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Burnt Weeny Sandwich

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Named after the burnt Hebrew National hot dog sandwich that Zappa enjoyed, Burnt Weeny Sandwich consists of previously unreleased recordings with the original Mothers Of Invention, who Zappa had disbanded before the album's release in 1970. The albums begins and end with vintage covers, "WPLJ" by the Salinas, California R&B group, the Four Deuces, and "Valarie," a 1960 hit for the doo-wop group, Jackie & The Starlites. In between, Zappa worked out several of his most intricate instrumental works to date, including the near 19-minute opus, "Little House I Used To Live," which consists of multiple movements and beautiful piano work from key Zappa contributor, Ian Underwood. The instrumentals on side one are brief by comparison, with several — "Igor's Boogie" (in two phases, a tribute to one of Zappa's heroes, classical composer Igor Stravinski) and "Overture To A Holiday in Berlin" — working as brief interludes to the lengthier instrumental works, "Theme From Burnt Weeny Sandwich," "Holiday In Berlin, Full-Blown" and "Aybe Sea."

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I am so happy that this music has been released on iTunes.
It has been a long time since I've listened to this album and I like it even better now then I did when I first heard it 35 years ago.

Good Stuff

Easily some of Zappa's best work from his Mother's era. Great to see Frank finally made it to iTunes.

Instrumental Heaven!

Instrumental - Musical highlights include "Holiday in Berlin Full Blown", "Little House I Used to Live In" (wicked violin solo by Sugar Cane Harris), and "Theme from Burnt Weeny Sandwich" (one of FZ's early standout guitar pieces - beautifully melodic and a sign of greatness to come). Though the album is best listened to straight through beginning to end.


Genre: Rock

The Mothers of Invention were led by composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa, 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 the Mothers were called a rock & roll band for much of their years together, Zappa used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music. As if his music were not challenging...
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