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Frank Zappa



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Chris H
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3 stars Prepare for the wonder of Frank Zappa like you have never heard Zappa before!

Virtually all of these tracks are recorded in Zappa's basement on any means of recording available. This collection gives you a taste of many of Zappa's early styles, from the late 50's where we was a drummer for the band Blackout ("The Blackouts") up to the early 70's with his 11 minute guitar epic "Sharleena" from Chunga's Revenge. Along the way we are given a taste of his many collaborations with Don Van Vliet better known as Captain Beefheart ("Lost In A Whirlpool", "Tiger Roach", "The Grand Wazoo") and the Williams brothers, Kenny and Ronnie ("Kenny's Booger Story", "Ronnie's Booger Story").

Sure there is a lot of experiments to pick through, but there are many gems here as well. Most notable is Ricky Lancelotti's performance of "Wonderful Wino" on a much improved version over what went onto Zoot Allures. Also the "Wedding Dress Song/Handsome Cabin Boy" medley is very impressive, as well as another short keyboard piece "Kung Fu".

If you aren't a Zappa fanatic that owns all or most of his studio work, I would recommend that you steer clear of this album. However, if you are one of those few people that know Zappa from head to toe and are looking for more, this is the perfect collection for you. From his drumming days to his perfect guitar solos and everything in between, all the lost gems are here!

Chris H | 3/5 |


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