Lil' Clanton Shuffle
Frank Zappa Lyrics


[Don "Sugar Cane" Harris violin
FZ guitar
Ian Underwood Fender Rhodes
Unknown [probably Max Bennett] bass
John Guerin drums]

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periurban

@Matt H All good points, but I do have some further comments on yours if you're up for it!

1) I don't object to the owners of music making money from it, but Frank Zappa did not want his music to be managed in this way. He wanted the business to be sold off, presumably to people who would know how to treat the archive with respect. Frank was a completely unsentimental person, and if he had any whiff of what Gail planned he would have tried to thwart her, which is why he left a written will that Gail ignored and hid.

2) Frank archived everything. Then when he was terminally ill he created a will requiring that the business (including the archive) be sold off. Does the Vatican do that sort of thing? lol

3) The best testament to the musicians involved is the part they played in making one of the best albums ever made. What this collection shows is the way Frank edited the performances into something better, which is worthwhile knowing. But the package should not pretend to have anything to do with the original album. It is confusing for non-fans.

4) That's an assumption I don't agree with. On search engines today enter "hot rats" and you will be led to this collection in preference to the real thing. You might easily think you are getting something better than the real thing, which only exists on a single CD. After all, many of the ZFT's other box sets have the original album included. But even those not making that mistake should not hear this FIRST!

5) I agree with this point at least, and there is no doubt value in hearing the process. But it should not be presented like this, and it certainly shouldn't ever have been named after the original album, and be packaged the same way, with the same font etc.

If this package was called "Frank Zappa - The 1969 TTG, Sunset and Whitney Sessions" there would be no need for this discussion.

Take care fellow Zappa fan! Peace and love from Scotland.



Matt H

I'm going to have to disagree. While I can't say I know what Zappa's will did or didn't say,I can bring up these points.
1) The people who will buy a hot rats set are not legion so I doubt millions are being made off this. Its unlikely the ZFT are sipping Dom Perion instead of Del Monte with its proceeds. And buyers will in almost all instances will have owned the original vinyl and CD reish and to a fan of the album this is beyond a treat level. Only serious adepts need apply.

2) If Frank did deem this to show himself and the band in a bad light,why didn't he destroy it years ago? Why would it be archived? And if the archive was never to be seen by anyone,why wasn't it given to the Vatican?

3) Zappa not withstanding,its a wonderful testament to the other musicians involved,many of which are also,like Frank,no longer with us. Its nice to hear them doing something "fresh" (at least to our ears) and if they could answer,I'm sure Lowell George,John Guerin et all would be tickled to know that their work and talent are still appreciated. Even Miss Christine on the cover would be happy knowing that people still think of her and know she was once alive and part of something special.

4) Any "new" fans would likely buy the standard copy first before buying a 6 CD set or whatever it is. And any youngster seeking out Zappa is going to be cut from a different cloth anyway,so its a safe bet they would "get" this is a work in progress.

5) Hearing these takes (and I'm sure there are many,many we didn't get to hear) and how they were created is both educational as well as fascinating. From Franks direction(s) to hearing how the musicians accented things with their own personal dynamics,a further testament to their skills. To me,this is the aural equivalent of sitting in a folding chair (40 of Mickeys en mitt) and watching Michaelangelo paint the Sistine chapel.

This is a few points. While I understand your argument I don't feel this sullies Franks legacy in any way. If I had my druthers, I'd be demanding that the ZFT give Burnt Weenie Sandwich much the same treatment.
I'm sure many would agree. But then again....what do I know?



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Grok Effer

This reminds me of Big Leg Emma.

PC Jones

It is Big Leg Emma....FZ is the best!

Brian Keller

Thank You!

horsew/noname

whether you like that it was released or not, i think we can agree that there's plenty of straight-ahead jam to enjoy here

Raymond Najera

Love the jams that come out of a garage. w.s. clanton 14st.

Angelo Mezzadri

The only thing can i say is that i like too much this whole album.

Davett53

Great Blues number featuring violin,....I think an atypical tune for Zappa, though he incorporated blues music in a lot of compositions,....this sounds like something quite unique, imo.

periurban

This track shames those who have chosen to release it. The ZFT act against Frank's express wishes by putting this out there. It is in no condition to see the light of day, which is why Frank left it languishing in the vault, which is where it correctly belongs. After the opening violin phrases, there is a gap where a distant guitar can be heard, then someone remembers to put the fader up and we suddenly get the guitar and piano! This kind of sloppiness is not part of Frank's legacy, but here it is for all to hear. Frank could choose to hide this away from the world, and quite right he was. Everything Frank released during his lifetime was what Frank deemed his work. These tracks are works in progress, abandoned works or works that were used elsewhere, sometimes in whole or in part. But Frank would never have showed his dirty linen like this, and his legacy should not be subjected to this cash in. It's horrible, and it shouldn't be happening.

periurban

@Matt H All good points, but I do have some further comments on yours if you're up for it!

1) I don't object to the owners of music making money from it, but Frank Zappa did not want his music to be managed in this way. He wanted the business to be sold off, presumably to people who would know how to treat the archive with respect. Frank was a completely unsentimental person, and if he had any whiff of what Gail planned he would have tried to thwart her, which is why he left a written will that Gail ignored and hid.

2) Frank archived everything. Then when he was terminally ill he created a will requiring that the business (including the archive) be sold off. Does the Vatican do that sort of thing? lol

3) The best testament to the musicians involved is the part they played in making one of the best albums ever made. What this collection shows is the way Frank edited the performances into something better, which is worthwhile knowing. But the package should not pretend to have anything to do with the original album. It is confusing for non-fans.

4) That's an assumption I don't agree with. On search engines today enter "hot rats" and you will be led to this collection in preference to the real thing. You might easily think you are getting something better than the real thing, which only exists on a single CD. After all, many of the ZFT's other box sets have the original album included. But even those not making that mistake should not hear this FIRST!

5) I agree with this point at least, and there is no doubt value in hearing the process. But it should not be presented like this, and it certainly shouldn't ever have been named after the original album, and be packaged the same way, with the same font etc.

If this package was called "Frank Zappa - The 1969 TTG, Sunset and Whitney Sessions" there would be no need for this discussion.

Take care fellow Zappa fan! Peace and love from Scotland.

Matt H

I'm going to have to disagree. While I can't say I know what Zappa's will did or didn't say,I can bring up these points.
1) The people who will buy a hot rats set are not legion so I doubt millions are being made off this. Its unlikely the ZFT are sipping Dom Perion instead of Del Monte with its proceeds. And buyers will in almost all instances will have owned the original vinyl and CD reish and to a fan of the album this is beyond a treat level. Only serious adepts need apply.

2) If Frank did deem this to show himself and the band in a bad light,why didn't he destroy it years ago? Why would it be archived? And if the archive was never to be seen by anyone,why wasn't it given to the Vatican?

3) Zappa not withstanding,its a wonderful testament to the other musicians involved,many of which are also,like Frank,no longer with us. Its nice to hear them doing something "fresh" (at least to our ears) and if they could answer,I'm sure Lowell George,John Guerin et all would be tickled to know that their work and talent are still appreciated. Even Miss Christine on the cover would be happy knowing that people still think of her and know she was once alive and part of something special.

4) Any "new" fans would likely buy the standard copy first before buying a 6 CD set or whatever it is. And any youngster seeking out Zappa is going to be cut from a different cloth anyway,so its a safe bet they would "get" this is a work in progress.

5) Hearing these takes (and I'm sure there are many,many we didn't get to hear) and how they were created is both educational as well as fascinating. From Franks direction(s) to hearing how the musicians accented things with their own personal dynamics,a further testament to their skills. To me,this is the aural equivalent of sitting in a folding chair (40 of Mickeys en mitt) and watching Michaelangelo paint the Sistine chapel.

This is a few points. While I understand your argument I don't feel this sullies Franks legacy in any way. If I had my druthers, I'd be demanding that the ZFT give Burnt Weenie Sandwich much the same treatment.
I'm sure many would agree. But then again....what do I know?

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