April 12, 2012

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The Mothers Of Invention - What would we have done without them?


This is a slight cheat. This session wasn't done for BBC Radio but rather it's the audio portion of a BBC-TV session The Mothers Of Invention did in on October 23, 1968.

Frank makes mention of the fact that this is something that never would have been done on American TV at the time and he was right. America just wasn't ready for Frank, or anything experimental. And even though we joke about it now, it spoke volumes about where the mainstream were in the so-called "Swinging 60's" and what an uphill slog it was just to get an audience.

So tonight's session comes from BBC-TV. And the tracks featured are:

1. Improvisations
2. King Kong
3. Oh, In The Sky

Vintage Frank Zappa and the reason music of the 60's took a huge leap forward. I can't imagine what the music scene would have been like without him.

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