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Frank Zappa



1.82 | 53 ratings

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1 stars I don't usually review albums on first listen, but trust me, I'm probably never going to listen to this album ever again, unless I'm trying to listen to every Frank Zappa album ever released.

This album is a rehearsal of Frank and his newly formed Wazoo band, practicing before going into the studio to record Waka-Jawaka. That's it. We hear Frank talking, and showing the band members their parts, there are run-through of sections of the music, but many times, Frank cuts everyone off to correct any mistakes the band made. And this goes on for about 55 minutes or so.

I will admit, there is a tiny bit of unique music on here, but it's only tidbits, which is what all the music contained here is. There is no full run-through of the tunes, or any real jams. Sure, there is a nice little guitar solo during a run-through of "Blessed Relief/The New Brown Clouds", which seems to be a hybrid of Big Swifty and Blessed Relief and Greggary Peccary (which itself is interesting; Frank must have re-written a bunch of the music right before the band entered the studio), but the very short moments of brilliance do not make this worth releasing, in my opinion. However, a little bit of this album is interesting from a historical perspective, such as the aforementioned Blessed Relief/The New Brown Clouds track shows that the music was composed differently before the recording sessions.

I don't think Frank would have ever let this see the light of day. Purchase at your own risk. Even the Zappa albums that are more for completists still have some worthwhile and/or unique music, and would get at least 2 stars, but this album is truly ONLY for those who must own every Zappa album ever released, as there is not much on this album to even LISTEN to.

darkshade | 1/5 |


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