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Frank Zappa



3.42 | 40 ratings

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4 stars This review is for the four disk deluxe version of the album. And by looking at the track listing from the two disk version, I can see why some were disappointed by it.

This is a collection of tracks celebrating Frank Zappa's groundbreaking first album, with a documentation of how it was created. As such, it's not something to listen to frequently, but it does hold somefascination forthis Zappaphile.

The first disk is the original album in all of it's glory. I have already reviewed the album on it's page, so I won't go into it, other than to say that in 1966, nothing else like it existed.

The second disk is mostly basic track versions of the songs. Some of the songs do not have vocals, some have alternate vocals, but they al provide an interesting look a the songs before they were completed. There is also a different edit of Help, I'm A Rock, and an absolute treasure, Groupie Bang Bang, a song recorded for, but left off of the original album (I can undestand why, the lyrics are quite obscene for the times).

The third disk has many of the original tracks that were manipulated and edited into help, I'm A Rock, It Can't Happen Here and the Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet. It is here tha yo get to know just what went into the making of these legendary tracks. For the prog history buff, these are intriguing. there ae also a few live tracks, recorded at the Fillmore West, of the original Mothers playing some songs from the album.

The last disk consist of mosly intervew segments, with Zappa providing more insight about the album, along with some more remixes and re-edits of someof the tracks.

As I said, it's not easy to listen to this in one sitting, but it is quite fascinating.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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