Frank Zappa / The Mothers - Fillmore East - June 1971 [Bizarre Records MS 2042] (2 August 1971)

Released: 2 August 1971
Country: US
Label: Bizarre Records
Catalog: MS 2042
Genre: Rock

Item# SR-BIMS2042
Ratings: C=VG-; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Little House I Used To Live In
02 The Mud Shark
03 What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are?
04 Bwana Dik
05 Latex Solar Beef
06 Willie The Pimp Part One
07 Willie The Pimp Part Two
08 Do You Like My New Car?
09 Happy Together
10 Lonesome Electric Turkey
11 Peaches En Regalia
12 Tears Began To Fall

Fillmore East - June 1971
Frank Zappa / The Mothers

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Album Review

Steve Huey []

As an enduring work, Fillmore East: June 1971 is a mixed bag, but it does represent the peak of the Flo & Eddie edition of the Mothers. Most of the songs are essentially comedy routines set to music, often dealing with the life of a touring rock musician and, of course, the various opportunities for sexual adventure therein; in one scenario, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan reprise their Turtles hit ''Happy Together'' in exchange for sexual favors. The humor is often glib and juvenile, marking the beginnings of Frank Zappa's tactic of making complex music more accessible with half-sardonic arena-frontman antics and crowd-pleasing dirty jokes. Whether one considers the results funny and parodic or crass and pandering, the band is undeniably good, especially as showcased on ''Little House I Used to Live In,'' ''Willie the Pimp, Pt. 1,'' and ''Peaches en Regalia.''