The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle
An iTunes-only release of some FZ-and-related tunes. Its
placement here (instead of, say, in the weirdo discography) is plenty
capricious, as it's plenty weirdo. As of late 2007, it's only available in lossy
ESSENTIAL FOR COMPLETISTS: Yes! Unfortunately [completist's guide]
1: FZ - Tryin' to Grow a Chin ("out-take" from the Oz disc, Jan 20 1976)
2: FZ - Dead Girls of London (Live from the Hammersmith, 1979)
3: FZ - You Are What You Is (Live, Santa Monica, 1980)
4: FZ - Bamboozled by Love (Live, Vienna, 1988. Mike Espinoza loves this one)
5: FZ - Fine Girl (previously unreleased Wackermanization)
6: Diva - Girly Woman
7: Diva - When the Ball Drops
8: Ahmet - Bring it Back
9: Ahmet - Feel How I Need You
10: Dweezil - Rhythmatist (from "Go With What You Know")
11: Moon Unit and Jellybird - Everyone is Going Mad
Some choice comments from Mike Espinoza:
"Tryin' To Grow A Chin" is a great early version from OZ and the only one
that I know of with Nappy on backing vocals. Let me get this straight. "Poodle
Lecture" made it onto the CD, but this didn't?
Great live version of "Dead Girls Of London", though I don't like the fade out.
Never liked any live version of YAWYI. This one is no different. The album track
just can't be topped.
Already spoke of "Bamboozled". Ike's just great on this. The horns and
percussion improve on the 1984 arrangement.
"Fine Girl" is kind of what you'd expect from a Frank/Bob Stone remix. Still
don't like the song much.
Ahmet's "Bring It Back" still gives me chills. Set aside the fact that it's good
enough to be a hit. Those lyrics are just, like, wow! And we think we miss
Really love Dweezil's track. Will be buying his latest. Will be reassessing his
back catalog. He'll never be Frank, but...
Moon's track is decent. I can kind of hear what she was going for, but it
doesn't quite connect for me.