Monday, April 9, 2007

Frank Zappa - Baby Snakes - 320 CBR


Beginning with an introduction from future Zappa backing guitarist Warren Cuccurullo about his New York shows, it breaks into a ripping version of Baby Snakes (which is essentially the same version from Sheik Yerbouti). Titties 'N Beer has always been a favorite of mine mainly because I love the vocal improvs between Zappa and Bozzio. This version is quite nice, but there are versions of it available. Special credit goes to Adrian Belew who would wear a dress during this part and perform the "female" vocal. I'm quite fond of the version of The Black Page #2, the synthesizers are quite lush and they make up for the missing horns quite well. Visually during this piece they are having a dance contest (which brings some great humor while watching it).Jones Crusher was never a terribly great track even on Sheik Yerbouti, but I like this one. Belew's vocal is dynamic and Zappa's guitar work is great. Disco Boy might be the only song on this album that I like better than the original version. The original was too guitar driven, and this one has the perfect mix of guitar and great keyboards from Peter Wolf and Tommy Mars. Ed Mann is also a treat on this song. Dinah-Moe-Humm gets a nice sped up version and Zappa really rips through it vocally. The final piece on this album is Punky's Whips, which is one of my all time favorite Zappa songs. This version has no real differences from the other versions of it, except Don Pardo doesn't give the great introduction, and the horns are missing. But other than that, this is a ripping version that has a great Zappa solo at the end.In the end, this is a nice audio collection, but on the whole the original versions of these songs are better, there are a few exceptions of course (Disco Boy). The other thing is he had a lot better songs to put on here. Where's the Camarillo Brillo/Muffin Man medley, San Bern'dino, Black Napkins, or City of Tiny Lites? Other than that, this is a nice collection that is fun and there's a lot of humor here. Good, but not essential.
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7 Comments:

Blogger dagmartheugliest@yahoo.com said...

http://tinyurl.com/23hj92

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April 9, 2007 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger . said...

Hi Zappa lover!!! First of all hanx for posning my link. Now I have t see if you can surprise me with Zappas album I do not have in my collection. Anyway I will download some cose I have some albums @128 which I hate. Keep on with good job!!!
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April 9, 2007 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger poor said...

I'm just downloading this too.
@128 is reason :-)
Very very good album!
Greetings to north from south!
:-)

April 9, 2007 at 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Hella said...

Best blog ever! :)))))

I think a track is missing - Baby snakes!

Thank U very much! A kiss from Croatia!

April 9, 2007 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger dagmartheugliest@yahoo.com said...

Hella said...
Best blog ever! :)))))

I think a track is missing - Baby snakes!

Thank U very much! A kiss from Croatia!

Thanks. But "Baby Snakes" is included in track 1 :-)

April 9, 2007 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Hella said...

Didn't see that! Sorry... :oops: My mistake.

:))))))))

April 9, 2007 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This stinks! The DVD IS THE REAL THING!!! It is FAR better than you folks can ever download. So, get a life!

April 9, 2007 at 10:42 PM  

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