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You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore - Vol. 5 Original recording remastered, Live

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You...V5 (2 Cd) by Frank Zappa

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YCDTOSA Vol. 5 was released in 1992, with the first recorded appearance of 27 songs. On this one FZ granted the wishes of fans who wanted to hear more from the early bands. Disc One is dedicated to live performances from 1965 to 1969, thus featuring various Mothers Of Invention line-ups (mostly the 1969 band). Lots of Lowell George (he's on 10 tracks) and lots of rare material, including the obscure R&B cover "Here Lies Love" and a bit of Mozart (a ballet excerpt featuring tap dancing by Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding).

Disc Two is the 1982 band (Steve Vai, Tommy Mars, Bobby Martin, Ray White, Ed Mann, Scott Thunes and Chad Wackerman), recorded that summer in Europe. Good extended versions of "Pound for a Brown on the Bus" and "City of Tiny Lights" here; plus a live version of the then-recent hit "Dancin' Fool."

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Digital Booklet: You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
Digital Booklet: You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • ASIN: B0000009TR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One thing I see all the time, is when people review volume 5 of "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore," (or any, for that matter), and think that Zappa's comment in the sleeve notes in the series about the original Mothers' talent, compared to later bands, is supposed to show a lack of ability and talent on the part of the original band. This is glaringly wrong. To parse this quote: 'Great care has been taken throughout to ensure the best audio quality, however early selections of historical interest performed by the original Mothers Of Invention, though not exactly "hi-fi," have been included for the amusement of those fetishists who still believe the only "good" material was performed by that particular group.' This is his gift to fans of the original band. He was aware of a segment of his fan base that still prefers the early material.
"Hopefully, comparisons to recordings by the later ensembles will put an end to that particular misconception." This only means that one of his favorite ensembles, the 1982 touring band, is a good contrast to the old material. If he didn't like any of it, there would be as little of it included here as possible. Disc one is a cross section of the early players, not just the performances, but the attitude of that particular band. Jim Black singing on the tour bus like some drunk ready to be thrown out of a bar, is an anthropological recording, a statement of how the guys carried on in those days. Not a spotlight of "talent," but more, what they were about. And FZ's disparaging comments about the original Mothers notwithstanding, they were one of the best bands to perform, in a studio, or on stage.

Disc Two, is a cross section of performances by the 1982 band, which, he has said numerous times, played "beautifully.
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By A Customer on February 26, 2001
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As you will know from the blurb the album focusses on two eras . The 69 mothers (mostly) is on disc 1, disc 2 is devoted to the great 82 band. Disc1 is more hit and miss, because the mothers of invention were a really experimental group. Disc1 has some straightforward songs like downtown talent scout, here lies love, my guitar,trouble every day. These are terrific. There are some instrumental items like charles ives and run home slow theme, these are very good too. Also some guitar solos like baked bean boogie and underground freakout music. There are good solos from both Frank Zappa and Lowell George. We also have a drum solo with fz/art tripp/jimmy carl black, it's good enough. Then there's some funny dialog, jimmy carl black and kansas on the bus, german lunch...there's also a bizarre track called chocolate halvah with roy estrada, and another mad one with ian underwood playing mozart on piano and the mothers making chicken noises and the like. It's an uneven cd, i just wish they had stuck on a few more songs, or maybe a big instrumental passage (you know, like the one on BWS). So cd1 is not for the ages, but it is good. Onto cd2, which is all 1982 stuff. It's terrific. We start off with 'easy meat'. The form of Easy meat is like this: verse1-verse2-classical section-whopping guitar solo-classical section again-verse3-that's it. This is a great track with a great zappa solo. (However if you want to hear an astonishing Easy Meat, check out the album tinseltown rebellion). 'Dead girls of London' is a good little tune and no more. This leads onto 'Shall we take ourselves seriously?' which is a fab tune. Its only short, and segues into a marvellous version of 'what's new in baltimore? (i don't know) zappa does a great solo and the song has lyrics unlike the mothers of prevention version.Read more ›
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By A Customer on November 28, 1999
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I was a little wary of buying this one at first---I wanted disc two (featuring the 1982 band) but not disc one (featuring the 1960s Mothers). I like the Original Mothers, but after Weasels and Uncle Meat and the Ark and the Mystery Disc, etc, I was a little Mothered-out.
But disc one exceeded my expectations: it's much funnier than I thought it would be, and there are some really exciting musical tracks. My one complaint is that the dialogue-to-music ratio is a bit high.
Disc two is extraordinary. Some of the songs were played better on other recordings, I think, especially Easy Meat and Dead Girls of London (on Tinseltown Rebellion and the bootleg Any Way the Wind Blows), but What's New in Baltimore and Moggio are superb, and I was surprised at how well A Pound for a Brown came out. RDNZL is a personal favorite as well. Disc two contains almost no dialogue, which is a nice contrast to the first disc. (I also think Scott Thunes plays better on this disc than any other.)
Keep in mind that FZ's not-so-secret agenda in the YCDTOSA series (-especially- this volume) was to demonstrate how bad the Original Mothers were compared to later bands, such as 1974 and 1982. Well...it worked...although the Original Mothers were a lot more talented than FZ makes them out to be.
This is definitely a fine CD for the Zappaphile to own. I'm not a huge fan of the guitar/synth Zappa line-ups of the late '70s and early '80s, but they possessed a lot of skill and are worth checking out.
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