Party Scene From Mondo Hollywood - Frank Zappa - Mystery Disc
Label: Zappa Records - 0238912,Universal Music Group International - 0238912 • Series: Zappa - 68 • Format: CD Album, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Europe • Genre: Jazz, Rock, Non-Music • Style: Prog Rock, Blues Rock, Field Recording, Avantgarde, Fusion, Psychedelic Rock
That's they way they appear on the CD case, I just copied them. Unfortunately, a lot of that catalog was difficult to come by unless you could find used vinyl copies. The Ryko CD releases would start to correct this situation in the near future, but in the meantime Frank decided to re-release his albums on vinyl, as a series of boxed sets called The Old Masters. To entice fans who already owned all these albums, FZ included a "Mystery Disc" with each of the first two boxed sets.
These bonus albums were made up of rare, scrapbook type material that Frank had lying around from the early days of the Mothers. Much of this material eventually got released on various CDs. To Rykodisc's credit, they don't hide this information, and in fact point it out in more than one place in the accompanying CD booklet.
This booklet is also chock-full of good pictures of the early Mothers, as well as Zappa's liner notes for the original Mystery Discs. Even though some of the MD material came out on other releases, there were still bits and pieces that had never been put on CD. I'm not sure if Rykodisc owned the "Mystery Disc" material as part of Tau - Alfredas Kukaitis, Birutė Mar - Mudu du original deal with Zappa, or if they somehow got the rights from Gail after Frank's death, but they finally put out a CD Mystery Discwhich contains all the material on both albums except for the Big Leg Emma single, since that showed up on Absolutely Free.
Dropping those two tracks allowed the whole thing to fit on one CD, and prevented having to pay double-disc prices, so I for one am not complaining. Most of the material on the Mystery Disc is only of interest to hard-core Zappa fans. This one isn't as musically interesting as the last half of the Lost Episodes CD, so if you're looking for music you should start there.
There are some things worth hearing on the Mystery Disc though. The recordings from the Village Inn the place immortalized in Village of the Sun gives Steel - Total Output - Damage EP idea why Frank had such fond memories about his time there.
The I Was a Teen-Age Malt Shop "rock opera" shows a lot of promise, but it's disappointing that Zappa only included a minute's worth of it here bootleg versions are several minutes long.
Speed-Freak Boogie is an interesting early Party Scene From Mondo Hollywood - Frank Zappa - Mystery Disc with tape speed manipulation. There's also a lot of fun insanity thrown in from the original Mothers. If that sort of thing appeals to you, then Party Scene From Mondo Hollywood - Frank Zappa - Mystery Disc probably like this disc. Album Cover.
What Would Your Mama Say Now - Miki Dallon - What Would Your Mama Say Now / Two At A Time, It Never Rains In California - Jimmy Takeuchi - Drum Drum Drum/Pops Best 28, You Must Be Blind - Black Label Society - Mafia, Wasted Years - First Nashville Jesus Band* - Peace In The Valley