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Frank Zappa



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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars.This was from the same 1988 tour as the live album "The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life". In my opinion they make great companion records because the song list is completely different. And while both live album showcase the band's incredible viruosity instrumentally and humour at the same time, "Make A Jazz Noise here" puts more of a focus on the instrumental work while "The Best Band..." is more about the humour and features more well know Zappa classics hence it's popularity among fans. Both are like listening to Big Band Zappa with lots of guitar solos to boot, and no overdubs in sight.

Disc one begins with Zappa's announcement about Jimmy Swaggert's infidelities and particularily that he got caught and then he brings him up as well in this opening track "Stinkfoot". Great tune.

"When Yuppies Go To Hell" is an interesting track, kind of unique to my ears when it comes to Zappa music. Some weird vocal expressions too. It picks up with horns before 4 minutes. I should mention that these songs all blend into one another. "Fire And Chains" has a guitar solo 1 1/2 minutes in. "Let's Make The Water Turn Black" is a short but classic tune with the horns honking in that familiar melody. It blends into two short tracks in "Harry,Your A Beast" and "The Orange Countuy Lumber Truck".

Next is "Oh No" with vocals right away then we get a guitar led instrumental section followed by horns. "Theme From Lumpy Gravy" has some brief spoken words from Frank as the melody continues. "Eat That Question" kicks in around a minute.

"Black Napkins" is horn led early and is quite horny throughout actually. An impressive laid back tune. Piano around 5 minutes but the horns still lead. "Big Swifty" is such a great track and it picks up right away then Frank says "Make a jazz noise here" before 1 1/2 minutes.Yeah this is jazzy. A calm 4 minutes in with piano and some carrying on in the background. We get a bass and horn solo after 7 minutes followed by vocal expressions and more horns.

"King Kong" is horn led. Some funny spoken words after 5 minutes then the horns lead again after 7 1/2 minutes.

Disc two begins with "The Black Page" which again is all about the horns with the guitar taking over before 4 minutes. This continues into the next track then we get "Dupree's Paradise" my favourite off this recording.This sounds amazing and check out the trumpet solo which ends before 3 1/2 minutes to big applause. From here to the end is incredible.

"City Of Tiny Lights" is a vocal track with lots of horns. A guitar solo before 4 minutes then the vocals return. A couple of short tracks follow then "Sinister Footwear" kicks in and we get some great sounding bass horn of some sort followed by some excellent drum work before 4 minutes.

"Stevie's Spanking" has a heavy intro with guitar then vocals.The guitar solo before 2 minutes is brief but more of that after 4 minutes. "Alien Orifice" is guitar and horns.

"Cruisin' For Burgers" is a classic vocal track with a long guitar solo late. "Advance Romance" features horns, vocals and drums that standout. Funny lyrics here.The guitar starts to solo around 3 1/2 minutes until before 6 minutes then the vocals return. "Strictly Genteel" has lots of horns as usual and some vocal outbursts.

The instrumental work on this one is mind blowing and that certainly is the focus of this album. Fantastic !

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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