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2.19 | 45 ratings | 1 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Mormon Xmas Dance Report (1:51)
2. Prelude To "The Purse" (2:24)
3. Mr. Clean (Alternate Mix) (2:04)
4. Why Don'tcha Do Me Right? (5:01)
5. The Muthers/Power Trio (3:16)
6. The Purse (11:39)
7. The Moon Will Never Be The Same (1:10)
8. GTR Trio (11:21)
9. Suckit Rockit (4:15)
10. Mousie's First Xmas (:56)
11. The Uncle Frankie Show (11:41)

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Line-up / Musicians

- Frank Zappa / electric & acoustic (11) guitars, vocals

With (incomplete):
- Kay Sherman / vocals (1)
- Al Surratt / vocals (2,6)
- Ray Collins / vocals (2,6,9)
- Floyd (?) / vocals (4)
- Gene (?) / guitar (5)
- Paul Woods / bass (5)
- Bobby Saldana / bass (8)
- Les Papp / drums (5,8)

Releases information

Posthumous compilation by Joe Travers of 1962-65 unreleased recordings (3rd volume)

Artwork: Frank Zappa with Tracy Veal

CD Vaulternative Records ‎- VR 20051 (2005, US)

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FRANK ZAPPA Joe's XMasage ratings distribution

(45 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(4%)
Good, but non-essential (13%)
Collectors/fans only (51%)
Poor. Only for completionists (22%)

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars Like the other albums in the recent "Joe's" series, this CD is a treat for Zappa fans, not necessarily a full fledged Zappa music album. This one has a few musical treats, but mostly it's tapes of Frank and his friends goofing around in the studio.

The musical pieces are fun, but not necessary to the casual Zappa fan. Mr. Clean is a fifties style rock piece, with an unnamed singer taking the lead. Why Don'tcha Do Me Right? is a much earlier version than the one originally released on the Big Leg Emma single, and has a much rawer sound. The Muthers/Power Trio has Frank playing a pretty bad rendition of Caravan (without a drum solo). No, GTR Trio is not Frank jamming with Steves Howe and Hackett, but actually Frank playing acoustic guitar over a bossa nova rhythm. Mousie's First Xmas is one of those weird sound collage things that occasionally appeared on Zappa albums.

The spoken pieces are mostly throwaway. One is downright embarassing to listen to, with the band reading letters from a girl's purse, and making fun of her writing.

This is for collectors only.

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