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ROXY & ELSEWHERE

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.36 | 342 ratings

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raeloneq
5 stars Hello,

What can I say about Roxy that hasn't been said before in so many reviews before this one.

I hold it dead since it is the first Zappa album I got to hear in it's entirety and I was automatically hooked on his music since. One of the things that really stood out about the album, aside from the music, is that progressive band line-ups are like a revolving door of prodigies. Behold Chester Thompson, a drummer that I have appreciated in Genesis and he he is playing with Ralph Humphrey. Great drum duo. Awesome cast ensemble of musicians overall.

1. Penguin in Bondage. Great blues based song that has a interesting idea in the lyrics. LIke most of Zappa's work, ideas based on a sexual concept. 2. Pygmy Twylyte. Good lyrics and very good music.

3. Dummy Up. A commentary on education and drugs. I love Napoleon's character here. 4. Village of the Sun 5. Echidna's Arf (Of You) 6. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?. I like to hear these 3 tracks as one. Village of the Sun is a great track and the the 2 instrumentals that follow are the highlight of this album. Ruth's percussions and Zappa guitar playing are out of this world.

7. Cheepnis. 2nd highlight of the album. Do you like monster movies? I simply adore monster movies. And, the cheaper they are the better they are.

8. Son of Orange County 9. More Trouble Every Day. Who could grab their old songs that were already great and make them better? Zappa. 10. Be-Bop Tango (Of the Old Jazzmen's Church). I would love to see a video of this track. I'm always fascinated of audience participation time. What struck me here is that Zappa says: This is a hard one to play. For Zappa to say that it must be a hard one to play. George Duke can really do the Be-Bop Tango.

I think this album is a good starting point if you ever wanted to explore the music of Frank Zappa. It has a little bit of everything that made him great. Awesome guitar solos, complex music arrangements, excellent cast of musicians playing together, the dry sense of humor, audience participation and best of all "It has CHESTER THOMPSON".

Thanks for reading my review on Roxy & Elsewhere.

raeloneq | 5/5 |

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