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Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists Live!

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Audio CD, September 23, 1992
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  • Audio CD (September 23, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Editions Eg Records
  • ASIN: B000003S32
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Delite Rancher VINE VOICE on November 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"The League of Crafty Guitarists Live" is the culmination of Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft program. In these unorthodox classes, guitar experience wasn't even a prerequisite and some of the techniques pertained to housework and relaxation. After working with his students, Fripp took the group out on tour. While performed by a large group, the League of Crafty Guitarists enjoys that signature Robert Fripp sound. Most of the compositions are classically inspired guitar pieces. The challenging arrangements are mostly acoustic. Some of the songs feature blinding speed and six stringed accuracy. Others pieces create a dark and relaxed avant-garde soundscape. This group is significant in that it spawned a Guitar Craft movement. After the League had taken its course, Paul Richards, Bert Lams and Hideyo Moriya took this project to the next level and formed the California Guitar Trio. Newbies should check out "An Opening Act: On Tour With King Crimson." All in all, "The League of Crafty Guitarists Live" delivers a listen that is equally intelligent and enjoyable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Shaddock on November 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD when it came out and still listen to it 3-4 times a year. The large guitar ensamble sounds great. The arrangements are simple, and that's appropriate for the unique recording situation -- not only was the recording a surprise but the concert itself. As a result, there's an urgency to the recording that keeps it fresh. Using a guitar class to render a cycle of songs was a risky move that allowed Fripp to also demonstrate the technique and tuning he developed and was advocating.
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Superficially, background music. But only superficially. It might have something to do with some wiring in the background of the brain. Do all the flavors picked up by your tongue register at the tip? If you want to argue about it, in another way, think of Mozart, his mission, and the way he went about filling it. We now pretend that no good music is background music, but that means pretending there is no background.

I haven't counted the guitars. I would have said there were too many, if I hadn't actually heard the result. John McLaughlin would produce a mediocre result with six, in his Bill Evans album. Robert Fripp has used a large number, preposterously large, and not only gotten away with it, but done something memorable.

For those who started following Robert Fripp with King Crimson, the League of CG is a necessary part of the picture. An easier part than the soundscapes, and perhaps a necessary part of the preparation for them.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Fenstermaker on April 1, 2005
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Brilliant stuff. Take ~20 people, teach them guitar, and cut a record (live, without overdubs) in 2 weeks. RF is very brave (or a fool). A friend of mine is on this cd. Good stuff, if difficult to play. Very easy difficult listening. Happy 20th everyone.
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