Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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Zappa Swedish TV Broadcast
freenacin_dieter | Minneapolis | 05/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just some additional information regarding this release, and other comments already posted. NO, this is NOT an "official" Zappa release. The sound quality alone should make that clear. It was, however, released as an official "Beat the Boots" recording. The performance dates to a 1973 or 74 performance on a Swedish TV show called Oopoppa (or something like that...sorry about the spelling). There are videos of this performance floating about. Apparently there were 2 sets performed - one maybe for the "official" show, and a second videotaped set that was perhaps broadcast separately. The concert was performed outdoors, in Sweden (hence Zappa's comment about how cold it is on the stage) in front of a fairly large audience, most of whom are polite but pretty oblivious to what they are witnessing (language and music barriers?). There is a fadeout on the CD, but for reasons unknown to me, because the video includes the full song (including long, wonderful solos by Ponty, Fowler and Zappa). The set also includes several vocal songs - early vocal incarnations of Montana and Cosmic Debris. Maybe another vocal as well..I cannot remember. The video is therefore definitely much longer than the CD, and yet the video ends during a song too! Despite the sound limitations, this is "MUST LISTEN TO" Zappa, with perhaps his most innovative band during perhaps his most innovative period of composition and performance. And yes, Ian Underwood is on the recording, playing clarinet and bass clarinet - even though he was inadvertently omitted from the personnel listing by the original publishers of this bootleg gem. The concert pictures on the CD are from the actual broadcast - check out Zappa's checkered, bell-bottom double-knit stretch pants, and Bruce Fowler with hair on top of his head!"
Actually, 3 and a half stars.................
COMPUTERJAZZMAN | Cliffside Park, New Jersey United States | 01/13/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"the sound quality is not so good. A couple of the songs are a bit weak, but the other ones shine. JLP, FZ, Ruth Underwod, Tom and Bruce Fowler, Ralph Humphries, George Duke, and an uncredited Ian Underwood, make for some pretty great musicians up there on stage. As far as I know, this was the only tour with this exact lineup in it, which is a shame, 'cause when they were on, they were on. Also a lot of "experimental" type music here, typical Zappa dissonance, and songs that were still in their infancy. Overall a good CD, but the sound quality is what gets to me."
Just another correction.
A Hermit | Southwestern Pa. | 03/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Zappa was pushed off the stage at the Rainbow Theater, London, in 1971, not 1972.
This performance shines. The muddy sound is moot, because the band plays like few others can. I'll step out of character, and make this a very short review.
If you can listen to a recording that sounds like it was made on a portable tape recorder, and you like the jazz line-ups in Zappa's career, you simply have to hear this. Highly recommended."