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Bongo Fury

Frank Zappa, Captain BeefheartAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • ASIN: B008I34YFS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Debra Kadabra
2. Carolina Hard-core Ecstasy
3. Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top
4. Poofter's Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead
5. 200 Years Old
6. Cucamonga
7. Advance Romance
8. Man With The Woman Head
9. Muffin Man

Editorial Reviews

Official Release #21
Originally Released: October 1975
Produced by: FZ

Music Supplied By:
FZ: lead guitar, vocals
Captain Beefheart: harp, vocals, shopping bags
George Duke: keyboards, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock: sax, vocals
Bruce Fowler: trombone, fantastic dancing
Tom Fowler: bass, also dancing
Denny Walley: slide guitar, vocals
Terry Bozzio: drums,
Chester Thompson: drums (on 200 Years Old and Cucamonga)
Robert "Frog" Camarena: uncredited vocals on Debra Kadabra

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted, blistering sonic poetry July 26, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This live Zappa album, featuring the added talents of avant-garde/psychedelic jazz/beat poet guru Captain Beefheart, is indescribably excellent. Zappa's band lay a lush bluesy backdrop to his and the Captain's abstract lyricism, and the performances as a whole are absolutely gorgeous. "Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy" will sweep you off your feet, while one of my faves "Poofter Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead" will have you in fits of laughter and amazement over the ingenious rhyming and intonation of the Captain. This joint effort is a mammoth merging of Zappa's raging musical hormones with Beefhearts outerworldly illogic, culminating in THE perfect encore - "Muffin Man", which has to be heard to believed. Who else but Zappa would stop in the middle of a song's prologue, claiming to have gotten a phrase wrong, and try it again, with the results sounding as professional as ever? This is the kind of offbeat stuff that makes die-hard Zappa maniac-pe! rsons like myself treasure the antics contained within Bongo Fury ever more. Highly recommended.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Due to a dispute between Beefheart's label (Virgin) and Zappa's, this album was never released in the UK as an LP, so we had to buy it as an expensive import. Fortunately Zappa cleared up the problem when he bought the rights to all his recordings in preparation for CD re-mastering.
It is a strangely operatic masterpiece -- the horns, the poetic ramblings by Beefheart, the multiple taunting voices and the narrative structure of live songs such as 'Debra Kadabra' and 'Caroline Hard-core Ecstasy' give the album the qualities of a modern-day opera.
Much of Zappa's own comments are directed at the prevailing commercialism of the time -- for the forthcoming 1976 bicentennial celebrations -- which would seem trivial today.
On the first few listens, the stand-out track, musically, is the 'Muffin Man', a straightforward rock tune with a great solo. But flip back a couple of tracks and you soon discover that the brilliancy on the album is 'Advance Romance', where another of Zappa's discoveries, Denny Whalley, provides a fantastic slide guitar solo.
I've enjoyed this more than any other Zappa album in the 25 years I've known it, although I might be persuaded to admit that 'Hot Rats' is the greater masterpiece.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best of both . . . November 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this recording back when "Bongo Fury" was first released. I eventually wore out the vinyl. Then I bought a cassette version, which I also wore out before the mid-90s. The CD should last longer. Zappa and Beefheart seem to bring out the best in each other. The performance captured here is better than anything I've heard from Zappa (except for maybe "Freak Out!" and "Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar"). And it's up there with the best of Beefheart's records, though I admit to being a big fan of the Captain's later work such as "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" and "Ice Cream for Crow." Although this live performance was a sort of "celebration" of America's bicentennial, it still holds up...things really haven't changed all that much. This is great in-your-face stuff. There are no losers on this CD, with "Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top" and "Poofter's Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead" being my favorites. Get it and see what all the excitement is about!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That Prince of Foods, THE MUFFIN... April 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This one's a real rarity in the FZ catalog for a number of reasons, the first and most obvious one being the partnership with Donnie Van V...the Captain. More important, however, is the rare hit and miss ratio of two of Zappa's trademark styles, those being comedy and no-nonsense, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it guitar solos. In many of Franks' releases, one style ultimately wins out over the other...the comedy is top-heavy or it's an afterthought. Not here. This is Zappa's L.A. Pachuco doo-wop humor married to some of the most talented musicians he ever assembled under one roof. In addition to Frank's own fretboard pyrotechnics, we get Denny Walley on slide guitar. Add Napoleon Murphy Brock, George Duke, and Terry Bozzio and you have one of the greatest all-time "stamina" bands. I saw the Berkeley Community Theater leg of the "Bongo Fury" tour...unfortunately, Beefheart never shared the stage with FZ, but he did perform a mighty tasty "Orange Claw Hammer." Zappa tied his hair back into a ponytail and proclaimed "this is SERIOUS music" as he launched into an extended, brutal "Black Napkins." Brock prowled and stomped and roamed the stage like a werewolf under a full moon, honking brilliant solos from his sax. The same power is found on "Bongo Fury." In "Advance Romance," Zappa invites the Armadillo World Headquarters audience to "look what she did to Denny right now," as rips a beautifully aggressive solo, which blends into a firestorm from Zappa himself. In "Muffin Man"...well, what can I say? As impossible and ridiculous as it might be to attempt a "10 best FZ solos of all time" list, if you COULD, there'd have to be room for this one. From the "Mr. Tambourine Man" reference in "Debra Kadabra" to the interspersed weirdness of Captain Beefheart, this is one of the richest, most complex, most rewarding FZ albums of all time. If you are a fan of "Guitar Frank," grab this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Maestro's best!
One of his best. Phenomenal band line-up!
Published 20 days ago by Joel Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great ZAPPA~~~~~Less BEEF~HEART!
Published 1 month ago by Tyrone E Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars So cool.
Vintage Zappa. So cool.
Published 2 months ago by Bob Stenecker
5.0 out of 5 stars These great tunes are not for the feint of heart, so put on your seat...
Zappa and Captain Beefheart together! Are you kidding? It must be dynamic, and is. This recording from 1975 has the song 200 years old on it and several other great tunes like... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ramman
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic mix of Zappa and Beefheart
This is a little dated due to the material concerning the US bicentennial which is now as ancient non-history as the millennium, but . . . Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. J. SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Zappa Album
AWESOME ALBUM from start to finish, Carolina Hard Core is one of the best songs Zappa ever did in my opinion, it combines great music, vocals and Zappa's trademark lyrics. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peter Yarmouth
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy this CD unless you like Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa
Great 70's nonconformist Rock but even frank it appears to only able to handle so much Beefheart. two geniuses" on "ego trips. Read more
Published 8 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars A superior album -- One for the AGES
A superior album -- Even for True Zappa FAN's...One of a kind -- A unique moment in time (and a Lot of Fun & Music) !!
Published 8 months ago by Johnny W Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars What must have been in the water down in Cali?
These two high school mates are both on the eccentric side of the tracks. They are both accomplished songwriters and musicians of high regard. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stephen Maestas
5.0 out of 5 stars The last waltz for the Capt. and Frank
At a time when Beefheart's brillance still had gone unappreciated by all those idiots out there, Frank gave him a chance to make some money touring and kkep his recording career... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eric Orsolics
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