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Frank Zappa



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3 stars In fact, I have seen the DVD of this weird album. As the opening track "Intro Rap" which contains a narration that says Frank Zappa is a mad man, the music offered here is not just weird but also mad. It's basically hard to classify under what category the music of Frank Zappa is, that's why it's totally progressive in nature because there is barely no similarity from one album to another. "Baby Snakes" is a short track which introduces the concept of the whole album with unique and weird music using female and male vocals. "Titties 'n' Beer" is basically another weird music with rude dialogues between Frank Zappa and another man, like an opera. That's Frank Zappa! He delivers the music the way he wants it and nobody can stop him. However as he said it through the dialogue he bluntly said "I have signed for eight f*ing years with Warner!". "The black Page #2" is a complex arrangements with jazz rock style using vibraphone and bass guitar as main instruments, augmented with dynamic drumwork. It's an interesting track for me. "Jones Crusher" runs with fast tempo with vocal line and rhythm section by guitar. "Disco Boy" as you might expect is built around disco music but with unique melody and rhythm section. There are parts with obvious disco music. "Dinah Moe Hum" brings Frank Zappa's voice as main vocal line accompanied with backing vocal and dynamic vibraphone work and dazzling drums and bass guitar work. "Punky's Whips" is the longest song with long narration by Frank Zappa introducing the players of his big band to the audience. This is the best song (my view) offered by this live album especially parts with long guitar solo. It's really stunning!

Overall, it's a unique music, as usual with Frank Zappa. If you don't get used to his music, it might be very hard for you to digest because it contains abrupt changes throughout each track this album offers. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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