Discography: Robert Fripp

This document is a discography of:

        Robert Fripp
        including the works of King Crimson, The League of Gentlemen,
        and The League of Crafty Guitarists, et al.

Copyright © 1990-2016 by John Relph.

This list compiled by John Relph.

Contents

The latest revision of this discography can be found at:
        http://www.elephant-talk.com/discog/fripp/

Support Discipline Global Mobile and DGM Live:
        http://www.dgmlive.com/

Per Andersson is currently maintaining the list of cover versions of King
Crimson and Robert Fripp songs.  That information can now be found at:
        http://www.abc.se/~perand/prog/kccovers.html

Some information included in this discography was taken from various
catalogues, online repositories, and from the following other sources, for
which I thank their owners profusely:
        Robert Fripp from King Crimson to Guitar Craft (Eric Tamm)
        the Art Control discography database (Malcolm Humes)
        the Wonderland XTC discography (Shigemasa Fujimoto)
        the Peter Gabriel discography (Markus Boie)
        the David Sylvian discography (Simon Rowe)
        the David Cunningham / Flying Lizards Discography (Jeffrey R Hall)
        the Illustrated David Bowie Discography (Ruud Altenburg)
        the King Crimson Live! archives
        the King Crimson bootlegs list (David Nizzica)
        Teenage Wildlife, David Bowie fan page (Jarkko Orjatsalo)
        Otokichi Premium, Japanese 2nd-hand CD shop
        GigInJapan.com, Artwork of Japanese CDs

Special thanks to: (in alphabetical order)

        Stéphane Alexandre, Brent Aliverti, David Amundrud, Takashi Aramaki,
        Brian Patrick Arnold, Adam Aronson, Ryan Atkinson, Pavlos Avouris,
        Klaus Bergmaier, Ken Bibb, Leo Bitar, Piotr Bizacki, Nick Bohensky,
        Markus Boie, Gerard Boland, Ulrich Bomnüter, Bruce Bubier,
        Abhi Bungale, Jeff Byers, Antonio Calcagno, Damon C Capehart,
        José Francisco Correa Caro, Robert Cervero, Vernon Chant,
        Mark Chapman, Dann Chinn, Ron Chrisley, Paul Cobb, Dan Coffey,
        David A. Craig, Jacek Czajka, Erik D. Dahlin, Trent Davidson,
        Gary Davis, Julian Davis, Erik DePoy, Roy Derousse, Cameron Devlin,
        Tim DiChiara, Hadert von Dicke, James Dignan, Alex Dmitriev,
        Bill Duhigg, Ludomir Ludosz Dzienisiewicz,
        José Luis Fernández de Velasco, Peter Flach, Michael Flaherty,
        Mark Friedman, Robert Fripp, Motohiro Fukaya, Alec Gardrat,
        Tim Gaze, Matt George, Randal W. Giroux, Grant Goggans, Scott Gold,
        Edward Groves, Conner H., Michael Hackett, Johann Haidenbauer,
        Jeffrey R Hall, Jonathan Handley, Nadim S. Haque, Kiyotaka Hara,
        Eric Harris, Jukka Hartikainen, Christopher Heckman, Olaf Heinisch,
        Abel Muñoz Hénonin, Phil Hetherington, Toby Howard, Huggybear,
        Malcolm Humes, Naoyuki Isogai, Michael Jäschke, Greg James,
        Jeffrey Jones, Fernando Kabusacki, Vladimir Kalnitsky, Stepan Kana,
        Edgar Kausel, Claas Kazzer, Owen Keenan, Jeremy Keens, Antti Kiuas,
        Teofilus Kierto, Daniel Kirkdorffer, Peter Knöttne, Kirill Korneev,
        Jonathan Krall, Jay Kress, Terry Kroetsch, Larry Lambert,
        Bill Lantz, Goran Larsson, Scott Lindsey, Alessandro Loppi,
        Rupert Loydell, J. D. Mack, David Maclennan, Michael Madden,
        Paolo Magaletta, Joseph M. Mallon, Mike Marando, Alan Marr,
        Maruchan, Hiroshi Masuda, Ian McKay, Nils-Børge Malkenes,
        Emanuel Maris, Jeff Melton, Rolando Michelazzi, Hannu Mikkola,
        Steve Moore, Jorge Mourinha, Ulrich Obierey, Tomoyuki Ohsawa,
        Javier Olaizola, David Oliver, Gene O'Neal, Gennadi A. Orlov,
        Andrew Ostler, Bill P., Andy Pacey, Ray Peck, Mark Perry,
        Robert Phan, Tim Pickard, Stephen Platt, Mirek Pokojski,
        Claus Poulsen, Rajesh Prabhu, Anil Prasad, Peter Prisekin,
        Gabriel A. Radvansky, Giuseppe Rallo, Lee Ray, Dmitry Rodin,
        Mike Roeder, Rob Rosen, Eric Rutten, Marcel Safier, Marty Saletta,
        Christian Samsche, Georges-Thierry Santana, Werner Sauter,
        Pascal Sauvaget, Tony Sawford, Dave Schroeder, Michel Seigneuret,
        Arto Seppala, Wolfgang Schmidt, Andreas Schöter, Jim Sheppard,
        Nicolay Shienok, Sid Smith, Steve Smith, Robert Stanton,
        Robert Steinberger, Avi Stoler, Ken Stuart, Douglas Sulpy,
        Kazushige Suzuki, Alasdair Swanson, Pawel Swirek, Michael Tanigawa,
        Gregory Taylor, Cory Tobin, Ola Torstensson, Manno Toshikazu,
        Michael Townsend, Jaime Vasquez, J.F. Verreault, Remco de Waal,
        Greg Warren, Gerd Watza, Ted White, Russell Whitworth,
        John Wilterding, Steve Yockey.

Plain-text discography available upon request.

News and Information

In 2010 or thereabouts, Robert Fripp contributed soundscapes to one or more songs by Judy Dyble for what was to be an album entitled Newborn Creatures, produced by Lee Fletcher and Markus Reuter, but plans to release that album have been scrapped.

Peak Brewing Company, based in Portland, Maine, has a brew called King Crimson, an imperial red ale.

Robert Fripp has recorded sounds which have been built into Windows Vista, a recent offering from The Evil Empire (Microsoft, that is).

Robert Fripp has contributed a preface to the book included with George Gurdjieff's Harmonic Development: The Complete Harmonium Recordings 1948-1949 (CDx3 2005.01 NL Basta 9115/Netherlands).

Robert Fripp contributed liner notes (concerning his guitar lessons from Robin Trower) on Robin Trower's reissues of the eight albums Twice Removed from Yesterday / Bridge of Sighs / For Earth Below / Live / Long Misty Days / In City Dreams / Caravan to Midnight / Victims of the Fury (CDx4 1996/1997 Beat Geos On UK BGO339/BGO347/BGO349/BGO352).

King Crimson was nominated for a 1995 Grammy Award in the “Rock Instrumental Performance” category. The track: “Vrooom”, from THRAK.

Many of the releases from Discipline Global Mobile are also available autographed.

Believe recorded a song entitled “Pozdrowienia dla Roberta Frippa” (“Best Wishes For Robert Fripp”) on their album Yesterday is a Friend (CD 2008.04? PL Metal Mind ?). Catherine Wheel perform a song entitled “Fripp” on their album Chrome (CD 1993 UK Fontana 518039?), complete with imitation Frippertronics.

It was thought that Robert Fripp was a member of the band The League Of Gentlemen that released two singles in 1965-1966. Apparently he was either not in the band at all (and there were two bands called The League of Gentlemen) or had already left the band before the recording of these singles. (See The Tapestry of Delights by Vernon Joynson for more information.)

The album Exposure was to have been titled The Last Great NY Heartthrob. Daryl Hall sang almost all lead vocals. It is assumed that pre-release mixes were circulated. In the end the album was partially re-recorded, remixed and released in its current form.

Sid Smith wrote, in his book In The Court Of King Crimson:

As a result of his work with Crimson, Evans enlisted Fripp to produce a project led by Mark Charig and himself. “The album was going to be called Guilty But Insane and included (Keith) Tippett and Johnny Dhyani. It was recorded at a studio near Green Park in London. The music was improvised and we had a lot of music to hear when we finished the recording. The whole thing fell apart though and never came out.” Sadly, the tapes have since been lost.

Robert Fripp recorded sessions in 1972 for an eponymously titled album by Ollie and the Blue Trafs, but the album was never released and has probably been lost.

Sid Smith wrote, in his book In The Court Of King Crimson:

In June 1972, Fripp finished recording an album with a Wiccan journalist, called Walli Elmlark. The album was called The Cosmic Children. Side one consists of Fripp and Elmlark in conversation where she outlines her experiences and commitment to Wicca. On side two, she talks to DJ Jeff Dexter about cosmic children - spirits from other places who take physical forms such as Hendrix, Bolan, Bowie and Mike Gibbons, drummer with Badfinger. Talking to NME's Simon Stable, Fripp stated: “The function of the album is to reach out to the children like the drummer from Badfinger, I want to say; ‘You're not nutty, you're not a freak because you can't relate to what's around you’.” The Cosmic Children remains unreleased.

I have not attempted to catalogue every compilation and collection which include songs by other artists which feature Robert Fripp. Nor have I attempted to catalogue every single released by other artists which feature Robert Fripp. Instead, I have attempted to catalogue only those compilations, collections and singles which include songs featuring Robert Fripp which are otherwise unavailable. That said, I have not specifically excluded information on such compilations, collections and singles. Your mileage may vary.

I have not included information on test pressings and the like, nor have I included information on audience-recorded cassettes and CD-Rs, unless they were packaged as ‘true’ bootlegs (whatever that means).

This discography was used (in part) in Sid Smith's book In The Court Of King Crimson (2002.03 UK Helter Skelter ISBN: 1900924269).

Recent changes to this document are indicated by green type.

Abbreviations and Definitions

num.    numbered        ltd.    limited         ed.     edition
p/s     picture sleeve  std.    standard        s/s     stock sleeve
s/l     slimline        j/b     jewel box       promo   promotional
c/n     catalog number  g/f     gatefold        p/d     picture disc
b/i     back insert     p/b     paperboard      w/s     widescreen

Album:  full album release, in one or more of the formats below:
  LP    12" vinyl long-player (33 1/3 RPM)
  CD    Compact (digital) disc (std. j/b unless otherwise indicated)
  CT    (Mini-) Cassette tape
  8T    8-track tape (obsolete)
  RT    Reel-to-reel tape
  DC    Digital Compact Cassette tape
  MD    MiniDisc (digital magneto-optical)
  CR    CD-R (CD Recordable or Read-Write)
  SA    Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD)
  DA    DVD Audio
  DR    DVD-R (DVD Recordable or Read-Write)
  DD    Digital Download (see Other Formats below)

Single: single or EP release, in one or more of the formats below:
  7"    45 RPM vinyl
  10"   45 RPM vinyl
  12"   45 RPM vinyl
  C3    CD-3, 3" (8 cm) CD single
  C5    5" (12 cm) CD single (s/l j/b unless otherwise indicated)
  CS    (Mini-) Cassette single (p/b p/s unless otherwise indicated)
  EP    Extended play single or mini-album (vinyl, usually 33 1/3 RPM)
  F7    7" flexi-disc, flexible vinyl single (usually one-sided)

Video:  video release, in one or more of the formats below:
  VHS   VHS-format video tape
  Beta  Beta-format video tape
  BRD   Blu-ray Disc
  UMD   Universal Media Disc (Sony PlayStation Portable)
  HVD   High-Definition Versatile Disc (HD DVD)
  DVD   Digital Versatile (Video) Disc (including DVD-ROM)
  VCD   Video CD, popular in Asia (MPEG1)
  CLV   Video disc in Constant Linear Velocity format (8" or 12")
  CAV   Video disc in Constant Angular Velocity format (8" or 12")
  LDS   Laser Disc single (Japan)
  VHD   Video High Density, obsolete laser disc format (Japan)
  NTSC  Video format for U.S.A. and Japan
  PAL   Video format for the E.C. (except France), Scandinavia, Australia
  SECAM Video format for France

Other Formats:
  ROM   CD-ROM, computer-readable disc
  MP3   Layer 3 MPEG encoded audio
  WMA   Windows Media Audio
  PZD   PocketZip floppy disk storage system
  Pub   A publication: a book, songbook, pamphlet, magazine, etc.

Definitions:
  Q1/Q2/Q3/Q4   Calendar quarters: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.
  Radio Show    A release specially recorded for radio airplay.
  Interview     An interview transcription disc.
  Collection    A collection of tracks by this artist, usually previously
                released on various albums and singles.
  Compilation   A compilation of tracks by various artists.
  Soundtrack    Soundtrack to a film or play released in Album format.
  Box Set       Box set of previously released and/or unreleased material.
  Songbook      Book of words and music.
  Bootleg       Unauthorized release of previously unreleased material
                consisting of concert recordings, studio outtakes, and
                radio or television broadcasts.
  Pirate        Unauthorized release of previously released material
                without attempting to make the album look like an original.
  Counterfeit   Unauthorized copy of an officially released album.

Country codes are InterNIC domain names, except for the following:
        AA  Australasia         AS  Asia                BX  BeNeLux
        EU  Europe (EC/EEC/EU)  SC  Scandinavia         SO  South America
        WG  West Germany (prior to August 1990)         WW  Worldwide

The Fine Print

Please do not ask me where to find rare recordings, bootlegs, videos, or other releases listed in this discography.  Please do not ask me where you can get scans of artwork for these releases.  This discography is a list of releases that have been made available over time, not a list of my personal collection.  Just because any given release is listed in this discography does not mean that I own that release, nor does it indicate that I am willing to trade, sell, or make tape copies of that or any other release.  If you are looking for such recordings, try attending record shows, reading collector magazines, and hunting in used record shoppes.

While the existence of unauthorized recordings may be documented herein, I cannot advise on the legality of such recordings, nor can I advise where such recordings can be obtained.

All singles and EPs have a picture sleeve (p/s) unless otherwise noted.  Unless otherwise noted, CDs come in a standard jewel-box and CD-singles come in a slim-line jewel-box.  An “obi” is the paper strip (literally, the “sash”) that comes wrapped around most Japanese LPs and CDs.

Song authorship is denoted by names enclosed in braces, e.g., “{Blegvad/Moore}”.  Where possible, the name of the lyricist appears first.

Information flagged with a question mark has not been verified (a guess, a rumour).  If you have further information about these or other related releases or if you can supply missing artwork, please write me.

Many CD track times were found using my compact disc player and the time indicated on your CD player may vary slightly (± 1-3 seconds), due to the way different machines calculate track times.

Address all correspondence to:
       John Relph <John.Relph at alumni dot usc dot edu>

This list was compiled and formatted by John Relph.

While information about particular releases is not copyright and may be used without permission, the compilation of this information in this discography in this format is copyright and may not be published in any form whatsoever without the permission of the author.  Just ask.

This discography may be distributed electronically and otherwise if and only if the entire copyright notice and attributions are included.