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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live music like you don't get anymore, 16 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Ahead Of Their Time (Audio CD)
This is an album cataloguing an entire show by the original 60s Mothers. the first half is devoted to a musical comedy play that Frank put together instead of a support band. It lacks the visual element, but Frank provides commentary in the inlay. The second half is what Frank describes as an average Mothers show, but to me it's got great, solid, performances of some of FZ's best music. A true treat, as many of Frank's live albums contained edits and overdubs - this is completely live and sequential. If you want to hear a live show by what many call Frank's only "real" band, this is the way to go.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original MOI live in 1968., 26 Mar 2010
This review is from: Ahead Of Their Time (Audio CD)
This is an entire show from London in 1968 by the original-and in the opinion of many,the best-incarnation of the Mothers of Invention.In the liner notes,FZ says that this is "a fair-not outstanding" show.
I beg to differ.As there's hardly any officially released live material by MOI Mk.1-some of YCDTOSA Vol.1 and 5,some of "Weasels" and "The Ark" from "Beat The Boots"-there isn't much to compare it to,but it's great.It consists of a play,loosely based on the then-recent ban on contraception by Pope Paul VI.This is funny and there's some good music,but it is of it's time and very dated.The second half of the CD is a completely instrumental set,showing the original MOI in all their glory.The highlight is the complete "Orange County Lumber Truck" but the versions of "Oh No","King Kong" and "Sleeping In A Jar" are pretty tasty too.
If you're interested in the original MOI,this is well worth having.If you're totally new to FZ's music of the late 1960s,get "Uncle Meat","We're Only In It For The Money" or "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" first-then get this!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete 1968 show from the early Mothers, 23 Jan 2004
This review is from: Ahead Of Their Time (Audio CD)
As mentioned in the other review, this disc is in two halves - a "cheesy little psychodrama" called "Progress?" and a standard Mothers rock show. Some of this material turned up on "Weasels Ripped my Flesh" (about six minutes of it), but it's great to hear the whole thing in sequence. "Progress?" doubtless loses some of its impact without visuals, but it's the second half that's the real highlight here - tight, mostly instrumental workouts of the Mothers' "hits" knocked out one after the other. It kicks off with what I believe to be the finest rendition of "King Kong" in Zappa's catalogue and finishes with a storming guitar solo during "The Orange County Lumber Truck". If you're a fan of the early Mothers you'll be amazed at the playing on this disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You had to be there........, 27 May 2010
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James Mcintyre "jamesmcintyre42" (St Neots Cambridgeshire England) - See all my reviews
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I was lucky enough to be at this gig..though i was only 15 and didnt totally understand the humour...mind you im not sure many did..this was an hilarious evening...various Mothers leeping around the hall and sitting in the audience

This cd brought it all back to me...and musically its top notch

Jim
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