Guitar Solos is the debut solo album of English guitarist, composer, and improviser Fred Frith. It was recorded while Frith was still a member of the English experimental rock group Henry Cow and was released in the United Kingdom on LP record by Caroline Records in October 1974. The album comprises eight tracks of unaccompanied and improvised music played on prepared guitars by Frith without any overdubbing.
Jeremy Webster "Fred" Frith (born 17 February 1949) is an English t, composer, and improvisor. Probably best known for his guitar work, Frith first came to attention as one of the founding members of the English avant-rock group Henry Cow. He was also a member of the groups Art Bears, Massacre, and Skeleton Crew.
Guitar, Guitar, Composed By – Fred Frith. Lacquer Cut By – Fred Frith, Pete Norman. Liner Notes – Jack Balchin. Photography By, Design – Ray Smith (10). This is a record of unaccompanied guitar solos. It was made in four days at Kaleidophon Studios, London. All the pieces were improvised, some completely and some to a roughly preconceived idea.
Fred Frith, at the time playing in the avant chamber rock outfit Henry Cow, cut this album of free guitar solos in 1974. Not really jazz or rock, this is an album of free improvisation. Check out volume 2 for more of the same - on this follow-up Fred is joined by Derek Bailey, GF Fitzgerald and - my own personal favourite of the 70s free improv guitarists - the German innovator Hans Reichel
Fred Frith began his career as a acoustic guitarist playing in folk clubs, and once he started playing electric guitar he became fascinated by the possibilities of modifying the sound. He wasn't the first British guitarist to take this approach, Derek Bailey and Keith Rowe had been playing electric guitars in unorthodox ways for a decade or so on the outer fringes of the avant-garde jazz scene, but he was part of the first generation of rock musicians to get seriously into free improvisation and extended techniques. In 1974, Frith released his debut solo album called Guitar Solos
Only for completionists (0%). Fred Frith's debut solo set was recorded in just 4 days and delivers exactly what is promised in the title - guitar solos. As good as it is, and at least half of the album is highly impressive indeed, Guitar Solos sounds more like a showcase for Frith's approach to the guitar than a coherent, fully realised album. It's also something of a specialist album, although if you're looking for an introduction to free improv on the electric guitar you're unlikely to find anything better than this.
With an album cover set in the very English setting of a cricket pitch,and the very English take on the electric guitar, One would expect a very perpendicular angle away from rock'n'roll culture, but unfortunately Virgin/caroline stick very closely to the traditional sexual exploitation angle with the label logo featuring a naked pubescent girl. Rather like the cover of. That inexcusable 'Blind Faith' album, and that fucking horrific Scorpions album cover, "Virgin Killer". Real life versions of Spinal Taps "Smell The Glove" album cover
Fred Frith’s Guitar Solos. Fred Frith Plays Guitar With Chains. I’d been hearing praise for Fred Frith’s album Guitar Solos for over a decade. I finally got around to listening to it just last night, and I must say that despite every good thing I had heard about Frith’s album over the years, I was completely unprepared for the man’s sonic genius. My preconceived notions of the guitar and its role in music were completely useless to me here. Rare Case of a Major Label Doing Something Cool. In 1974, Virgin Records had been impressed with Frith’s guitar work in the band Henry Cow. They offered him a chance to record a solo album, allowing Frith to do whatever he wanted.
This album has an average beat per minute of 114 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 114/114 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Tracklist Guitar Solos. BPM Profile Guitar Solos. Album starts at BPM, ends at BPM (+0), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Fred Frith. Closer to the Ground.