Release Date: 1979

Track Listing
CD 1 (First Edition 1979)
1)  Preface
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2)  You Burn Me Up I'm A Cigarette
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3)  Breathless
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4)  Disengage
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5)  North Star
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6)  Chicago
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7)  NY3
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8)  Mary
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9)  Exposure
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10)  Häaden Two
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11)  Urban Landscape
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12)  I May Not Have Had Enough Of Me But I've Had Enough Of You
13)  First Inaugural Address To The I.A.C.E. Sherborne House
14)  Water Music I
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15)  Here Comes The Flood
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16)  Water Music II
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17)  Postscript
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CD 2 (Third Edition 1985)
1)  Preface
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2)  You Burn Me Up I'm A Cigarette
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3)  Breathless
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4)  Disengage II
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5)  North Star
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6)  Chicago
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7)  New York, New York, New York
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8)  Mary
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9)  Exposure
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10)  Häaden Two
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11)  Urban Landscape
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12)  I May Not Have Had Enough Of Me But I've Had Enough Of You
13)  First Inaugural Address To The I.A.C.E. Sherborne House
14)  Water Music I
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15)  Here Comes The Flood
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16)  Water Music II
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17)  Postscript
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Bonus Tracks: alternative takes
18 )  Exposure
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19)  Mary
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20)  Disengage
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21)  Chicago
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22)  NY3
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Member: Hippy Pants (Profile) (All Album Reviews by Hippy Pants)
Date: 11/6/2002
Format: CD (Album)

I remember pretty easily when Exposure came out in 1979. It was released when the Ridley Scott film, Alien, first appeared. Both were forays into a furtureshock world. Exposure, had less to do with alien creatures, but seemed to be making comments about the innerself being alienated to the outside world. Exposure was originally planned as the third installment of a MOR (or middle of the road) trilogy with Daryl Hall’s solo Sacred Songs being the first installment, and Peter Gabriel II being the second installment, which Fripp had produced. Instead, due to delays, Exposure became the first installment of a triptych of his own series of albums, followed by Frippertronics (Let The Power Fall), and Discotronics (God Save the Queen/ Under Heavy Manners) being the third.

The cover to Exposure shows Fripp with close-cropped hair (similar to the robot in the Alien film that tried to exploit the Nostromo crew). A bluish florescent monitor screen is also present in the background on the cover. (Are we being monitored? Who are you? The new number two. Who is number one? You are number six. I am not a number, I AM A FREE MAN.) I sort of felt that way when I listen to Exposure. It sort of brings to mind the dystopian mindset of Orwell, Kafka, Huxley, mind control--also spam and pop-up ads, gotta love that, right?

The disc opens in an unlikely manner with a conversation which made me wonder if someone had invaded my apartment, and then an odd vocal chorus snippet, a telephone ringing, ushering in “You Burn Me Up I’m A Cigarette”--a sort of punkish sounding song. Maybe one of the more dated sounding songs on this montage, but remember this was made during that era. This is followed by “Breathless” an instrumental that could have been lifted off Crimson’s Red album. “Disengage” continues the visceral assault with what sounds like Peter Hammill handling the
vocals. He’s given credit on the album, but each song isn't credited individually, so this is a guess, but sounds like him. “North Star” flows in, changing mood to a softer ballad as Daryl Hall sings the lyrics (one of his better tunes, IMHO). Then, “Chicago” appears with either Peter Gabriel or Hammill on vocals. Peter Gabriel also is featured on the song, “Here Comes The Flood,” which he also wrote--a beautiful song. “NY3” is a rocking little pastiche of music played over a NYC argument, followed by the lovely, “Mary,” sung by Terre Roche (of the Roches).

The title cut, “Exposure” comes flowing in with Frippertronics, sounding like a song Gabriel might have penned with visceral alien-got-me-now singing by Terre Roche again. There are some instrumental songs with sound snippets flowing in and out, giving the latter part of this work a reflective, ambient atmosphere. But about the time you relax, you are confronted with another aural discourse--Fripp leading the way with molten metal riffing. All in all, like Alien, Exposure struck me as art ahead of its time. At least, however, after gestating Exposure inside your cranium for a while, you won't have to worry about chestbusters.

Dave
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Member: ffroyd (Profile) (All Album Reviews by ffroyd)
Date: 6/4/2006
Format: CD (Album)

In 2006, Robert Fripp’s classic solo album Exposure returns as a deluxe two disc set, remastered and sounding better than ever. I was never aware that there were different editions of this album but in 1985 the original album was reformatted and issued on CD with alternate mixes of some tracks. I had only owned the original vinyl album so I’ve never heard these versions before. I won’t go over the entire album in detail because the other review on this page does an excellent job of that. I will say that if you’re a fan of this brilliant recording, you’re going to need to repurchase it.

The first disc contains original 1979 version of the album and the second disc has the 1985 remix plus a few bonus tracks. These two versions are referred to as “The First Edition” and “The Third Edition”. I’m not really sure where the second edition ended up, maybe that’s where the bonus tracks on disc two came from. This probably could have easily been edited down to a single disc but I think Robert wanted to convey that the two albums were significantly different and just adding a few bonus tracks at the end would have thrown the whole idea out of context.

The main difference in the albums is that there are different vocals on various tracks. There’s a bit more Daryl Hall on the second disc. He replaces Peter Hammill’s vocals on “Disengage” and “Chicago”. There’s also some added vocals on “NY3” and the title of the song is changed to “New York, New York, New York”. Hall’s vocals are also on the bonus tracks “Mary” and “Exposure” which also has a significantly different mix. There are other really nice bonus tracks including “Disengage” which contains a different vocal performance from Hammill and “Chicago” which has some added vocals from Terry Roche.

Like the more recent King Crimson reissues, this one is available in a mini-LP sleeve with an excellent 24-page booklet containing archive photos, lyrics, individual musician credits for each track, the original liner note and new commentary from Robert. There’s even a section at the end with comments on the remastering process directly from Fripp’s online diaries.
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