About this product
|Artist:||Frank Zappa/Frank Zappa & the Mothers|
|Genre:||Art Rock, Rock & Pop|
1. Little House I Used to Live In
2. The Mud Shark
3. What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?
4. Bwana Dik
5. Latex Solar Beef
6. Willie the Pimp
7. Do You Like My New Car?
8. Happy Together
9. Lonesome Electric Turkey
10. Peaches en Regalia
11. Tears Began to Fall
|Playing Time:||43 min.|
Frank Zappa/Frank Zappa & the Mothers: Frank Zappa; Jim Pons (bass instrument, background vocals); Ian Underwood, Bob Harris (background vocals); Don Preston , Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Aynsley Dunbar.Personnel: Frank Zappa (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Ian Underwood (vocals, guitar, woodwinds, keyboards, wind); Bob Harris (vocals, keyboards); Howard Kaylan, Jim Pons, Mark Volman (vocals); Aynsley Dunbar (guitar, drums); Don Preston (keyboards, mini-Moog synthesizer, Moog synthesizer).Audio Mixer: Toby Foster .Audio Remasterer: Bob Stone.Recording information: Fillmore East, New York, NY (06/1971).This live record was recorded with the Flo & Eddie incarnation of the ever-changing Mothers line-up. The vocal duo, which had considerable chart success as the Turtles, parodied their success as "rock stars" here, and Zappa utilized their soul and doo-wop-style vocals for maximum comedic effect. The set works as a comedy record as much as anything else. They perform their huge hit "Happy Together," but it's done as a goof. Zappa and Flo & Eddie talk over the backbeat like standup comics.Listeners' enjoyment of the record will be directly proportional to their appreciation of funny but gross humor featuring creamed corn, donkeys, hemorrhoids, enchiladas wrapped in pickle sauce, and endless genitalia references. While there are some pieces from previous records ("Peaches En Regalia," and "Willie the Pimp" from HOT RATS) the centerpiece of the record is a loose narrative beginning with "The Mud Shark," a tale of an actual motel in Seattle where people would fish out the window. Though it could hardly be called a commercial record (even its cover is scrawled in pencil), for some bizarre reason, it made it to the Top 40.
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- cwt1954Feb 19, 2008by
Zappa meets the Turtles
This is a rare gem in the Zappa library that shows off his fantastic musical talents as both composer and performer, and also shows off his great sense of the absurd. Flo and Eddie help to make this one of the best live performances ever recorded. I only wish there was film of this concert.
- dbredwing9Feb 8, 2011by
Frank and the Mothers portray members of a rock band
This was a live concept-like album. It was a quick peek behind the curtain of the life of a rock band on the road as narrated by Frank Zappa, and contains many thematic elements that, because of time and budget constraints, couldn't be included on the similar movie 200 Motels. The most famous part of the album is "The Mud Shark", a telling of a story told to Mother Don Preston by some members of Vanilla Fudge about a hotel, Seattle's Edgewater Inn, where guests could fish from their rooms. In the tale, a mud shark is caught by one of the members of Vanilla Fudge or its crew and, when combined with a groupie and a movie camera, depravity ensues. Although not stated in "The Mud Shark," this 1969 incident, now referred to as "the Shark episode," also involved Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham and road manager Richard Cole, with Vanilla Fudge's singer/keyboardist Mark Stein operating the movie camera.Read full review
- thedogpound*phi...Sep 5, 2011by
frank zappa at his best
i owned this album when it was first released in the 70s.loved it then andcan't wait to hear it again after36yrs
- bufffoonAug 12, 2006by
One of my favorite Zappa albums. Great songs, recommend it to all Zappa fans!Live music at it's best. Classic rock.
- royalvilla55Jul 8, 2006by
this is a great album. it has the mud shark story that they talk about on mtv and vh1. frank zappa explains the details at the edgewater inn. it also has howard kaylan and marc volman original members of the turtles, they do a version of happy together. this is a must have album or cd for the frank zappa fan. a true classic.