Friday, February 22, 2008

119. FRANK ZAPPA: Soft-Sell Conclusion

A detailed analysis of the above Frank Zappa composition.

Soft-Sell Conclusion

LYRICS



Sharp edit into new tempo.

A lot of people don't bother

FZ raps. Listen to the falsetto babbling in the background!

Only in America

The first of two official recordings of a "patriotic song" quote in the space of two years (here it's "America The Beautiful"; the other is "God Bless America" from Uncle Meat.
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Call any vegetable ... when you get off the train...

This is FZ singing, right? Sounds like he has a cold! The musical term for the "slowed-down" effect of the music here is called AUGMENTATION...

Call any vegetable and the chances are good...

The tempo doubles -- and then immediately goes back to half-time -- and then just as immediately the tempo doubles AGAIN (this was fairly typical in the classical oratorio form).

The pumpkin is breathing hard

An arrangement of "The Royal March" from L'Histoire du Soldat by Stravinsky...this little ditty, a bit more developed, will crop up again Make A Jazz Noise Here.

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