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2.84 | 54 ratings | 2 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

A Typical Day On The Road, Part 1:
1. Here Comes The Gear, Lads (1:00)
2. The Living Garbage Truck (1:20)
3. A Typical Sound Check (1:18)
4. "This Is Neat" (0:23)
5. The Motel Lobby (1:21)
6. Getting Stewed (0:55)
7. The Motel Room (0:29)
8. "Don't Take Me Down" (1:11)
9. The Dressing Room (0:24)
10. Learning "Penis Dimension" (2:02)
11. You There, With The Hard On! (0:24)
12. Zanti Serenade (2:40)
13. Divan (1:46)
14. Sleeping In A Jar (1:30)
15. "Don't Eat There" (2:26)
16. Brixton Still Life (2:59)
17. Super Grease (1:39)
18. Wonderful Wino (4:52)
19. Sharleena (4:23)
20. Cruisin' For Burgers (2:53)
21. Diptheria Blues (6:19)
22. Well (4:43)
23. Say Please (0:57)
24. Aaawk (2:59)
25. Scumbag (5:53)
26. A Small Eternity With Yoko Ono (6:06)

A Typical Day On The Road, Part 2:
1. Beer Shampoo (1:38)
2. Champagne Lecture (4:29)
3. Childish Perversions (1:31)
4. Playground Psychotics (1:08)
5. The Mudshark Interview (2:39)
6. "There's No Lust In Jazz" (0:55)
7. Botulism On The Hoot (0:47)
8. You Got Your Armies (0:10)
9. The Spew King (0:24)
10. I'm Doomed (0:24)
11. Status Back Baby (2:49)
12. The London Cab Tape (1:24)
13. Concentration Moon, Part One (1:20)
14. The Sanzini Bros. (1:33)
15. It's A Good Thing We Get Paid To Do This (2:45)
16. Concentration Moon, Part Two (2:04)
17. Mom & Dad (3:09)
18. Intro To Music For A Low Budget Orchestra (1:39)
19. Billy The Mountain (30:26)

The True Story Of Two Hundred Motels:
20. He's Watching Us (1:21)
21. If You're Not A Pro... (0:22)
22. He's Right (0:15)
23. Going For The Money (0:12)
24. Jeff Quits (1:33)
25. A Bunch Of Adventures (0:55)
26. Martin Lickert's Story (0:39)
27. A Great Guy (0:30)
28. Bad Acting (0:10)
29. The Worst Reviews (0:20)
30. A Version Of Himself (1:02)
31. I Could Be A Star Now (0:36)

Total Time: 127:19

Line-up / Musicians

Pauley Pavilion & Rainbow Theater cuts:
- Frank Zappa / lead guitar, vocal
- Mark Volman / vocal
- Howard Kaylan / vocal
- Jim Pons / bass, vocal
- Don Preston / keyboards, electronics
- Ian Underwood / keyboards, alto sax
- Aynsley Dunbar / drums
Filmore East cuts:
- Frank Zappa / lead guitar, vocal
- Mark Volman / vocal
- Howard Kaylan / vocal
- Jim Pons / bass, vocal
- Bob Harris / wurlitzer
- Ian Underwood / keyboards, alto sax
- Aynsley Dunbar / drums
- John Lennon / guitar, vocals (disc 1, tracks 22-26)
- Yoko Ono / vocals (?) (disc 1, tracks 22-26)

Dialog portions:
- Frank Zappa, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Jeff Simmons, George Duke, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar, Martin Lickert

Releases information

Barking Pumpkin D2 74244
Rykodisc #RCD 10557/58

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FRANK ZAPPA Playground Psychotics ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(13%)
Good, but non-essential (39%)
Collectors/fans only (30%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars I understand that the Frank Zappa albums with Flo & Eddie are controversial. Members of the band openly admitted, on some of the albums, that this group was as much about comedy as it was about music. And although they were flawed, the sound was rough and the band was sometimes sloppy, I like those albums.

A large number of the tracks on this two CD set are not music, but Frank's tapes of the band goofing around offstage while on tour. While these are amusing to hear, it's not something to listen to ever and over. However, there are enough musical tracks to make this set worthwhile.

On the first disc, it's Don preston who stands out. The tracks where he appears have some of his finest synthesizer work. There is also a short bit from the "Sofa" routine. Which begs the question: Why aren't there any official released versions of the full piece (which contained Sofa, Stick It Out and a lot of conceptual continuity - the cover of "One Size Fits All" is full of references to it, as well as to Billy The Mountain?

The end of the first disc is Zappa's mix of the songs where John Lennon and Yoko Ono sat in with the band (from the same concert that the Fillmore East album came from). You might have heard these on Lennon's "Sometime In New York City" album. Frank's mixes are much better.

The centerpiece of the second CD is Billy The Mountain. While this version is missing the CSN parody, it has quite a few parts, including solo sections, that Frank edited out of the "Just Another Band From L.A." recording.

If this disk was all music, it might rate four stars, but the spoken tracks bring it down to three. A strong three, but three nonetheless.

Latest members reviews

3 stars I Love this cd it has some stuff on here that is great and i dont mind the dialogue from zappa and the rest of the band i find it quite entertaining Yoko ono can get on your damn nerves but its still worth listening to although i wouldnt recommed this to a casual zappa fan but i dont think it ... (read more)

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