Frank Zappa Song By Song Thread (1966-96)*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Zoot Marimba, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

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    They did several doo wop songs in the 80's, especially in 1984 and 88. But I think he was saying he wishes they did "Jelly Roll Gum Drop" specifically.
     
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  2. mcchocchoc

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    That would have been a great song to hear live.
     
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  3. mcchocchoc

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    I think this is a cool clip for this thread. Somebody posted it yesterday on reddit. I had never seen it and liked it a lot.
    The video is 360. While the video is playing, slide your finger across the screen in either direction and see everybody playing. Pretty neat.

     
  4. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group Thread Starter

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    Anything:

    And now Anything, written by Ray.
    Wonderful piano playing by Don or Ian, great little bass playing by Roy, and oh my God, if you wonder why Ray Collins is my favorite of Zappa’s singers, Anything bitch, Anything. Some would argue oh but all these guys are much better technically. Hey, I love Pretty much every singer Frank had, but give me an organic voice, give me this voice any day.
    What can I say, my favorite song on the album.
     
  5. mcchocchoc

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    Anything. Ahhhhhhhh. Such a beautiful track. If I had to pick a favorite from this album it would be this track (or maybe Stuff Up The Cracks). Ray's vocal is amazing and the backround vocals are just as enjoyable. The backing track is perfect for the vocal and the sax solo is lovely. Cretin simplicity perfected. I'm with @Zoot Marimba about Ray. I've said it around here and I'll say it again, Ray is my favorite singer to play with FZ.
     
  6. Zoot Marimba

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  7. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    I reckon this would be my favourite, from memory, on the album. It has a sincerity that I think is essential for this kind of song. I like the other stuff, but i think the slightly tongue in cheek nature, although showing affection for the style, just taints it slightly. Which is why I can't really take this album too seriously.
     
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  8. Zoot Marimba

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    Later That Night:

    Later that night I finally reviewed Later That Night, which includes a quotation of Glory Pf Love by The Velvetones.
    Frank opens up with a bass vocal, with a driving piano underneath along with some drums and tambourine, fantastic vocal arrangements, another great song on this record.
     
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  9. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    Yes i liked this one too.
    It's really not a bad album. Just hard for it to compete in such an amazing catalog.
     
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  10. Zoot Marimba

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    Yeah if a lower tier band released this it would be one of their best but for Zappa and/or the Mothers, it’s not.
     
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  11. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    It's still worth revisiting. I'm not sure he has an album that isn't worth revisiting
     
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  12. Zoot Marimba

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    I might have a couple in mind but those are a good long way away.
     
  13. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    hmm yea, even the thing fish is worth looking at lol ... just not for too long :)
     
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  14. mcchocchoc

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    Later That Night. Another excellent tune, then again I truly love this album. More great vocals by Ray and Frank. A variation of the M.O.I. ploding drum beat that propels the song in just the right way. That's Motorhead on tambourine, I love his tambourine playing during live M.O.I. jams. Ray's spoken parts during the final section of the song still crack me up.

    M.O.I. 1968
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  15. Jazzmonkie

    Jazzmonkie Can't stop buying music.

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    And it includes a quote from the Velvetones' "The Glory of Love"
    I hold in my hand three letters from The stages of your fine, fine, super-fine career
     
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  16. Zoot Marimba

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  17. Zoot Marimba

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    Wanted to know from everybody if we want to briefly go over Zappa related albums such as TMR.
     
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  18. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    I'm easy mate. Whatever turns your crank
     
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  19. mcchocchoc

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    I'm cool with that, especially if we touch on one of my favorite Zappa related albums of that era > > >

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  20. elaterium

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    I’ve got that on 8 track.
     
  21. mcchocchoc

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    Nice. I have the original lp and reissue cd that is coupled with his Naked Angels sound track. Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up is an amazing album. That album shoulda hit the charts, with a bullet.

    Naked Angels is also excellent.
     
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  22. Zoot Marimba

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    Fountain Of Love:

    Here’s another Zappa/Collins tune, which includes a quotation of Le sacre du printemps by Stravinsky.
    The drums come in loud and clear in the beginning before Ray goes into another stellar vocal. The song is (seemingly) straightforward, no one instrument stepping out of line, everyone is in sync with each other while Ray gets the spotlight which he truthfully did not get a whole lot.
    A solid tune and good addition to this record.
     
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  23. Rne

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    What can I add to the previous post?
    There's a quote from Le sacre du Primtemps at the end (Ray sings the melody of the famous opening bassoon line).
    Another song owned mainly by Ray's vocals.
    As you can see, I added nothing.
     
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  24. Rne

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    By the way, I don't receive all the notifications I should related to this thread, so generally I can't keep up with it. Anyway, when it comes to Ruben, what I usually write is "Ray this", "Ray that", and so forth.

    (The next number, though, will not include Ray at all :laugh: ).
     
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  25. mcchocchoc

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    Ray! Ray! Ray!

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