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Exposure [Limited Edition]

Robert FrippAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • ASIN: B000F3A7LE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Preface
2. You Burn Me Up I'm a Cigarette
3. Breathless
4. Disengage
5. North Star
6. Chicago
7. NY3
8. Mary
9. Exposure
10. Häaden Two
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Preface [Third Edition]
2. You Burn Me Up I'm a Cigarette [Third Edition]
3. Breathless [Third Edition]
4. Disengage II [Third Edition]
5. North Star [Third Edition]
6. Chicago [Third Edition]
7. New York, New York, New York [Third Edition]
8. Mary [Third Edition]
9. Esposure [Third Edition]
10. Häaden Two [Third Edition]
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Robert Fripp's solo debut, originally released in 1979, Exposure is not only an important release historically in terms of influencing much music to come, including post-punk popular groups of today, it also is a who's who of guest musicians from Daryl Hall to Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill, Terre Roche, Brian Eno, Tony Levin, Phil Collins, Narada Michael Walden, Jerry Marotta, Barry Andrews and Sid McGinnis. This standard edition is being released as a two disc set, with 24-page booklet. Remastered with many previously unreleased tracks. The jewel case version is being released simultaneously with a limited edition gatefold deluxe version which will appeal to the large base of serious Fripp collectors. Only packaging differs between the two versions tracks remain the same.

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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb sonic upgrade for an oft-overlooked gem. June 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The late 1970s was a period of reinvigoration and rediscovery for Robert Fripp-- in 1974, after dissolving King Crimson, Fripp withdrew from the music industry only to be drawn back a couple years later working with Peter Gabriel and the David Bowie/Brian Eno partnership. A relocation to New York and musical reawakening due to the punk and new wave scenes burgeoning there led to the recording of "Exposure", Fripp's first and only "proper solo album" (his words, not mine).

Drawing on an unusual list of collaborators-- vocalists Daryl Hall (of Hall & oates), Terre Roche (the Roches), Peter Hammill (Van der Graf Generator) and Peter Gabriel with instrumental contributions by Tony Levin on bass, Barry Andrews (XTC, Shriekback) on organ, session man Sid McGinnis on guitar and drum contributions by Jerry Marrotta, Phil Collins (back when he was a drummer) and Narada Michael Walden, Fripp ends up with a pretty unusual stew. The music is like King crimson dragged through a New York filter-- post-punk, new wave, progressive rock, art rock and others all come filtering through. Commercial considerations limited some contributions-- Daryl Hall's label forced Fripp to remove some of his contributions for fear association with Fripp would damage his marketability (Hall's first solo album, "Sacred Songs", produced by Fripp, was also delayed several years by the label for the same reason) and a cover of "I Feel Love" featuring Blondie was stopped by their label, again for commercial concerns, but nonetheless "Exposure" works out to be one of those startlingly diverse and undatable albums.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reissue details & differences here July 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Enough has been written about the importance of this album and how it has stood the test of time. It says something about this listener's growth, at least; when I first heard Exposure in high school, I called it the biggest waste of talent on record, given the roster of musicians playing on it yet the distinctly non-Crimson results. But I wasn't ready for punk rock, I suppose, and Fripp was - hence this stellar effort (as I grew to see it within a couple of years!) that fuses New York avant-garde, punk (in spirit if not in yobbish playing), ambient music, and - yes - even a touch of King Crimson (in the devastating Breathless). And I was too young and uninformed to know anything about the fight between Fripp and RCA record boss Tommy Mottola over Daryl Hall being the main vocalist on the album, with Fripp's loss in this tiny power struggle resulting in Peter Hammill, Terre Roche, and Peter Gabriel sharing the vocal duties.

That said, I'll aim my comments at this reissue. In a nutshell, Fripp does the same thing here that he's done before, producing the same infuriating results: he tampers with the original artifact to reflect his present attitude towards it, instead of just reissuing the recording as first released. I find it as frustrating now as I did when he remixed Exposure in 1985, just the same as with individual discs within the various generations of Crimson reissues, whether earlier, like Islands and Larks' Tongues (where tiny changes produced annoying results) or more recent, like Discipline and Three Of A Perfect Pair (with bonus tracks that marred the spirit of the record in the first case and radically improved it in the second).
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The well rounded World of Robert Fripp December 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a great compilation! I had read some complaints about the earlier '83 release being remixed and have stuck with the vinyl until now. These discs have the best of all worlds:

'79 original tapes brightened up a bit, but interestingly, not as sonically open as the '83 remix
'83 remix version, which has some negatively noticable differences from the '79 edition:
- "Exposure" remix mutes the rythm section and excises Terry Roche's exclaimation "Hah!" from the end of the song. I guess Robert didn't like the implied triumph over Suffering : )
- "Chicago" has a slightly different vocal take and (again) muted rythm
- "Breathless" alters the Frippertronics and (noticing a trend?) mutes the rythm section. I know RF has long running battles with Rythm musicians, but in these cases I found that less was not more.

All in all, only a few of the songs were "improved" enough for me to prefer the clearer sound of the '83 remix. Beautiful songs that begged for little improvement: "Mary" with a slightly different vocal ending and "Northstar" are stellar and the umpteenth version of Gabriel's "Here Comes the Flood" has some of the Frippertronics replaced by a flute and is the best version of the song I've heard.

The 3rd component of this Exposure release is the inclusion of Daryl Hall's original vocals on several songs and a couple of other unmemorable alternate vocal takes by other artists. Hall's take on the song "Exposure" pales in comparison to the looped vocals of the Roche who must have had to have had vocal chord surgery afterwards, and while very good, his version of "Mary" is not quite up to Roche's version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars, but for the hard core Fripp fan
I'm a big fan of his work with KC, etc..have a lot of his stuff.
And I recognize the genius at work here. I orginall bought this in 1980? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Snotter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
There were many talented artists on this album including from Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins. North Star, and Disengage were songs Phil Collins drummed to while Peter Gabriel sang... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Truthteller
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite album
I love every King Crimson album ever made, but this Robert Fripp solo album didn't measure up in my opinion.
Published 16 months ago by Jim Good
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
This album is a must have for people who enjoy classic prog rock. The 2CD set has many interesting bonus tracks
Published 19 months ago by David V
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Fripp
Anyone that likes King Crimson should hear this fine(albeit different) album by their founder,Robert Fripp.I loved this cd very much!
Published 22 months ago by Lynne Krotzer
5.0 out of 5 stars A diverse classic
I consider this album a ground-breaking classic which helped open my ears. Already a Peter Gabriel fan when I first heard the album, I had not expected anything I had not heard... Read more
Published on August 27, 2012 by Scott Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Has worn very well
I was about 19 when this album first came out, and to be honest, I didn't know what to think of it. It certainly was INTERESTING to me. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by maelje
4.0 out of 5 stars mixed
Instrumental stuff is great, guitar playing is great...but some of the vocals are downright awful and embarrassing. Read more
Published on June 21, 2012 by Dirty Dutch
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast
ordered Monday, received Friday. Now that's fast. And CD in great shape. It was advertised as "played once" but you can be skeptical of such claims. Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by Rabbi Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Great Artistic Recording
After reading the preceding reviews and thinking frequently about this album that I had enjoyed so much (hard to believe! Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by Peter Dorfman
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