Written By Braddon S. Williams
Frank Zappa And The Mothers of Invention: Roxy & Elsewhere
Frank Zappa had an astonishing amount of talented musicians pass through his various bands during his illustrious career, but the 1970’s incarnation of The Mothers was arguably the most iconic.
Their double live album from 1974, Roxy & Elsewhere is a joyride through the twisted genius of Zappa’s mind, featuring intricate instrumentals (Echidna’ Arf (Of You), Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing?), hilarious song content (Penguin In Bondage, Cheepnis), some relatively normal social commentary (Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day), and even a nostalgic song about a town he used to live in (Village Of The Sun).
Side 4 features just one long song, the highly entertaining Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzmen’s Church).
Zappa’s band is loosely tight and fully involved in both the improvisational and precision technical skill required to execute the songs that no other human could have ever written.
Zappa was a true musical genius, and this delightful live album is a testament to the man’s legacy.