Frank Zappa – Bongo Fury   Leave a comment

…sitting there face-to-face with a 75-cent glass of orange juice about as big as my finger, and a bowl of horribly foreshortened cornflakes, and I said to my self, “This is the life.”

And so it goes, in the midst of a Bongo Fury.  There is plenty of the raunchy, greasy playing one would expect at a live gig with Capt. Beefheart.  The analog master does a great job of letting it all hang out. The spoken word pieces are great examples of Beefheart at his most pithy, while Advance Romance gives him some running room. Plenty of great slide from Denny Walley and his aluminum finger.

Stand outs of the studio-ish persuasion are the grafted-on intro to Muffin Man (a glimpse of what really goes on in the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen), and 200 Years Old (a very, er, Frank take on the upcoming Bicentennial).

My hope is that after the catalog is back in print, this is one of the records that gets revisited, and given The Treatment. At a minimum, release the whole show, bomb threat and all.

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Posted 2012/09/12 by MG Nagy in Uncategorized

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