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3.15 | 15 ratings | 1 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Feet Light Up (1:16)
2. Bacon Fat (4:58)
3. A Pound For A Brown On The Bus (8:27)
4. Sleeping In A Jar (17:16)
5. The Wild Man Fischer Story (3:28)
6. I'm The Meany (2:03)
7. Valarie (2:17)
8. King Kong (30:59)

Total Time 70:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Frank Zappa / lead guitar, vocal
- Lowell George / guitar, vocal
- Roy Estrada / bass, vocal
- Don Preston / keyboards, electronics
- Buzz Gardner / trumpet
- Bunk Gardner / tenor sax
- Motorhead Sherwood / baritone sax
- Jimmy Carl Black / drums
- Arthur Dyer Tripp III / drums
- Larry "Wild Man" Fischer / guest vocals

Releases information

Recorded at California State University, Fullerton, CA - November 8, 1968
Originally released as disk 6 in the Beat the Boots Vol. 2 set
Now available as paid downloads

Thanks to Evolver for the addition
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FRANK ZAPPA Our Man In Nirvana ratings distribution

(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(13%)
Good, but non-essential (47%)
Collectors/fans only (20%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars Yes, that cutie with Frank on the cover is his wife, Gail.

The value of these "Beat The Boots" disks are in the rarity of the contents, and the sound quality. This one gets an average rating on both counts. The sound quality is fair. It sounds like a mono recording with a fairly flat sound. It's not great, but at least you han hear all of the instruments.

As for the rarities, there is a version of Bacon Fat. This would be good, as the version on "Broadway The Hard Way" has the lyrics all changed. But here, Zappa's mic is mixed down so far, you can barely hear him. The other rarity is the inclusion of two songs where Wild Man Fischer joins the band on stage. The value here is that you get to hear just how bad Fischer was, to make you grateful that you never heard his albums (I wasn't so lucky, years ago I had a housemate with his album, "An Evening With Wild man Fischer").

The rest is not bad, but nothing we haven't heard before. There is a decent medley, a jam that starts with A Pound For A Brown On The Bus and segues into Sleeping In A Jar. The tape runs out in the middle of the latter song, but it sounds like the bootlegger was adept at changing it quickly. The same thing happens in the middle of a long jamming King Kong.

The performance, aside from Fischer, is not bad, but this is in no way essential.

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