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Zappa, anyone?

Discussion in 'Progressive Rock' started by Sasquatch, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. unclemeat

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    well well i just found this forum and what i see in the tread zappa.... hehe saw him first time in 69 in quebec city there is a picture for those that got the 200 motels album with a guy with some sort of dustbuster set up that examine the link of the coliseum i got about 50 albums of him
    well my name say it all
     
  2. The Rover

    The Rover 'Ol Timer

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    Just get this DVD -- out May 1st ! ! ! ! ! !

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    Full Live Performances

    Tracks
    1. Dinah-Moe Humm
    2. I'm the Slime
    3. Montana
    4. St Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast
    5. Dirty Love
    6. Cosmic Debris
    7. Stink-Foot

    "This is where you go to find every aspect of Frank's music squeezed into two perfectly formed records." - Dweezil Zappa. This new addition to Eagle Vision's acclaimed Classic Albums series focuses on Frank Zappa's early-'70s albums OVERNITE SENSATION (1973) and APOSTROPHE (') (1974). Together they encapsulate Zappa's extraordinary musical diversity, and were also the two most commercially successful albums that he released in his prolific career. As ever, the program uses interviews, musical demonstrations, rare archive and home movie footage, plus live performances to tell the story behind the conception and recording of these groundbreaking albums.

    Source: Eagle Rock Entertainment
     
  3. Martha Washington

    Martha Washington eat it! it's GOOD for you

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    they showed the bulk of that on VH1's classic albums and I really enjoyed it.
    those full performances make that a very tempting purchase.

    this old zappa fan especially enjoyed seeing Ruth Underwood, whose entire musical career was pretty much playing for zappa. she plays a passage on her xylophone and shows the sheet music and explains what it is she likes about it. "I made three mistakes - one for each decade since I stopped playing"
    Great show. I really loved that band. nice to see napoleon murphey brock backing up Dweezil.
     
  4. chick draper

    chick draper I've been En-eagled!

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    That DVD sounds like a must! Those are probably my 2 favorite Zappa albums, although I'm also quite fond of the aforementioned "Roxy and Elsewhere". It is almost impossible to believe, in 2007, that they actually played that stuff on the radio here regularly back when it was new!

    Dweezil recently came through town with an incredible line up of alumni, including Napoleon Murhpy Brock, doing all of Frank's stuff. Very sorry I missed that! But I saw them a few times back in the day, so I'll always have that, I guess. They are going to be at the Wiltern in August, Madame First Lady.

    He was, truly, a genius!

    "...At st. alphonzo's pancake breakfast
    Where i stole the margarine
    And wheedled on the bingo cards
    In lieu of the latrine..."
     
  5. Joey Self

    Joey Self A Voice Of Reason

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    I have owned or heard about 30 Zappa albums, and find him to be one of the more frustrating artists of our time. He needed someone like a George Martin or Lennon/McCartney to help him curb his excesses. The juvenile jokes and smug humor wears thin after awhile, and for such an enlightened guy, his misogyny was a real blind spot.

    But, the reason I have invested so much time and money in Zappa's work is that I usually find something on each album that is worth the effort. The guitar playing--and usually the work of the entire band--is sometimes nothing short of amazing. And I give him credit for experimenting, even when those efforts don't interest me much.

    JcS
     
  6. Gearjammer

    Gearjammer Devout Heathen

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    Well, here is a question I have been meaning to ask for a while.........If you were to pick one album as a starting point, which one would you choose. I have been interested in giving his work a listen, but really don't know much of it except for little bit that gets airplay. What's a good starting album for the uninitiated Zappa listener?
     
  7. Martha Washington

    Martha Washington eat it! it's GOOD for you

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    I recently saw a show and Dweezil said "Overnight Sensation" is the best place to start. I'll pretty much defer to Dweezil though I share Joey's concern about Zappa's lyrics and this seems to be when the bottom really falls out on the sex stuff.

    but..
    what the hell. it's rock and roll and zappa needed his niche. he sure found it. the lyrics are funny/dirty, the songs are catchy and the band is loaded with chops.

    you could do worse.
     
  8. Joey Self

    Joey Self A Voice Of Reason

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    I'd say APOSTROPHE is the best place to start. It has some hot guitar playing (especially the title track) and some examples of the Zappa humor that don't plunge into the depths of the sophomoric realm.

    Well, OK, "Don't You Eat The Yellow Snow" is pretty juvenile, but FZ did much worse, and much less amusing.

    After that, I'd point someone to THE BEST BAND YOU NEVER HEARD IN YOUR LIFE, a live disc from the late 80's (I think), with some incredible tracks, including a white-hot "The Torture Never Stops."

    Any of the first three albums with the Mothers aren't bad entry points, either.

    JcS
     
  9. Martha Washington

    Martha Washington eat it! it's GOOD for you

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  10. Music Wench

    Music Wench Rock and Roll Grandma

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    Thanks for that, Martha! I LOVE Adrian Belew, Frank Zappa and David Bowie. Glad to have found this blog. :cheers:
     

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