked his return as a producer, solo artist, and ‘wild card’ collaborator with an impressive roster of artists including Daryl Hall, Blondie, Peter Gabriel, and David Bowie. Fripp's first solo album, Exposure, was released in 1979. A further two solo records, Under Heavy Manners/God Save The Queen and Let The Power Fall followed, and in 1980 he formed The League Of Gentlemen. Described as a New Wave dance band, this led to King Crimson's reformation in 1981.
Presented over 25CDs, 3DVD discs (audio only), and 4 Blu-Ray discs (audio only), this is the most comprehensive and detailed account of Robert Fripp’s solo material from that era, much of it previously unreleased. Included are new stereo, 5.1 Surround Sound, Dolby Atmos and Surround/Quadraphonic mixes by Steven Wilson and David Singleton. Also featured is the complete DGM archive of Frippertronics - over 68 hours of Frippertronics concerts and loops archived and audio restored, with the majority of these available for the first time on disc and many heard for the first time since they were first performed and recorded between 1977 and 1983.
This set is a fitting testament to an intensely creative and radically diverse chapter in Robert Fripp’s career.
Disc 1 Major Loops I
Disc 2 Major Loops II
Disc 3 Major Loops III
Discs 1 – 3 comprise some of the Major Loops for Frippertronics. Disc 3 also includes the loops for the track Breathless.
Discs 1 – 3 – Material previously unreleased
Disc 4 NYC: Exposure Master Loops and Lost in the Bush of Ghosts
The master loops for Exposure plus loops recorded for the David Byrne/Brian Eno album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Disc 4 – Previously unreleased, except. Bush of Ghosts loops previously available as a download from dgmlive.com under a later title. New to disc
Disc 5 Last of the Great New York Heartthrobs, Plus: Exposure alt takes/rough mixes
Disc 5 contains the original album running order/featured vocalists/original lyrics in some instances (with the original proposed album title) as mastered in August 1978, taken from the master tape and accompanied by a selection of alternate takes and rough mixes from the album sessions.
Disc 5 – Previously unreleased, except select tracks from additional material section previously available as downloads from dgmlive.com. New to disc
Disc 6 Exposure First Edition, Plus:
The 2006 master/running order of the First Edition of Exposure plus loops recorded for Here Comes the Flood.
Disc 6 - Previously released except Flood Loops
Disc 7 Exposure Third Edition, Plus:
The 2006 master/running order of the Third Edition of Exposure plus the additional material from that release – album songs with Daryl Hall/ Terre Roche vocals, plus material from Peter Gabriel II, Daryl Hall’s Sacred Songs and a previously unreleased mix of Here Comes the Flood from Exposure
Disc 7 – Previously released except Here Comes the Flood mix.
Disc 8 Exposure Fourth Edition, 2021 Stereo Mix, Plus:
Full album newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes by Steven Wilson following the First Edition running order and all alternate vocal performances also newly mixed and included.
Disc 8 – New mixes/Previously unreleased
Disc 9 Breathless or How I Gradually Internalised The Social Reality Of Manhattan Until It Seemed To Be A Very Reasonable Way Of Life, Plus:
Using another abandoned title for the album (as does disc 5) and following, approximately, that album running order using Steven Wilson 2021 mixes and, mostly, Daryl Hall vocal performances. Also includes a sequence of previously unheard loops.
Disc 9 – New mixes/Previously unreleased
Disc 10 Frippertronics: The Kitchen, NYC, 5/2/78, Disc One
Disc 11 Frippertronics: The Kitchen, NYC, 5/2/78, Disc Two
Disc 12 Frippertronics: Wintergarden, Copenhagen, 18/5/79 and Polydor, Paris 23/5/79
Disc 13 Frippertronics: Le Pretzel Enchainé, Montreal 19/8/79
New masters of Frippertronics’ shows, including the legendary first NYC shows at The Kitchen and two shows from the tour to support the Exposure album release that included performances in restaurants, art galleries, record company offices, radios stations and record shops.
Discs 10 - 13 – Previously available as downloads from dgmlive.com. New to disc
Disc 14 God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners 2021 remaster, Plus:
GSTQ/UHM newly mastered from the original master tapes by David Singleton. Material released on disc for the first time in many years, plus a previously unreleased track from the same sessions, a single edit of UHM and God Save the King from the 1985 Fripp/LOG CD compilation.
Disc 14 – Material previously released in different masters/formats.
Disc 15 Discotronics/UHM 2021:
UHM and session tracks extended versions and newly mixed tracks from the original multi-track tapes by Steven Wilson.
Disc 15 – New mixes/Previously unreleased
Disc 16 Under Heavy Management/Eurotronics
Previously unreleased tracks from recording sessions of the era newly mixed by Steven Wilson and compiled into the equivalent of two imaginary vinyl length albums.
Disc 16 – New mixes/Previously unreleased
Disc 17 The League of Gentlemen - Paradise Club, Boston, 26/6/80 (2nd show), Plus:
Recorded just one week into the band’s sole US tour. Also included are two rehearsal performances including the LOG take on Disengage.
Disc 17 – Previously available as a download from dgmlive.com. New to disc.
Disc 18 Thrang Thrang Gozinbulx and The League of Gentlemen (1985 CD mixes)
DGM released compilation of LOG live plus the original album tracks from the 1985 CD compilation GSTK
Disc 18 – Material previously released in different masters/formats.
Disc 19 The League of Gentlemen - 2021 stereo mixes, Plus:
Newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes by Steven Wilson, including several studio recordings previously heard on live releases only and alternate mixes of five tracks.
Disc 19 – New mixes/Previously unreleased
Disc 20 Let The Power Fall, 2021, Plus:
Newly mastered from the original master tapes by David Singleton and on disc for the first time in many years plus a single edit and two earlier mixes of another track titled 1984 at the time of mixing.
Disc 20 – Material previously released in different masters/formats and/or previously unreleased.
Disc 21 Washington Square Church, August 1981, 2021 mixes
Recordings drawn from a series of concerts at the New York City venue (the full series appears on Blu-Ray, Disc 27). Newly mixed and mastered from the original tapes by David Singleton to produce the finest example of Frippertronics in performance.
Disc 21 – New mixes/Previously unreleased
Disc 22 DVD: Exposure - Stereo editions and DTS Surround Sound
Exposure Fourth Edition – Steven Wilson mixes plus additional material in 24/96 hi-res stereo and DTS 5.1 Surround Sound.
Last of the New York Heartthrobs in 24/96 hi-res stereo
Exposure Third Edition plus additional material in 24/48 hi-res stereo
Disc 23 DVD: God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners - expanded/The League of Gentlemen - Stereo/Quad/5.1 DTS Surround Sound
GSTQ – David Singleton, 2021 master, UHM 2021 plus additional material, League of Gentlemen 2021 mixes by Steven Wilson in 24/96 hi-res stereo.
GSTQ in DTS Surround Sound (quad 4.1) mixes by David Singleton
GSTQ plus additional material in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound mixes by Steven Wilson
League of Gentlemen studio recordings in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound mixes by Steven Wilson
Disc 24 DVD: Let The Power Fall/Washington Square Church
LTPF in 24/96 and WSC in 24/48 hi-res masters/mixes by David Singleton
LTPF/WSC in DTS Surround Sound (quad 4.1) mixes by David Singleton.
Disc 25 Exposure/Under Heavy Manners - Blu-Ray I
Exposure Fourth Edition
Exposure Fifth Edition (running order as per First/Fourth Edition but with the inclusion of Daryl Hall lead vocals on select tracks)
Breathless or How I Gradually Internalised The Social Reality Of Manhattan Until It Seemed To Be A Very Reasonable Way Of Life
Under Heavy Manners and Additional Material from the recording sessions
2021 Masters/Mixes in 24/96 in hi-res stereo, DTS-HD 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos mixed and produced by Steven Wilson
God Save the Queen
2021 Masters in 24/96 hi-res stereo and DTS-HD Surround Sound (quad) mixed and produced by David Singleton
Exposure: Additional Material/Sessions/Under Heavy Management/Eurotronics
Newly mixed material from the sessions in 24/96 hi-res stereo in recording date sequence and sequence as per Disc 16 mixed and produced by Steven Wilson
Last of the New York Heartthrobs
Exposure Second Edition
Under Heavy Manners – Original Mix (David Singleton 2021 Master)
Master Recordings in 24/96 hi-res stereo
Exposure First Edition
Exposure Third Edition plus Additional Material
Master Recordings in 24/48 hi-res stereo
Disc 26 The DGM Frippertronics' Archive Volume I - Blu-Ray II
Disc 27 The DGM Frippertronics' Archive Volume II - Blu-Ray III
The Complete DGM Archive of Frippertronics loops, studio and live recordings 1977 – 1983 in 24/48 hi-res stereo
Disc 28 Let The Power Fall/Washington Square Church/The League of Gentlemen Blu-Ray IV
The League of Gentlemen
2021 Masters/Mixes in 24/96 in hi-res stereo, DTS-HD 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos, Additional Material in 24/96 hi-res stereo mixed and produced by Steven Wilson
Let The Power Fall
2021 Masters in 24/192 hi-res stereo, DTS-HD Surround Sound (Quad) mixed and produced by David Singleton. Original Master plus Additional Material in 24/96 hi-res stereo
Washington Square Church
2021 Masters in 24/48 hi-res stereo and DTS-HD Surround Sound (Quad) mixed and produced by David Singleton
God Save the King
The 1985 Robert Fripp/League of Gentlemen compilation Masters in 16/48 stereo
Discs 22 – 28 - All material new to disc in these formats, mixes, audio quality
Disc 29 Resplendent in Divergence
A collection of Frippertronics that appeared as individual tracks on compilations, other albums and the DGM website assembled and mastered by Alex R. Mundy at DGM.
Disc 29 - Previously released, some material new to disc
Disc 30 Blasts and Blasms - Sessions, Jams and Rehearsals
Disc 31 More Blasts, More Blasms - Sessions, Jams and Rehearsals
Two discs of recordings and elements of recordings from various points during the Exposure sessions giving an insight into the process that led to the album. Assembled and mastered by Alex R. Mundy at DGM.
Discs 30/31 - Some material previously available as downloads at dgmlive.com, most new to disc.
Disc 32 The League of Gentlemen - Royal Exeter, Bournemouth, 21/9/80, John Peel Session, 17/11/80
The League of Gentlemen’s autumn tour of the UK included some of the short-lived band’s most energised performances. This newly mastered audience recording is one of the few recorded examples of that tour plus, tracks as recorded by the band for broadcast by John Peel on his radio show. Unusually, for such sessions, these were recorded independently and supplied as finished masters rather than the usual practice of being recorded at BBC studios.
Disc 32 – Some material previously available as a download from dgmlive.com. New to disc.
EXPOSURE 4th EDITION