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1975 04 27 (L) Boston, MA  
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Post 2008-02-01 20:01   [Quote] 
1975 04 27 Late Boston MA 90.17 Aud (flyingtoAdel)

This show is an example of a "backwards" setlist, with the traditional "encore numbers" - Camarillo Brillo into the instrumental guitar nuttery of Muffin Man - placed up front. Now, before Pat corrects me, I'll beat him to the punch: These songs were never played as encores on this particular tour - but Camarillo Brillo was a very regular set-closer in 1974, and I feel that's enough to support my sentiment.

Anyway, this is an excellent way to open a show - swirl around on your instruments for a minute, launch into a crowd-pleaser, then shove into that utterly filthy Muffin Man that should have remained an instrumental, damn it. Imagine this being the counterpoint to Chunga's Revenge and Mammy Anthem in the 1980s. Then, the easy highlight of the show, no matter what - Let's Make the Water Turn Funk. We all know that our benevolent author refrained from describing the version played in Passaic, mostly because it was (in his own words) "overly cautious" and (as he implied) really unworthy of being described. Tonight's version more than makes up for it, and is enough to single-handedly render this rarity a classic. Funky to the extreme - Nappy really, really sells this song, and, oh, the little instrumental riffs we find ourselves in! The "Ronnie rave up" is a pure, two-pronged, ear-candy fun-fest, and three minutes has never been so rewarding. After this, pretty much anything would be a bit of a come-down, even the possible tour premiere of Penguin in Bondage (and definitely the only example of this song by this band currently circulating amongst those "in the know" such as yourself). For what it's worth, it's nice, with another of those "sounds like a keyboard" probable-slide-guitar solos, some good interplay with the horn section, and Frank giving it his most.

Next up, Debra Kadabra, with a very dissonant, eerie opening - it's as if Frank sensed the greatness lurking in this song, but just wasn't sure quite how best to exploit it, mixing it up from performance to performance. See also: Cheepnis in 1973-74. Very, very tasty, no matter how the arrangement is.

We then get some band introductions, Poofter's (which loses something when not coming out of the tumultuous crescendo of Sleeping in a Jar) Echidna's (which loses nothing when coming out of Poofter's) and the post-Echidna's improvisations (which have nothing to lose and lots to gain). Tonight's improvisations finally - finally! - return us to the glorious days of George's pre-Dupree's solos in the past few tours, with the finger cymbal routine and scat-singing and the monologues we know and love. Heck, Frank even tells George to do the funky Room Service - no bona fide Room Service routine, unfortunately. Riding the tide of energy, Torture Never Stops is a downright monster tonight - twenty minutes long, including Marty's Dance Song, which sounds like a combination of the old Fall 1974 Tush Tush Tush and Zoot Allures, with a double-helping of the blues thrown in for good measure.

Continuing the "I Can't Believe It's Not Fall 1974" theme, we get both Montana (another possible tour-premiere) and the great Florentine Pogen, both of which feature typically excellent Frank solos. Frank saves his best for last, though - that's right, of course, you guessed it, it's another fantastic Willie the Pimp to send us home with a smile. Yes, please!
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Post 2008-02-01 20:48   [Quote] 
Great review, man!
This show has always been a personal favourite tunes (even if it's not a C- recording Laughing )
By the way, do you recall another tape with this weird ending to"Florentine Pogen"?

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Post 2008-02-01 21:03   [Quote] 
Offhand, I can't say for sure. The likely candidates would be May 3rd (Baltimore) and the El Paso SBD. The Baltimore show, of course, isn't on the tracker yet (grr ), and it's hard to tell for sure about the El Paso version due to the tape cutting out (someone better find the roadie who made this recording, pronto Twisted Evil ) - but the song does continue for another 3:00 past the point where it typically would end on other tours, with a vamp that eventually becomes a mutated version of Dirty Love. I'm not making this shit up. Very Happy
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Post 2018-06-23 14:54   [Quote] 
Zappa Penguin wrote:
After this, pretty much anything would be a bit of a come-down, even the possible tour premiere of Penguin in Bondage (and definitely the only example of this song by this band currently circulating amongst those "in the know" such as yourself). For what it's worth, it's nice, with another of those "sounds like a keyboard" probable-slide-guitar solos, some good interplay with the horn section, and Frank giving it his most.


A few years after this review, we got the 04 26 tape also including Penguin. On 04 26 the solos are Walley, Beefheart on harmonica and FZ while on 04 27 Napoleon solos rather than Beefheart. For some reason the song part is sloppier on 04 27 than 04 26 (although both have problems) so maybe FZ got frustrated and dropped it.
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