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Roxy & Elsewhere [Original recording remastered]

Frank Zappa, Frank Zappa & the Mothers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B0000009SK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woof 7 Mar 2005
By tabitha
Format:Audio CD
All I can really say is that the way Echidna's Arf (Of You) and Don't You Ever Wash That Thing? melt into each other is really worth buying this CD for. How a band can be so spectacularly tight while playing such complex, techincal music (Echidna's Arf has so many timing changes in three minutes it's unreal) is just impossible to comprehend. Make sure to be seated for this one for your own safety (if the urge to dance in a manic fashion takes over, then make sure there is a responsible adult present to clear up the mess).
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 30 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the only easily available recording of what is generally referred to as 'the Roxy group'
The mind bendingly proficient band resond to Zappa's every twitch and provide a truly blistering performance. The mix is excellent and one can really feel the thrill of this superlative live event.
No wonder then that the forthcoming DVD is awaited with such bated breath.
George Duke rightly regards this as one of Zappa's finest live documents and listening now can hardly believe he was actually there and contributing to such a massive, complex and beautiful sound.
All Zappa fans must own this object of beauty.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best zappa album money can buy - buy it now 29 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is Zappa at it's best. This album has a precise and acurate quality which is not only rare on a live album, but when you consider it was recorded in 1972, it's a miracle. This was the first Zappa I ever came across and still my favourite. It mixes jazz, be bop, tango, penguins in bondage and loads of audience participation. Rude, funny and interesting. I'm lost for words to summarise the greatness of this fine creation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtuosity Gone Mad 31 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
As a statement of Frank Zappa's commitment to perfection this album is hard to beat. It's known that Zappa would rehearse his musicians for eight hour a day for three months before hitting the road and it really shows. His arrangements were so meticulous that this kind of dedication was absolutely required. Not only that but he would change and augment performances in mid flow with a single gesture so every single musician had to be not only first class but also incredibly observant and focussed.

And this is what we get on the legendary 'Roxy and Elsewhere' album - a recording of a virtuoso concert performance for television broadcast.

Everything 'Zappa' is here. Impossibly dextrous instrumental pieces, hilarious preambles, avant subject matter and intensely electrifying guitar from the man himself.

There's no wonder people have been wanting to see a DVD of this gig. I myself emailed Gail Zappa some years ago to find out whether the footage was still around to which she replied "Have a look on Ebay".

But we still have this recording of what became known as 'The Roxy' Band. If you like Zappa and haven't heard it then why not? And if you want to hear more from this lineup you must also buy 'You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Volume 2' which features a whole gig by the band in Helsinki.

George Duke himself said he'd never played in a band that tight. And that in itself is one hell of a recommendation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Live Album Ever Told 18 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
I hate live albums, they never seem to deliver the goods in terms of studio versions of the content. In this case (along with Live Dead), I shall make an exception. If I had only ten discs from which I could choose to take to a desert island, Roxy would certainly be among them. The musicianship is outstanding, real 'event horizon' stuff. Then you have the humour. Zappa was so exacting that I doubt very much if the content album could have been better recorded in the studio - that's the magic of Zappa and that's the magic of music. Love it to bits!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, It really is that good. 16 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
The musicianship is so good on this album one can scarcely believe it is a live recording. Its no wonder that lovers of rock, avant-guard, jazz and progressive music have all hold this recording in such high esteem. There is little doubt that the musicians on this recording go to make up the best band that Zappa ever played with. Like Ajax of the 70's or the classic Brazilian football team the only thing that could outshine the individual excellence of this band is the collective brilliance. But don't think of tiring musicians, tongues in the corners of their mouths, faces screwed up in concentration: this is effortless - fun.
There are parts of this reordering where I spontaneously applaud - I cant help myself. It really is that good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I need a little more cheepnis!! 14 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
This incarnation of the Mothers(with George Duke,Napoleon Murphy Brock and Ruth Underwood as the core)was one of the best,and this material,mostly from Los Angeles in 1973,is fantastic.The sequence of "Village of the Sun","Echidna's Arf" and "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?" is truly wonderful-and remember the musicians did it all from memory,no charts.

FZ's humour,not of the cheesy sexist variety so common on his late 1970s albums,is well displayed on "Penguin in Bondage" and "Cheepnis",his contempt for Nixon(this was recorded while touring the US during the Watergate crisis)shows up on "Son of Orange County"-a good reworking of "Oh No"-and there's more musical gymnastics on "Be Bop Tango".

This band is also the band on YCDTOSA Vol.2,recorded in Helsinki in 1974.If I had to choose between them.....mmm,I'd have to go for"Roxy and Elsewhere".However,if you have the readies,try both of 'em.

There are persistent rumours that a DVD of the Roxy shows is imminent,so there may well be some more of this incarnation of the Mothers released soon.If you are a completist,there's more of the 1973-74 band on YCDTOSA

Vol 1 and 4.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic after all these years
Zappa had a great team for this one and the music is fantastic. This was a replacement for me as I had worn out my old one!
Published 5 months ago by Leon Frampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Frank
Frank at his imperious best with a good live vibe & looking forward to seeing Dweezil play it next month!!
Published 5 months ago by Steve Crompton
5.0 out of 5 stars roxy and elsewhere
What a talent. Such a shame he's no longer with us. Dweezil tries but will never quite fit his dads shoes.
Published 10 months ago by william miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous live recording of band and audience having fun!
Wonderful. Great to hear Zappa's rapport with the audience, his playful introductions to some of the songs, but most of all the brilliant playing and singing throughout. Read more
Published 14 months ago by pastewort
5.0 out of 5 stars transports me back to the 70s
love this cd, used to have it on cassette when it first came out, played it so much it started to warp, then got chewed up by my machine, been looking for a copy for 30 odd years.
Published 17 months ago by shakey
4.0 out of 5 stars They don't do that on stage any more
Okay, FZ was not above some creative post-production editing of live material, but - damn! - this shiitake is tight! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Earnest Mann
4.0 out of 5 stars Zappa Roxy and Elsewhere
This is very much of its time but for a live album the musicianship is extraordinary. If you have not indulged in Zappa music before I suggest you try two tracks in particular... Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2010 by Mr. W. Allbrook
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't it annoy you...
....when, on a 'live' album they use 'fade outs' on certain numbers.....it happens twice here and destroys the 'live' feel.... Read more
Published on 9 July 2010 by Anon/Devon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his very best
Zappa and Mothers are doing their very best in this live album. It's very funny and contains some of Frank Zappas best guitar playing. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2009 by Soren Persson
5.0 out of 5 stars Mothers' Finest
Excellent! This is a musically challenging combination of both vocal and instrumental tracks with elements of both jazz. rock and more popular music. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2009 by Ulrik Jungersen Walther
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