Immaculate Voodoo Butter Mix – Part III

In the prior two installments of the Immaculate Voodoo Butter Mix, tracks focused on the improvisational abilities of Frank Zappa and those of the individual members of his various bands (through solos). In part three, though, I’ve focused primarily on Frank Zappa‘s guitar work. Track for track, from 1976 to 1984, Zappa is ripping hot, giving the musically educated listener an ongoing guitar workshop. For the non-musician, slip those headphones-to-oblivion back on and prepare yourselves for some sustained guitar therapy as only Frank Zappa can deliver.

Click here to listen to the mixtape.

Author: urbangraffito

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20 thoughts on “Immaculate Voodoo Butter Mix – Part III”

  1. [quote comment=”10667″]Hi,

    how does the mixtape work? Is it just a list or is it possible to listen to it?[/quote]
    Provided you have Flash and Javascript enabled, clicking each track will cause it to start playing in your browser.

  2. [quote post=”3530″]Provided you have Flash and Javascript enabled, clicking each track will cause it to start playing in your browser.

    [/quote]
    Well, I do have Flash + Javascript. It works on Firefox, but not on Googles Chromium. Weird. Thanks!

  3. Usually, part 3’s are a let down (in the world of popcorn movies). But, I think UrbanG has saved the best for last. Frank’s guitar work (for me) were the highlights of all the 80’s shows I attended. When Zappa picked that guitar for a solo, a buzz would go thru the crowd. Very exciting stuff, boys & girls!

    I thought the late shows at The Palladium were loud. But, that ’77 early show in Boston sounds like a riot!

  4. How about on an iPod? Any browsers that will support this? (the default doesn’t)

    If you can solve this – well, tell ’em what they’ll win, Bob!

  5. My first Zappa concert was on the spring 1980 tour, so those recordings have a special interest to me. The guitar playing is stellar, and the guys can play, even though it’s one of the more basic bands. I’m listening to Easy Meat from Paris now. It’s such a schizophrenic tune, with demonstratively unattractive lyrics, and then almost always a deeply lyrical and “heartfelt” guitar solo. This is no exception, and I know the solo from Ahoy is incredible, as well.

  6. I always appreciated David Logemann’s drum work. Probably FZ’s most underrated drummer. He did an incredible job as short-time stand-in.
    The Barrow/Logemann couple was very tight.

    Th.

  7. [quote comment=”10752″][quote comment=”10749″]I always appreciated David Logemann’s drum work. Probably FZ’s most underrated drummer. He did an incredible job as short-time stand-in.
    The Barrow/Logemann couple was very tight.

    Th.[/quote]

    Here’s what David is up to currently: http://www.jananddean.com/jdphoto/files/blocks_image_2_1.jpg%5B/quote%5D

    Barry, if you ever bump into me in such an audience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pd2U2FYQB4

    …please, please, shoot me (right in the back of the head).

  8. Hey, if you drink enough Geritol they sounds pretty awesome! Now if you’ll excuse me, its time for my nap…

  9. [quote comment=”10756″][quote comment=”10753″]
    Barry, if you ever bump into me in such an audience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pd2U2FYQB4

    …please, please, shoot me (right in the back of the head).[/quote]
    Deal. You’d do the same for me, I’m sure :)[/quote]
    Oh, horse-feathers! You guys would be tearing it up like that guy in front of the stage at the 1:15 mark, short-shorts, knee-high white socks, and black orthopedic sneakers.

    Lot of Fat Guys Who Like To Have Fun™ in that crowd, too…

  10. Logeman always had an air of unhipness about him, and it’s taken me thirty years to realize what I experienced at the concert in May 1980 – that he’s a really good drummer, and the band he was in sounded pretty good, even though they fell through on style.

    [quote comment=”10756″][quote comment=”10753″]
    Barry, if you ever bump into me in such an audience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pd2U2FYQB4

    …please, please, shoot me (right in the back of the head).[/quote]
    Deal. You’d do the same for me, I’m sure :)[/quote]

    Guess that’ll be at the next Zappanale? 🙂

  11. [quote comment=”10759″]You guys would be tearing it up like that guy in front of the stage at the 1:15 mark, short-shorts, knee-high white socks, and black orthopedic sneakers.[/quote]

    [quote comment=”10764″]Guess that’ll be at the next Zappanale? :-)[/quote]
    HA!
    Luckily, Frank’s music is difficult to dance to. But if I feel the urge to jump out of my wheelchair at Zappanale 50, I’ll make sure I’m wearing my long pants before I do the “funky chicken”! 🙂

    Back on topic.
    Listening to the Spring ’80 tour here (my first Zappa line-up too, Dark Clothes), makes me appreciate Logeman’s musical skills. He has a tight sound and doesn’t seem overwhelmed by the challange. Learning all those songs on short notice must have been a nightmare. I’m guessing he could sleep walk thru the “Jan & Dean” shows. Kind of like their medicated audience. 🙂

  12. It’s hard to be beat the 1978 band, though. Yo’ Mama and Black Napkins from October 13. are beautiful… I’m really looking forward the big ZFT release from 1978 (perhaps on the 50th anniversary in 2028)…

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