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Frank Zappa



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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars This was Frank's first record without THE MOTHERS and he dedicated it to Dweezil, Bub and Gil.

The first song "Peaches In Regalia" is such an amazing instrumental ! Horned instruments are the focus such as sax, clarinet and flute. Amazing song ! "Willie The Pimp" is where Frank's humour comes out, with CAPTAIN BEEFHEART's gruff vocals suiting this catchy, melodic song so well.The song turns into this long, extended jam-fest with Sugar Cane Harris on violin and Zappa showing how great of a guitar player he is, as he just plays and plays. Great solo !

"Son Of Mr.Green Genes" is a jazzy instrumental with another terrific solo from Frank, as well as some xlophone and some great interplay. "Little Umbrellas" may be the shortest song on the record, but it's a classic with lots of horn melodies that are arranged beautifully. "The Gumbo Variations" features some fantastic sax melodies to begin with followed by some great violin from Sugar Cane Harris and then Zappa comes in with some guitar before they all chime in to end the song. "It Must Be A Camel" opens with light drums, piano and horns before Jean-Luc Ponty comes in with his violin.

This is a must have for all who are into prog.The music here is outstanding !

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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