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2.42 | 26 ratings | 2 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. That Makes Me Mad (0:51)
2. Young & Monde (11.24)
3. Sharleena (9:09)
4. Black Napkins (3:58)
5. The Black Page #2 (7:12)
6. The Torture Never Stops (11:03)

Total Time : 43:40

Track 1 - Rockline, KLOS FM (19.05.81)
Tracks 2 & 3 - Sporthalle, Cologne (21.05.82)
Tracks 4 - 6 - Palladium NYC (31.10.81)

Line-up / Musicians

Frank Zappa / Lead Guitar & Vocals
Ray White / Guitar & Vocals
Steve Vai / Stunt Guitar
Tommy Mars / Keyboards & Vocals
Bobby Martin / Keyboards & Vocals
Ed Mann / Percussion
Scott Thunes / Bass
Chad Wackerman / Drums

Releases information

July 1991 US Rhino Foo-eee R2-70537
July 1991 UK Castle/Essential ESMCD 956

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FRANK ZAPPA As An Am ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(8%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (36%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars I have said before that the reason a Zappa collector might want bootlegs are the "eyebrows", the flourishes and improvisations that Frank encouraged the band to add. That's one of the deficiencies of this album, one of Zappa's "Beat The Boots" sets. There are no eyebrows on these songs, cut from two different shows (one of which I recorded when it was first broadcast, and it didn't sound this bad).

The other problem with this set is the sound. At best, you could call it fair. There is distortion throughout.

The album begins (I'm sure the bootlegger thought this was very funny) with a statement from an interview where Zappa complains about the bootleg release of his concerts, particularly the songs he has not officially released yet. Yeah. Very funny.

The rest of the album consists of five tracks, actually good performances of some good songs. Young & Monde, officially released as Let's Move To Cleveland was announced with a different title each night (I saw three shows on this tour). It's one of my favorite of Frank's 1980's instrumental pieces. And Black Napkins and The Black Page are also fantastic songs.

But because of the sound quality, and the fact that better versions of each song are easily available, this is only for the hard core collector.

Review by TCat
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team
2 stars This is the first disc in the Beat the Boots I collection and before being released in this collection, was only available as a bootleg. FZ, as a way to get back at all the bootlegs being sold of his concerts, released a good many of them in these Beat the Boots collections. He kept the same level of recording "quality" of the original bootlegs and, unfortunately, this particular album does not have a very good sound. The first track is a short clip from a radio interview where FZ expresses his feelings about bootleggers. The next two tracks were recorded in Cologne. The remaining three tracks were recorded at The Palladium in NYC. There is nothing special about any of these performances except for track 6 "The Torture Never Stops". Strangely enough, this track seems to have a somewhat better recording quality. The words are very clear and understandable. As the band leads into the "Evil Prince" verse, they play a snippet of Chatanooga Choo-Choo which sounds hilarious in contrast to this song which is usually very dark and then Frank does his cheeriest lounge singer vocals which makes it all even funnier. Then they do something completely surprising and sing part of the verse to the theme song of "My Three Sons" (an old TV series). It's amazing how the lyrics fit to the theme song and even that much more funnier. Then, FZ pumps out an excellent guitar solo as he usually does. Other than this performance, there isn't much here that hasn't already been done and you are probably better off not searching for this recording by itself. The performances are good enough, but the recording quality is only fair for the most part. For collectors/fans only.

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