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Title: John Frusciante
Post by: 34Poolboy on July 25, 2008, 17:03:48 pm
I searched a dozen or so pages back but couldn`t find a thread.

So, anyone else a fan?
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Chris Quartly on July 25, 2008, 17:13:43 pm
Yes! Adore his solo work (I think I have them all...), he just seems like a genuine lover of music.

Not someone everyone on here will love but incredibly talented.

Shadows Collide with People has a bit of everything and is a great record to just put on and listen to but the real gem is To Record Only Water for Ten Days all recorded on an 8-track but wonderful tunes.

The one song I come back to the most though is Sphere on A Sphere in the Heart of Silence, an 8-minute delight of looped synthesisers.

His other project Ataxia is also very good, recommended if you like Public Image especially. I've yet to hear the second album though.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Thenop on July 25, 2008, 17:18:01 pm
I have 5 or 6 of his albums as well. Fantastic. Personal favorite I think is Curtains. Probably the most accesible one, but still, beautiful music.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Topper on July 25, 2008, 17:20:34 pm
Ataxia. I just read that was a project with Joe Lally from Fugazi. I need to explore that. I know Frusciante had some "self-medicating" issues that he has gotten over. Im no guitar expert but I like what I hear from the guy. :)
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: 34Poolboy on July 25, 2008, 17:38:35 pm
It just amazes me how productive he is. I
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Chris Quartly on July 25, 2008, 17:39:21 pm
QuoteAtaxia. I just read that was a project with Joe Lally from Fugazi. I need to explore that. I know Frusciante had some "self-medicating" issues that he has gotten over. Im no guitar expert but I like what I hear from the guy. :)


Ataxia is good, much of the material is based on a repetitive bassline that Joe will play and the drums match while the guitar meanders around, it's very much a space/jam (not widdly at all though)/krautrock type thing.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Thenop on July 25, 2008, 17:39:57 pm
His issues were solved years ago. His music is his self medication now. I love his style, very Hendrix like. Lots and lots of feel in it. His songs are like these tiny stories and he mostly avoids cliche crap.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Chris Quartly on July 25, 2008, 17:42:20 pm
QuoteIt just amazes me how productive he is.


2004 was quite productive, he released 6 records in 6 months!

Niandra Ladies is incredibly lo-fi and was recorded only so John could buy drugs, it's very rough and I haven't listened to it in a while I have to confess, will have to revisit it.

Wait, you have Smile from the streets you sold? That's the one I don't have and it's deleted as far as I know (copies go for way too much on ebay), what's it like?
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Topper on July 25, 2008, 17:44:32 pm
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Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: 34Poolboy on July 25, 2008, 17:55:45 pm
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2004 was quite productive, he released 6 records in 6 months!

Niandra Ladies is incredibly lo-fi and was recorded only so John could buy drugs, it's very rough and I haven't listened to it in a while I have to confess, will have to revisit it.

Wait, you have Smile from the streets you sold? That's the one I don't have and it's deleted as far as I know (copies go for way too much on ebay), what's it like?


A friend copied it for me.
It`s also fairly lo-fi and rough, it almost sounds like he recorded his ideas in his bedroom so the songs don`t seem as well structured as other albums but there are some interesting ideas in there. Some of it seems fairly tortured and difficult to listen to as if listening to someone crying for help.
River Phoenix sings one of the songs on the album.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Chris Quartly on August 18, 2008, 14:49:12 pm
Should be a few busy postmen tomorrow :)

(http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u300/vmkqube/Frusciante.gif)

If interested, let me know.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: JonL on August 18, 2008, 19:05:25 pm
The most talented member of the RHCP, and the best singer.

Haven't heard his solo stuff....yet.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: captainkurtz on August 18, 2008, 20:54:16 pm
QuoteThe most talented member of the RHCP, and the best singer.

Haven't heard his solo stuff....yet.

I think the proof for that lies in what happened when he left and what happended when he returned.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: JonL on August 18, 2008, 21:33:04 pm
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I think the proof for that lies in what happened when he left and what happended when he returned.


His harminies on Dosed are sublime.Very brief, but gorgeous
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Chris Quartly on August 19, 2008, 09:08:13 am
Yes, he's all over By the Way, his harmonies are amazing as is his guitar tone on that record 8-)
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: captainkurtz on August 19, 2008, 09:23:14 am
QuoteYes, he's all over By the Way, his harmonies are amazing as is his guitar tone on that record 8-)

Probably my favourite live guitar player - utterly brilliant, a consummate guitar hero.

He played a cover of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love', singing falsetto the last time I saw the Chilis in Manchester.  Flea played the bubbling riff, it was pretty special. :)
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Chris Quartly on September 01, 2008, 14:16:11 pm
Maybe this one hasn't gone down so well? :P
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Topper on September 01, 2008, 15:32:22 pm
QuoteMaybe this one hasn't gone down so well? :P


Im loving the comp :).
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Neillwith2Ls on September 01, 2008, 20:33:19 pm
Not got round to it yet mate, will definitely come back with comments though :)
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: rascal houdi on September 01, 2008, 21:48:23 pm
Sounded interesting on first listen, will get round to a second spin eventually.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Neillwith2Ls on September 02, 2008, 14:30:55 pm
Started listening at lunchtime; sounds pretty interesting so far, very eclectic and varied. I was vaguely familiar with the Curtains material, but the rest is very different. Certainly a marked difference to his day job!
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Chris Quartly on November 25, 2008, 09:35:47 am
John Fruscianteââ,¬â,,¢s new solo album The Empyrean comes out Worldwide on January 20th, 2009

Unreachable is the third track off John Frusciante's new solo album The Empyrean which comes out Worldwide on January 20th via Record Collection. Unreachable was produced by John Frusciante and features John on vocals, guitars and treatments, Josh Klinghoffer on electric piano and Flea on bass. We will not be pre-releasing any more material off The Empyrean.

Pre-order The Empyrean, as well as purchase other CD's, T-Shirts and vinyl from John's previous Record Collection releases.

http://www.myspace.com/johnfrusciantemusic

Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Thenop on January 27, 2009, 17:10:31 pm
Love the Empyrean, fantastic listen if only for the first song, the 9 minute plus guitarsolo.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 27, 2009, 17:15:25 pm
I've ordered it, hopefully it'll arrive soon, looking forward to it :)

Johnny Marr plays on a couple of songs too if any Smiths fans are interested.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Spud on January 29, 2009, 13:14:29 pm
I may have to have a listen.  I know theat he and Vai are pretty good friends as Vai diaries him popping round to his place for a chat a while back (or maybe it was the other way round).  Any album i should look at in particular?  I've always thought he makes RHCP what they are, even though i'm not really a fan of theirs. 
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 29, 2009, 14:31:29 pm
His solo stuff is a long way away from the Chilis in terms of styles. Most of his material is about capturing a moment, the playing doesn't have to be flashy even though he is a great musician and the sound of his work ranges from DIY to full-blown production.

It really depends what you like I guess, if you like a bit of a DIY approach then I absolutely love "To Record Water Only for Ten Days" which is recorded on an 8-track.

Shadows Collide With People is probably as good a place to start as any, nice range to the songs and Frusciante sings brilliantly, Flea and Chad Smith play on most the songs too.

Curtains is a wonderful acoustic album.

Everything he's done has merit to be honest.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Thenop on January 29, 2009, 16:54:46 pm
What really stands out is that he is becoming a fine singer as well. I like his voice. The new album showcases that again. Also, the production thing is much more upfront this time. Not that it is over-produced (far from it!) but it is more as if he using the studio trickery as an added instrument. I know he hangs out with Omar Lopes-Rodriguez (the Mars Volta), guess it rubbed off a bit.
Title: Re: John Frusciante
Post by: Chris Quartly on February 16, 2009, 16:51:57 pm
The new album just turned up for me last weekend, I've only listened to it a couple of times so far. Very interesting as all his efforts are, I'm sure its qualities will be revealed more with further listens.

Interesting cover of Song to the Siren but I'm not sure anyone should ever be allowed to cover that, although Buckley's best version (by far) is the one he performed on the Monkees TV show.

Johnny Marr plays on a couple of tracks but you wouldn't know it.