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on 29 December 2003
A mixed bag with side 1 filled with Mothers tracks from 65-69 era only of interest to hardcore fans of this era but with side 2 cherry picked from the excellent 1982 tour. The price of this double set is more than justified by disc 2 whatever you make of disc 1 with highlights including the vibrant 'easy meat' opener and the sublime rendition of 'advance romance'. A fantatic live set curtailed by the ignorant audiences who insisted throwing objects on stage.
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on 3 April 2013
First things first; Disc 2 is better than 1, and I'm a '60s Mother fanatic, but disc 2 contains material from the 1982 band; who are on top form with Easy Meat and What's New In Baltimore, one of my personal favourites. I even liked Advance Romance, Dancin' Fool and City of Tiny Lites; all of which I never liked before this version.

Disc 1 is... complicated. It contains material by the Original Mothers of Invention. Most of the recordings are around early '69 when Lowell George was in the band, which isn't my favourite line up but oh well. A lot of it is percussion pieces like that on Uncle Meat so if you like that, you'll love most of this, and as a result; Arthur Tripp III is one of the key players here. It also has more hard rock stuff on and two studio recordings: the hilarious German Lunch and a different My Guitar Wants to Kill Yer Mama, which is almost as good as the Weasels version. There's a few snippets of talking between the band members too, but it's not really essential. I'd recommend Underground Freak-Out Music easily, great music with a heavy bass solo.

Disc 1 isn't exactly listener friendly all the way through; but the best tracks make up for it. Some of them such as Baked Bean Boogie and Mozart Ballet in B Minor (Which has had dozens of releases) have recently been released on Finer Moments in full.
Even if you're not a fan of The Mothers or '82 band; you need this, your opinion will change and you will own 40 great tracks on 2 CDs.
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on 20 August 2015
Yet another selection from zappa's vaults of a wonderful variety of compositions , the playing is top form and another strong release in this collection of live material
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on 5 December 2014
Love it!
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