Fred FrithGuitar Solos

Label:Caroline Records – C 1508
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Jazz, Rock
Style:Free Improvisation, Art Rock, Avantgarde, Experimental


A1Hello Music1:31
A2Glass C/W Steel5:35
A4Out Of Their Heads (On Locoweed)8:24
B1Not Forgotten1:55
B2Hollow Music2:44
B3Heat C/W Moment1:43
B4No Birds12:46

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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. No overdubs were used, the music is heard as it was played except for No Birds, which was made in two parts, and Not Forgotten, from which we removed two notes. The only sounds not produced 'naturally' by guitar or prepared guitar area those of the fuzz-box used on track A4, B3 and B4, and echo delay used on track B4. The extraneous noises on Heat c/w Moment are those made by my breath and feet while I was playing. The middle part of No Birds was played on two guitars simultaneously.

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 1): C 1508 A-2U
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Variant 1): C 1508 B-2U Fred & Pete ⋀
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 2): C 1508 A-2U M 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Variant 2): C 1508 B-2U Fred & Pete C C 1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Guitar Solos (LP, Album, Rim Text)Caroline RecordsC 1508UK1974
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Guitar Solos (LP, Album, Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.)Caroline RecordsC 1508UK1974
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Guitar Solos (LP, Album)VirginVIP-4097Japan1981
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Guitar Solos (CD, Album, Reissue)RecRec MusicReCDec 904Switzerland1991
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Guitar Solos (CD, Album, Reissue)East Side DigitalESD 80442US1991



  • Bradx's avatar
    Remember the days when Virgin Records issued vital music and even ran subsiduary labels dedicated to the obscure, the avant garde, the marvellous? I do.

    Fred Frith, at the time playing in the avant chamber rock outfit Henry Cow, cut this album of free guitar solos in 1974. Presumably influenced by Derek Bailey it kicks off with the relatively accessible Hello Music before setting a course for the outer limits of guitar soloing with nary a cliche to be heard.
    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.


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