Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch Original recording remastered
|1. No Not Now|
|2. Valley Girl|
|3. I Come From Nowhere|
|4. Drowning Witch|
|6. Teen-Age Prostitute|
Top Customer Reviews
Feminine voices dominate the album; Moon Zappa plays the part of the "Valley Girl" (a hilarious tune), and Lisa Popiel plays the part of the "Teen-Age Prostitute".
The album isn't a must, but is recommended to regular FZ fans, since it--with the exception of "Drowning Witch" and "Envelopes"--only features songs that cannot be heard on any other Zappa album. However, the versions of the two above mentioned tracks are here performed at their best.
Back to the album now. Many fans seem to dislike I Come From Nowhere but I think it's great. Lots of madness and energy in this tricky piece. My theory is that the composing procedure of the song started with Roy Estrada's vocals(!). It sounds as if Roy sang a capella or to a totally different accompanyment and that FZ built a composition around Estrada's vocals. The 2nd half of the song is made up of FZ's most brutal guitar solo ever. Almost in the metal domain, but in his own way of course.
The other songs not mentioned here are OK but not outstanding. The album is mixed for a certain sort of speakers. I've never listened to it through the recommended equipment but I find the sound of the album very "extreme". Very sharp and metal-ish and far from the warm sound of the Discreet era.
No Not Now - The only track on this album which is disposable. It has good rythm and is funny but its appeal runs short. 6/10
Valley Girl - Well this was a huge hit and that is understandable, the bass is great and the lyrics are very funny -great improv on Moon's part. 8/10
I Come From Nowhere - This is my favorite track from the album. It has demented vocals, weird lyrics and one of the greatest guitar solos ever.10/10
Drowning Witch - The pièce-de-resistance and masterpiece of the album. Very complex musically with lots of great solos and a meltdown-style start. 10/10
Envelopes - Drowning Witch segues into this track and I always have difficulty differentiating the two this is a great instrumental. 10/10
Teenage Prostitute - Weirdest track on the album. Great singing by Liza Popeil. Sounds a bit operatic at times. 8/10
All in all this is one of the greater Zappa albums and I would reccommend it to everyone who loves the man! And if you like Vally Girl do yourself a favor and listen to the rest of the album - you might just like it.
Most recent customer reviews
The only drawback to this album would have to be its shortness, this is such a fun album you want more of it. From the very first note these guys are just rockin all the way. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2012 by Bernard Reeves
This disc is another overwhelming success on a musical/lyrical level. To prove this, we created a variegated 100-item song list which our experts felt were of vastly fluctuating... Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003 by A Concerned Citizen
It is a silly track, but i love it. This cd is excellent, not a bad track anywhere to be found. And the vocals on Teenage Prostitute are amazingPublished on Oct. 25 2003 by K. Tucker
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. Read more
Valley Girl, the dumb little song that Zappa records as a lark with his daughter, actually manages to win a grammy and baste more of the values he spent his life lampooning than... Read morePublished on Dec 14 2002 by The Honourable Husband
Many critics agree that the segued 3 last songs--'drowning witch; 'envelopes'; and 'teenage prostitute' -- are worthwhile. But the other tracks are often dismissed. Read morePublished on April 5 2002 by Al Brooks
The ship arriving too late to save the drowning witch is one of my favorite zappa cd's. The track No Not Now is probably my all time favorite Zappa song(string beans to Utah). Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2002 by JASON
I have to admit that I am a Zappa madman, I have every album & a load of boots so I guess that i'm not 100% objective on this one! This album was always a bit of a conundrum. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2001 by Fingerbar Fiddleston