I suppose he was trying to recreate the way the musicians were positioned on stage. Many of these are the component parts of what would later become in augmented form Uncle Meat tracks. It sounds like Frank is sitting in the same room as you, playing for you. This album is toooooooo big to give it a true review without writting a 2 page introduction!!! I've really warmed up to the alternate presentation and the cleverly sequenced bonus module compliments it nicely. Uncle Meat was a commercial success upon release, and has been highly acclaimed for its innovative recording and editing techniques, including experiments in manipulation of tape speed and , and its diverse sound. Uncle Meat Live at Columbia University 1969 - Funny introduction by Frank at the beginning.
Uncle Meat was noticed by a wide variety of players. The restoration here is a patchwork of the original tape and some well-preserved safety backups. In fact, the Main Theme as it appears on the album is included in the middle of the track, same version without overdubs and slightly extended. The ending musical phrase, as heard on the album track, is missing here. Sakuji's March - A short composition performed by Ruth Underwood on the marimba. It is incredibly complex, full of music that was totally foreign even to my classically trained ears.
Fielder quit the group before the album was released and his name was removed from the album credits. Much of the music is the same as the real album, just in a different order. Unsourced material may be challenged and. The concert delivers with a good blend of fan favorites, blistering guitar solos, audience participation, on-the-spot improvisations and stellar playing from Zappa and his talented band. It has a 37 minute track that is to be a sound track for a supposed movie called Unlce Meat. But, however demented and unorthodox, Freak Out! You can really see what is happening the whole time.
Otherwise, I would say that the extras serve to push the real album up onto the podium in the spotlight where it deserves to be. I see it as genius not just because of the music, but because of the craft with which it is assembled. Harpsicords, woodwinds, marimbas, opera singers. The album ends with a mammoth 25-minute long improvisation recorded in Columbia, S. Frank's solo is quite energic but sounds a bit treated: maybe it's a sped up overdub? I've been reading through this thread for about an hour now. You have to experience this one from cover to cover to understand the flow of the songs and how they relate to the artwork.
Disc 3 rounds off the set with several delights, more in line of the traditional archive releases of this sort. I get a real kick out of the second disc. I'm starting to immerse myself into the Uncle Meat. Anyway, a part from a couple of sections that are slightly differently mixed and extended, we also have some material that ended up being removed from the final section. Long hailed for its innovation and experimentation, Zappa experimented with tape speed, overdubbing and a collage of sounds.
Title Writer s Length 1. Well, then I'm going to use even that on the record! Zappa would work with material from this line-up on and off, but nothing was ever officially released during his lifetime. Exquisite mastering, heavy vinyl and beautiful artwork. Electric Aunt Jemima Mix Outtake - Very different mix. It doesn't contain the sound effects during the bridge or the ending dialogue. The tone and the solo are absolutely beautiful and it makes for a very ethereal and heavenly listening epxerience. Zolar Czakl Mix Outtake - Another rather different mix, revealing percussion bits that are buried on the album but excluding the guitar part.
The track listing programs the new tracks at the beginning of the second disc, placing the material between the album's original third and fourth sides. It is integral to my soul. You listen to Zappa, Gail, and company rant on with lines form the movie and direction from Frank himself. When I was a schoolboy and I spunked up a small fortune for it forty something years ago, I hated it. Of the millions of sounds I have heard and absorbed in my lifetime, none has influenced my music and my career path sound engineer more than this album.
All albums are available for pre-order now. I've always prefeered this version to the album take because I love the way the main theme sounds played by the saxophone and the guitar. If you like Uncle Meat, you get a lot of it here. I quite like the mix Joe Travers did of this, even though I would have prefeered Frank's spoken intro to be centred. Of course, it reached a Hot Rats level of accessibility on side four with the mighty King Kong, and there were some other grand moments that piqued my teenage interest like Cruising for Burgers. If you are new to Zappa, don't be afraid to order this one.
But it was also fascinating, good natured, even funny in places. Per the booklet, the master tape was in iffy shape, suffering from among other things the oxide problems that plagued many of Zappa's 1960s-era masters. Prelude To King Kong Extended Version - Well, the title explains it all. I have decided to stop thinking about how this anomaly came to be, as it hurts my brain. Exercise 4 Variant, meanwhile, features what appears to be an embryonic version of the Main Title Theme and a version of the Golden Arches coda with some very Lumpy-Gravy-style adornments.