Last Chance Band

Muffin Man

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The 32nd release of Warsaw's Last Chance Band is what it is, to paraphrase the composer of its title tune. The three musicians featured hold forth on the subject of "Muffin Man" and its simple electric guitar riff for longer than 70 minutes, starting out with a somewhat plodding tempo and offbeat, treated vocals. Drummer Pan Teges joins the lineup this time out, meaning neither bandleader Witek Gorka nor sidekick Brat Pete need to go back and overdub drumming as is the procedure on other releases in this band's voluminous output. Zappa is an important figure in Polish culture, needless to say, his rebellious attitude toward straight society so threatening that cultural authorities made sure just about everything he ever did was censored. Probably one of the least important aspects of Zappa in this context would be his show-off electric jam numbers such as "Muffin Man" and the chopsy studio pros he featured increasingly in his late period lineups. It is not that sort of sharp virtuosity that springs forth as the Polish trio picks on this slight bit of composition, dismantling the theme, hiding out under some improvised debris, coming back in with the riff again, this time hopefully a bit tighter. With an almost maniacal tightness being more the goal of the usual Zappa cover project, the informality of these proceedings is refreshing, up the point where the playing sounds like not much more than the typical jamming that might be featured on hundreds of archive hours in any and all basement jam studios. Maybe the real muffin in the picture is the cheesy, out-of-tune studio piano that takes over less than a quarter way into the proceedings, settling into a slow jazz groove while overdubbed background strings moo like bovines munching on Zappa bonemeal.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 01:13:00
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