10 agosto 2020

La formazione rimase insieme poco più di sette mesi, nel periodo post-Hot Rats e pre-200 Motels, lavorò duro ma si divertì molto. Lasciò ai zappofili un ricordo indelebile - non a tutti ugualmente gradito - ma poche tracce di sé nei documenti ufficiali, tranne alcune cose in Chunga's Revenge e in successive antologie. Un box di quattro cd ne raccoglie ora il lascito, quasi tutto inedito: The Mothers 1970. Uno spasso, soprattutto dal vivo: in poche ore Román García Albertos ne ha trascritto ogni battuta.

The Mothers 1970 collects together more than four hours of previously unreleased performances by the heralded lineup which lasted roughly seven months: Aynsley Dunbar (drums), George Duke (piano/keys/trombone), Ian Underwood (organ/keys/guitar), Jeff Simmons (bass/vocals) and Flo & Eddie aka Howard Kaylan (vocals) and Mark Volman (vocals/percussion) of The Turtles who performed under the aliases to skirt contractual limitations of performing under their own names. This iteration of The Mothers came to an end in January of 1971 when Simmons quit the band during the making of the 200 Motels movie. “It’s no secret that Frank was excited about this group. The cast of characters and their personalities, musically and personally, made for a very eventful and humorous chapter in Zappa’s career. Frank had a blast with these guys. Their sound was unique, their humor was like no other and yet their time was ultimately short lived.”