Frank Zappa & the Mothers The Mothers 1971: Fillmore East 180g Vinyl 3LP
Expanded 50th Anniversary 180g Vinyl 3LP Reissue with Original Album Newly Remastered Plus Two Bonus Discs of Vintage Mixes; Pressed by Optimal Media in Germany and Cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering 2021
The iconic 1971 release gets expanded for its 50th Anniversary! Featuring the original single LP newly remastered with two additional vinyl discs of period-perfect vintage mixes from the Vault. Includes the John Lennon and Yoko Ono encore and the original "Billy The Mountain." Liner notes by Vaultmeister Joe Travers.
Pressed on 180g vinyl 3LP by Optimal Media in Germany and cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering 2021.
Released in August 1971 just two months after it was recorded, Fillmore East – June 1971 was Frank Zappa and The Mothers' masterstroke conceptual live album, a well-oiled and well-edited aural treatise chronicling the prurient feast and famine of a certain band's somewhat salacious life on (and off) the road. In effect, it was the seemly predecessor to October 1971's expansive, groundbreaking magnum opus, 200 Motels, the surrealistic documentary and soundtrack which ultimately took on a life of its own.
Even so, Fillmore East – June 1971, the landmark live recording with the scrawled "penzil" cover art made to resemble a bootleg of the day, managed to capture its own level of then-modern zeitgeist in patented Zappa-reconstructed form.
The Mothers lineup that ruled the Fillmore East roost in New York City for four extraordinary sets across two back-to-back nights on June 5-6, 1971 consisted of Ian Underwood (winds/keyboards), Aynsley Dunbar (drums), Jim Pons (bass/vocals/dialog), Bob Harris (keyboards/vocals) and was rounded out by Howard Kaylan (lead vocals/dialog) and Mark Volman (lead vocals/dialog), aka Flo & Eddie of The Turtles, with special guest Don Preston.
It was a fitting Mothers collective chosen to close the renowned NYC venue, and they performed such iconic tracks like "The Mud Shark," "Bwana Dik," and the groupie routine labeled as "Do You Like My New Car?"
The June 1971 Fillmore East finale was made even more special thanks to John Lennon and Yoko Ono appearing alongside Zappa and The Mothers to perform a final encore for the unsuspecting crowd, including a red hot version of Walter Ward's "Well" led by John on vocals (an old Beatles live favorite from the Cavern Club in Liverpool) with two solos by Zappa, a seminal reading of "King Kong" that soon enough metamorphosized into an extended jam ultimately called "Scumbag" as well as further improvisational vocal ululations from Yoko with guitar feedback by John and backing from The Mothers.
Frank Zappa & the Mothers The Mothers 1971: Fillmore East Track Listing:
1. Little House I Used To Live In
2. The Mud Shark
3. What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are?
4. Bwana Dik
5. Latex Solar Beef
6. Willie The Pimp - Part One
7. Willie The Pimp - Part Two
8. Do You Like My New Car?
9. Happy Together
10. Lonesome Electric Turkey - encore excerpt featuring Don Preston on Mini-MOOG
11. Peaches En Regalia
12. Tears Began To Fall
Encore Set with John Lennon & Yoko Ono, June 6, 1971 (Show 2)
2. Say Please
5. A Small Eternity With Yoko Ono
6. King Kong - Solos, June 5, 1971 (Show 2)
1. Billy The Mountain: Billy The Mountain / Phase One of "The Plot" / Phase Two & Newscast / The Legendary Low Budget Hero / The Files
2. Billy The Mountain continued: Studebacher Hoch / The Conclusion
3. Homemade Radio Spot
4. Tears Began To Fall - Single Version
5. Junier Mintz Boogie - Single B-Side