Adrian Belew

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  1. bricksnbeatles

    bricksnbeatles Tele-Afflicted

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    Anyone here a fan of adrian belew?

    Frank Zappa
    Talking Heads
    Bowie
    Tom Tom Club
    King Crimson (of course!)
    The Bears (A personal favorite of mine!)
    Fission Trip
    His solo albums
    The Adrian Belew Power Trio/Quartet (Shout out to bassist Julie Slick and her amazing side band, Echotest— Frankly she deserves her own thread!)
    Gizmodrome
    Laurie Anderson
    Paul Simon
    The Crimson ProjeKcts

    ...You name it! The guy is a monster of a player, and just the nicest guy! I've had the pleasure of seeing him twice, and let me tell you— You need to see him.


    What are your favorite albums and songs of his? Have you ever seen him, and if so, with who? Feel free to babble, burble, banter, and bicker whatever you wish to, so long as it's relevant to Adrian in some way.

    Note: For the uninitiated, I'll be putting together a spotify playlist of key tracks, spanning his career. It'll be posted below soon.
    Unfortunately neither of the two versions of E are available on Spotify, nor is his wonderful new 'Pop Sided', but they're available on his webstore, and I can't recommend them enough (E for orchestra is a favorite of mine).

    Here's a pic of me and him a few days before my 18th birthday a few years ago.

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  2. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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    Haven't heard a lot of him but I thought this was cool
     
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    I haven’t really followed his back catalogue that much but there used to be a great video on YouTube that’s probably floating around out there somewhere where he showed his set up from the mid 80s and discussed thinking about the guitar in unorthodox ways and expanding its use beyond just guitar sounds,

    If I figure out what the videos called I’ll post it but it’s worth checking out if you’ve never seen it

    He’s an interesting fellow indeed
     
  4. bender66

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    I have a lot of King Crimson on an ipod lifted from a drive someone gave me. I'm always blown away when something by them comes on. I never go back to listen to them more. I need to.

    An 18yo listening to Belew. That's pretty damn kewl.
     
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    way cool man hes the reason I tore the frets off my '73 strat :)...
     
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    I've seen him a few times, including twice in the Power Trio. Incredible shows. Fantastic musicianship by all involved. You can't be a guitar nerd, and feel like you didn't get your money's worth when you go see Belew. Both of the Power Trio shows I saw were in a small club, but they put on a show like they were in an arena playing to thousands. A definite shout out to Julie Slick for being an absolute monster bass player. Most shows, I rarely note just how good the bass player's sound is. Usually, if the bass sound is good I don't make much note of it, at all. If it's bad, it does stand out as such. Slick's bass sound hits you in the chest, and you can't help but appreciate it. Great shows, well worth your concert going dollar.
     
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    I dig his tune Lone Rhinoceros.Great player.
     
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    I'm a big fan of Adrian Belew.

    I own (on CD's of course) nearly everything he has produced.

    When I was in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during the First Gulf War, his albums Mr Music Head and Young Lions helped me get thru it all.

    (I actually had them recorded to cassette, and I listened to them, along with stuff like Brian Wilson's 1988 solo album, on a battery-powered cassette player and headphones.)

    :)
     
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    Love him. Saw him once in the early 90s. Amazing player. So fluid and innovative and the stage presence of a true entertainer. I’m a huge fan of his work with the Talking Heads (Remain in Light, Speaking in Tongues), KC, Bowie. I have most of his early work on vinyl. Op Zop Too Wah has some cool stuff on it. An all time favorite. Haven’t kept up with him in the last ten years or so.
     
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    I’ve been a huge fan since 1981. Saw him with Bowie. Met him and got a quick autograph when he toured with the Psycho Dots.
     
  11. 24 track

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    nope not at all !

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    heres a pic of his favorite pedal


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    I honestly never heard of him until I seen him as Bowie’s guitarist at the Spectrum in Philly. I then made a point of finding out who he was. His intro to Fame made me really take notice. He is one of those guitarist that I have probably no idea how he does 80% of what he’s doing.
     
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    adrian Belews rubber neck

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    check out his work with Laurie Abderson's " Home of the Brave"
     
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    Adventurous player. A lot of ideas.
     
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    I was just listening to one of my favorite King Crimson's songs (Belew co-wrote) "Frame by Frame". Adrian's vocal, guitar work (along with Robert Fripp's), is excellent. The guitar parts wonderfully represent the topic sung. The theme being one lost in over-analysis; to the point of being crippled in a loop of thoughts. It's a very cool tune.
     
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    I saw him with King Crimson at Oberlin College around 1982, shortly after buying their Discipline LP. He matches up pretty well with Robert Fripp.

    I enjoy watching/istening to this show of later King Crimson...

     
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    Here Here! been on my radar since the FZ days.
     
  18. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    I remember this one. I always thought it was catchy. Nothing like a Daddy-Daughter hit song.

    I keep meaning to check out his more renowned stuff. This thread is a good excuse.
     
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    I liked the King Crimson and his first three solo albums. I remember listening to Desire Caught by the Tail a lot. I lost track of him after that.

    I remember liking this piece a lot. Very influenced by Zappa's orchestral work.

     
  20. AAT65

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    I’m a fan from his days with Bowie (the Lodger album) and King Crimson. I remember seeing them plays Frame By Frame on (BBC music show) The Old Grey Whistle Test, which must have been 1982.

    I listened to the 1980s King Crimson albums he was on but somehow I missed the King Crimson albums from the 90’s and 00’s (Thrak, TCOL, TPTB): thankfully I have caught up with them recently. He brought a different sense of humour to their music, and him and Fripp took two-guitar music to lots of new places.
     
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