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THE LOST EPISODES

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.33 | 92 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars This collection is something Frank Zappa put together when he knew his time was running out. It's a collection of rarities and tidbits from throughout his career. There are a lot of spoken tracks (without music) and a few of the tracks have popped up on bootleg albums throughout the years.

The album is important for it's historical aspect, as much as the musical. There is a track from the fifties with Frank on drums. There's another fifties track, with Frank and his brother Bobby both playing guitar, with Don Van Vliet singing some literal toilet humor. And there is a little snippet from a 1963 concert, where Frank hired a college orchestra, and conducted some of his earliest pieces.

But the best treasures on this come later, with music from Run Home Slow (a film Zappa scored), a medley: Wedding Dress Song/Handsome Cabin Boy, a bluesy jam, Alley Cat, again with Don Van Vliet, Ricky Lancelotti singing lead on Wonderful Wino, some great stuff from the band with Ruth Underwood and the Fowlers, Kung Fu, an early RDNZL, an instrumental Inca Roads, and more.

While I wouldn't recommend this to a Zappa newbie, it does provide much pleasure to the Zappaphile.

Evolver | 3/5 |

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