The Jimmy Carl Black Story

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The Jimmy Carl Black Story
Studio album by
Jon Larsen
Jimmy Carl Black
Tommy Mars
Kirk Van Houten
Knut Reiersrud
Ola Kvernberg
Rob Waring
Released October 30, 2008
Genre Rock/jazz
Length 62:36 + 70:38
Label Zonic Entertainment/
Hot Club Records
Producer Jon Larsen
Jon Larsen chronology
Strange News From Mars
The Jimmy Carl Black Story
A Portrait Of Jon Larsen
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Jimmy Carl Black Story (recorded prior to Black’s passing from cancer in 2008), is a double album from guitarist Jon Larsen on his label, Zonic Entertainment/Hot Club Records. Joined by Zappa alumni Jimmy Carl Black (vocal and telephone) and Tommy Mars (keyboards), along with Knut Reiersrud (guitar and harmonica), Ola Kvernberg (violin), and Rob Waring (marimba).[2][3]


The first CD is a Part One: «The Surrealistic Space Odyssey», one hour of music inspired by the life of Jimmy Carl Black. The musical landscape is a groove based R&B, laidback spacerock, zappaish jazz-rock, and even with some taste of Django, on this recording. Here is also the 20 minutes adventure of Capt. Zurcon and his crew on board the Spaceship BigEar III, on their way to the red planet Mars, and their problems with the sexually frustrated Martian (the Guacamole Queen), the mutant fromage, and a lurking whale (depicted on the cover).[4]

The second CD is a Part Two: «The Rockumentary», with a 70 minutes documentary about Jimmy Carl Black, the “Indian of the group”. We learn about the start at the reservation, where Black grew up in Texas with his racist father, The Soul Giants, Frank Zappa, The Mothers of Invention, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, mafia connections, and the many years of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, but we also learn the moving storie from a long, and unusual life in music. Jimmy Carl Black is a born storyteller, an intriguing and unique supplement to the told story of rock music, with a view of life in the “Mothers” from the inside. The stories of Black have a measured, folk wisdom quality to what he remembers. A must have in any Zappa & the Mothers of Invention collection.[2][4]

Track listing[edit]

Part One - The Surrealistic Space Odyssey
  1. «En Route» (3:14)
  2. «Hi Boys and Girls, I’m Jimmy Carl Black» (4:17)
  3. «An Early Glimpse Of Planet Ruth» (6:43)
  4. «Spaceship Bigear III» (9:12)
  5. «Turn It On, Elliot» (4:06)
  6. «A Helping Hand From Unca Mickey» (3:23)
  7. «Opal, You Hot Little Bitch» (3:15)
  8. «Jimmy Carl Black’s Dachs Reduction» (7:20)
  9. «Mayday From Space» (2:43)
  10. «First Encounter In Space With A Real Martian» (6:02)
  11. «Oh No, She’s Trying To Rip My Spacesuit Open» (4:23)
  12. «A Creature Is Lurking In The Shadow» (4:18)
  13. «Jimmy-As-A-Ghost» (3:40)
Part Two - The Rockumentary
  1. «My Name is Jimmy Carl Black» (3:17)
  2. «The Atomic Gadget on Anthony / That Happened in Our Little Town» (1:36)
  3. «No Trumpets in Rock'n'Roll / The Keys» (3:06)
  4. «California in 1964 / In Walked Roy Estrada / The Soul Giants» (8:42)
  5. «Then We Went to Hawaii / LSD» (2:18)
  6. «Back to LA / Frenchy's a Go-Go / The Original Suzy Creamcheese» (3:58)
  7. «San Francisco and Fillmore West / Freak Out Comes Out / Turn It On, Elliot!» (3:31)
  8. «New York City / Absolutely Free / Off-Off Broadway at the Garrick Theater» (6:10)
  9. «Europe 1967 / Barbarella and Roger Vadim / Zappa Food Poisoned in Italy» (4:15)
  10. «He Didn't Like Hippies / Jammin' With Jimi Hendrix» (1:45)
  11. «Miami Pop Festival / Freak Out at The Cast Away Hotel / Arthur Brown» (4:05)
  12. «Captain Beefheart / Dealing With Herbie / Linda Ronstadt» (1:10)
  13. «Back to California 1968 / The Mothers' Second European Tour / Royal Festival Hall» (2:35)
  14. «Janis Joplin / Grace Slick / Jefferson Airplane» (1:22)
  15. «Donuts in Austin 1973 / New Mexico / Big Sunny and The Little Boys / Bandidos» (1:40)
  16. «Albuquerque / Clearly Classical / The Blob Shaped LP» (9:18)
  17. «Zappa Music Again / The Austin Grandmothers 1988 / Settlement With Frank» (3:12)
  18. «Eugene Chadbourne / Germany / Dreams on Longplay» (2:48)
  19. «Meeting Moni / Not on Sunday, Not in Bavaria» (2:05)
  20. «The Grandmothers 1998 / Eating The Astoria / Leukemia» (3:45)



  • Compositions by Jon Larsen
  • Lyricss by Jon Larsen


  1. ^ Dryden, Ken. "The Jimmy Carl Black Story". Allmusic. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Jon Larsen: The Jimmy Carl Black Story (Hot Club)". Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Jon Larsen (with Jimmy Carl Black) Jimmy-As-A-Ghost". Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Jon Larsen: The Jimmy Carl Black Story". Retrieved 2012-12-01.