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Fillmore East - June 1971 (Live)

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Editors’ Notes

With the original Mothers of Invention but a memory, Frank Zappa forged ahead with the help of Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan ("Flo & Eddie" to future generations), who reprise their hit with the Turtles, "Happy Together," when they aren't illustrating Zappa's mean satire and deliberately juvenile jokes. Many of the songs were left out of the Zappa movie, 200 Motels. "The Mud Shark" is a legendary rock 'n' roll tale about a reported interaction with members of Vanilla Fudge and Led Zeppelin and their groupies. While the humor serves as a novelty to attract listeners, it's the music that resonates decades on. Ian Underwood's keys and woodwinds, Bob Harris' keyboards, Don Preston's Moog synthesizer and Zappa's versatile guitar work make the challenging instrumentals, "Little House I Used To Live In" and "Peaches En Regalia," and the two-parts of the choir-funky "Willie the Pimp" rewarding experiences that only Zappa could've worked into a set that also features the outlandish blues of "What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?" and the spoken word/ rock opera / comic sketches, "Bwana Dik" and "Do You Like My New Car?"

Customer Reviews

I was there

No one was prepared for the plainly pornographic - and hilarious - lyrics, delivered by ex-Turtles Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman with an unreserved raunchiness that all but overwhelmed the band's brilliant playing, featuring one of the earliest instances of an on-stage Moog synthesizer. When John and Yoko joined them for the encore, the theatre nearly levitated. (Though not included here, it can be found on their "Sometime in New York" LP.)

Willie the Pimp, Pt. 2...

The fuzz on this guitar is enough to rattle your teeth. CD versions of this album left out the second part to my disappointment. It's great to see it back in tact. When I was a kid, I memorized every single routine on this album verbatim. I think I still know it all. It had a rhythm all its own. Fun and brilliant album along with "Just Another Band From L.A."

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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