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

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  1. Zoot Marimba

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

    You are probably right. Frank definitely has to take at least some blame, as he could have easily said “no, that doesn’t work so well”.
     
  2. Zoot Marimba

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

    Here’s to a wonderful 60th birthday to Chad Wackerman!
     
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  3. Zoot Marimba

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

    Air Pocket, Fly On:
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    Let’s catch up with the Fowler Brothers, shall we? Air Pocket was a jazz fusion group the brothers put together in the mid seventies after three of them (Tom, Bruce, and Walt) played with Zappa. This album features Bruce on trombone, Walt on trumpet and miraphon, Steve on alto saxophone and flute, Ed and Tom splitting bass duties, Albert Wing (who would go on to play with Zappa on the (in)famous 88 Tour alongside Bruce and Walt) on tenor and soprano saxophones, our very own Chester Thompson on drums, Mike Miller on guitar, and Stu Goldberg on keyboards. The album, featuring arrangements by Oliver Nelson, was released in 1975 on East Wind.
    Unfortunately, it was difficult to find a lot of the songs to listen to, and it's a rare album. Therefore, I won't be able to give a thorough review. Shame, as I was looking forward to this one. Oh well, what I do have is some cool jazz rock with some unorthodox touches that hearkens back to Tom, Bruce, Walt, and Chester's time with Frank. Overall, if you can find it, it's worth a shot.
     
  4. Zoot Marimba

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

    Time to update the list!
    1. Canned Heat, Canned Heat (Henry Vestine) [1967]
    2. Canned Heat, Boogie With Canned Heat (Vestine) [1968]
    3. Canned Heat, Living The Blues (Vestine) [1968]
    4. Canned Heat, Hallelujah (Vestine, Elliot Ingber) [1969]
    5. The Hamilton Face Band, Hamilton Face Band (Ruth Komanoff-Underwood) [1969]
    6. Canned Heat, Vintage (Vestine) [1970]
    7. Hamilton Face Band, Ain’t Got No Time (Ruth) [1970]
    8. John Mayall, USA Union (Sugarcane) [1970]
    9. Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Sugarcane (Sugarcane) [1970]
    10. Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Keep on Driving (Sugarcane) [1971]
    11. Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Fiddler On The Rock (Sugarcane) [1971]
    12. Nolan Porter, No Apologies (Lowell George, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black) [1971]
    13. Bob Smith, The Visit (Don Preston) [1971]
    14. T. Rex, Electric Warrior (Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan) [1971]
    15. Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker, Hooker n Heat (Vestine) [1971]
    16. Canned Heat, Live At Topanga Corral (Vestine) [1971]
    17. Canned Heat, Historical Figures And Ancient Heads (Vestine) [1971]
    18. Maxayn, Maxayn (Andre Lewis) [1972]
    19. Nolan Porter, Nolan (George, Estrada, Black) [1972]
    20. Domenic Troiano, Domenic Troiano (Bunk Gardner, Buzz Gardner) [1972]
    21. Nicholas Greenwood, Cold Cuts (Bunk) [1972]
    22. John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sometime In New York City (Live Jam/tracks 3-6 featuring Frank, Mark and Howard, Ian, Don Preston, Bob Harris #1, Jim Pons, Dunbar) [1972]
    23. T. Rex, The Slider (Mark And Howard) [1972]
    24. Pure Food & Drug Act, Choice Cuts (Sugarcane) [1972]
    25. New Violin Summit (Sugarcane, Ponty) [1972]
    26. Roxy Music, Stranded (Jobson) [1973]
    27. Buddy Miles, Chapter VII (Lewis) [1973]
    28. Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Listen (Lewis) [1973]
    29. Maxayn, Mindful (Lewis) [1973]
    30. Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Sugar Cane’s Got the Blues (Sugarcane) [1973]
    31. Canned Heat, The New Age (Vestine) [1973]
    32. Canned Heat, One More River to Cross (Vestine) [1973]
    33. Mick Ronson, Slaughter on 10th Avenue (Dunbar) [1974]
    34. Roxy Music, Country Life (Jobson) [1974]
    35. Howdy Moon, self titled album (Lowell George, Roy Estrada) [1974]
    36. Luis Gasca, Born to Love You [1974]
    37. Billy Cobham, Crosswinds (George Duke) [1974]
    38. Maxayn, Bail Out For Fun! (Lewis) [1974]
    39. Roger McGuinn, Peace on You (Mark And Howard) [1974]
    40. Dave Mason, Dave Mason (Sal Marquez) [1974]
    41. Herbie Mann, London Underground (Dunbar) [1974]
    42. Freddie Hubbard, High Energy (Ian Underwood) [1974]
    43. Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Cup Full Of Dreams (Sugarcane) [1974]
    44. Don “Sugarcane” Harris, I’m On Your Case (Sugarcane) [1974]
    45. Junior Hanson, Magic Dragon (Lewis)
    46. Roxy Music, Siren (Jobson) [1975]
    47. Freddie Hubbard, Liquid Love (Ian) [1975]
    48. Billy Cobham, A Funky Thide Of Sings (Walt Fowler) [1975]
    49. Down And Dirty Duck Soundtrack (Preston, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Pons, Dunbar) [1975]
    50. Mick Ronson, Play, Don’t Worry (Dunbar) [1975]
    51. Nils Lofgren, self titled (Dunbar) [1975]
    52. Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Keyzop (Sugarcane) [1975]
    53. Mallard, Mallard (Art Tripp) [1975]
    54. Journey, Look Into The Future (Dunbar) [1976]
    55. Jean-Luc Ponty, Aurora (Ponty, T. Fowler) [1976]
    56. Roxy Music, Viva! [1976]
    57. Spirit, Farther Along (Ian) [1976]
    58. Jean-Luc Ponty, Imaginary Voyage (Ponty, T.Fowler, Allan Zavod) [1976]
    59. Grand Funk, Good Singin, Good Playin (Produced by Zappa) [1976]
    60. Air Pocket, Fly On (T. Fowler, Bruce Fowler, W. Fowler, Thompson) [1976]
    61. Stephen Stills, Illegal Stills (Mark And Howard) [1976]
    62. Ian Hunter, All American Space Boy (Dunbar) [1976]
    63. Flo and Eddie, Moving Targets (Mark, Howard, Ian) [1976]
    64. T. Rex, Futuristic Dragon (Mark and Howard) [1976]
    65. Nils Lofgren, Cry Tough (Dunbar) [1976]
    66. Carmen MacRae, Can’t Hide Love (Ian) [1976]
    67. Sammy Hagar, Nine On A Ten Scale (Dunbar) [1976]
    68. Alphonso Johnson, Moonshadow (Ian) [1976]
    69. Marathon Man Soundtrack (Ian) [1976]
    70. George Duke, Liberated Fantasies (Duke, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ruth) [1976]
    71. Jean-Luc Ponty, Live in Hamburg (Ponty) [1976]
    72. Jean-Luc Ponty, Imaginary Voyage (Ponty, T. Fowler) [1976]
    73. Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Flashin’ Time (Sugarcane) [1976]
    74. Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band, Bat Chain Puller (Beefheart, Denny Walley) [1976]
    75. Seals & Croft, Sudan Village (Ralph Humphrey) [1976]
    76. Chunk, Ernie, & Novi, Chunk, Ernie, & Novi (Ian) [1977]
    77. George Duke, From Me to You (Duke, Glenn Ferris) [1977]
    78. Demon Seeds Soundtrack (Ian) [1977]
    79. Journey, Next (Dunbar) [1977]
    80. Jean-Luc Ponty, Enigmatic Ocean (Ponty, Zavod) [1977]
    81. Little Feat, Time Loves A Hero (Lowell) [1977]
    82. Genesis, Seconds Out (Thompson) [1977]
    83. Quincy, Jones, Roots (Ian) [1977]
    84. Mandré, Mandré (Lewis) [1977]
    85. Alphonso Johnson, Spellbound (Thompson) [1977]
    86. Journey, Infinity (Dunbar) [1978]
    87. U.K., self titled (Eddie Jobson) [1978]
    88. Lynda Carter*, Portrait (Humphrey) (*yes, the same one who played Wonder Woman) [1978]
    89. George Duke, Reach For It (Duke) [1978]
    90. George Duke, Don't Let Go (Duke) [1978]
    91. The Brecker Brothers, Heavy Metal Be-Bop (Bozzio) [1978]
    92. Jean-Luc Ponty, Cosmic Messenger (Ponty, Zavod) [1978]
    93. Billy Cobham, Inner Conflicts (Duke, Ruth Underwood) [1978]
    94. Steve Hackett, Please Don’t Touch (T.Fowler, Chester Thompson) [1978]
    95. David Bowie, Stage (Adrian Belew) [1978]
    96. Alice Cooper, From the Inside (Mark And Howard) [1978]
    97. Ambrosia, Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled (Ian, Ruth) [1978]
    98. Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela, Herb Alpert/Hugh Masekela (Ian) [1978]
    99. Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (Beefheart, B.Fowler, Tripp) [1978]
    100. Lao Schifrin, Gypsy (Ian) [1978]
    101. Barbara Streisand, Songbird (Ian) [1978]
    102. Little Feat, Waiting For Columbus (Lowell) [1978]
    103. Mandré, Mandré Two (Lewis) [1978]
    104. Karen Alexander, Voyager (Humphrey) [1978]
    105. U.K., Danger Money (Jobson, Terry Bozzio) [1979]
    106. Jean-Luc Ponty, Live (Ponty, Zavod) [1979]
    107. David Bowie, Lodger (Belew) [1979]
    108. Big Sonny and the Lo Boys, In Heat (Black) [1979]
    109. Apocalypse Now Soundtrack (Preston) [1979]
    110. The Residents, Eskimo (Preston) [1979]
    111. Jefferson Starship, Freedom at Point Zero (Dunbar) [1979]
    112. Lowell George, Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here (Lowell) [1979]
    113. Peggy Lee, Close Enough For Love (Ian) [1979]
    114. Little Feat, Down On The Farm (Lowell) [1979]
    115. George Duke, Follow the Rainbow (Duke, Nappy) [1979]
    116. George Duke, Master Of The Game (Duke, Nappy) [1979]
    117. Tony Banks, A Curious Feeling (Thompson) [1979]
    118. Jean-Luc Ponty, A Taste for Passion (Ponty, Zavod) [1979]
    119. Freddie Hubbard, The Love Connection (Thompson) [1979]
    120. Lalo Schifrin, No One Home (Ian) [1979]
    121. The Warriors Soundtrack (Ian) [1979]
    122. Mandré, M3000 (Lewis) [1979]
    123. Ray Pizzi, The Love Letter (Humphrey) [1979]
    124. Leroy Hutson, Unforgettable (Thompson) [1979]
    125. David Pritchard, City Dreams (Thompson) [1979]
     
  5. Zoot Marimba

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

    Stephen Stills, Illegal Stills:
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    We come to Stephen Stills' fourth solo effort, released in May of 1976. Produced by Stills and Gehman, the album's lineup consists of Stills on vocals/bass/guitars/keyboards, our very own Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan on harmony vocals, Donnie Dacus on guitars and vocals, George "Chocolate" Perry on bass, George Terry on guitars, Joe Vitale and Tubby Ziegler on drums, and Joe Lala on percussion.
    The album makes for a pleasant listen, with the tight harmonies and mellow Southern California feel and aesthetic that you'd expect from Stephen Stills, particularly during this period. It's not Stills' most memorable effort, but it does have some good tunes on it, which feature heavy contributions from Dacus. While I'm not keen on his time with Chicago, Dacus is a good guitar player and singer, and shows himself a capable writer as well.
    It's not essential listening, but I can recommend it to Stephen Stills fans.
     
  6. Zoot Marimba

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

    Ian Hunter, All American Alien Boy:
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    All American Alien Boy
    is the second solo studio album by Ian Hunter, released in January of 1976 on Columbia. Produced by Hunter himself, the album takes his music into a more jazz based direction in contrast to his previous material. Besides Hunter himself on lead and backing vocals and rhythm guitar (as well as piano on “All American Alien Boy”), we have our own Aynsley on drums, bass legend Jaco Pastorius, keyboardist Chris Stainton, saxophonist David Sanborn, trombonist Dave Bargeron, trumpeter Lewis Soloff, clarinetist Arnie Lawrence, conga player Don Alias, accordionist Dominic Cortese, and backing vocalists Erin Dickins, Gail Kantor, Bob Segarini, and Ann E. Sutton. Contributing guitar to the opening track is Cornell Dupree, and performing backing vocals on “You Nearly Did Me In” is none other than Queen members Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, and Brian May.
    I knew of this album from the Jaco documentary first, though it took me a while to actually get around to listening to it. I definitely respect Ian Hunter for taking a chance with this album. It’s very unexpected for someone that made their bread and butter on straight hook-driven rock. Of course, Jaco is amazing as always, and listening to this or the Joni Mitchell album he played on, I can’t help but wonder how this sounded to fans in 1976. It’s great getting to listen to music with the benefit of hindsight, but I can’t lie, I sometimes wish I could truly hear certain music with contemporary ears. Bringing it back to Frank, as insane as his stuff sounds now, imagine hearing it back then. No matter, we have the music with us, and that’s still pretty swell.
    Aynsley more than holds his own with Jaco. As I’m sure I talked about during the Wazoo reviews or even in the Zappa drummer thread, Aynsley gets kind of pigeonholed as a blues or hard rock drummer, but he’s actually quite versatile. I mean, Jaco, Frank, Beck, Journey, and Bowie-all in less than a decade. Really think about that.
    The album as a whole, while I don’t like it as much as Mott The Hoople, it’s a very enjoyable album and shows a different side of Ian, which I think solo albums should do. It’s a very good record overall, and worth checking out.
     
  7. Rne

    Rne Sufferin' succotash!

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    Absolutely correct. The Waka-Wazoo period is a clear example of that.
     
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  9. Zoot Marimba

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

    And as I said in the drummer thread, he went from hard rock straight into big band stuff all in one year. Aynsley has almost certainly had higher paying gigs, but I do think Frank pushed him in a way that most of those gigs don’t.
     
  10. Rne

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    The best drumming of his entire career is in those Zappa albums, hands down.
     
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  11. Zoot Marimba

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    I’d tend to agree. Honestly, that can be said of most of Frank’s players and/or bandmates.
     
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  12. Rne

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    And that can't be just a coincidence, can it?
     
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  13. Fastnbulbous

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    Whoa, I've never even heard of this record. Which is strange given that Oliver Nelson's doing arrangements. Great find!
     
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  14. pbuzby

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    Albert Wing has said he nearly joined Zappa when the Fowlers were with him in the 70's, but Zappa decided he couldn't afford another player.
     
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