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FILLMORE EAST, JUNE 1971

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Live, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Little House I Used To live in (4:41)
2. The Mud Shark (5:22)
3. What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are (4:17)
4. Bwana Dik (2:21)
5. Latex Solar Beef (2:38)
6. Willie The Pimp, Part One (4:03)
7. Do You Like My New Car? (7:08)
8. Happy Together (2:57)
9. Lonesome Electric Turkey (2:32)
10. Peaches En Regalia (3:22)
11. Tears Began To Fall (3:50)

Total Time: 43:11

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Line-up / Musicians

- Frank Zappa / guitar & dialogue
- Mark Volman / lead vocals & dialogue
- Howard Kaylan / lead vocals & dialogue
- Ian Underwood / winds, keyboards, vocals
- Aynsley Dunbar / drums
- Jim Pons / bass, vocals, dialogue
- Bob Harris / 2nd keyboard, vocals
- Don Preston / mini-moog

Releases information

LP Reprise Records K44150
Rykodisc (#RCD 10512)

Exist a bootleg version called 'Little House I Use To Live In' by On Stage/ Sarabandas published in 1992.

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FRANK ZAPPA Fillmore East, June 1971 ratings distribution


3.21
(110 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
12%
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Review by loserboy
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4 stars A superb live album with all the ZAPPA'ish twists one has come to expect. ZAPPA is a 'show-man' and live at Filmore's displays the zainy, wacky and thought provoking musical ideas of Mr ZAPPA. For me this live album (although not long enough) does nicely transport the listener back into the early days of this creative musical genius... even a couple of live tracks from "Hot Rats" and an old classic featured for the first time "The Mud Shark".

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Posted Saturday, April 17, 2004

Review by daveconn
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4 stars That's right, you heard right, the secret word for tonight is "Mud Shark." But for this bawdy tale from the not-so-briny shoals of Seattle, Washington alone, this is required listening. Of course, instrumental fans who hunger for something more filling from Fillmore will find it in tracks like "Lonesome Electric Turkey" and the evergreen "Peaches En Regalia." This live record (one of the last from the Fillmore East if memory serves) is one of my favorites from the Flo & Eddie experiment, showcasing their unique stage presence on the dialogue- driven "Do You Like My New Car?" and cascading into a delirious version of The Turtles' "Happy Together." Unlike some of ZAPPA's live releases, Fillmore East retains the atmosphere of a live show from beginning to end, with a minimum of post-doctoring and a maximum of spontaneous energy (or as spontaneous as a band playing a tortuous track like "Little House I Used To Live In" can get). Among the other ZAPPA/Mothers albums out there, Fillmore East reminds me most of the 200 Motels soundtrack, where a similar mix of complicated instrumentals and transcendently strange songs co-existed happily (although I understand that Uncle Meat tasted about the same too). As an oral history of rock stars and the groupies who love them, Fillmore East puts Professors Flo & Eddie at the podium, overshadowing the rest of the band much of the time. Ordinarily, their monkeyshines steal the spotlight from the erstwhile top banana (FRANK) and his phenomenal fretwork. But Fillmore East finds a better balance than Just Another Band From L.A., for example, alternating between the profane and the musically profound in a way that satisfies both camps.

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Posted Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Review by Proghead
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4 stars Here's the album where ZAPPA went for penis jokes instead. He recruited three ex- Turtles (Howard Kaylan and Mark Volkman, aka. Flo & Eddie, and Jim Pons). Ian Underwood and Don Preston from the original MOTHERS stayed on, and British session drummer Aynsley Dunsbar (later of JOURNEY and JEFFERSON STARSHIP) was added on. You can tell right away this isn't what the original MOTHERS (Jimmy Carl Black, Roy Estrada, etc.) had done. Emphasis now put on bathroom humor and penis jokes, which did not endear themselves to the rock critics one bit. But the music was about groupies who demanded the band they're obsessed with play their hit record (with the emphasis "with a bullet"), and plaster it with lots of sexual innuendo, and references to a fight with LED ZEPPELIN at the Edgewater Inn in Seattle involving a baby octopus (which allegedly happened). I liked how they were saying that THREE DOG NIGHT was their favorite band (which was obviously a joke, since THREE DOG NIGHT were always ridiculed for being an overly-commercial band too obsessed with the charts). Another was "Do You Like My New Car", with mention of hopping in the trunk of a Gremlin to get their rocks off. What's really silly is the car in question, the AMC Gremlin, has no trunk, so how can you make out in the back of the Gremlin (not to mention how ridiculously small the Gremlin is - if you thought the original VW Beetle was small, the Gremlin was even smaller). Another song worth mentioning is "Bwana Dik", one of the penis joke songs, where one of the vocalists did all he can to sound exactly like Jim Morrison! They eventually ended up playing "Happy Together", a hit for Flo & Eddie's former band, the TURTLES. This version was obviously a lot less polished than the original, but I guess that's the point. A couple of songs from the MOTHERS and ZAPPA's back catalog are played like "Little House I Used To Live In" (much shorter than the original and no killer violin solo from Don "Sugarcane" Harris) and "Peaches en Regalia".

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Review by greenback
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3 stars The sound of this record is not very good: it is recorded live! The music is good, but a bit minimalist for some Zappa's stuff; maybe more rock than jazz or fusion. The guys focused on vocals and electric guitar. There are more complex songs like "Peaches en regalia" and "Lonesome electric turkey". Zappa's voice does not have all its refinement yet. Zappa gives here an excellent cover of the famous "Happy together" hit by The Turtles.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Review by Easy Livin
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2 stars "That's right, the secret word for tonight is Mudshark"

This 1971 recording features the modified Flo and Eddie line up of the Mothers performing live in the final days of the famous Fillmore East venue. F&E's previous day job with the west coast pop band The Turtles is referenced through a reasonably straight version of their hit "Happy together".

Things are kept pretty tight throughout the performance, the majority of the tracks being short. The album features mainly new material, but brief renditions of a couple of tracks from "Hot rats" (Willie the pimp" and "Peaches en regalia") are included. After the orthodox jazz rock start of "Little house I used to live in", Frank goes into his first spoken narrative for "The mud shark", a shaggy dog story of no consequence. The track introduces an increasingly seedier set of songs, "What kind of girl do you think we are" sounding at times distinctly like a Jim Morrison indulgence.

"Willie the pimp" is split in two, ending side one of the LP and starting side two. Bizarrely, the break is abrupt, in mid performance of the song. From a prog perspective, apart from the "Hot rats" songs, the album is virtually devoid of anything relevant. By the time we get to "Do you like my new car" things have sunk to an astonishingly low depth, with a total dearth of music and humour. Don Preston's mini-moog solo during the "Lonesome electric turkey" encore is curtailed here, but at least offers something of interest.

While this live recording is clearly Frank and the band having fun, and would have been far more entertaining had the listener been present for the event, the album misfires on just about every count. The humour is not humorous, the generally music takes a sorry second place, and the frequent childish sleaze references quickly become tiresome.

The sleeve is a strange affair, consisting entirely of rather unattractive hand scrawled notes, and a plea from Frank "Don't forget to register to vote".

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Posted Friday, August 24, 2007

Review by Man With Hat
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3 stars Flo & Eddie & Frank...happy together.

Fillmore East is a bit of a two headed beast. On one hand, you have some very explict, expertly worded, and sometimes hilarious dialouge dominated affairs, and on the other hand you have some fantastic, intense, hot music. Flo & Eddie are fully unleashed here and take no prisoners throughout. If bawdy lyrics offend you, it is probably best to avoid this album. With that being said, if you have an ear for Zappa's dirty side (and specifically this line up of The Mothers) these tracks for the most part should be enjoyable. What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are? is, IMO, at the top of the list of these vocal dominated tracks (just edeging out The Mud Shark). There are also a few middle of the road tracks which balance vocals and music such as Bwana Dik and Latex Solar Beef (both of which are very enjoyable).

However, there are some more important reasons to own this record. First and foremost, The Mud Shark. Even though its basically a story and mostly spoken, this starts the ever recurring theme of the Mud Shark through out Frank's Music. Thus essential for Zappa fans. Now for the musical moments: Little House I Used To Live In. An excellent rendition that really show the use of Flo & Eddies vocals in top form (aka to emphasize the music, as opposed to completely dominating it). Not to mention its always fun to here this one played live. Willie The Pimp, Part One. A blistering show for guitar. The only downside to this song is that it is much too short. Lonesome Electric Turkey. Another song that is much too short. Fantastic key work, a great jazz-rock/jammy atmosphere, and a good excercise for the band (albeit a short one) make this one a winner and a must have. Peaches En Regalia. One of the rare times this was actually released played live, it is certainly in top form, with F&E vocals once again putting the perfect puncuation on the music. (As an aside, I've always liked The Turtles hit with a bullet Happy Together, so to hear it here in a more exciting form is also a plus).

All in all, this one is perhaps the best of the bunch from the Flo & Eddie lineup of The Mothers. Although I would have liked to hear more insturmentals, or at least more emphasis on the music, Fillmore East does have numerous points of interest. The humor is not for everyone, and this isn't exactly the most progressive record Frank made, both of which will hurt the rating it recieves here. Also, this one should be picked up near the end of your Zappa adventure, unless you are hunting for the more sexual side of his work. On PA's scale, a 3 should fit nicely. On my own scale, a 3.5-3.8.

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Review by Garion81
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3 stars I always smile when I see the cover for this one. Almost looks like a bootleg with the handwritten titles in pencil. While certainly not one of Franks's most ambitious musical endeavors it sure is entertaining. Maybe the humor escapes some people but it is based on a concept of the groupie and rock star. The MudSHark sets the tone as being the story of the infamous octopus/fish story involving a young lady and members of Led Zeppelin. The related sequence of What Kind of Girl/Bwana Dik and Do You Like My New Car of the groupie getting together with the rock star is hilarious. Think of it Howie ..B Jobs, Knotted Nylons, One Unreleased recording of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fighting in the dressing room a the Filmore east I am not a groupie, I told Elton John I told Robert Planet all those big guys Some priceless stuff if you know the history. Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan aka Phosphorescent Leech & Eddie formally of the Turtles join Zappa on this one for their outright humor after which they turned into a radio show as well as touring as Phlo and Eddie making a living satirizing pop and rock songs.

This seem to be a companion collection to Just Another Band From LA and would think the two together would form a complete show. Still this is short by today's standards and some bonus tracks would help this recording a lot. There are some great musical tracks Like Peaches and Lonesome Electric Turkey to round this out. I still enjoy this from time to time so three stars.

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars Fillmore East, June 1971 is the first solo live album from Frank Zappa. I donīt care if it says Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention on the sleeve of the album I still regards this as a Frank Zappa album with hired help. The band that Zappa toured with in 1970-1971 included Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan from The Turtles on vocals, Ian Underwood on winds, keyboards and vocals, Aynsley Dunbar on drums, Jim Pons on bass and vocals, Bob Harris 2nd keyboard and vocals and last but not least old Mothers of Invention collegue Don Preston on Mini-Moog. These musicians where on an off the The Mothers of Invention in that period.

It is a strange period in Frank Zappaīs discography and many fans didnīt like this incarnation of the band. Mostly due to the high pitched vocal performances from Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan and the rather dirty humour about groupies and sex that seemed to be the favorite subject in that period. Many felt Zappa didnīt deliver his most artistically valid albums in that period. I only partially agree. I really enjoy the vocal performances on the albums from this period ( Chungaīs Revenge, Fillmore East, June 1971, 200 Motels and Just another Band from L.A.) while especially the bad sound quality on those four albums sometimes annoy me. There is nothing wrong with the quality of the music though.

The music on this live recording from The Fillmore East is part music and part dialogue about groupies and the size of rock star penises. If you donīt find those parts funny Iīll dare say you donīt have a humour. With lines like: Talking ībout Your haemorrhoids Baby and My Dick is a Harley you kick it to Start this album is a real lyrical gem for those of us who like dirty rock songs. The music is of course great as always. There are both unreleased songs like What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?, Bwana Dik and Do You Like my new Car?, old Mothers of Invention songs like Little House I used to Live in and also Frank Zappa solo songs like Willie the Pimp and Peaches En Regalia on the album. The new songs are mostly vocal based or dialogue from Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan. They remind me of some of the vocal based tracks on 200 Motels.

The musicianship is excellent and I must say that I really enjoy Howard Kaylanīs wide vocal range. That man is a brilliant singer. Mark Volman isnīt the greatest singer but as Zappa said: He is a funny fat person.

The sound quality is not very good and besides the pretty well produced vocals Iīd say itīs almost of bootleg quality. Well thatīs probably taking it too far but you get the picture.

The cover art also signals bootleg being totally white with only handwritten letters to show whatīs inside. It suits itīs purpose well.

Fillmore East, June 1971 was never my favorite Frank Zappa album even though it makes me laught every time I listen to it. Itīs a good testimony of the time Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan were the lead singers in The Mothers of Invention though. I would recommend that you get Just Another Band from L.A. before purchasing this one though as it is an even better testimony. Iīll rate Fillmore East, June 1971 3 stars.

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Review by tarkus1980
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2 stars One-third decent live performance, two-thirds LAME juvenile standup comedy/skits (with vague musical backing), this is the kind of landmine that serves as an example of why Frank Zappa's discography is a dangerous place to trod. The majority of the album consists of Flo and Eddie (with some narration by Frank about the infamous Mud Shark incident with Vanilla Fudge, though he never actually gets to the punchline) singing/talking about sex with groupies (oh, sorry, they're not groupies, Roger Daltry never laid a hand on them) who only want an artist with a number one hit (with a bullet!) on the chart. This goes seemingly FOREVER, and it's all the sadder because Frank (Flo and Eddie are absolved largely because Frank wrote this crap, though they did willingly consent to deliver it) really seems to think that just mentioning crude sex acts and using dirty words and obvious sexual puns ("I Bwana Dik! I Bwana Dik!") is sufficient to create legitimate ha-ha humor. I do admit that it's funny that the ultimate punchline of the interminable "Do You Like My New Car?" is the band breaking into "Happy Together," especially when they end up doing it so well (Frank's backing vocals are terrific!), but even so, were I in that audience that night, I'd be pretty pissed off.

On the plus side, when the band actually gets its act together and plays some real music, they sound fine. The opening runthrough of an excerpt from "Little House I Used to Live In" is perfectly decent, the sadly faded out (just as it's really picking up steam) version of "Willie The Pimp" sounds like it has the potential to rip down the house, and "Peaches en Regalia" (with Flo and Eddie doing a nice job of replacing the horns at one point) is a fine choice for the encore. And while they don't show very good vocal harmonies in it, the closing r'n'b pop of "Tears Began to Fall" leaves a nice taste in my mouth, though the net effect is like taking a single Tic-tac after siphoning ten gallons of gas with my mouth.

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Posted Monday, July 12, 2010

Review by Evolver
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3 stars This album, the first official live recording from Frank Zappa is a mixed bag. There is some good music, like Little House I Used To Live In, and Lonesome Electric Turkey, and there are long stretches of comedy with some music thrown in. The main problem is the sound. Whereas Zappa later became known for some meticulously recorded concerts, this one sounds like a bootleg. The dynamics are clipped off, and there is much distortion throughout.

Performancewise, it's not bad. If you can withstand the scatological references, which mostly relate to the "200 Motels" section of Zappa's conceptual continuity, there's some funny stuff. And the straight music, the songs mentioned above, and Willie The Pimp (cut in half on the record, clipped on the CD) rocks. And the rollicking version of The Turtles' Happy Together is a classic.

Despite it's flaws, this is necessary to understand some of the jokes thrown into later Zappa albums.

3 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Review by zravkapt
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3 stars The first of many Zappa live albums. This album features one of the last concerts performed at the Fillmore East. This features the Flo & Eddie line-up. Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman(I can't remember who is who) were of course members of the Turtles, and they manage to fit in that band's most well known song here. This is the worst sounding of Zappa's live albums. In fact, the whole Flo & Eddie period sonically is not up to Zappa's usual high standard. You will notice that Frank's voice is a bit different here than on later albums. This was before his accident in 1971/72 when a audience member pushed him off the stage. Since then his voice was deeper.

"Little House I Used To Live In" is a bit different from the Burnt Weeny version. Flo & Eddie do the sax and violin parts with their voices. "The Mud Shark" is a blues-rock song about an incident involving Vanilla Fudge, a groupie and marine life. For this concert the "secret word" was Mud Shark. Zappa had 'secret words' he would repeat in concert at this time. "What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are" is more blues-rock. Basically a skit about band members trying to pick up groupies. Alice Cooper gets mentioned in this song; it was Zappa who got Alice a record deal.

"Bwana Dik" is probably the best song here. Lots of variation. "Mud Shark" gets reprised in "Latex Solar Beef". That song leads into "Willie The Pimp". Apparently the vinyl had a longer version of this. On CD it really sounds like something is missing between this and the start of "Do You Like My New Car?" It's the longest song and the most skit oriented. Band members pretend to be groupies. At one point one of the 'girls' denies having sex with famous rock stars, including "Robert Planet". The girls want to hear the big hit, that's #1 with a bullet(every time "bullet" is said the band imitate a gunshot...funny).

What's the hit? Well the Turtles' "Happy Together" of course. That's the end of the main concert. After we get an instrumental called "Lonesome Electric Turkey". This features Don Preston soloing on a MiniMoog over a jazz-rock vamp. This must have been one of the few times a synthesizer was used onstage at the Fillmore. Then the band does a version of "Peaches En Regalia" with Flo & Eddie singing the sax parts. The last song, "Tears Began To Fall", was a song Frank recorded with the original Mothers in the 1960s.

This is part rock concert/part comedy act. You can hear the crowd laughing throughout. This is a decent live album, but Just Another Band From LA is even better. 3 stars.

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Posted Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Review by Anthony H.
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3 stars Frank Zappa: Filmore East, June 1971 [1971]

Rating: 6/10

"Talkin' 'bout your hemorrhoids baby..."

Filmore East, June 1971 is the first Zappa album consisting entirely of live material. One of the defining characteristics of Zappa's music is the balance between complex sophistication and off-the-wall humor. His live shows were probably the best forum for Zappa to display this multilayered aspect of his music; staggering musicianship and improvisation were combined with comedic monologues and zany performance pieces in order to make Zappa concerts a truly unique experience. This dynamic is reflected masterfully on albums such as Zappa in New York and Roxy & Elsewhere. This album, however, doesn't quite manage to strike a perfect balance; humorous skits and conceptual storytelling (about groupies and hotels and suchlike) often seem to take precedence over music. However, there are still some strong moments here.

The album begins with "Little House I Used to Live In", a vastly truncated version of the original on Burnt Weeny Sandwich. There's some excellent guitar and keyboard work here. "The Mud Shark" focuses on spoken-word storytelling backed by a vocal mantra. This is a hilarious track, and is one of my favorites here. "What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?" continues with the vocal/spoken-word performances, with bluesy organ in the background. "Bwana Dik" progresses in the same vein; this is one of the funniest tracks here. "Latex Solar Beef" is another one of my favorites on the album. It has a heavy blues vibe and the "Talkin' 'bout?" chorus is classic. "Willie the Pimp, Pt. 1& 2" reprises previous themes and introduces a slowed-down version of the original "Pimp" riff along with a short guitar solo. "Do You Like My New Car?" is almost entirely a skit. It's funny, but the music seems to have been put on the backburner here. "Happy Together" is a fairly uninteresting cover of the Turtles song. "Lonesome Electric Turkey" is a short, but very cool, Minimoog solo. A stripped-down version of "Peaches in Regalia" follows, and the straightforward "Tears Began to Fall" concludes the album.

This is in no way a bad album, and I enjoy listening to it. However, it fails to capture the magic that would be so wonderfully encapsulated on future Zappa live albums. This album focuses much too heavily on the humor and much to less on the music. The humor is well-done and indeed funny, but isn't balanced well with the music. There are great moments here, including "The Mud Shark" and "Latex Solar Beef", but I would recommend In New York or Roxy if you want to introduce yourself to Zappa's performances.

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Review by Warthur
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3 stars A live concept album that gives an accurate portrayal of the Mothers' theatrical stage show at the time, Fillmore East sees Zappa and crew (featuring Flo and Eddie) playing the roles of both egomaniacal rock stars and dizzy groupies. Lyrically, the album is a reasonable take on the concept, replete with smutty jokes - including a recounting of the infamous Mud Shark urban myth which gives a clear idea of the participants involved but, cleverly, doesn't actually give any details on precisely what transpired, leaving that part down to the listener's own filthy imagination Whether this is a problem will depend on your own tolerance of juvenile comedy and dick jokes.

Musically speaking, whilst the band on show is alright, it doesn't come across as being quite as tight and technically proficient as the original incarnation of the Mothers, or indeed previous recording ensembles of Zappa's. This is most evident in the renditions of earlier Zappa material, like The Little House I Used to Live In, or Willie the Pimp, which are notably slower and more careful than the blisteringly fast original versions of those tracks.

On the whole, the album is a fun and amusing listen, but it's hardly Zappa's most cutting-edge experimental work. Still, it's worth a listen if you enjoy crude sexual comedy - it's like the audio equivalent of one of the American Pie films.

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2 stars It had too many Flo & Eddie jokes about "The Road" and "Crew Sluts" to be anything appealing past the age of say 15? I first bought this LP back in the mid 70's when I was 15 and thought it was the best album he ever did. Now, after hearing this as a middle aged adult, and got past the Woo Hoo stu ... (read more)

Report this review (#1246855) | Posted by Dax52 | Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Historical ! I'm probably the first reviewer to rate this release a 5 stars ! Not because I want to be the first to, but because I reall love this album, which is too much underrated. Yes, the music here is largerlydeceiving, unconsistent. Fillmore East, June 1971 (recorded at the Fillmore East ... (read more)

Report this review (#162963) | Posted by Zardoz | Saturday, March 01, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Flo & Eddie are very prominent on this live album, and it makes it much like a Bonzo Dog Band or Monty Python affair, but much less British of course. The penis jokes and the Mud Shark routines are happily debuted here, as well as their uplifting dual harmony vocals they're known for. This funn ... (read more)

Report this review (#38714) | Posted by | Wednesday, July 06, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars This is possibly the worst live album Zappa ever released. It stands as a reminder of the Led Zeppelin 'mud shark' story. Great. That is, when it isn't trying to be one big penis joke. The playing is profecent and even inspiried in parts, but it comes off like bad schtick. If you crave adult ... (read more)

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