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Chunga's Revenge marks the debut of Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (among several other musicians) with the Mothers, and while their schtick has not reached the graphic proportions it later would, the thematic obsessions of the 200 Motels period are foreshadowed on tracks like "Road Ladies" and "Would You Go All the Way?" Other vocal numbers include the hard-rocking "Tell Me You Love Me," the musicians' union satire "Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink," and the doo wop-influenced "Sharleena." Meanwhile, Frank Zappa's strong instrumental music incorporates Eastern European influences ("Transylvania Boogie"), cocktail jazz ("Twenty Small Cigars"), and the percussion-only "The Clap." Zappa's guitar tone is wonderfully biting and nasty throughout; George Duke provides another musical highlight by scat-singing a "drum solo." But while there are plenty of fine moments, Chunga's Revenge is in the end more of a hodgepodge transitional album, with less coherence than Zappa's other 1969-1970 works. Still, it will appeal to fans of that creatively fertile period in Zappa's oeuvre.
Performance CreditsFrank Zappa Primary Artist,Guitar,Drums,Harpsichord,Tom-Tom,Vocals,Wood Block,Temple Blocks,Boobams
George Duke Organ,Trombone,Electric Piano
Jeff Simmons Bass,Vocals
Aynsley Dunbar Drums,Tambourine
Max Bennett Bass
John Guerin Drums
Don "Sugarcane" Harris Organ
Ian Underwood Organ,Piano,Trombone,Rhythm Guitar,Electric Piano,Tenor Saxophone,Pipe organ,Piano (Grand),Wah Wah Pedal
Flo & Eddie Vocals
Technical CreditsStan Agol Engineer
Roy Thomas Baker Engineer
Frank Zappa Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dick Kunc Engineer
Cal Schenkel Illustrations,Cover Design
Phil Franks Cover Photo
Michael Mesker Layout
John Williams Back Cover