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The Man From Utopia
The Man From Utopia

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What can you do that;s fantastic?, 16 Feb 2007
This review is from: The Man From Utopia (Audio CD)
Steve Vai, erstwhile student of Joe Satriani, was looking for his break and decided to plug himself to Zappa by sending him a transcription of one of Zappa's guitar solos.

Zappa was impressed and called young Vai to the studio. As it says above, Zappa entrusted the new guitarist with nothing so mundane as transcribing further solos, but instead, transcribing Zappa's improvised vocal "melodies" (Dangerous Kitchen & Party Hats). Thus the guitaring on these tracks. Not only did Vai transcribe them, he played them, too.

Technical ability above and beyond... Just what Zappa liked from his musicians.

There is some good music on this album, but, as hinted at, this is not an accessible album.

When talking to Tony Palmer a few months after Zappa's death, Palmer told me he believed Zappa was never the composer he wanted to be. He said that Zappa yearned to be recognised by the cogniscenti of the classical world.

I don't know about that, but if he wanted to be taken seriously, then he should perhaps have steered clear of the sort of lyrical content albums such as this contain.

Irreverent, funny, silly and sometimes witty, the words will either please you or annoy you, but the music remains a tribute to Zappa and the musos he was able to attract throughout his life.

The brave will buy - the meek: stay away.
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What A Bunch Of Sweeties
What A Bunch Of Sweeties
Price: 8.59

5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Slime 57, but..., 10 Oct 2003
After my impromptu review, I saw Slime's and it is much better.
However, I think it is worth pointing out that Larry Wallsi (the guitarist whose name I forgot in my review, the Fairies' replacement for Paul Rudolph) never played for Motorhead, and, to my knowledge, Paul Rudolph never played for Hawkwind. Being a bassist, it is more likely that Sandy (Duncan Sanderson) played in the absense of Lemmy, although, again, I doubt it...
I saw the Fairies in 1976 in Maidenhead, Russel was still on drums and Sandy still on bass.
I saw Motorhead a couple of years later in Slough and there was a band supporting called Radio Stars (I think) and Sandy was playing bass for them. I would like to take this opportunity to stick a couple of fingers up at Lemmy for calling the audience "bog eyed fuckers" at that gig for not recognising Sandy. I did... So there...
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What A Bunch Of Sweeties
What A Bunch Of Sweeties
Price: 8.59

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeties? You'd be surprised, 10 Oct 2003
The Pink Fairies second release, this album, while perhaps lacking the vast inventiveness of the first, Never Never Land album, is far more representative of the Fairies' live act — raw and highly energised. A pure rock album, with a couple of passing nods to the psychedelia of the time and of the first album's magnificent Uncle Harry's Last Freak Out, What A Bunch Of Sweeties gives us no nonsesnse rock, a few killer hooks and the staggering guitar prowess of Paul Rudolph.
The actual recording quality is low, and one assumes that the band spent a couple of days at most in the studio, but the raw talent of these three guys comes through again and again.
In many ways, predecessors to the punk generation, having evolved from Mick Farren's Deviants, the Fairies were very much a troubador outfit, living for life on the road and shunning the record industry. Unfortunately, despite their incredibly long career (incredible in that anything more than a year of that lifestyle is hard to believe) the Fairies were destined for obscurity and eaking out a meagre living. Despite this, bassist, Duncan Sanderson, and drummer, Russel Hunter, were still playing with the Fairies into the late seventies, with Rudolph's replacement, er... forgotten his name. Damn! And it was going so well...
Those who like British rock really must listen to this album. Highly recommended
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