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Frank Zappa



4.15 | 69 ratings

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4 stars The first thing that struck me about this recording is how clear it sounds. The bass and drums have punch, and you can hear the whole band. Not bad for a 27 year-old tape.

This band was one of many exceptionally talented groups that Zappa assembed throughout his career. They shine in this concert.

The highlights: A burning, fast rendition of "Keep It Greasy". Arthur Barrow blazes on the bass on this one.

"Easy Meat" - I always loved Tommy Mars' keyboards on this song, and Zappa's middle- eastern flavored solo is one of the best I've heard him play.

"Andy" - Gotta love this song.

For Zappaphiles: An early recording of "Tinsel Town Rebellion", without most of the "eyebrows" the band would later add to the song.

An early scat version of "Drowning Witch".

"The "Real World" Thematic Extrapolations", a sort of lame rant on how people interact in a disco.

This must be an early appearance for Steve Vai, as he seems underused throughout the concert. And I wish they had play more of Zappa's complex pieces.

But I like the album anyway.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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