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Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart - Bongo Fury

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Scan submitted/created by [Aidanymous]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Rykodisc
Reference :
Date :1975
Made In :
Quality :Official live album
Booklet & packaging :
Total duration: 38:55

Comments
From Wikipedia:
"Bongo Fury is a mostly live album released by Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart in 1975. The live portions were recorded in May 1975 at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas. Studio tracks were recorded in January 1974 (during the sessions which produced One Size Fits All and much of Studio Tan). This was the first time Zappa and Beefheart had worked together since Beefheart claimed Zappa sabotaged his Trout Mask Replica studio sessions in April of 1969.

"The album is a notable entry in Zappa's discography. It was the last to feature a majority of Zappa's early 70s band, which had been used extensively on prior albums such as Apostrophe (') and Roxy & Elsewhere. As such, Napoleon Murphy Brock's vocals are featured both on the sprawling "Advance Romance" as well as on the three-part harmonies of "Carolina Hard-Core Ecstasy". Captain Beefheart, in likely his only tour with Zappa's band, delivers vocals on several tracks, including his two short prose readings "Sam With the Showing Scalp Flat Top" and "Man With the Woman Head." Bongo Fury also marks the first appearance of Terry Bozzio, who would become Zappa's featured drummer up through 1978."

A review:
"Bongo Fury captures Captain Beefheart aka Don Van Vliet with Frank Zappa during their brief reunion for a series of shows in the spring of 1975. This album is a pastiche of both live performances - taken from two evenings at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, TX - and studio recordings that were almost a year-and-a-half old. This is the last album to feature the highly technical jazz fusion of Mothers of Invention, whose roots can be traced back to 1973 circa Over-Nite Sensation. The live portions are highlighted by the latest addition to the band - frenetic percussionist extraordinaire Terry "Ted" Bozzio, who would stay with Zappa for a majority of the 70s. Most Zappa enthusiasts either love or hate Bongo Fury. Much of the disparity has to do with the lack of the extended fusion-based instrumentals that had graced their predecessors One Size Fits All and Roxy & Elsewhere as much as it does with the inclusion of Captain Beefheart. Conversely, those consumers whose passions tend toward both Zappa and Captain Beefheart consider this disc as a mutual zenith. Either way, there is a little something for every element. The album plunges directly into the ballsy rocker "Debra Kadabra." Although the track is credited solely to Zappa, the schizophrenic animation given by Van Vliet is an inspired combination of singing and spoken word - as might be delivered by an amphetamine-drenched preacher. Zappa and the Mothers give the multi-tempo song a full-throttled workout, which is met headlong with "Carolina Hard-Core Ecstasy." This track comes from Zappa's long tradition of "tales from the road" involving various encounters with female enthusiasts. The song also includes some fiery fretwork from Zappa during the waning moments. Additional stellar guitar work can be found on "Advance Romance," as the best elements of this particular band occur here. The track grooves with a force similar to that of "Florentine Pogen" from One Size Fits All and contains a memorable Napoleon Murphy Brock vocal. The song also features the most extended instrumental interaction on Bongo Fury, running at over 11 minutes. Likewise, the two Captain Beefheart penned spoken-word selections, "Sam With the Showing Scalp Flat Top" and "Man With a Woman Head," are key entries into his anthology of surrealistic prose." Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide

Personnel
Terry Bozzio – drums
Michael Braunstein – engineer
Napoleon Murphy Brock – saxophone, vocals
Captain Beefheart – harmonica, harp, vocals, performer
George Duke – keyboards, vocals
Bruce Fowler – trombone, dancer
Tom Fowler – bass, dancer
Frank Hubach – engineer
Kelly Kotera – engineer
Kerry McNabb – engineer
Davey Moire – engineer
Cal Schenkel – design
Bob Stone – engineer
Mike Stone – engineer
Chester Thompson – drums
Denny Walley – vocals, slide guitar
John Williams – photography, cover photo
Frank Zappa – guitar, keyboards, vocals, producer

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Debra Kadabra(Zappa)
3:54
Song
Live
Official
1975
Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart
2.
Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy(Zappa)
5:59
Song
Live
Official
1975
Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart
3.
Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top(Van Vliet)
2:51
Song
Live
Official
1975
Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart
4.
Poofter's Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead(Zappa)
3:03
Song
Live
Official
1975
Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart
5.
200 Years Old(Zappa)
4:32
Song
Live
Official
1975
Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart
6.
Cucamonga(Zappa)
2:24
Song
Live
Official
1975
Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart
7.
Advance Romance(Zappa)
11:17
Song
Live
Official
1975
Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart
8.
Man With The Woman Head(Van Vliet)
1:28
Song
Live
Official
1975
Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart
9.
Muffin Man(Zappa)
5:34
Song
Live
Official
1975
Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart
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Filename: cbbf
Originally filled by: Aidanymous
Date of creation: 05 Dec 2008 20:35:45
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 19 Apr 2012 20:05:39
Online on : 19 Apr 2012
Type of media: Official CD


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