Monday, June 08, 2009

Album of the Day (Special Edition)

Wazoo, by Frank Zappa (2007): Zappa has to be the most prolific posthumous artist outside of rap, as wife Gail and vaultmeister/drummer Joe Travers continue to dig up gems from days gone by. This particular album documents a short-lived big band Zappa put together around the time of Waka/Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo. It only did a few shows with this one in Boston, its last, saved for posterity. That being said, there are only a couple of tracks on here from those two albums, including my new favorite version of "Big Swifty" (because of the middle section). Disc two is largely devoted to an all instrumental version of "The Adventures of Gregger Peccary," which is quite different from the version found on L├Ąther. Excellent quality and excellent performances all around.

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