In the above clip (short as it is), Frank Zappa expounds on what an Australian concert goer might expect from one of the various shows on his 1973 Australian tour. For some FZ fans, this particular ensemble is their favorite incarnation of the Mothers (right next to the Roxy band).
That said, it was fairly easy to choose the “Best of Zappa In Australia – 1973 Tour” for this short, 26 track mixtape. Each member of the ensemble got to solo extensively. Particular highlights are the unique vocal rendition of “Inca Roads” by Sal Marquez, solos by George Duke and Jean-Luc Ponty, “Montana“, “Cosmik Debris“, “Fifty-Fifty“, “Farther O’Blivion“, “Dupree’s Paradise“, and of course, “Yellow Snow Suite“.
Click here to listen to the mixtape.
Mothers (circa June/July 1973):
Frank Zappa – guitar, vocals
George Duke – keyboards, vocals
Tom Fowler – bass
Ralph Humphrey – drums
Bruce Fowler – trombone
Ruth Underwood – percussion
Ian Underwood – woodwinds
Sal Marquez – trumpet, vocals
Jean-Luc Ponty – violin