Beat This!

July’s entry in Music Passion calls for an Instrumental. Since it is also the month of explosive fireworks here in Washington, the following quote should help to introduce my favorite, non – lyrical composition “Satori In Tangiers”.

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars, and in the middle, you see the blue center-light pop, and everybody goes ahh…”

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

In 1982, (the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac) Allen Ginsberg published a summary of “the essential effects” of the Beat Generation, including this observation:

The evolution of rhythm and blues into rock and roll as a high art form, as evidenced by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and other popular musicians influenced in the later fifties and sixties by Beat generation poets’ and writers’ works.

Beat_King_Crimson Also in 1982 King Crimson (Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Tony Levin – master musicians all) produced the album Beat inspired by the Beat Generation.The ‘Beat’ album is full of references to Kerouac. ( Elephant Talk FAQ)

Sartori in Tangier – derives its title from beat generation influences including the Jack Kerouac novel Satori in Paris, and the city of Tangier, where a number of beat writers resided and which they often used as a setting for their writing. (
It is also an anagram for “Restraining a Riot”

Allow me to quote from You say Satori, I say Sartori:
“As far as I can remember, the title ‘Sartori in
Tangier’ (which is gibberish on its face) is an anagram, though for what,
I’ve never learned. Discipline-era KC used anagram-titling for ‘Thela Hun
Ginjeet’ too, as we probably all know (‘Heat in the Jungle’) .”

Discipline_coverking_crimson-three_of_a_perfect_pair_cover What a band. In my all time top ten albums, Three of a Perfect Pair, Discipline and Beat are in there. You need to listen to
(or better yet, watch)
at least once in your life.

Top Comments from YouTube:

uh oh…. watch out kids….If these guys don’t inspire you to want to be better at whatever you like to do, than nothing can help you. All of that sonic construction from Robert and Tony…an amazing live rendition. Just feel it. Close your eyes and feel the rhythm…. one of the greatest!

Too cool. This song is sexy. Once again, King Crimson rewrites the laws of physics.

I really believe this band comes from another world, though they are the best band in universe indeed. Some melodies can only come from improvising—- I bet some, maybe a lot of the guitar melody here was improvised. Fripp is great at that, and people wonder how he can come up with great stuff while he is playing, as with the jazz giants. I have always thought he might be an alien, like Alan Holdsworth…..
I often refer to both of their styles as “Martian”.

King Crimson never wanted to “make great music and get rich too…” They never thought they could be both artists and businessmen. I know it is a mistake to idealize people, but it is a mistake not to recognize artistic heroes, too, and these guys qualify…they are heroes, and geniuses. I’m not even sure that anyone here knows how “genius” KC is on this tune (and I hate to use this term). Gives us musicians a high-water mark, with contemporary sounds and lyric themes. SOOOO GREAT!!! Makes me Cry…………

My favorite song from the crimson.This song is perfect for *any* time of day. This is top 3 if i was stuck on an island with only 5 songs to hear 4ever. I wasn’t able to find this version last autumn. Thanks so much for uploading. This song is perfect for *any* time of day. 2:55 has always been my favorite part. The beat is steady, ponderous and playful.

I have to agree with all of you–and to me, it’s almost electronic-organic. It’s like an auditory food source.

Robert Fripp scares the sh*t out of me. How in the hell does he make his mm sound like that? He should be used for background music in scary movies. Unreal. I love how all that music is coming from the guitar. Amazing.

That’s a Roland GR-300 “guitar synthesizer”, which was really sort of an 6-channel extreme signal processor – very high tech back in 1982. These days Roland do an emulated version of it in their VG-99 “virtual guitar” processor – it has a lot of fans thanks to Robert, Adrian, Pat Metheney, and others. If Fripp wasn’t sitting down there’d be a heck of a mess on that stage.

This is really good, best late released king crimson album what i have heard so far. They are all great players that make extra great music. Fripp is so beasty..Bruford is a master..Levin too..all of em..masters. Frípp is heart, brain and fingers on KC…with Levin & Belew acordó: aguante Bruford!!!

King Crimson, Adrian Belew 1982

King Crimson, Adrian Belew 1982

Unbelievable ! Adrian Belew on drums too !

That bass (Chapman Stick) is nasty! Amazing.:-)

Legend! Fripp’s solo was frighteningly amazing.

Amazing! I thought the exact same thing. Play it for me Spider Fingers!

Wow. That was awesome, even better than the studio version. I believe Robert almost actually smiled… 🙂

Thanks for putting this back up man, absolutely beautiful. 🙂


9 thoughts on “Beat This!

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  2. That is mind-blowingly brilliant. Just the sort of music I used to go and listen to in concert. Makes me realise what I’m missing out on these days. Thanks for injecting me with some energy for the day 🙂

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