Road Tapes, Venue #2: Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, August 23 & 24, 1973 [CD]

  • Artist: Frank Zappa
  • SKU: 31274554
  • Release Date: 05/27/2016
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another great live Finnish expectorant

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    The Zappa Family Trust (ZFT) releases the second in a series of live recordings called Road Tapes from Frank's vault. Even though the ZFT calls these "guerrilla" recordings, the sound quality (SQ) is far superior than most bootleg recordings, and much better than the Beat The Boots FZ releases 25 years ago, and rivals the SQ many other bands professionally recorded and released products. As for this set, segments from three shows in late August of 1973 were selected and rearranged by ZFT Vaultmeister Joe Travers on to two discs in order to simulate a best of single show, with overall outstanding results (there is a finale of the first show at the end of disc 1). As for the music, this is the notorious Roxy band, which many FZ fans consider one, if not the, best line ups. This stereo recording features many popular FZ tunes with different arrangements, such as "Pojama People" in a 1940 jazz lounge rendition. Also there is lots of solo improvisations by band members inside some of Frank's blowing war horses, and a lot of tasty guitar. This also only live official ZFT release that includes Jean Luc Ponty in the band. Fans of You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Volume 2, also a Helsinki Finland FZ show recording, will also enjoy this as there is little overlap and much diversity between the two recordings.

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