|Fillmore East, June 1971|
|Produced by Frank Zappa|
|Released on August 1971|
|US CHART POSITION #38|
|Find it at GEMM|
|RCD 10167 cover|
T hat’s right, you heard right, the secret word for tonight is “Mud Shark.” But for this bawdy tale from the not-so-briny shoals of Seattle, Washington alone, this is required listening. Of course, instrumental fans who hunger for something more filling from Fillmore will find it in tracks like “Lonesome Electric Turkey” and the evergreen “Peaches En Regalia.” This live record (one of the last from the Fillmore East if memory serves) is one of my favorites from the Flo & Eddie experiment, showcasing their unique stage presence on the dialogue-driven “Do You Like My New Car?” and cascading into a delirious version of The Turtles’ “Happy Together.” Unlike some of Zappa’s live releases, Fillmore East retains the atmosphere of a live show from beginning to end, with a minimum of post-doctoring and a maximum of spontaneous energy (or as spontaneous as a band playing a tortuous track like “Little House I Used To Live In” can get). Among the other Zappa/Mothers albums out there, Fillmore East reminds me most of the 200 Motels soundtrack, where a similar mix of complicated instrumentals and transcendently strange songs co-existed happily (although I understand that Uncle Meat tasted about the same too). As an oral history of rock stars and the groupies who love them, Fillmore East puts Professors Flo & Eddie at the podium, overshadowing the rest of the band much of the time. Ordinarily, their monkeyshines steal the spotlight from the erstwhile top banana (Frank) and his phenomenal fretwork. But Fillmore East finds a better balance than Just Another Band From L.A., for example, alternating between the profane and the musically profound in a way that satisfies both camps.
AYNSLEY DUNBAR -- drums
BOB HARRIS -- 2nd keyboard & vcals
HOWARD KAYLAN -- lead vocals & dialog
JIM PONS -- bass & vocals & dialog
DON PRESTON -- mini-moog
IAN UNDERWOOD -- winds & keyboard & vocals
MARK VOLMAN -- lead vocals & dialog
FRANK ZAPPA -- guitar & dialog
Cal Schenkel -- cover
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||August 1971||Bizarre||LP||MS 2042|
|US||1991||Rykodisc||CD||RCD 10167||1st digital remaster, picture sleeve|
|US||Apr/May 1995||Rykodisc||CD/CS||RCD/RAC 10512||2nd digital remaster|
|JPN||April 24, 2002||CDLE||VACK-1213||ltd. ed. digital remaster (2,000 copies)|
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