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Brilliant live album,
This review is from: Bongo Fury (Audio CD)
Rock's mad scientist and Dadaist extraordinaire team up for the first time since 1969's "Hot Rats" and deliver a totally manic, freeform, and above all, entertaining live record. The opening track "Debra Kedabra" hurls round so many musical hairpin bends it's hard to keep track of what's goin on. Every track on here sounds so fiendishly difficult to play one can only listen in awe of the skill of this incarnation of Zappa's band. It's mostly led by Zappa's overdriven guitar and the Captain's demonic growling, but with various flashes of horns and keyboards clashing with insane time signatures. It isn't without the humour which often comes with Zappa, such as in "200 Years Old" (a "celebration" of the USA's 200th birthday), or the gloriously bonkers Beefheart psycho-rant "Man with the Woman Head".
It's a shame then that such a great collaboration should have ended in an acrimonious split, leaving these two childhood friends barely speaking to each other. However, it is still a great record, despite the tensions, and contains the moment in which Zappa sealed his reputation as a guitar-wizard to equal Hendrix, in the sublime "Muffin Man".