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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
Digital Booklet: Bongo Fury
Digital Booklet: Bongo Fury
Top Customer Reviews
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.
HOWEVER: The sound quality of this CD is one of the poorest I've ever heard. It clearly wasn't remastered but sounds like it was copied from an old cassette copy. Even my own CD copied from my old cassette sounds better! This CD version has no bottom end and has so much high end that the cymbals seem to hiss in the speakers. If this album ever gets a decent remaster treatment, I'll buy it again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone following Captain Beefheart's career in 1974 probably screeched with delight upon hearing of his upcoming collaboration with longtime associate Frank Zappa. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ewomack
Bongo Fury is one of Frank's early works that I missed somehow. I'm glad Amazon has corrected that error.Published 4 months ago by David M Rich
Frank Zappa music is a "Love it or Hate it" affair. Nobody says "Frank Zappa? Oh, he's OK I guess. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wal Man
First off, The album is called Bongo Fury. Shame on the seller for misprinting the name. Amazing record all the way through, it mixes the creative talents of Frank and Beefheart... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Randy