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Frank Zappa



3.09 | 166 ratings

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3 stars This album was a fine girl, a really fine girl. It could get down, get down, all the way down.

This Zappa album perfectly meets the qualifications a of non-essential album, though some would say it doesn't rise above hard core fan status.

Except for Fine Girl, which is the sole studio track, it's a collection of live tracks. It's laced with a few reworked Zappa oldie's: Love Of My Life, I Ain't Got No Heart, Brown Shoes Don't Make It, with a third version of Peaches. Many of the tracks here are only material available only live, and Zappa was often the most fun when working live. It offers some interesting originals like The Blue Light, Now You Seen It-Now You Don't (sounds like it came off of Shut Up 'N Play Your Guitar). One might this album a vocalized supplement to the Shut Up 'N Play Your Guitar series).

It's your standard mix of Zappa silly and often offensive lyrics with great guitar and mostly superb (burp, heh heh) Zappa directed ensemble performance. The subject matter focuses mainly on vacuous female types or perhaps more appropriately, stereotypes of the same from the late '70's and early '80's. Well, considering this was early '81, that can be forgiven. When released, some of those stereotypes carried on into the '80's and were kind of actually like real people.

Poke it around if it dies down...

Slartibartfast | 3/5 |


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