Contains Music Performed At The Roxy Theater, Chicago Auditorium Theatre, and Edinboro State College!
Double LP reissue in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Frank Zappa & The Mothers at the Roxy in Hollywood, December 1973.
This double LP contains music which was recorded at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood. However, nearly all of the music was overdubbed later in the studio. The music was comprised from three shows at the Roxy and features tracks never before or thereafter released on any Zappa/Mothers album. Other tracks were taken from the second show on Mothers Day 1974 in the Chicago Auditorium Theatre and the May 8th Show in Edinboro State College, also in 1974.
"After his affair with jazz fusion (Waka/Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo, both released in 1972), Frank Zappa came back in late 1973 with an album of simple rock songs, Over-Nite Sensation. But the temptation for more challenging material was not long to resurface and, after a transitional LP (Apostrophe, early 1974), he unleashed a double LP (reissued on one CD) of his most complex music, creating a bridge between his comedy rock stylings and Canterbury-style progressive rock. Three-quarters of the album was recorded live at the Roxy in Hollywood and extensively overdubbed in the studio later. Only three tracks ("Dummy Up," "Son of Orange County," and "More Trouble Every Day"), taken from other concerts, are 100 percent live. The band is comprised of George Duke (keyboards), Tom Fowler (bass), Ruth Underwood (percussion), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Walt Fowler (trumpet), Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals), and Chester Thompson (drums) -- drummer Ralph Humphrey, keyboardist Don Preston, and guitarist Jeff Simmons appear on the non-Roxy material. The sequence "Echidna's Arf (Of You)"/"Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?" stands as Zappa's most difficult rock music and provides quite a showcase for Underwood. Other highlights include "Penguin in Bondage" and "Cheepnis," a horror movie tribute. All the pieces were premiere recordings, except for "More Trouble Every Day" and "Son of Orange County," a revamped, slowed down "Orange County Lumber Truck"/"Oh No." Compared to the man's previous live recordings (Fillmore East, June 1971, Just Another Band From L.A.), this one sounds fantastic, finally providing an accurate image of the musicians' virtuosity. For fans of Zappa's intricate material like "RDNZL," "The Black Page," or "Inca Roads," this album is a must-have." - allmusic.com
Cut directly from the 1/4" stereo master analog tapes
Cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in 2013
Contains all original mixes first issued in 1974
Pressed at Pallas in Germany
Frank Zappa, lead guitar, vocals
George Duke, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
Tom Fowler, bass
Ruth Underwood, percussion
Jeff Simmons, rhythm guitar, vocals
Don Preston, synthesizer
Bruce Fowler, trombone
Walt Fowler, trumpet
Napoleon Murphy Brock, tenor sax, flute, lead vocals
Ralph Humphrey, drums
Chester Thompson, drums
LP 1 - Side 1:
2. Penguin in Bondage
3. Pygmy Twylyte
4. Dummy Up
LP 1 - Side 2:
2. Village of the Sun
3. Echidna's Arf (of You)
4. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?
LP 2 - Side 3:
3. Son of Orange County
4. More Trouble Every Day
LP 2 - Side 4:
2. Be-Bop Tango (Of the Old Jazzmen's Church)