VACK 1219 Roxy & Elsewhere
production credits unknown
Released on September 10, 1974
US CHART POSITION #27
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T ronoymth 18.0: SEX & DRUGS & ROXY & ROLL. If you enjoyed Overnite Sensation and Apostrophe, that’s good; it means you’re not dead. It also means you’re going to enjoy Roxy & Elsewhere a whole lot. But isn’t this a live record, you ask, and don’t all live records secretly sort of suck it? Well, yeah, the ones that don’t have strippers, bubble machines, trombone solos, jaw-dropping xylophone monologues and molten lava guitar licks probably do. Fortunately, Roxy & Elsewhere has all that plus immaculate sound (the credits confess to overdubbing) and two elpees of great, new songs such as “Village of the Sun,” “Cheepnis” and “Son of Orange County.” Where most live albums tend to paraphrase a specific period of time, Zappa live albums are the exclamation points to those periods: Fillmore East, Zappa In New York, Tinsel Town Rebellion. Roxy captures what’s best about the Overnite Sensation->One Size Fits All period of Zappa without regurgitating it and includes some of his best songs over a long and amazing career. Released as a double album, Roxy plays up the live format by beginning each side with a preamble from Frank plus the usual audience engagement. From there, you’ve got your tasteful sexual innuendo (“Penguin In Bondage”), social criticism (“More Trouble Every Day”), a Firesign Theatre full of strange voices and at least two bands’ worth of brilliant soloing. Although the classical jazz phase was awesome (Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Hot Rats), the 1972-1975 albums managed to best wed Frank’s sense of humor, jazz-inspired genius and rock guitar chops, and in many ways they represent the quintessential Frank Zappa sound. If you were hoping for live versions of “Zomby Woof” or “Montana,” too bad; you’ll need to fast-forward to the Stage series to get your fix. Roxy is rather one of those live albums you shouldn’t try to live without because, truly, your world is probably at least one radioactive poodle song shy of perfection.

TRACK LISTING

    record one (side one/side four)
  1. PREAMBLE
  2. PENGUIN IN BONDAGE
  3. PYGMY TWYLYTE
  4. DUMMY UP
  5. PREAMBLE
  6. BE-BOP TANGO (OF THE OLD JAZZMEN'S CHURCH)

    record two (side two/three)
  7. PREAMBLE
  8. VILLAGE OF THE SUN
  9. ECHIDNA'S ARF (OF YOU)
  10. DON'T YOU EVER WASH THAT THING?
  11. PREAMBLE
  12. CHEEPNIS
  13. SON OF ORANGE COUNTY
  14. MORE TROUBLE EVERY DAY

    VACK-1219 CD reissue track listing
  15. PREAMBLE/PENGUIN IN BONDAGE    6:48
  16. PYGMY TWYLYTE    2:13
  17. DUMMY UP    (Frank Zappa/Jeff Simmons/Napoleon Murphy Brock)    6:02
  18. PREAMBLE/VILLAGE OF THE SUN    4:17
  19. ECHIDNA'S ARF (OF YOU)    3:52
  20. DON'T YOU EVER WASH THAT THING?    9:40
  21. PREAMBLE/CHEEPNIS    6:33
  22. SON OF ORANGE COUNTY    5:53
  23. MORE TROUBLE EVERY DAY    6:00
  24. PREAMBLE/BE-BOP TANGO (OF THE OLD JAZZMEN'S CHURCH)    16:41

    All selections written by Frank Zappa unless noted

CREDITS

FRANK ZAPPA -- lead guitar, vocals
NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK -- tenor sax, flute, lead vocals
GEORGE DUKE -- keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
BRUCE FOWLER -- trombone, dancing (?)
TOM FOWLER -- bass
WALT FOWLER -- trumpet
RALPH HUMPHREY -- drums
DON PRESTON -- synthesizer
JEFF SIMMONS -- rhythm guitar, vocals
CHESTER THOMPSON -- drums
RUTH UNDERWOOD -- percussion
Debby, Lynn, Ruben, George & Froggy -- additional back-up vocals (on "Cheepnis")
Kerry McNab -- engineer, re-mix engineer
Bill Hennigh -- road tapes engineer
Cal Schenkel -- design & graphics
Sherwin Tilton -- cover photgraphy, liner photography
Coy Featherston, Steve Magedoff -- liner photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN September 10, 1974 Discreet 2LP 2DS 2202 gatefold cover
UK/FRA 1974 Discreet 2LP K69201 gatefold cover
GER 1974 Discreet 2LP 89 200 gatefold cover
US 1991 Barking Pumpkin CD/CS 74241  
UK 1992 Zappa 2LP/CD ZAPPA-39 gatefold cover
JPN 1992 Music Scene Inc. CD MSI 80039  
US May 2, 1995 Rykodisc CD/CS RCD/RAC 10520 digital remaster
JPN 2001 Video Arts CD VACK-1219 limited edition

 

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