Frank Zappa

Zappa '82 Encores

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The number of Frank Zappa bootlegs seemed to explode during the 1980s, as every fan of his music seemed to be smuggling a tape recorder into his concerts. This colored vinyl curiosity, with the dubious claim that it is a limited edition of only 300, consists of excerpts from several stops during his 1982 European tour. The Munich tracks, including Zappa's mildly amusing anti-drug anthem "Cocaine Decisions," his dark dismissal of the recording industry ('Nig Biz"), and the instrumental finale from his movie 200 Motels, "Strictly Genteel," have decent sound for audience recordings, though the usual excessive bass and drums and insufficient high frequencies. All of the remaining tracks, however, aren't worth spending the time to listen to at all, due to the distortion and audience noise. Like many of the Zappa bootlegs, this one's for completists only!

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