- Audio CD (March 24, 2017)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: UMe
- ASIN: B0007US66S
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The first in a series of special material released from the Vault. The titles of the 'Corsaga' are a play on words of FZ's famous Joe's Garage title, with the contents produced and compiled by the Vaultmeister, Joe Travers. Joe's Corsage, the first release created in 2004, was produced in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the creation of The Mothers in 1964. It focuses on the origin of the Mothers Of Invention as told by Frank himself, along with early recordings made before their first record contract in early 1966
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i and tons of other fans of the original Mother's would buy anything, especially live pieces of the original band.
i am so happy to get this . How about a 5 cd set limited edition .
i have been listening to the original Mother's for almost 50 yeaRS,it's all been good for me.
Thank you Dweezal and Gail for doing the Excellant work with the Reissues.
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These are demos recorded in 1964 & and 1965. It's mostly songs that would appear on "Freak Out", "Cruising with Ruben and the Jets", or "Absolutely Free". There's also a couple of "standards" cover songs that might have been typical for the day ("Hitchhike" by Marvin Gaye). Most of the songs that would appear on their early albums are in recognizable forms. The sound of these songs is quite different from the later LP versions. They are rougher in a good way. Part of the roughness may be because they are demos, and partly because of the production, which gives the guitar a louder more abrasive sound, and is less reverb-soaked that was the norm in the mid-late 1960's production.
"Plastic People" is played basically to the tune of "Louie Louie" (facetiously so), and is similar to the live version found on one of the "You Can't Do That Onstage Anymore" volumes. It demonstrates how the song is a mutant cousin of the earlier bar-band standard. "Wedding Dress Song/Handsome Cabin Boy" are sea shanties that have previously appeared in different form on Lost Episodes, but this version is more rock-oriented. Perhaps the most interesting "Conceptual Continuity Clue" for hardcore Zappa freaks is ""I'm So Happy I Could Cry", which is an early version of "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" / closing theme of "Lumpy Gravy", but with different lyrics, sung by Frank Zappa (a fairly standard love long).
The album also includes outtakes of an interview from a later period, in which Zappa discusses his musical influences and the formation of the Mothers band.
In short, this release wouldn't make much sense as someone's introduction to Zappa's music, but fans will appreciate this look into an earlier stage of Zappa's musical development, and it is an enjoyable album. It is very short, but it is what it is, and it's pretty good.