The lyrics are pretty pathetic even by Zappa standards , and the music is typical and predictable. It isn't bad, but it isn't good either. The material presented on Chunga's Revenge is eclectic:
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A long time ago two crazy freaks called Flo and Eddie met a crazy freak called Zappa now these crazy freaks got along real well because they were all crazy and also they were freaks. Oh, it is a seventies song, what I revejge is it sounds like a song that could have been played on am radio back then.
Chunga's Revenge Zappa Records Another instrumental, this FZ solo is just absolutely smothered in wah-wah delight, making chingas gods like Hendrix kiss the ground Zappa walks on. It is, basically, a collection of great semi-progressive tunes leaning towards an array of styles. Congress Shall Make No Law Anyway, more about this album. I skip this one every time.
Of course it's more than likely that my nostalgia has gotten the best of me, making me see something that really isn't there. The A-side closes on the rockiest tell You Love Me. Unlike, say, the next album. I could not have picked a better album to start off with at that particular time and Chunga's revenge is still my favorite, both by musical standards aswell as nostalgic reasons.
The material presented on Chunga's Revenge is eclectic: It makes you want to be there to see what's going on.
The main style of music on this one because it does change on each album is more blues oriented rock. In total, then, the instrumental tracks, while not amazing overall, are definitely worth some listens.
If not actually live, the tapes were at least given a very convincing stage ambience: I find myself not even remembering this track even right after I listen to it.
The entire recording, even on the later CD recordings has a distorted sound, making it harder to listen to than most of Zappa's amazing catalog.
For one, some of the music just seems like these guys were messing around in the studio. Latest members reviews I find the material on here to be very weak compared to Zappa's other albums of the period.
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However, this one is a lot of fun and it is a good way to get a taste of all of FZ's styles. Not to mention the incredible drumming of Aynsley Dunbar. Apparently Frank had more than a few run ins with the union in his career. This album proves that Zappa really could take a bite off of anything and create the most extraordinary music.
Twenty Small Cigars has totally different sound from the rest of the album as it was obviously recorded at the Hot Rats sessions. The original early version of "Sharleena" later appeared on The Lost Episodes. The thing that really jumps out at me about the album isn't so much the lineup, though, but rather that this seems like the first "lightweight" album Frank released in his career.
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Other "lost" tracks from these sessions include the instrumentals "Twinkle Tits" and "Bognor Regis". Chunga's Revenge is the Flo and Eddie-era album on which their presence is felt the least, partially because the sense of humour is a bit more varied than the "all sex jokes all the time" concept of the Fillmore East live album, partially because the album includes a clutch of good but not great instrumentals - several of which are cast-offs from the Hot Rats sessions.
Well, maybe it has some cool parts, but it drags on and is pretty painful at times.
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If you like his early music and want to get into his later stuff or vice revenvethis is a weak intermediate step, but not a horrible place to turn to.