Frank Zappa’s introduction on the newly releasedÂ Finer MomentsÂ album has him promise â€œZany music pieces and also some zany mothers of invention bullshit.â€ But these 12 performances are taken from shows Zappa and his amazing bands performed between 1967 through 1972 and are pretty fine moments indeed.
We get ole Frank Zâ€™s trilling guitar on the instrumental â€œSleazette,â€ Ian Underwoodâ€™s lilting speedy piano and ballet dancing (Zappa introduces dancers who get copious applause during this tune) happens across â€œMozart Piano Sonata in Bb.â€ Then we are into the scary organ opening, guitar scratching and at times jaunty horn bleats of â€œThe Walking Zombie Music.â€
â€œThe Old Curiosity Shoppeâ€ sees the first real beat of any song here, again with Zappa wailing, horn screaming and drummer Ansley Dunbar in especially fine funk/rock form. The march-like, spikey â€œUncle Rhebusâ€ is here too, one of the most Zappa-like songs ever (if that makes any sense) with its great long horn jam dead center.
â€œSqueeze It, Squeeze it, Squeeze Itâ€ is pretty much Zappa silliness; lots of discordant horn runs and laughter. As amazing a musician/composer/guitarist as Frank Zappa was, itâ€™s on songs like this when he loses me though, sorry to say.
â€œThe Subcutaneous Perilâ€ is more in keeping of the weirdness that I like from Zappa. He finds and mines some great guitar playing in front of the great drumming, plus great organ playing Â and that crazy jam at the end.