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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should own at least 3 copies of this cd,
This review is from: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Audio CD)Words can not truly describe the brilliance of this album. Not a bad track on the entire thing. The one track on here that truly shines is "The Little House I Use To Live In". It is such a beautiful song and when Sugar Can Harris starts playing the violin...sheer bliss.
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible,
This review is from: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Audio CD)Words cannot possibly express how much I love "Burnt Weeny Sandwich." I didn't like it at first, but my opinion of this album did a complete U-turn within just a few listens. "Burnt Weeny Sandwich," like a good portion of Zappa's material, is a much more engaging listening experience when you already know the album well, so you can anticipate every note and close your eyes when your favorite part comes along.
The cd opens with "WPLJ," a catchy doo-wop style tune that I just love. It was a stroke of genius to feature two guys speaking Spanish at the end of the song (You'll see what I mean when you hear it). "Aybe Sea" is another highlight. The overlapping guitars and piano are truly euphoric, not to mention the opening melody. At almost twenty minutes long, "The Little House I used to Live In" could be an album all its own. Sugarcane Harris's violin solo is absolutely amazing. My favorite song, however, is "Holiday in Berlin, Full Blown." This song exhilerates me in a way that no other song can. Frank Zappa is a genius for composing something so beautiful. You just have to hear it to know what I'm rambling about.
All in all, this album is a complete masterpiece. If you're in the right frame of mind, this album can take you places that you never knew existed. GET IT.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent instrumentals,
This review is from: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Audio CD)This is the Mothers of Invention's seventh album. It, along with Weasals Ripped My Flesh, were compiled by Frank Zappa from old material recorded just before the original Mothers disbanded. It is a combination of live and studio material. The original Mothers are featured on some parts. But other parts are more like a Zappa solo album, featuring Ian Underwood, Sugar Cane Harris and Lowell George (who went on to form Little Feat). Some of the material was taken from the same sessions as Zappa's first solo album, Hot Rats. The CD is 41 minutes long, which is long by Zappa standards. (Many of his albums were under 35 minutes).
The first and the last track are do-wop, 50's style songs, like the MOthers had played on earlier albums. The rest is stunning instrumentals. Every instrumental track is simply fantastic. It ends up with the amazing Little House I Used to Live In. There are great guitar and organ solos from Zappa, violin solo from Harris, and piano and sax solos from Underwood.
On this album, Zappa seamlessly edits live and studio material into one track, making it sound as if the piece were played during one sitting. It is difficult to tell what was done live and what was done in the studio. Zappa would continue this practice of mixing live and studio material throughout his career. On most of his later "studio" albums, the majority of the music was recorded live.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar Cane Harris and FZ blow the world up,
This review is from: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Audio CD)This CD is fantastic. The way that FZ has Sugar Cane Harris frying the absolute best out of electric violin really is not surpassed by anyone in rock and roll, ever. Not even work that FZ did with Jean Luc Ponty rivals this work. SCH was rumored in jail and frank paid his bail to get him to work on this recording... and the HOT RATS recording (all recording was done for both albums, during a typical marathon FZ studio workout) The songs are fantastic, and typical normal folk enjoy this CD due to the easy themes involved in the recording.. sans the last song called Valarie and the WPLJ tune which are sorta doo wop, which fz included on many recordings.
I like Uncle Meat a bit better, but this is a good companion recording to Uncle Meat... Uncle Meat is the bad behaving older brother to this recording. but essential to anyone who loves to hear wild mind bending beautiful music.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Everyone in this room is wearing a uniform...",
This review is from: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Audio CD)If Igor Stravinsky, Eric Dolphy, The Platters, Spike Jones, and Jimi Hendrix had ever gotten drunk together and decided to record an album commemorating their meeting, this is probably close to what would have come out. Some of Zappa's finest instrumentals are sandwiched between two vintage doo-wop numbers (hence the album's title). Like a (somewhat) more accessible second cousin to UNCLE MEAT, this album runs the gamut from Stravinskyian marches to acid-rock jams to gypsy dances to snide lounge music, usually within the same song. While I certainly wouldn't call this album "mainstream", it is too lighthearted to be considered "avant-garde"; Zappa always turned his prominent nose up at those who would turn their own noses up at others for any reaon, and for Zappa that included both the mainstream and the avant-garde. Thus, his music was always essentially unclassifiable. BURNT WEENY SANDWICH, along with WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH, comprises the swan song of the original Mothers of Invention lineup; the next two albums in this "transitional" period would point to two distinct new directions in Zappa's music: CHUNGA'S REVENGE introduced Flo and Eddie (aka Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, late of The Turtles), who would become prominent figures in the next Mothers lineup (and would feature in the film 200 MOTELS). This disc is something of an apotheosis of Zappa's early jazz/classical/avant-garde experiments. Like the other albums in said "transitional" period, it is indispensible for Zappa fans, and may possibly even appeal to non-fans. Overall, this album is important for showing us that music need not have silly lyrics (or any lyrics at all) to make its listeners laugh. Listen to BURNT WEENY SANDWICH the way it was meant to be heard: in good spirits, with open ears and mind. If you let it, it will blow you away.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great Mothers release,
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This review is from: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Audio CD)BURNT WEENY SANDWICH is a collection of material done with the "old" Mothers lineup but not released until that group had been disbanded. It's more or less in the vein of the double-album UNCLE MEAT, released not long earlier, but shorter and somewhat more accessible. Zappa bookends the album with two catchy doo-wop covers, 'WPLJ' and 'Valarie', but the heart of the record lies in the instrumental tracks in between. 'Holiday in Berlin' (presented in two arrangements) is a memorable theme, Zappa and Ian Underwood get sea-chanty in 'Aybe Sea', and there's some honking guitar work on 'Theme From Burnt Weeny Sandwich'. For many fans, the album highlight is 'The Little House I Used to Live In', an 18-minute improvisational jazz suite following in the footsteps of the previous record's 'King Kong'. It's assembled out of several segments taped at different times, which gel nicely, and there are many intense moments such as a couple of violin solos by Sugar Cane Harris. Anybody who enjoys Zappa's jazzy work and instrumental compositions should give a listen to BURNT WEENY SANDWICH.
4.0 out of 5 stars The only Mothers album I replaced on CD,
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This review is from: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Audio CD)Well, while I enjoyed the more orchestral "Holiday in Berlin" and "Aybe Sea", as far as I'm concerned, "Little House I Used to Live In" could have been the Mothers' one and only recording and I would still consider this a master work. I listened to this track over and over while working on my paintings and art works in my youth, and these days I still turn the volume up during the second piano solo, its chaotic yet controlled ramblings over the keyboard, with that delicious swing-blues bass and drum backing, syncopated at times with Jimmy Carl Black's trademark 2/3 beat. My only complaint (with all due respect to Sugar Cane Harris) is that the piano solos don't last long enough.
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as any Zappa made,
This review is from: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Audio CD)I like 'ABSOLUTELY FREE' the best, but I treasure this one almost as much. And the artwork is perfect. Get this disc; unless you don't like Zappa-- or do not like HOT RATS-- you'll like this CD.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is MUSIC,
This review is from: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Audio CD)When the great man died, the college radio station for M.I.T. played a two hour tribute to Frank. The program ended with Aybe Sea, with the piano notes drifting away. I've listened to this wonderful album many times since first owning it in the mid 70s, but hearing those fading piano notes that day made me cry because, to me, they represented Frank fading away from us all.
The album is, indeed, a sandwich, as the title indicates. Sandwiched between two wonderfully performed 50s style doo-wop songs are some serious Zappa compositions! A mix of studio creativity (Zappa was the consumate chef in the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen) and live Mothers playing, this recording, along with Hot Rats, Waka/Jawaka, Uncle Meat and The Grand Wazoo show Zappa as the gifted and other-worldly composer/player/arranger & conductor of some of the most challenging music of that late 60s - early 70s era.
Anybody who dismisses Frank Zappa as simply a good guitar player who sang some funny or stupid lyrics really doesn't know the man.
The title comes from one of Zappa's favorite food items. He used to fry up a hot dog, slap it inside a slice of bread, dip it in some mustard and scarf it down. Of course the title is suggestable to the suggestable listener, but this one is as simple as that.
Buy this CD and any or all of the above listed for a real excursion into another universe. Good night, Frank... wherever you are!
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite mothers album.,
This review is from: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Audio CD)This is, by far and away, my favorite album from the Mothers of Invention. I completely fell in love with it the first time I heard it and will probably stay in my top-ten favorite list until I die.
Starting with the fifties doo-wop of "WPLJ" and ending with the fifties doo-wop of "Valerie", Burnt Weeny Sandwhich is a beautiful recording of live and studio instrumentals that is further proof that Frank Zappa, was indeed, WAY ahead of his time. He and good buddy, Captain Beefheart, presented the world with some of the greatest and most eccentric music ever recorded. No, Beefheart is not on this record (please check out "Trout Mask Replica"), but what we get here is some great musical arrangements and some damn fine guitar playing (wait till you hear track 4).
Among many other things, I believe that this album (or any album by the Mothers) enhances creativity. Billy Bob Thornton once said that "if you listen to this stuff while you write, no matter what you're workin' on, it's gonna come out a little different." He was right. He listened to this over and over while writing "Sling Blade" and that screenplay won him an Oscar. I believe he knows what he's talking about.
Anyway, if you still have some doubts, just get the album and let the music do the talking. They really don't make music like this anymore. I miss Frank Zappa...
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