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Virtuosity Gone Mad,
This review is from: Roxy & Elsewhere (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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Initial post: 6 Jul 2009 00:52:31 BDT
Worthy of note is that George Duke plays some amazing keyboards on Billy Cobham's Crosswinds.
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