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Beat the Boots: The Ark - Boston 1968 (Live)

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

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Album Review

This is a bootleg album, released by Frank Zappa without enhancement, and also available as part of the Beat the Boots! box set. It features a live performance by the Mothers of Invention in July 1968 at the Ark, a club in Boston. Apparently, the Mothers themselves were recording the show, so it appears in adequate sound quality, and it catches the Mothers as they were moving from the doo-wop sound of their Verve albums to Uncle Meat. There is an extended version of "King Kong," from the latter.

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Just because it is Frank

I feel obligated to give it 5 stars. The Sound isn't as bad as it could be, but not up to the FZ quality of sound we are used to... There are however some fun moments here. And I believe this is worth a purchase.

Biography

Born: December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along. As if his music were...
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