Another appealing aspect of Frank Zappa’s music was his ability to self mythologize what occurred in his life into his music. This is seen quite a lot in literature, but rarely in music (which, I might add, is part of Zappa’s unique genius). Zappa’s composition, “Holiday In Berlin” is an excellent example.
Performed live at their early show the Fillmore East in New York on November 14th, 1970, that version of “Holiday In Berlin” (including Inca Roads and Easy Meat Themes) (above) has always been one of my favorites particularly because of FZ’s use of Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan‘s voices as musical instruments.
Also performed at the Fillmore West in San Francisco on November 6th, 1970, that version (below) makes an excellent comparison with the Fillmore East version.
While Zappa self-mythologized throughout his career, it was during the early to mid 1970s that Zappa was most interested in mythologizing (at least lyrically speaking), particularly through the albums, Just Another Band From L.A. to Roxy & Elsewhere. He did, however, continue to mythologize, self and otherwise, on his numerous album covers, and through conceptual continuity clues left for us who happily came along for the ride.