New Frank Zappa album

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mike Broadman, Aug 29, 2002.

  1. Mike Broadman

    Mike Broadman Producer

    Aug 24, 2001
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    Continuing the grand tradition of post-mortem Zappa releases, the Zappa family has released an archival treat. I believe it's only available via mail order:
    They started a new label called "Vaulternative Records." Hopefully, this means that more releases like this will be coming out. I pre-ordered this one a long time ago when I heard about it, then kind of forgot about it. When I saw it in the mail, it was a very pleasant surprise.
    This is a double live concert from January 20, 1976 in Australia. There appears to be some overdubbing because tape reels ran out and they used some bootlegs to fill in the gaps. While this sort of thing may sound terrible to some music lovers, we Zappa fans have come to appreciate this Franensteinian approach to making albums.
    The set list:
    Disc 1
    Hordern Intro (Incan Art Vamp)
    The Poodle Lecture
    Dirty Love
    Filthy Habits
    How Could I Be Such A Fool?
    I Ain't Got No Heart
    I'm Not Satisfied
    Black Napkins
    Advance Romance
    The Illinois Enema Bandit
    Wind Up Workin' In A Gas Station
    The Torture Never Stops
    Disc Two
    Canard Toujours
    Kaiser Rolls
    Find Her Finer
    Carolina Hard-core Ecstacy
    Lonely Little Girl
    Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
    What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?
    Chunga's Revenge
    Zoot Allures
    Keep It Greasy
    Dinah-Moe Humm
    Camarillo Brillo
    Muffin Man
    Kaiser Rolls (Du Jour)
    I have not listened to it yet. I'll post later with thoughts and comments.
    The more people buy this, the more impetus they have of releasing more goodies.
  2. Michael St. Clair

    May 3, 1999
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    You never shared your thoughts on this... [​IMG]
  3. Mike Broadman

    Mike Broadman Producer

    Aug 24, 2001
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    Well, I had forgotten about this thread, and no one replied... threads can dissappear rather quickly around here.
    I'm loving it, of course. Though I have pretty much everything Zappa, I almost always listen to the live stuff.
    This is a relatively small band for Zappa, which results in a bigger role for the bass. The lack of a second guitar makes some of the riff-heavy stuff sound odd. There are better versions of Dirty Love and I Ain't Got No Heart.
    The longer, instrumental-heavy tracks are the real gems here. Black Napkins is simply marvelous and worth the price of the album alone. Filthy Habits is given a nice extended treatment and may be my favorite version of this tune yet.
    Zappa's playing is on.
    I have never heard a version of Advance Romance I didn't love, and this one is no different. I don't know what it is about this song... but it's one of my favorites of all time.
    Because of the smaller band, Roy Estrada takes a prominent role in the overall sound. Napoleon Murphy Brock does most of the tricky singing parts (ie, Illinois Enema Bandit).
    The packaging is pretty neat, too.
    So, yeah, definitely get this. [​IMG]
    NP: Art Pepper, Intensity, DCC Gold CD

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