Frank Zappa

All You Need is Glove

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This Frank Zappa bootleg is only clearly identified by a cartoon likeness on its cover; his name doesn't appear anywhere, though Mario Fuente (the name of a drug kingpin that Zappa played in a cameo appearance on the 1980s television series Miami Vice) is credited as the producer and arranger. Most of the music seems to have come from 1984 concerts in Saratoga, NY, and Hollywood, CA; they sound like soundboard tapes because they are very clear compared to typical boots, but they are also strangely muffled a bit. Unfortunately, the performances are only average at best, with quickly tiresome songs like "In France," "Truck Driver Divorce," "Advance Romance," and "Dumb All Over." Zappa's instrumental "Chunga's Revenge," featuring his typically blistering guitar solo, is easily the highlight of this release. Two tracks appeared on other bootlegs: "Clownz on Velvet" appeared on the LP Clownz on Velvet: Toxic Shock Part 3, which originated from a November 1981 radio broadcast from the Ritz in New York City (with a running gag about featuring guitarist Al DiMeola as a guest -- the solo is actually by Warren Cucurullo) and "Frogs With Dirty Little Lips," a joint co-composed by Ahmet Zappa (the leader's then-toddler son) and the bandleader. What is odd about both of these tracks is that they obviously have studio overdubs mixed in, and the latter song is not from an audience taping like the otherwise identical performance which appeared on the earlier bootleg LP Good Grief, making one wonder if someone employed by Zappa dubbed some of the tapes his employer was working on but chose not to release. As a result, this curious and long unavailable two-LP set will be of marginal interest to most fans of Frank Zappa.

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