Roxy & Elsewhere [Digital]

Roxy & Elsewhere [Digital]

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by The Mothers of Invention
     
 

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After his affair with jazz fusion (Waka/Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo, both released in 1972), Frank Zappa came back in late 1973 with an album of simple rock songs, Over-Nite Sensation. But the temptation for more challenging material didn't take long to resurface and, after a transitional LP (Apostrophe, earlySee more details below

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After his affair with jazz fusion (Waka/Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo, both released in 1972), Frank Zappa came back in late 1973 with an album of simple rock songs, Over-Nite Sensation. But the temptation for more challenging material didn't take long to resurface and, after a transitional LP (Apostrophe, early 1974), he unleashed a double LP (reissued on one CD) of his most complex music, creating a bridge between his comedy rock stylings and Canterbury-style progressive rock. Three-quarters of the album was recorded live at the Roxy in Hollywood and extensively overdubbed in the studio later. Only three tracks ("Dummy Up," "Son of Orange County," and "More Trouble Every Day"), taken from other concerts, are 100 percent live. The band is comprised of George Duke (keyboards), Tom Fowler (bass), Ruth Underwood (percussion), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Walt Fowler (trumpet), Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals), and Chester Thompson (drums) -- drummer Ralph Humphrey, keyboardist Don Preston, and guitarist Jeff Simmons appear on the non-Roxy material. The sequence "Echidna's Arf (Of You)"/"Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?" stands as Zappa's most difficult rock music and provides quite a showcase for Underwood. Other highlights include "Penguin in Bondage" and "Cheepnis," a horror movie tribute. All the pieces were premiere recordings, except for "More Trouble Every Day" and "Son of Orange County," a revamped, slowed down "Orange County Lumber Truck"/"Oh No." Compared to the man's previous live recordings (Fillmore East: June 1971, Just Another Band from L.A.), this one sounds fantastic, finally providing an accurate image of the musicians' virtuosity. For fans of Zappa's intricate material like "RDNZL," "The Black Page," or "Inca Roads," this album is a must-have. [A digital download of the album was released in 2012.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2012
Label:
Zappa Records
UPC:
0824302385227
catalogNumber:
3852
Rank:
3759

Tracks

  1. Penguin In Bondage  -  Mothers of Invention
  2. Pygmy Twylyte  -  Mothers of Invention
  3. Dummy Up  -  Mothers of Invention
  4. Village of the Sun  -  Mothers of Invention
  5. Echidna's Arf (of You)  -  Mothers of Invention
  6. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?  -  Mothers of Invention
  7. Cheepnis  -  Mothers of Invention
  8. Son of Orange County  -  Mothers of Invention
  9. More Trouble Every Day  -  Mothers of Invention
  10. Be-Bop Tango (of the Old Jazzmen's Church)  -  Mothers of Invention

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