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3.82 | 46 ratings | 1 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing


The Persuasions - Show 1
1. I Just Can't Work No Longer (2:32)
2. Working All The Live Long Day / Chain Gang (2:20)
3. Medley #1 (7:28)
4. Pieces Of A Man (2:53)
5. Buffalo Soldier (4:33)
6. Medley #2 (2:36)
7. Medley #3 (3:14)

FZ - Show 1
8. Hello (to FOH) / Ready?! (to the BAND) (1:03)
9. Call Any Vegetable (10:36)
10. Anyway The Wind Blows (4:00)
11. Magdalena (6:08)
12. Dog Breath (5:41)

Total Time 53:13


FZ - Show 1
1. Peaches En Regalia (4:24)
2. Tears Began To Fall (2:32)
3. Shove It Right In (6:32)
4. King Kong (30:25)
5. 200 MOTELS Finale (3:41)
6 Who Are The Brain Police? (7:51)

Total Time 54:41


FZ - Show 2
1. Auspicious Occasion (2:45)
DIVAN - persists of:
2. Once Upon A Time (5:40)
3. Sofa #1 (3:11)
4. Magic Pig (1:43)
5. Stick It Out (4:54)
6. Divan Ends Here (4:17)

7. Pound For A Brown On The Bus (6:03)
8. Sleeping In A Jar (2:46)
9. Wonderful Wino (5:46)
10. Sharleena 1970 (4:52)
11. Cruising For Burgers (3:17)

Total Time 45:13


FZ - Show 2
1. Billy The Mountain - Part 1 (28:33)
2. Billy The Mountain - the Carnegie solos (13:31)
3. Billy The Mountain - Part 2 (5:37)
4. The $600 Mud Shark Prelude (1:27)
5. The Mud Shark (13:35)

Total Time 62:42

Line-up / Musicians

- The Persuasions / vocals
- Frank Zappa / lead guitar, vocals
- Mark Volman / vocals, percussion
- Howard Kaylan / vocals
- Ian Underwood / keyboards, alto sax
- Don Preston / keyboards, gong
- Jim Pons / bass, vocals
- Aynsley Dunbar / drums

Releases information

CD Vaulternative Records VR 2011-1
Recorded Live October 11, 1971 with opening act The Persuasions

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FRANK ZAPPA Carnegie Hall ratings distribution

(46 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars This four CD set contains two Flo & Eddie era Mothers of Invention shows from the same night, plus a set by The Persuasions, who opened the show. The liner notes detail how Zappa's manager had to lie to the Carnegie Hall staff, telling them that Zappa was going to perform orchestral music from "200 Motels", in order to get the band book.

The Persuasions set only takes up a bit more than twenty minutes on the first set, and while I don't really appreciate a cappella doo-wop, it does server to set the mood for the concert experience.

The rest of the set is exquisite. It has plenty of material that makes this album unique and valuable. The best part, is the release of a full performance of the "Divan" routine, a bizarre story of how God (portrayed by Mark Volman as a fat maroon sofa), likes to watch his friends, The SH\hort Girl and Squat The Magic Pig, perform lewd acts. The piece is offensive and silly, and very funny at times. It also is where songs like Sofa and Stick It Out, later releast in different contexts, originally came from.

Other nice tracks are a half hour jam on King Kong, and a three quarter hour Billy The Mountain.

The sound quality is decent, although the recording is mono, with stereo processing laid over it by FZ some time before Joe Travers converted it into digital format.

If you are one of those people that dislikes this comedy group version of Zappa's band, this is not for you. But I love it.

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