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Fillmore East June 1971 [Limited Edition, Import]

Frank Zappa, Frank Zappa & the Mothers Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (16 Aug 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B000AA4IH6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,494,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little House I Used To...
2. The Mud Shark
3. What Kind Of Girl Do...
4. Bwana Dik
5. Latex Solar Beef
6. Willie The Pimp, Part One
7. Do You Like My New Car?
8. Happy Together
9. Lonesome Electric Turkey
10. Peaches En Regalia
11. Tears Began To Fall

Product Description

FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHER OF INVENTION Fillmore East (2001 Japanese exclusive limited edition 12-track CD live album originally released in 1971 this issue features the 1995 Ryko remaster. Comes in a replica mini LP style card picture sleeve complete with fold-out lyric insert in English & Japanese replica inner sleeve and obi-strip VACK-1213)
***Limited to 2000 copies only***

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Explicit lyrics and extremely good music 1 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
First, let's get one thing clear. Lead singers Flo & Eddie - or should I say, Mark and Howard - cannot take the blame for Zappa's turn towards X-rated vaudeville at the beginning of the 1970s. Though they contributed bits and pieces to the lyrics and concepts, it's clear that he had already chosen his new direction...and created his "horny, groupie-abusing pop star" characters. All he needed was a not-too-glamorous pair of ex-pop stars to play them...enter "that guy with grey hair and the other one who's too fat".
This album is dominated by the "Groupie Opera" - a song sequence that had been evolving on tour since mid-1970 and which was considered as an ingredient in the 200 Motels film. Had it been included, the film would probably have been X-rated, which wouldn't have pleased United Artists.
This isn't the place to go into detail about the music-biz in-jokes contained therein - the shark story is well known (clue: it involved Led Zeppelin as well as Vanilla Fudge); the groupie who insisted on being sung to, in exchange for personal services has also been identified (in one of Pamela Des Barres' books). I daresay the enchilada-and-donkey story is also true, but I can't prove it. Nor is it the place to go into detail about the allusions to vintage pornography or the more bizarre sexual metaphors coined by Frank himself.
What's not said often enough is that this Groupie Opera - unlike some of Frank's more frivolous theater pieces such as "Billy The Mountain" (Just Another Band From LA) and "the Sofa Suite" (Swiss Cheese-Fire!) - is actually very substantial, as a piece of music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RELEASED THE RIGHT WAY, AT LAST 15 Aug 2012
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Finally, the original analogue masters were directly transferred foe this new edition of Frank Zappa's live album at the Fillmore. When compared to other group's recordings at the same venue (Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers), it sounds a little mediocre in terms of sound quality, but it is an interesting album anyway. The previous Ryko release featured FZ remaster, loaded with digital reverb and noise reduction procedures that really affected the sound quality for bad. This reissue brings us the original mix, which sounds more natural, warmer, with a richer bottom end, and with "Willie The Pimp, part two", that had been inexplicably erased in the previous CD edition (actually, it had been deleted to make the last track of Side A segue into Side B).
The artwork is almost exactly the same of the Ryko release, except for the CD label design and the Zappa Records' logo. The Ryko release used a thicker paper for the booklet, as I recall.
An improved release, with great sound. Remarkable remastering job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's Willie..? 5 Sep 2011
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Evidently not an 'FZ approved master' this one: disappointed to find track 1, side 2 (Willie the Pimp Part 2) missing.

Part 1 used to fade out at the end of side 1 of the long-player ..and fade in again on the flipside as Part 2, effectively an overture to the resumption of dialogue between Flo & Eddie. Probably an administrative oversight, a clerical error - why bother to mess with Willie..?

Still, nice to have it playing again - one of the few we'd play right through in '72. A scabrous classic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I'm glad that this Zappa recording is still available, but it's not a vital contribution to the development of either rock music or comedic theatre. The humour is, frankly, very teenage schoolboy -- i.e. strong sexual content, as it's called these days -- and only raises its interest level when making side-swipes at the cultureof the day (e.g. the Vanilla Fudge and the Edgewater Inn, Seattle).

The standard of musicianship is, as ever, high, when you can discern it. Sadly the recording quality is very low. Musically, Zappa was in some ways his own worst enemy: as soon as he had played a riff once, he was bored with it, so he moved on to another musical theme, to the frustration of much of the audience.

If you want a great Zappa live recording of around the same period, without the blatant sexual humour, but with Captain Beefheart and some outstanding rock music, and much better recorded too, buy BONGO FURY.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother Fu**er!!! Zappa on form!!! 26 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
I recently received this as a Christmas gift, and what a great album it is. Full of Zappa's (and the rest of the band's) HILARIOUS on-stage banter (with a bullet!), this is testimony to a great live act. If you want to hear a fantastic live band, but would rather do it from the comfort of your sofa (N0.1) then this is for you. Consumatley slick performances from the whole band, with the organ playing on the first track being particlarly good. Lots of funny and kitsch Japanese features, worth buying the special edition.
Buy it!!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars onlyme 2 Jan 2014
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nostalgia again , forty two years have gone by already now I have told you about Frank Zappa about his material being sometimes salacious well this one certainly fits the bill , no great music but some crudity in a nudge nudge sort of way
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5.0 out of 5 stars zappa cd 14 July 2013
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hadn't heard this for years,still as good as ever.zappa never fails to deliver as ever top drawer musicians. Quality band.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another one that got away?
Never been what could be classed as a fan of either the 'Mothers' or Frank Zappa and this is the only CD I have as I still maintain it is the best even if it always seems to get... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Possum Pie
5.0 out of 5 stars My Mothers keep me happy!!!
It was so good to hear The mothers live again....a real 70's opera....or at least I think that is an opera ...it tells a story in a musical way.
Published 17 months ago by D. Davie
4.0 out of 5 stars Mothers
I own the original album on vinyl. The cd is very good but some of the tracks end very abruptly NOT like the vinyl.
Published 19 months ago by Paul Mooney
4.0 out of 5 stars the much missed Frank Zappa
This is a review based on my Rykodisc FZ approved remaster from around 1992, so I can't comment on the quality of the new remaster. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2012 by Hugh Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars da white album
ah i remember having to turn the vinyl over at that point where Willie the Pimp stops (yu have 2 do it) and now yu can hear it in one non segueless document of the concert and of... Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2008 by Mr. P. Gamble
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't start here!
If you've not heard Frank's music before, please don't start with this one! Fillmore East is cheesy, tacky, lavatorial and tedious. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2005 by G. Don Fielder
4.0 out of 5 stars A good representation of early Zappa / Mothers
Even as a big fan of Frank, it can be a little difficult to get into thelate 60s stuff. This is not like the classic rock-era albums such asApostrophe of Over-Nite Sensation and... Read more
Published on 22 April 2004 by David Socha
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