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Through three decades of progressive rock in King Crimson, Robert Fripp brought guitar-based rock to its most exciting levels. Along the way, he picked up an allergic reaction to the cannibalistic music industry. With his record label Discipline Global Mobile, Fripp releases experimental recordings with a kinder, gentler business ethic. Says each CD, "copyright is operated...on behalf of the artists, with whom it resides. Discipline excepts no reasons for artists to give away such copyright interests in their work by virtue of a 'common practice' which is out of tune with the time, was always questionable and is now indefensible." Well. Certainly in tune with another time is California Guitar Trio. Rocks the West is a live album. It features the acoustic guitar ensemble's stunning arrangements of such classical pieces as Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" and Mussorgski's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Along the way you get their treatment of more modern classics like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Ellington's "Caravan." Some tracks feature King Crimson alumnus, bassist Tony Levin.
Performance CreditsCalifornia Guitar Trio Primary Artist
Tony Levin Fretless Bass Guitar,Chapman Stick
Paul Richards Guitar
Bert Lams Guitar
Bill Janssen Saxophone
Hideyo Moriya Guitar
Technical CreditsCalifornia Guitar Trio Producer
Ioannis Art Direction,Digital Illustration
Alan Chappell Art Direction
Brian Lucey Producer