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CHUNGA'S REVENGE

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.40 | 232 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
3 stars This was a transition album for Frank Zappa. Specifically, it marked the transition from the original Mothers, which played satirical rock, jazz and classical, to the Flo & Eddie version of the Mothers, which was featured in the film "200 Motels", and a few primarily comedy-based music albums.

The comedy is apparent on the songs Road Ladies (which features some ladies similar to those in King Crimson's Ladies Of The Road), Would You Go All The Way? , and Rusy Wants To Buy Yez A Drink. These are three humorous songs, but not the best Zappa has done. There are some more serious songs, as well. Twenty Small Cigars and Chunga's Revenge are fine Zappa compositions.

Tell Me You Love Me, an aggressive, hard rocking, but very cool piece, was eventually sped up to become a show stopper in later concerts. The Nancy & Mary Music is a live recording, that goes on a bit too long with Flo & Eddie doing mouth percussion.

The whole album is good, but not great, but has always been marred by less than stellar production. The entire recording, even on the later CD recordings has a distorted sound, making it harder to listen to than most of Zappa's amazing catalog.

Evolver | 3/5 |

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