Fillmore East – June 1971

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Fillmore East – June 1971
Live album by The Mothers
Released August 2, 1971
Recorded Fillmore East, New York City,
June 5–6, 1971
Genre Comedy rock, jazz fusion, hard rock, progressive rock
Length 43:11
Label Bizarre/Reprise
Producer Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
Chunga's Revenge
(1970)
Fillmore East – June 1971
(1971)
200 Motels
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C–[2]

Fillmore East – June 1971 is a live album by The Mothers, released in 1971. It is the twelfth album in Frank Zappa's discography, and was produced by Zappa and mixed by Toby Foster.

History[edit]

Fillmore East – June 1971 was a live concept-like album. It was a peek-behind-the-curtain of the life of a rock band on the road as narrated by Frank Zappa, and contains many thematic elements that, because of time and budget constraints, couldn't be included in the similar movie 200 Motels. The most famous part of the album is "The Mud Shark", a telling of a story told to Mother Don Preston by some members of Vanilla Fudge about a hotel, Seattle's Edgewater Inn, where guests could fish from their rooms. In the tale, a mud shark is caught by one of the members of Vanilla Fudge or its crew and, when combined with a groupie and a movie camera, depravity ensues. Although not stated in "The Mud Shark," this 1969 incident, now referred to as "the Shark episode," also involved Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham and road manager Richard Cole, with Vanilla Fudge's singer/keyboardist Mark Stein operating the movie camera.

Frank and the Mothers then portray stereotypically egotistical members of a rock band "negotiating" with a groupie and her girlfriends for a quick "roll in the hay." The girls are insulted that the band thinks they are groupies and that they would sleep with the band just because they are musicians. They have standards; they will only have sex with a guy in a group with a "big, hit single in the charts – with a bullet!" and a "dick that’s a monster." In "Bwana Dik", singer Howard Kaylan assures the girls that he is endowed beyond their "wildest Clearasil-spattered fantasies." And, not to be put off by the standards of these groupies, the band sings the girls the Turtles (of which Kaylan, Volman, and Pons had been members) hit "Happy Together", to give them their "bullet". The album ends with an encore excerpt including both Zappa's familiar "Peaches en Regalia" and what was possibly his most successful early-rock and roll pastiche, "Tears Began to Fall" (also issued as a single).

When this album was reissued on compact disc by Rykodisc, "Willie the Pimp, Pt. 2" was omitted from the track line-up. It was finally released on CD on the 2012 reissue of the album.[3] Also, in the CD edition, the last minute of "Latex Solar Beef" was placed at the beginning of "Willie The Pimp Part One", making it longer. It is unclear if this was intentional or not.[4]

As an encore on one of the two nights of this Fillmore East appearance John Lennon and Yoko Ono emerged from the wings to play a half hour set with the band. This part of the show was released under Lennon's name on a disc called "Live Jam", which was included as a bonus disc with Lennon's album "Some Time in New York City". It can also be heard on Zappa's 1992 release Playground Psychotics.

Lennon used a copy of the cover of the Zappa album (adding his own red-inked credits to the album's black-ink handwritten ones) to provide liner notes for Live Jam.

Track listing[edit]

Frank Zappa at the Fillmore East, June 5, 1971, during recording of the album

All songs written and composed by Frank Zappa, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Little House I Used to Live In"     4:58
2. "The Mud Shark"     5:16
3. "What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?"     4:51
4. "Bwana Dik"     2:27
5. "Latex Solar Beef"     4:22
6. "Willie the Pimp, Part One"     2:50
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Willie the Pimp, Part Two"     1:54
8. "Do You Like My New Car?"     7:08
9. "Happy Together"   Garry Bonner, Alan Gordon 2:57
10. "Lonesome Electric Turkey (encore excerpt featuring Don Preston on Minimoog)"     2:34
11. "Peaches en Regalia"     3:22
12. "Tears Began to Fall"     2:46

All songs written and composed by Frank Zappa, except where noted. 

Personnel[edit]

Guest

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Frank Zappa
  • Engineer: Barry Keene
  • Mixing: Toby Foster
  • Mastering: Toby Foster
  • Digital remastering: Bob Stone
  • Cover design: Cal Schenkel
  • Artwork: Cal Schenkel
  • Repackaging: Ferenc Dobronyi

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1971 Pop Albums 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve (2011). "Fillmore East: June 1971 - Frank Zappa & the Mothers | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 14, 1971). "Consumer Guide (19)". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Release details

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