Bongo Fury Live, Original recording remastered
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Beefheart had hogtied himself with contractual problems and so Frank invited him out onto the road to perform and to earn some much needed cash.
The resulting tour became a nightmare, Beefheart baiting Frank onstage and arguing with him offstage. Just look at the cover. Frank glowers unhappily at the camera as the Captain hides his face beneath his hat.
In one of Frank's last television interviews you could see that he was still fairly upset by the affair. After all, he and the Captain had grown up together in Lancaster.
But out of such seeds of discontent grew an album of fine quality. Frank's exceptional production skills made this a thrilling and inventive live document that still sounds polished but raw, inventive and yet controlled.
Captain Beefheart's contributions are truly excellent, his prose and singing effortlessly meld with the wondrous performances of the band.
And this album contains what is arguably Frank's best live guitar performance.
The legendary 'Muffin Man'.
Buy it now.
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".
When I bought this FANTASTIC album (A MILLION STARS) I was completely floored by this music, terry's drumming is SUBLIME, and so is FRANKS BLISTERING GUITAR PARTS so once again I can not understand how this remaster is so bad how can TERRY'S DRUMMING BE SIDELINED like this so if you can find the RYKO VERSION or vinyl I would go there because this is so not right, but you pay your money and take your chance
Sound quality wise this CD edition of Bongo Fury accurately reflects the recorded musical vibes as they were first heard back in 1975 on the original DiscReet LP.
** NOTE - All reviews dated before 2012, and still listed by Amazon for this product, are about previous, different sounding editions. Here is a great review that puts all the differing CD versions sound quality/authenticity issues into better prospective -
"All pre-2012 CDs suffer from a lousy digital transfer (dig that dropout at the beginning of "Debra Kedabra"), along with added digital reverb and what sounds like a halfhearted attempt at fake-stereo processing--bass on left, treble on right. The 1995 CD has some restored cover/booklet artwork that wasn't on the original CD. The 2012 is grand and sounds almost exactly like the vinyl."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only buy 2012 Re-mix's (back to original) Zappa. Avoid anything re-mixed by Bob Stone.Published 2 months ago by ales
For once the remastering is brilliant. A great CD for all the Zappa /Beefheart enthusiasts.Published 6 months ago by Stuart Greenfield
Zappa & Beefheart are great individually. I love this album and wish there were more Zappa-Beefheart collaborations.Published 8 months ago by PB
It's an Ok album, but not one of Zappa's best. Ok for the Zappa fan, but I would recommend others for the beginner.Published 8 months ago by P. M. Jones
Stunning album by 2 of the all time greats, sadly both no longer on this planet. What they'd make of the x factor generation God only knows but I'm sure Frank would have an... Read morePublished 16 months ago by jugula