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THE LOCALS were a German rock band from Hannover. Around the end of the 70's they were founded by guitarist Michael RIETZKE from Leverkusen who at the time played with various jazz and rock bands in Cologne, Hannover and Hamburg. In their own words, their music was a response to pop, rock and punk establishment of the time; led by RIETZKE on lead guitar and with vocals in English they delivered an interesting combination of what can be described as ZAPPA's humorous and more accessible work with the more wild and instrumental jazz rock side.

THE LOCALS were active somewhere up until 1983 when RIETZKE dedicated himself more to his solo career along with the band keyboardist Ralf PIEFKOWSKI. Their recordings were in total one studio and a live album that are recommended to fans of Frank ZAPPA.

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3 stars The Locals was a short lived German band fronted by the German composer/musician Michael Rietzke. This was their only studio album.

Rietzke must have been infatuated with Frank Zappa, as this album strains to imitate Zappa's stylings, from Uncle Meat through the late 1970's. There are bluesy tracks, with Rietzke speaking in a Zappa-like deep drone, a la "I'm The Slime", "Uncle Meat" inspires fusion, slick marimba filled fusion similar to the mid-seventies Zappa troupe, and even short, odd inserts with heavily modified voices. Oh, and don't forget the raunchy lyrics.

It's hit or miss. Andreas Herdy's marimba is good, but how could it possibly compare to Ruth Underwood, the percussionist extraordinaire? Compositionally it's pleasing to the Zappaphile, with many of Frank's signature passages, particularly quintuplets and septuplets. And Reitzke does a fairly decent Zappa flavored guitar solo on one track.

This is a pleasant, but light album, and worth it for the hard-core Zappa enthusiast (like myself), but by no means essential. When I want Zappa, I usually go for the real thing.

Thanks to historian9 for the artist addition.

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