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AT THE CIRCUS

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

1.50 | 16 ratings

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TCat
1 stars 'At the Circus' is the 4th disc in the box set 'Beat the Boots Vol 2' which is a collection of bootleg releases that FZ commissioned to make them official releases. This was done by Zappa to get back at the many bootleggers that were making money off of his concerts by taping them and selling them. This was also made available as an album on its own. The venue for the recording throughout most of this album is a televised rehearsal at the Circus Krone in Munich in Sept 1978. The only tracks not recorded at that concert are both tracks 6 and 7, which for some strange reason, are from Uddel at The Netherlands in June of 1970. These official bootlegs kept 'all the warts' of the original bootlegs, as they were recorded without any enhancements.

The recording is atrociously terrible. The volume fades up and down, the songs are all partial with some weird editing. This is probably the worst of the entire bunch of bootlegs that were in both of the box sets. There is plenty of places where you can hear people talking near the microphone of the recording unit, which was probably a cheap cassette recorder.

There really is nothing on this recording that makes this a worthwhile album. There are only 2 original one-offs on the collection; 'Seal Call Fusion Music' where FZ has Vinnie Colaiuta play the drums and make seal noises at the same time, and 'I'm on Duty' which is a silly routine that isn't that funny. Other than that, there is nothing unique about the tracks on this album. (No 'eyebrows' in other words.) All the rest of the tracks are found on much better recordings. Don't bother with this one. Don't say I didn't warn you.

TCat | 1/5 |

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