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AHEAD OF THEIR TIME

Frank Zappa

 

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3.25 | 71 ratings

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3 stars Ahead of Their Time is a live album release by American experimental rock artist Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention. The album was released in 1993 though Barkin Pumpkin and reissued in 1995 by Rykodisc. The album was recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England on October 28, 1968. The first 10 songs on the album featured 15 members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and together the songs form a kind of classical/avant garde/ rock piece with strange but absolutely hilarious dialogue and theater performance by the band. This was a one-off performance on the 1968 Mothers of Invention european tour and according to the liner notes Frank Zappa spend about $7,000 on the event which about equalled his total income from the tour. The rest of the songs performed at the concert includes classics like King Kong, Let's Make The Water Turn Black, Harry, You're A Beast, The Orange County Lumber Truck and Oh No. All performed in instrumental versions so donīt expect many vocals on Ahead of Their Time except for the weird dialogue and the occasional vocal part. Frank Zappa comments in the liner notes in booklet that the second part of the concert was: "A fair but not outstanding 1968 Mothers of Invention rock concert performance".

The sound quality isnīt the best but itīs certainly acceptable for the time even though thereīs a very audible hiss throughout the concert from Don Prestonīs keyboard rack according to the liner notes in the booklet. The skills of Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention are indisputable and I find great enjoyment in their performance here. A really professional band.

All songs have appeared before as part of the Mystery Disc from The Old Masters, Box Two (1986), which also contained Uncle Meat (1969), Hot Rats (1969), Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970), Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970), Chunga's Revenge (1970), Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971) and Just Another Band From L.A. (1972) . This is a welcome release for those of us who havenīt got that boxset though.

Iīve been debating myself wether Ahead of Their Time deserves a 3 or a 4 star rating but as Iīm not totally certain that it deserves a 4 star rating itīll be a 3 star rating for now. Itīs a great opportunity to witness The Mothers of Invention live though and a recommendable album IMO.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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