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Frank Zappa



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Cygnus X-2
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5 stars Selections from this album come from the lost Lather box set of the 70's, but there is enough new material to suffice. Anyway, this album is quite possibly Zappa's greatest live outing. Featuring a superb set list, superb cast of musicians, and a great overall vibe, this Baby Snakes era album is one that no Zappa fan should be without. From the solos of Zappa, to the Moogs of keyboardist Eddie Jobson, to the drumming precision of Terry Bozzio, there are no faults with this album.

Stand out tracks are Titties and Beer, Punky's Whips, Illinois Enema Bandit, and Black Page #2. Titties and Beer is essentially the same exact version from Lather, although it now has a longer (and funnier) improv section in which Bozzio and Zappa argue and bicker. Punky's Whips is another live favorite, with stellar Zappa guitar work and brilliant vocals from Bozzio. The solo is one of the highlights of the album. Illinois Enema Bandit begins with a "sophisticated narration" from Don Pardo, and soon evolves into a bluesy rocker with a plethora of brilliant guitar solos. The Black Page #2 is a continuation of the Black #1, but it has a more adventurous feel and is easily one of the best Zappa instrumentals.

Overall, this is easily my favorite Zappa live album, and no fan of the man should go without it. 5/5.

Cygnus X-2 | 5/5 |


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