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Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
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1974 02 16

As per Charles Ulrich's excellent giglist this is this Mothers incarnation's second concert and it shows: there are instances where they get lost a bit, noticeably on "Approximate" and "Inca Roads". This said, flaws or not, this is an excellent concert and one of the truly essential tapes. First of all, the sound of this band is lovely and all the players are great. There is a lot of energy in the performance and Frank plays some mean solos. The highlights are the early version of the "One Size Fits All" tracks: "Andy" is taken at a slower tempo and sounds more majestic in place, "Florentine Pogen" is performed twice at double speed with a guitar solo in the middle and this is the first non-cocktail version of "Inca Roads" in circulation and, although some bits still need fixes, the bulk of it is already there. Oh, there's also the lyrically mutated version of "The Idiot Bastard Son" which is quite nice! A truly fascinating document from one of the most interesting periods of Zappa's career.

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Only talking in general terms here, but I’ve been listening to a lot of the band Focus recently by way of their recent bargain box set “Hocus Pocus Box”. I only knew them from the song Hocus Pocus (which I think is awesome) but I can say that their whole catalog is pretty spiffy. While there is nothing else in their catalog that remotely resembles Hocus Pocus, everything is pretty cool. Sometimes proggy, fusiony, jammy, etc. Flute on some proggy numbers recalls Jethro Tull, some solos reminded me of Santana, some pre-shred era shredding, some numbers could even be called easy listening (in a good way). Has anybody else spent much time listening to these guys?


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Only talking in general terms here, but I’ve been listening to a lot of the band Focus recently by way of their recent bargain box set “Hocus Pocus Box”. I only knew them from the song Hocus Pocus (which I think is awesome) but I can say that their whole catalog is pretty spiffy. While there is nothing else in their catalog that remotely resembles Hocus Pocus, everything is pretty cool. Sometimes proggy, fusiony, jammy, etc. Flute on some proggy numbers recalls Jethro Tull, some solos reminded me of Santana, some pre-shred era shredding, some numbers could even be called easy listening (in a good way). Has anybody else spent much time listening to these guys?

I have pretty much all their releases (no collections, though), and mostly on vinyl.
"Hamburger Concerto" (1974) is one of my top 5 albums, and one I also have on re-mastered Japanese CD.
First bought it on a weekend trip to Kingston, Ontario, along with "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (Genesis), both are outstanding albums. It was a great weekend.
I also bought "Wow! Great Concert" (Beach Boys) at the same time. Not sure why...must have been real cheap. :lol:

Here's a fast version of "Hocus Pocus". Jan Akkerman keeps turning his head away from the camera 'cause he keeps laughing at Thijs van Leer's yodeling. :mrgreen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iuu6wDyaCp8

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^^^Nice. I wish I could yodel like that. I will keep practicing in the shower. :lol:


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KUIII wrote:
Only talking in general terms here, but I’ve been listening to a lot of the band Focus recently by way of their recent bargain box set “Hocus Pocus Box”. I only knew them from the song Hocus Pocus (which I think is awesome) but I can say that their whole catalog is pretty spiffy. While there is nothing else in their catalog that remotely resembles Hocus Pocus, everything is pretty cool. Sometimes proggy, fusiony, jammy, etc. Flute on some proggy numbers recalls Jethro Tull, some solos reminded me of Santana, some pre-shred era shredding, some numbers could even be called easy listening (in a good way). Has anybody else spent much time listening to these guys?


Sure.A fine band. I've got a July 20th 1972 London concert. It was broadcast January 17th 1973 as a "BBC in Concert" show.

1.Bob Harris intro
2.Anonymous II
3.Bob Harris announcement
4.Focus I
5.Focus III
6.Answers?Questions! Questions?Answers!
7.Focus II
8.Bob Harris announcement
9.Hocus Pocus

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Todd Rundgren - White Knight

This is becoming a favorite. This doesn’t happen as often as I get older as there is so much from the past to compete against. Even though I was somewhat skeptical about this album because of so many collaborations I think think this is my favorite Todd album since at least Liars and ‘80’s Utopia albums before that.

Note: OK, I liked Arena a lot too.


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The Black Crowes
May 4, 2006
Vancouver, BC
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
SBD, 168 Minutes

I was there...and out of the three times I've seen them live, this was the best show by far!


- Set One -

Virtue and Vice
Gone
Cypress Tree
Soul Singing
Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye
Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos ([traditional] cover)
P.25 London
Let It Be Gone (The Grease Band cover)
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (Aretha Franklin cover)
Welcome to the Goodtimes
Thorn in my Pride Jam
Thorn in My Pride

- Set Two -

Wiser Time
Got to Get Better in a Little While (Derek and the Dominos cover)
High Head Blues
Song of Love (Manassas cover)
Alabama (Neil Young cover)
Nonfiction
Downtown Money Waster
Let Me Share the Ride
Twice as Hard

Encore:

Instant Karma! (John Lennon cover)

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