this recording is amazing. In a condensed form, this CD sorta is a cliff note of frank zappa career. Totally.
You have two silly songs:
1. Valley Girl. A funny song. Very funny song. And a favorite on doctor demento. Not really anything but a statement from FZ about these PEOPLE. Nothing musical to listen to really.
2. No Not Now. Amusing from the stand point that it sounds funny, but it soon gets on the nerves.
Then you have a song that sounds funny .. but if you don't listen to the words, the music will blow you OUTTA the water:
1. I Come From Nowhere. This song is in such an odd key, timbre and the vocals are in the same timbre... really odd stuff. And humerous. but, the music, the bass playing and percussion... then frank tears into one of his most angry nastiest solos ever captured. Quite under rated in his catalog. I do not have him anywhere performing this song live, but would love to hear it. Things pick up from here.
Then you have THE assault on the ears and mind with the suite of songs that attack you from here out...
1. Drowning Witch. For YEARS this was my total favorite FZ song. It is still one of my favorite songs, but it totally overwhelmed me when I first heard it. Amazing Progressive Rock Metal. the tempo, the time changes on a dime, the suspense builds here and there... it is 12 minutes of absolute joy. THIS CD IS A FIVE STAR BASED ON THIS ALONE!
2. Envelopes commences right at the end of DW, and it is totally great. Percussion overdrive pulsing throughout. Leaves you breathless.
3. Then, as if serving you desert, FZ hands you TAP to end the cd. The lyrics are, again, humerous, but the music is quite interesting. Worth a challenge to listen to the music over the lyrics (much like ICFN earlier.