Though the latest Frank Zappa archives box set The Mothers 1971 covers familiar ground, make no mistake: it’s a doozy. Offering another look at his Flo and Eddie-era band—like the Mothers 1970 set before it—this one is largely drawn from shows that were previously released, but are presented here in their entirety. This deep focus draws out new details and wrinkles, not to mention some choice cuts.
In Frank Zappa lore, 1972 is often shortchanged. The year before he toured with Flo and Eddie , witnessed a venue in Montreux burn to the ground during a gig, and closed out the year by being pushed off a London stage. In […]
Twenty-two and a half years ago, Frank Zappa sat down in a chair on a television set for a political debate show on a cable news network that was still fighting to be taken seriously. […]