Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Through three decades of progressive rock in King CrimsonRobert Fripp brought guitar-based rock to its most exciting levels. Along the way, he picked up an allergic reaction to the cannibalistic music industry. With his record label Discipline Global Mobile, Fripp releases experimental recordings with a kinder, gentler business ethic. Says each CD, "copyright is operated...on behalf of the artists, with whom it resides. Discipline excepts no reasons for artists to give away such copyright interests in their work by virtue of a 'common practice' which is out of tune with the time, was always questionable and is now indefensible." Well. Certainly in tune with another time is California Guitar TrioRocks the West is a live album. It features the acoustic guitar ensemble's stunning arrangements of such classical pieces asBeethoven's "Symphony No. 9" and Mussorgski's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Along the way you get their treatment of more modern classics like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Ellington's "Caravan." Some tracks feature King Crimson alumnus, bassist Tony Levin.


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