The Mothers - Just Another Band From L.A.
Label: Reprise / Bizarre Records
Catalog#: MS 2075
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Vinyl is VG+ VG++ few light scuffs
Gatefold Cover: VG+ VG++ cornerwear, edgewear
Country: Original US Issue
Style: Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock
A Billy The Mountain (24:42)
B1 Call Any Vegetable (7:22)
B2 Eddie, Are You Kidding ? (3:10)
B3 Magdalena (6:25)
B4 Dog Breath (3:41)
The album begins with the 25-minute "Billy the Mountain", an astoudingly clever construct which presents itself as a mini-operatta where draft-dodging, air-force bases, las vegas, an economic superhero with a most amusing method of levitation, and SO much more, all tie-in to one of zappa's most hilarious pieces of social commentary.
After this the listener is pummelled with a storming suite of songs covering issues such as how to treat your vegetables, double knit pants which stretch in all the right places, and father-daughter paedophilia.
Inane advertising jingles and slogans serve as a conceptual theme throughout the album - Zappa absorbs this stuff and spits it back in our face. And we take notice 'cause it's so damn funny. The reason why this and most of the other Zappa albums with Flo & Eddie were live recordings seems to be so as to capture their frenetic, spontaneous energy and endearing charm.
They had an enthusiastic dyanimsn about them which later more high-brow Zappa line-ups where never quite able to recapture. I love this album!
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