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8/10 Dermot Customer review, 8th January 2014
It's a relief to have this available on vinyl again. I remember buying an original copy that I was desperate to hear despite the fact the (second hand) vinyl itself was virtually unplayable in its very much warped-up state. So it's a pleasure to finally hear that it sounds just as warped as it did back then :) Recorded between '67 and '68 using the same experimental principles pioneered by the Beatles and Brian Wilson. It was the fifth album by Frank and his ugly Mother's. It's a concept album about an evil scientist who lusts for revenge after being laid off at a missile plant in the valley when the government contract is cancelled. You can read the full sordid details in the illustrated 12 x12 book that comes bundled with the album. The Beatles have a lot to answer for! The music is diverse in style, drawing from orchestral, jazz, blues and rock music including doo wop. There's a LOT of horns running through the whole album and not as much of Frank's guitar as I remember. Still, it's a thrilling listen as you try to keep up with the constant changing scenes dreamt up by Frank and his little band with more than a little help from the sota 12 track console at his disposal. Beautifully remastered too by Joe Travers. It also features a nifty Frank guitar solo on the track "Nine Types of Industrial Pollution" which, for me, makes the whole thing a worthwhile buy :)
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