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Frank Zappa



4.32 | 185 ratings

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5 stars This is one of the very best of his live discs. The musicianship by this particular band, who didn't exist any longer than 8 months and never played in a large part of America - hence the title -, is nothing short of magnificent. Over the course of 2 hours there's no dud in sight, it's all equally impressive, and the humour displayed on here is top-notch. They make fun of the prostitute-visiting televangelist Jimmy Swaggart in a hilarious take on 200 Motel's Lonesome Cowboy Burt and play excellent piss-takes on classics like Ring Of Fire and Purple Haze. Much of the songs are taken from the Zoot Allures and One Size Fits All albums in their best renditions and it features a LOT of previously unissued material. People in Europe shouldn't go to the stores to buy this one and instead head to Ebay, where I managed to win a bid on the American version of this album, which has their excellent, reggaefied rendition of Ravel's Bolero. It doesn't appear in Europe on the last issued version (1995) because of problems with the copyrights over there, which is in hands of Ravel's estate, who weren't amused with the 'blasphemy done to the song'. I think that's really pathetic, I could only dream of an artist doing such a rendition of one of my songs, if I ever wrote some. It's definitely worth the effort to get after any non- European rendition.
Kaztor | 5/5 |


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