Frank / Mothers - Tengo Na Minchia Tanta (Recorded live, June 1971 at the Fillmore East in NYC)

Does This Kind of Life Look Interesting To You? 0:49
A Pound For a Brown (on the Bus) 7:26
Sleeping in a Jar (with Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head)   4:34
Sharleena 4:31
The Sanzini Brothers 0:32
What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening? 4:35
What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are? 5:00
Bwana Dik 1:45
Latex Solar Beef 1:00
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy 2:46
Penis Dimension / Little House I Used to Live In 4:05
Mudshark / Holiday In Berlin 4:36
Inca Roads / Easy Meat 7:16
Cruisin' For Burgers 2:45
 
Total Time: 51 min, 40 sec

Yet another disc from the Beat the Boots series, again from the second box. I don't know why I never noticed it, but this album actually makes a better companion piece to Fillmore East, June 1971 than Freaks and Motherf*#@%! does. It's got comparable sound quality (slightly muffled and a bit hissy during the quiet parts but other than that it's pretty good), and was recorded the same month as Fillmore East. It also contains a version of Holiday In Berlin with lyrics. So forget what I said about preferring F&M, and substitute this album instead.

The album begins with Zappa mocking a noisy audience member by asking if his type of life looks interesting to the rest of the crowd. This is the perfect introduction for the opening track. Next, we get the "Pound/Sleeping/Sharleena" medley, which includes interesting bits like a guitar lick that will eventually be used as part of the melody of Inca Roads, and the Mothers version of Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head.

Next, there's another version of The Sanzini Brothers, about which Zappa says "In the trades, that's what's known as filler crap". Then we get some musical theater as the band reenacts part of 200 Motels. Ironically, the bootleg live version has almost better sound quality than the official studio album. Note that What Will This Morning... is a modified version of the movie soundtrack's What Will This Evening..., with different lyrics. They segue straight from the 200 Motels material into some Fillmore East, June 1971 material, indicating that perhaps if he had had enough money, Frank would have put that stuff in the movie too. Considering the extra lyrics (some of which are really good) and jokes, and decent sound quality, I might actually prefer this album's versions of these songs to the official releases.

The version of Little House... is the one with the "dick" lyrics added, although it does have a cool high-speed instrumental section in the middle. Then, after a brief version of the Mudshark theme, we get another great version of Holiday in Berlin with lyrics about German student protestors who want the band to help them burn a building down.

Towards the end of the disc, we get another preview of the main Inca Roads melody, with wordless vocals by Flo and Eddie. There's also a bit of Easy Meat in there. Amazing how long Zappa played around with those melodies before he finally put them to use in a released song.

In summary, this is probably the boot to get if you really like the Flo and Eddie years, particularly the Fillmore and 200 Motels albums.

Album Cover

Image of the Tengo Na Minchia Tanta album cover