Monday, December 17, 2012

Finer Moments available on Spotify now!

The mysterious Zappa/Mothers album Finer Moments is planned for release tomorrow. But you can already hear the songs on Spotify.
Most of the tracks sound as if they are recorded live in various locations around 1968-71.

Frank opens with an announcement that could indicate that at least one track is taken from Albert Hall, London June 6, 1969: "We have the assistence of a famous pop star who will help us tonight during our renowned ballet sequence."
That would be Noel Redding who danced with The Mothers on stage during the performance of Mozart Piano Sonata in B Flat. That one has been released before (You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5) but the version on Finer Moments seems to be a longer edit, or maybe even another take.

It is our guess that Finer Moments initially was a 2 LP set prepared by Frank himself.
* Each CD is rather short. The total time of a single CD use to be around 60 or 65 minutes. Here we get circa 43 and 41 minutes respectively. That used to be a usual length for vinyl albums.
* If you look at the track order and their length you'll get the idea that they would fit on to four sides of vinyl. Side 1 and 3 would consist of several shorter pieces while side 2 and 4 contain one "monster song" each, filling the entire side.

CD 1
1. Intro 1:20
2. Sleazette 3:33
3. Mozart Piano Sonata In B Flat 6:21
4. The Walking Zombie Music 3:23
5. The Old Curiousity Shoppe 7:07
6. You Never Know Who Your Friends Are 2:20
7. Uncle Rhebus 17:45

CD 2
1. Music From The Big Squeeze 0:42
2. Enigmas 1 Thru 5 8:15
3. Pumped And Waxed 4:19
4. There Is No Heaven From Where Slogans Go To Die 4:37
5. Squeeze It, Squeeze It, Squeeze It 3:17
6. The Subcutaneous Peril 19:41

In spite of the peculiar titles, some of the material consists of familiar compositions. Uncle Rhebus, for example, is a version of King Kong. The Subcutaneous Peril is solos from A Pund For A Brown. Squeeze It, Squeeze It, Squeeze It does also appear on Mystery Disc and You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5.
Finally, we find it appropriate to quote the liner notes on the Uncle Meat album "Basically this is an instrumental album".

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