Thursday, April 16, 2009

Frank Zappa is Victor Meldrew

Or was. “I don’t believe it!” was Victor’s catchphrase in the English TV series One Foot in the Grave. And here is Frank Zappa in 1974 with a cracking performance of one of his prettiest tunes, “Oh No (I don’t believe it)”, a riposte to the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love”, from the 1970 Weasels Ripped My Flesh album. The band here is Napoleon Murphy Brock on vocals and sax, George Duke on keyboards and vocals, Tom Fowler on bass, Chester Thompson on drums and the wonderful Ruth Underwood on percussion. And there are two FZ guitar solos. Who could ask for anything more?

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