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ELECTRIC AUNT JEMIMA

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.02 | 17 ratings

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TCat
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2 stars Here is another one of the official bootlegs from the Beat the Boots II box set. The box set is made up of bootlegged recordings that FZ released officially in order to prevent the bootleggers from making money off of his concerts. Nothing has been refined or fixed on these bootlegs, they are original and in their full bootlegged glory, meaning, most of them are not very good recordings.

The concerts themselves however were a lot better. FZ's standards for his own recordings were very high. There is a lot of argument over where these recordings were done. Zappa.com says it was done at the Fillmore East in 1970. Other sources, including ProgArchives say it was done in several venues. Then there are differences in opinion which venues and what tracks were done where and when. So, it's best to say that they were probably recorded between 1968 and 1970.

This entire album is all mostly instrumental with the emphasis on Jazz improvisation, with a little experimental noodling going on. If the recordings were done in this time frame, they were done when the emphasis was going from vocal humor to an improvised sound, probably because of FZ's throat injury from being pushed off the stage by a crazed fan. The performances themselves sound like they would have been stellar. But the sound itself is bad, not as bad as some of the other bootlegs, but not as good as others. There is no real mixing here, so some sounds are loud when they shouldn't be, nothing is balanced very well. So even the best performances are hard to listen to when they sound like this.

This would normally be one for completionists, but there are a lot of new arrangements and fragments of songs that haven't been available elsewhere, so there is a bit of value in that. Because of that, this one squeaks by with 2 stars, for collectors and fans only.

TCat | 2/5 |

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