Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists - 2007 - World Cafe Live, Philadelphia


Artist: Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists
Date: 2007-11-05
Venue: World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Robert Fripp – electric guitar (acoustic on last song)
With 10 other unnamed guitarists (amplified acoustic guitars)

Lineage: Zoom H4 (44.1/16 WAV mode); SD memorycard; HD; Roxio Sound Editor
(split tracks); Traders Little Helper (encode to flac-6)

01. Multi-lingual intro and babble
02. (title ?)
03. All or Nothing (?)
04. (title ?)
05. (title ?)
06. (title ?)
07. (title ?)
08. (title ?)
09. (title ?)
10. Eye of the Needle (?)
11. (title ?)
12. Thrak (KC cover)
13. (title ?)
14. (title ?)
15. (title ?)
16. (title ?)
17. (title ?)
18. (title ?)
19. encore cheering / tuning
20. Vroom (KC cover)
21. Mission Impossible theme
22. (title ?)
23. (title ?) 11 unplugged acoustic guitars / cheers & outro

Sorry about the limited setlist - Not only does Fripp not announce songs, he didn't speak a word the entire evening.
Any help with the set list would be appreciated.

The show was great - the League of Crafty Guitarists are a group of talented players who follow Fripp's zen-like stage personality but play with abandon.
Fripp sat in his chair behind his stack of electronics and played - sometimes with the LCG, sometimes by himself, and sometimes letting TLCG play without him.
The 1st track is several of the LCG players all aying something in various languages - the last of which was in english and turned out to be Fripp's statement of policy regarding no photos and no recordings.
You could omit this track and #19 as well without losing any music - I left them in so that you can decide if you want the entire experience or not.

The sound in the World Cafe was wonderful and the recording reflects it.
I was dead center on the elevated rear platform over the soundboard.
I did nothing to the raw recording except split the tracks, and increase the volume on the final acoustic song, then encode to flac.

The following is a posting from Fripp's DGM website:

The Philadelphia Story
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 7, 2007
My thanks to Jimmator for offering his thoughts on Monday night’s concert.
“Just wanted to offer a few notes about the Monday night concert in Philly for those interested:
The venue (essentially a dinner theater) posed obvious challenges as far as audience noise, but people managed to eat rather quietly (at least up in the mezzanine where I was.)
Shouting was another matter.
The first encore was "Vrooom" complete with Coda.
After the second encore the group (with Fripp) walked to the front of the stage and played a song without amplification.
The audience remained quiet throughout.
This was short-lived.
Immediately after the applause began, a much too exuberant bearded fanboy in the front row felt inclined to shout out his personal thanks multiple times, even after the applause had died down.
It appeared to me that the group was about to perform a second song "acoustically" (if you will) because they remained still, waiting.
Fanboy ran his mouth.
Fripp made a motion like he was about to lead the LCG in another song, but then smiled and bowed out (prompting some audience members to laugh.)
Two points regarding the above: there was at least one person in attendance who would have very much liked to hear more and could bear keeping quiet to do so; never assume a smile is a good thing.
Aside from these audience issues, the concert was wonderful.
Fripp has every right to be proud of the craftiness that the LCG displayed.”

Support Fripp and The League of Crafty Guitarists and buy their stuff.

Please do not sell this recording, trade only in lossless format.