Robert Fripp

The Day Before

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The bootleg The Day Before came out the same year that the official Robert Fripp and David Sylvian release The First Day appeared. Recorded during a European tour in 1992, the sound quality is surprisingly good, even though it appears to have been taped by a member of the audience. And while it contains almost all of the selections that would appear on The First Day, there are also quite a few selections that didn't make it onto the finished album, which makes it a necessary purchase for Fripp/King Crimson completists. The duo are joined by stick player Trey Gunn (who appeared on their album) and the members of the California Guitar Trio (who did not). But the biggest difference between this bootleg and the official release is that The Day Before is completely drumless, which makes the songs sound almost like live demos. Just about any Fripp aficionado will want to check out rough, raw takes of "Firepower," "20th Century Dreaming," and "Jean the Birdman;" as well as previously unheard versions of "Ghost," "Block Head," and four different compositions simply titled "Unreleased."