The third instance offers a variation via a tempo change, as mentioned, for the first two bars of the theme. Bars Theme III. The different appearances of "Dog breath " and the "Dog breath variations" are getting amply dealt with in the Uncle Meat section. The Ludwig study see the references contains an example, specifically transcribed from "Just another band from L. I've included some bars below.
My own transcriptions concern four other renditions of these titles. Dog breath, , midi file. Dog breath, , transcription. These bars deal with the divergence between the vocal parts Flo and Eddie are singing. The higher line sings the full text. The second lower line sings slower, in a different rhythm, with only the first words of the two sentences involved.
It uses different pitches as well, offering harmony notes for the first line. The accompaniment is a D-Em alternation. See the Uncle Meat section for more about this topic. In this version the accent lies on G Lydian. It has a coda of its own in F Dorian, including a guitar solo over a chromatically descending bass movement F -F natural-E-D. This coda starts at The total composition "Penis dimension" lasts over 10 minutes including the following sections: a Opening by the orchestra and choir.
A piano reduction can be found in the Frank Zappa songbook vol. I, pages Next is the opening from this piece, taken over from the Songbook. Bars form a sequence with the intervals of the sung melody being repeated in a chromatic set up. Thus comparable to the first "Billy the mountain" example from above.
For that reason "Penis dimension" is included in this section about sequences. To the left a screenshot from the torch procession scene from " Motels". For this movie Zappa used several forms of collage techniques. In this case you can see Mark Volman's face projected over a member from the orchestra with the score in front of him or her.
Mark is reciting the "public announcement" from "Penis dimension". Penis dimension, opening midi file. Penis dimension, opening notes. The vamp is presented at the bottom of page 42 of the songbook, while the text is presented on page 43 as a "Public service announcement to be read over Penis dimension vamp ending". Next Zappa re-arranged this piece for his jazz band, with a performance being included in the "Wazoo" release by the ZFT.
For this occasion a little solo could be played over the vamp. The "The suites" version of "Penis dimension" includes sections a -d. A handwritten "Penis dimension" score of 34 pages with bars was to be auctioned. Zappa's handwriting can be readily recognized, so there's no doubt about its genuineness.
Penis dimension, end midi file. Penis dimension, end score. Zappa originally intended this piece to end with what he liked to call a frenzy, a deliberate chaotic ambience, but all directed. In this case a frenzy by the full orchestra and choir. It involves large clustered chords and erratic melodic lines, sometimes parallel, but mostly as counterpoint lines. All is atonal.
Vertically most parts follow the same rhythm, but also here divergence exists, like the triplets and quintuplets in bar The example above includes bars , the sample pages from the end that were shown at the site of the auctioneer. So I can't tell what the total coda would be like. Maybe even more got skipped or changed that we don't know of yet. The reason why this coda got skipped from all actual executions may be clear. It's not really fit for a human performance. As you can see in various other sections from the original " Motels" score next section , Zappa composed " Motels" supposing an ideal situation with unlimited rehearsal time.
Theoretically all can be performed, but for practical reasons various parts got either adapted on the spot or skipped altogether. Also a midi editor can't handle the above well, it's only an approximation. I can't tell what the tempo should be. The piece begins with the metronome tempo of a fourth note being 84, but when you magnify the sample of page 6 from the score reproduced in the " Motels" booklet , you can see a tempo change to first faster and next 58 half speed.
See the "Penis dimension" paragraph from the next Motels section for more about this piece. At the same time Heritage Auctions was auctioning the piccolo part of a piece I can't identify.
Two sample pages with bars 90 through were shown, with the score sections referred to as G through M. Again it's clearly Zappa's handwriting. During many bars this piccolo part is either pausing or sustaining one or two notes, so it must be only one of the parts of the composition probably the reason why I don't recognize where it stems from.
Piccolo part, bars midi file. Piccolo part, bars score. By itself it's another good example of the use of sequences: - Bars are a transposition of bars , going a major second down. As the number of minor seconds steps being The two sample pages include varying meters. Next are bars , by themselves being diatonic. Next you've got bars and , where the notation is done in such a manner that Zappa makes it clear that he didn't want an accent on the downbeat of bars and The way the notes are grouped is decisive for where the accents lie.
It contains most of the two concerts the Mothers of Invention gave at this location, October 11th , a one-time only event photo to the left by Charles Hu. Every once in a while Zappa played an early and a late show during a single night. The two shows are entirely different. As usual you've got differences in the versions played, compared to the already released ones. The opening riff of "Who are the brain police?
See the previous Fillmore East section for "Who are the brain police? This time it's used during several of the sung bars as well bars and The rhythm, with its many triplets, has the same basis, but the riff is now moving through it in a syncopic way using a melodic line throughout.
Brain police variation Carnegie Hall, , theme midi file Brain police variation Carnegie Hall, , theme transcription According to Gail Zappa's writing in the CD booklet the recordings from this tour are complete.
Gail and Joe Travers continue with commenting upon the equipment used and the format of the tapes, the latter posing a problem to play them for years since Joe became "vaultmeister". Apparently Zappa didn't have the best equipment at hand for every concert - this one is in mono - which might explain why he himself focused on only three venues for all of his own live recordings from It looks like the recording conditions were the best on these occasions. This is clear because it got mentioned by Flo and Eddie in interviews.
The fact that "Just another band from L. According to, among others, the www. I can't verify this, but seen the quality of Zappa's solos in it, it's possible. For the later "Playground psychotics" release from Zappa himself returned to material for what might have been sides 3 and 4 of "Fillmore East", but apparently not to the double album version of "Just another band from L.
The liner notes by Gail Zappa on "Finer moments" are, as usual, cryptical, vaguely suggesting that Zappa, in , had been working on material from this CD to be included in a later release. The humour of the lyrics are of course great too. Magdalena is another great song. Again the vocal work is astonishing. Some great guitar soloing from Frank Zappa makes this song excellent. The musicianship is just excellent throughout the album.
The performance is thight but as always with Zappa there is room for improvesation. The sound quality given that this is a live recording is good for the time. This would be the last album with Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman still in the band. This version of the Mothers of Invention would be disbanded after Frank Zappa was pushed of the stage at the Rainbow Theatre in London in December by a member of the audience who alledgedly claimed that Zappa had been sending eyes at his girlfriend of course he was.
He is a rock star. What did the idiot expect? Zappa was severely hurt when he hit the concrete floor of the orchestra pit and suffered damage to his head, back, leg, neck as well as a crushed larynx.
Upon recovery this caused his voice to drop a third which is clearly heard on his first vocal performance after the accident which is Overnight Sensation. He would also have problems with his back and leg for the rest of his life. This was not the only reason for disbanding The Mothers of Invention though. The famous Deep purple song Smoke on the Water was written about this event as Deep Purple actually were present at this concert.
The first side, however, keeps giving me some light chuckles with each listen, even if plotwise it's rather stupid the plot can be found in many places on the web, but for the purpose of adding some length to this review, I will re-tell it. Over the years, Billy had appeared on thousands of postcards, and finally, one day, his royalties check comes in the mail, making him rich.
Billy and Ethell decide to uproot and go on a vacation to New York, and in the process of trekking across the country they accidentally keep destroying residential spaces and military air bases. To save the country, the government trumps up charges against Ethell of being a communist and a witch, and drafts Billy into the military.
The would-be hero, Studebaker Hoch, who is sent to deliver this order to Billy and who is able to fly into the air to speak "face to face" with Billy by a means involving flies and maple syrup , ends up getting seriously hurt when Billy laughs at him Billy has a cliff for a jaw, you see.
Some people don't like the way that it so deliberately namechecks so many icons and places of contemporary circa American culture, saying that this aspect severely dates it especially since the references tend to focus mostly on, you guessed it, L. They're not the focus, they're just a nice extra layer that somehow makes the whole thing at least kinda tasty.
At least, I think so. All in all, then, this isn't exactly an album I'd recommend hunting night and day for, but the first half is intriguing in its own perverse way, so you could certainly afford to grab it if you're a real Zappa-phile and you see it used.
This incarnation of the band did a lot worse, after all and thank goodness, this was the last Flo and Eddie album. Opening on the sidelong mins Billy The Mountain, but we're far from an "epic" here, as we deal with a typical Zappa-esque humorous if you fancy it , but it's mostly a big bore, AFAIAC.
Lots of nearly grotesque moments, coupled with downright-weird passages and dumb Monty Python-like sketches, but relatively little music? The flipside is indeed a bit more enthralling with the Vegetable, with those slight doo-wop choruses and yodelling rutabagas, but we're definitely not in Rats or Chunga land.
Kidding Eddie fares no better with the grotesque music and Magdalena fails to arouse my curiosity. Only the closing Dog Breath does show some rather incredible drumming, keyboards and guitars, though. This is the only track of the album that would be worthy of Chunga's Revenge. At least, now I know why I ignored this album for years and even 15 years after my first listen, while writing this review, I wondered why I chose to give it a second chance.
The second side of the album is good, too, but suffers from the same sound quality issues. Eddie Are You Kidding a piece Volman and Kaylan wrote with Frank, is a silly doo-wop styles song about a suit salesman. But it manages to be funny as well.
Magdalena would probably not been released if it was written even a decade later. It's actually sort of funny in a weird way, if you can get past the repulsine incest theme. If it had more of a payback from Magdalena to her pervert father, the song might have fared better. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
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