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Allmusic writer Steve Huey praised the album's instrumental work and the reworked versions of older songs, but described the sexually-themed lyrics as "problematic". [3]

Musically this is a long and twisted journey, and though not his greatest masterpiece, it was quite a doozy for a 26 year old Frank Zappa (released in 1967 with The Mothers of Invention). It contains so many insane and hilarious moments (rhythmic hocking & spitting), and outright atonality. Here Zappa shows off his academic side with some nasty tone rows only he would have the nuts to record on a pop record. The fact that he mixes this high-brow stuff with memorable lines like “Be a jerk, go to work” (in a strong New Jersey accent) or “Gonna smother my daughter in chocolate syrup”, along with his beloved R&B grooves – a true little masterpiece. And nasty from start to finish.

Mick Jagger and David Bowie intended to perform an intercontinental duet, with Bowie in London and Jagger in Philadelphia. Problems of synchronization meant the only remotely practical solution was to have one artist, likely Bowie at Wembley, mime along to prerecorded vocals broadcast as part of the live sound mix for Jagger's performance from Philadelphia. Veteran music engineer David Richards ( Pink Floyd and Queen ) was brought in to create footage and sound mixes Jagger and Bowie could perform to in their respective venues. The BBC would then have had to ensure those footage and sound mixes were in synch while also performing a live vision mix of the footage from both venues. The combined footage would then have had to be bounced back by satellite to the various broadcasters around the world. Due to the time lag (the signal would take several seconds to be broadcast twice across the Atlantic Ocean ), Richards concluded there was no way for Jagger to hear or see Bowie's performance, meaning there could be no interaction between the artists, essentially defeating the whole point of the exercise. On top of this, both artists objected to the idea of miming at what was perceived as a historic event. Instead, Jagger and Bowie worked with Richards to create a video clip of the song they would have performed, a cover of " Dancing in the Street ", which was shown on the screens of both stadiums and broadcast as part of many TV networks coverage.

Waka/Jawaka: the jazz combo
Big swifty, Your mouth, It might just be a one shot deal, Frog song, Waka/Jawaka
The grand wazoo: the big band
For Calvin, The grand wazoo, Think it over, Another whole melodic section, Cletus awreetus-awrightus, Eat that question, Blessed relief
Wazoo - Imaginary diseases - Little dots: the jazz band live
Imaginary diseases, Variant I, Rollo, . boogie, Farther O'blivion, Little dots

 · From the glorious to the impenetrable, Frank Zappa 's sprawling back catalogue needs to be negotiated carefully – but it’s worth it...

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