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JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM L.A.

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.13 | 102 ratings

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Michael Coia
5 stars To anyone who is familiar with it, "Billy the Mountain" is the track to talk about. It tells a story about none other than Billy the Mountain. Billy (and is lovely wife Ethel) journey through out the US because he recieved payment for all those photographs he had posed for. Some where in the story, Studabaker Hawk is called to get Billy to go to war because he was drafted. I won't spoil the ending for you though. This is always a fun song to listen to because he parodies so many other songs, one of the things Zappa is known for. The sheer length of this piece played LIVE and as good as it gets is a testament to Zappa's and the Mother's talent and musicianship. "Call Any Vegetable" is a really cool track, as is "Eddie, Are You Kidding?". I think "Dog Breath" is the least attractive of the album because of the high voices (something I was never too excited about in some Zappa songs), but it does have its good points. Upon first listening to "Magdalena", I only noticed the way the band played and how they sung, not what they said. On my second go-around, I really warmed up to the comedy and the deliverance of this piece. They sing very dramatically about a father groping his daughter and explaining his actions. I just couldn't stop laughing. This live album is definately one to get for all Zappa fans.
Michael Coia | 5/5 |

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