Frank Zappa

You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5-6

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These four discs feature the final two volumes of Frank Zappa's YOU CAN'T DO THAT ONSTAGE ANYMORE series of archival live recordings. Volume Five's two discs offer one hour of Zappa's 1960s-era band, as well as a concert from '82 in Switzerland. It's evident that the original Mothers were establishing the foundation upon which all of the later bands were built. Zappa's desires as a composer led him to seek more skillful players, but the chemistry of his band's first four or five years is undeniably engaging. Later outfits forfeited the original band's charm for instrumental prowess. Comparisons aside, both Zappa's early and later bands possessed a staggering originality that will sound new for a long time to come.

Volume Six wraps up the series. This time out there's actual thematic unity linking the entire proceedings. The theme? Sex, of course. From locker-room jokes to anti-censorship rants, these final two discs run the entire spectrum. "Make A Sex Noise" and "Tracy Is A Snob" even feature some of the female citizens of, respectively, Binghamton, New York, and Salt Lake City, voluntarily coming up on stage and making--you guessed it--sex noises to the accompaniment of the band. Always expect the unexpected from a Zappa concert.

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