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Roxy & Elsewhere [Vinyl Schallplatte] [Doppel-LP] Live, Import

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Import
  • Label: DISCREET
  • ASIN: B004D9360U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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16 Tracks.

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Format: Audio CD
All I can really say is that the way Echidna's Arf (Of You) and Don't You Ever Wash That Thing? melt into each other is really worth buying this CD for. How a band can be so spectacularly tight while playing such complex, techincal music (Echidna's Arf has so many timing changes in three minutes it's unreal) is just impossible to comprehend. Make sure to be seated for this one for your own safety (if the urge to dance in a manic fashion takes over, then make sure there is a responsible adult present to clear up the mess).
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This is the only easily available recording of what is generally referred to as 'the Roxy group'
The mind bendingly proficient band resond to Zappa's every twitch and provide a truly blistering performance. The mix is excellent and one can really feel the thrill of this superlative live event.
No wonder then that the forthcoming DVD is awaited with such bated breath.
George Duke rightly regards this as one of Zappa's finest live documents and listening now can hardly believe he was actually there and contributing to such a massive, complex and beautiful sound.
All Zappa fans must own this object of beauty.
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Format: Audio CD
This is Zappa at it's best. This album has a precise and acurate quality which is not only rare on a live album, but when you consider it was recorded in 1972, it's a miracle. This was the first Zappa I ever came across and still my favourite. It mixes jazz, be bop, tango, penguins in bondage and loads of audience participation. Rude, funny and interesting. I'm lost for words to summarise the greatness of this fine creation.
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Format: Audio CD
Frank Zappa's 'Roxy and elsewhere' shows him as the rock genius that never got the recognition that he deserved. In this album Zappa wrote deliberately hard and demanding music to stretch the band to it's limit and the band responds excellently with a delightful and enjoyable offering. However the real credit goes to Zappa whom is in top form writing some of the most hilarious material that he had written (name me anyone else who would write about a penguin in bondage!)with real jazzy and rocky tunes to accompany. This is an excellent album, Napoleon Brock the singer is wonderful and Zappa is fantastic on lead guitar with some sumptuous soloing in 'everydays trouble' and some competant singing in 'son of orange country'. I love this album, it was one of the first albums I bought of Zappa and it has this endearing quality about it because there is more of Zappa in this then any other album, his personality really comes through and the charm of his song writing make you come back to it again and again. From the perculiar beauty of 'Son of Orange Country' to the chaos of Bebop Tango this album entertains until the last. Buy it now its f****** brillient!
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Format: 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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Format: Audio CD
The musicianship is so good on this album one can scarcely believe it is a live recording. Its no wonder that lovers of rock, avant-guard, jazz and progressive music have all hold this recording in such high esteem. There is little doubt that the musicians on this recording go to make up the best band that Zappa ever played with. Like Ajax of the 70's or the classic Brazilian football team the only thing that could outshine the individual excellence of this band is the collective brilliance. But don't think of tiring musicians, tongues in the corners of their mouths, faces screwed up in concentration: this is effortless - fun.
There are parts of this reordering where I spontaneously applaud - I cant help myself. It really is that good.
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Format: Audio CD
This incarnation of the Mothers(with George Duke,Napoleon Murphy Brock and Ruth Underwood as the core)was one of the best,and this material,mostly from Los Angeles in 1973,is fantastic.The sequence of "Village of the Sun","Echidna's Arf" and "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?" is truly wonderful-and remember the musicians did it all from memory,no charts.

FZ's humour,not of the cheesy sexist variety so common on his late 1970s albums,is well displayed on "Penguin in Bondage" and "Cheepnis",his contempt for Nixon(this was recorded while touring the US during the Watergate crisis)shows up on "Son of Orange County"-a good reworking of "Oh No"-and there's more musical gymnastics on "Be Bop Tango".

This band is also the band on YCDTOSA Vol.2,recorded in Helsinki in 1974.If I had to choose between them.....mmm,I'd have to go for"Roxy and Elsewhere".However,if you have the readies,try both of 'em.

There are persistent rumours that a DVD of the Roxy shows is imminent,so there may well be some more of this incarnation of the Mothers released soon.If you are a completist,there's more of the 1973-74 band on YCDTOSA

Vol 1 and 4.
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