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Editors’ Notes

Frank Zappa released two live albums in succession documenting his tour with the Mothers of Invention incarnation that featured Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (known as Flo & Eddie) getting plenty silly. The first set, Fillmore East: June 1971, included songs left out of the film 200 Motels. The second set, Just Another Band From L.A., was recorded live at the Pauley Pavilion at UCLA in Los Angeles on August 7, 1971. The first side of the original album consisted of the side-long "Billy The Mountain," an elaborate and confusing story that satirizes the rise of the rock opera by settling on rudimentary riffs and an over-the-top theater delivery that would give the players in Waiting For Guffman pause. Side two reinvents two Zappa classics, Absolutely Free's "Call Any Vegetable" and Uncle Meat's "Dog Breath," with Zappa providing guitar solos that further his legend. While Volman and Kaylan take centerstage through the performance, it should be noted that bassist Jim Pons, drummer Aynsley Dunbar, and keyboardists Don Preston and Ian Underwood provide seamless backing throughout.

Customer Reviews

save yourself from a bad trip

billy the mountain will save your soul from tunneling into the bad dark places for about a half hour. Two &C&E can be horrible in a larger dose. this was a radioairbag

From bwanago march 13 2013

I first heard this album back in 1978 and still use some of its lyrics in my day to day vocabulary. These guys were having too much fun doing what they were born to do...parody everything.
Oops, out of time according to my Dudly Do-Right wrist watch ( with flexy bracelet)...

Twirly Twirly Twirly

If you like the first Mothers live album with Flo & Eddie, you’ll love this album too.

I listened to it over and over back in the 80’s when I was a kid and I can still recite almost every silly line of Billy The Mountain and Eddie, Are You Kidding and Call Any Vegetable. Amazing backup band and friggin hilarious fun.

Treat yourself to the adventures of Studebaker Hock, fantastic new superhero of the current economic slump and later, if you call any vegetable, the vegetable will respond to you.

A Jolly good fun time for smart people who are slightly warped.

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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