diller wrote:If it wasn't for my "sarcastic" comments everyone reading this thread would think Zappa 'dumped' the EMU. I have never heard of Frank selling any gear. The man rarely gifted or gave away gear during his lifetime. Unless it was to someone like Jimi Hendrix or his children, someone he valued as being important in some respects.
dubonaire He was very conservative, but I'm not sure what that has to do with his musicianship and composition skills?
I suppose the CS80's for $500 and all the other gear was after his passing, I cant recall that far back the order of events.
I was taken aback to hear that Ruth Underwood and others had played the EMU on stage. A lot more use than i realized, and being described as a lack thereof?
I dont see the potential for monotimbral polyphonics or the need to diminish what Emu put out there. Trailblazers who contributed much more than they ever received credit for.
If all Zappa ever squeezed out of the Emu was the big brassy chords on Sheik Yerbouti behind some transplanted guitar solos? Worth every penny. that synth wont be forgotten.
Conservative as in "Freedom of Speech" conservating? I suppose so, but he called out the lies and oppression being passed off as Apple Pie from the very get go, and he continued to harangue the perpetrators of hypocrisy, misery and death with gusto for his entire career in ways NOBODY else did.
I think he got beat at his own entertainment game by The Tubes, and compositionally Don Van Vliet worked some real magic which Zappa never really achieved.
But as a citizen and human, he did INCREDIBLE things.
I cant imagine seeing it any other way.