Frank Zappa

Untitled Picture Disc

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Purchasers of bootleg records have to take a lot on faith because of chancy sound and content and that the songs and musicians are the ones actually included; but this black & white picture disc only has pictures of Frank Zappa on each side, nothing else. Side one includes excerpts from a March 1979 concert in Copenhagen, which is highlighted by Zappa's intense instrumental opener "The Deathless Horsie" and a fun-filled "Brown Shoes Don't Make It." The second side, from a 1979 concert in Goteborg, Sweden, begins with a long narrative by Zappa that precedes his "I Have Been in You" (which explains the background behind his brilliant parody of Peter Frampton's inept ballad "I'm in You," although Zappa's preamble was omitted from the version he released on the LP set Sheik Yerbouti, followed by the equally amusing "Flakes" (with Adrian Belew's hilarious vocal spoof of Bob Dylan) and "Broken Hearts Are for Assholes," which is a hard rocker with lyrics that get tedious in a hurry. Sadly, the muffled sound and somewhat noisy pressing make this potential collectable bootleg LP of only borderline interest to Zappa fans.

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