These shows have been awaited for years and considered as the holy grail of Zappa music. Well these four shows from The Roxy in Hollywood December 1973 sure are something, but of course there are pieces that are not really terrific. Some songs have not found there final format (Dickie's Such An Asshole) and there are songs where the vocals are not really top notch. On the Roxy & Elsewhere album (1974) Zappa picked the best takes of the four shows and added vocal overdubs to reach perfection. But this band is one of the funkiest incarnations of The Mothers ever, and their skilled performances are full of joy.
Personal favorite: That Arrogant Dick Nixon. One of the "bonus" rehearsal tracks. A version of The Idiot Bastard Son with new lyrics about Richard Nixon. Yeas, that was back in the days of Watergate. Someone could easily update those lyrics.