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Roxy & Elsewhere
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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.
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.
There are parts of this reordering where I spontaneously applaud - I cant help myself. It really is that good.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Zappa had a great team for this one and the music is fantastic. This was a replacement for me as I had worn out my old one!Published on 15 Nov. 2013 by Leon Frampton
Frank at his imperious best with a good live vibe & looking forward to seeing Dweezil play it next month!!Published on 22 Oct. 2013 by Steve Crompton
What a talent. Such a shame he's no longer with us. Dweezil tries but will never quite fit his dads shoes.Published on 7 Jun. 2013 by william miller
Wonderful. Great to hear Zappa's rapport with the audience, his playful introductions to some of the songs, but most of all the brilliant playing and singing throughout. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2013 by pastewort
love this cd, used to have it on cassette when it first came out, played it so much it started to warp, then got chewed up by my machine, been looking for a copy for 30 odd years.Published on 30 Oct. 2012 by shakey
Okay, FZ was not above some creative post-production editing of live material, but - damn! - this shiitake is tight! Read morePublished on 16 July 2012 by Earnest Mann
This is very much of its time but for a live album the musicianship is extraordinary. If you have not indulged in Zappa music before I suggest you try two tracks in particular... Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2010 by Mr. W. Allbrook
....when, on a 'live' album they use 'fade outs' on certain numbers.....it happens twice here and destroys the 'live' feel.... Read morePublished on 9 July 2010 by Anon/Devon
Zappa and Mothers are doing their very best in this live album. It's very funny and contains some of Frank Zappas best guitar playing. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2009 by Soren Persson