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That's likely Max Bennett.

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On 12/24/2019 at 2:27 PM, felser said:
On 12/24/2019 at 6:29 AM, BFrank said:

 I'm sure Frank would be very unhappy that this set was released.

Backed up by the fact that he never did release anything like this during his own lifetime, and it was not released until 25 years after his passing.  

Nobody releases albums with rough mixes and demo versions during their "active" years, no surprise here. When exactly it was released after FZ's passing is irrelevant as far as the "validity" of such a release is concerned - Zappa was not in charge anymore. There were only three posthumous albums that he slated for release before his death - "Civilization Part III", "Lost Episodes" and "Trance-Fusion". 50 more were released since then. Whether he would have wanted these released now is unknowable. I suspect McCartney and Ringo would have shuddered at the thought of releasing Abbey Road demos in 1970. In 2019 they seem to be just fine with this. 

I am glad these sessions were released. I am not interested in a physical release, but they are worth listening to a couple of times, and hearing how the tunes we know progressed in the studio is quite fascinating. There is a lot of jamming with some good solos that did not make it to the album. And it's a nice touch to start the set with "Piano Music", one of my favorite Zappa compositions.  

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I listened to snippets available at amazon and was very impressed. Now I need this. Badly.

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On 12/25/2019 at 7:03 AM, Д.Д. said:

Nobody releases albums with rough mixes and demo versions during there "active" years, no surprise here. When exactly it was released after FZ's passing is irrelevant as far as the "validity" of such a release is concerned - Zappa was not in charge anymore. There were only two posthumous albums that he slated for release before his death - "Civilization Part III" and "Trance-Fusion". Whether he would have wanted these released now, we can't know. I suspect McCartney and Ringo would have shuddered at the thought of releasing Abbey Road demos in 1970. In 2019 they seem to be just fine with this. 

I am glad these sessions were released. I am not interested in a physical release, but they are worth listening to a couple of times, and hearing how the tunes we know progressed in the studio is quite fascinating. And it's a nice touch to start the set with Piano Music, one of my favorite Zappa compositions.  

I pretty much agree with this assessment. I don't have a problem with releasing this material, I just don't find it very interesting.

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I saw a similar lineup (w/Flo & Eddie) in 71 at Pauley Pavillion, UCLA when they recorded "Just Another Band from L.A."

After the Hot Rats disappointment, I'd have to see what's in this set before thinking about getting it.

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The prospect of these '70 leftovers fills me with inertia.

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That was a very good band with a quite interesting mix of ingredients with which to make music. 200 Motels had a lot of really good moments, and the two live albums from them have long been favorites. Even with all of the now-creepy sexual fetishisms, that was a really good band.

Color me curious (whatever color that is?).

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1 hour ago, JSngry said:

 

Color me curious (whatever color that is?).

Me too, but nowhere near $60 curious.

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In my phone interview with Frank Zappa in 1989, I remember that he described the group with Flo & Eddie as "not really a great band, but we had a lot of laughs." 

In any case, I'll have to pick up this set. 

 

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Ainsley Dunbar's presence makes it worth a couple of listens once it's on Spotify. 

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I like most Zappa from the beginning until "Zappa In New York" but those Flo and Eddie sides elude me. What's the deal here? Those guys can't sing, nor they are funny. The crazed fan who injured FZ in 1971 and forced him to change direction did world a great favour, in hindsight.

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3 hours ago, sambrasa said:

I like most Zappa from the beginning until "Zappa In New York" but those Flo and Eddie sides elude me. What's the deal here? Those guys can't sing, nor they are funny. The crazed fan who injured FZ in 1971 and forced him to change direction did world a great favour, in hindsight.

They cretainly could sing, just chose not to on those albums.  I don't disagree with the sentiment that the change in direction did musical good ("Waka/Jawaka" and "The Grand Wazoo" are favorites), though sorry for Zappa's injury on many levels.

 

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4 hours ago, sambrasa said:

...those Flo and Eddie sides elude me.

Me too. I’m good with about 70% of Zappa’s output (and 40-50% I’m really quite fond of). But the Flo & Eddie years never really grabbed me.

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Can't help anybody with "liking" it, that's for you to decide, but "getting" it is not really difficult, imo - it's profane (quite) comedic (subjective) pop opera.

Have we all seen 200 Motels, I mean, seen it? That's it right there.

connect the dots backwards (w/o too much difficulty) to something like this:

and/or this in a bit of a way:

then retool it for a traveling rockbandshow. THIS is what you get:

and oh yeah - The Turtles...if all you know are the hits...don't kid yourself. Those cats had (or at least developed) a conceptual streak several miles wide, and not at all incompatable with Zappa's.

None of this shit happened in a vacuum, that's all I'm saying.

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9 hours ago, JSngry said:

then retool it for a traveling rockbandshow. THIS is what you get:

 

Well, I guess you could make a point comparing bad Zappa to bad Stockhausen. Perhaps you might want to illustrate it with a superior version of "Billy the Mountain" (with excellent Don Preston solo at 22:30):

One thing that Zappa liked in Kaylan and Volman was that they were good sight readers, and he gave them some tough ones to sing. According to Kaylan, Zappa was even willing to tolerate their getting high (permanently) because this did not affect their performance. 

Good Zappa, on the other hand...:

 

  

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On 5/12/2020 at 7:05 PM, Д.Д. said:

Well, I guess you could make a point comparing bad Zappa to bad Stockhausen. Perhaps you might want to illustrate it with a superior version of "Billy the Mountain" (with excellent Don Preston solo at 22:30):

One thing that Zappa liked in Kaylan and Volman was that they were good sight readers, and he gave them some tough ones to sing. According to Kaylan, Zappa was even willing to tolerate their getting high (permanently) because this did not affect their performance. 

Good Zappa, on the other hand...:

 

  

Thank you for posting the Dog Breath Variations and Uncle Meat.  Not only did I enjoy this clip immensely, but I found the entire Yellow Shark performance from Frankfurt on Youtube.  

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On 5/12/2020 at 8:05 PM, Д.Д. said:

Well, I guess you could make a point comparing bad Zappa to bad Stockhausen. Perhaps you might want to illustrate it with a superior version of "Billy the Mountain" (with excellent Don Preston solo at 22:30):

One thing that Zappa liked in Kaylan and Volman was that they were good sight readers, and he gave them some tough ones to sing. According to Kaylan, Zappa was even willing to tolerate their getting high (permanently) because this did not affect their performance. 

Good Zappa, on the other hand...:

 

  

Sorry, but that's not Don Preston playing that excellent solo on "Billy The Mountain", that was Bob Harris(1), who replaced Don Preston in the Mothers in 1971 for the tour that included the "Live at the Fillmore East" album. Harris was the son of "Tonight Show" trumpet player Maurice Harris, and was an unusual presence in the MOI, because he was a hard bop playing, lifetime junkie. I don't know if Zappa knew that he was a user.

Harris played his Wurlitzer on that BTM solo, the favorite instrument of Ray Charles, his idol, who he jokingly called, 'that genius n-word'. Harris spent a few years on the road with the Ray Charles Band when Marcus Belgrave was in the band. Harris was also the husband of singer/songwriter Judee Sill, and did some of the arrangements on Sill's self-titled first album. I have the "Playground Psychotics" CD, and Harris' solo is my fave part of the album.

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14 hours ago, sgcim said:

Sorry, but that's not Don Preston playing that excellent solo on "Billy The Mountain", that was Bob Harris(1), who replaced Don Preston in the Mothers in 1971 for the tour that included the "Live at the Fillmore East" album. Harris was the son of "Tonight Show" trumpet player Maurice Harris, and was an unusual presence in the MOI, because he was a hard bop playing, lifetime junkie. I don't know if Zappa knew that he was a user.

Harris played his Wurlitzer on that BTM solo, the favorite instrument of Ray Charles, his idol, who he jokingly called, 'that genius n-word'. Harris spent a few years on the road with the Ray Charles Band when Marcus Belgrave was in the band. Harris was also the husband of singer/songwriter Judee Sill, and did some of the arrangements on Sill's self-titled first album. I have the "Playground Psychotics" CD, and Harris' solo is my fave part of the album.

Oh, thanks for the correction, my bad. 

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