Sharleena

FZ album(s) in which song has appeared

Tour(s) on which song is known to have been performed (main source: FZShows, v. 7.1)

Comments

Foggy G, "The Songs That Were Played," We're Only In It For The Touring

1970 (Hot Rats Band): This premiere performance of this eventual guitar solo classic appears essentially as it would on "Lost Episodes". This version, or at least this recording of this version, has a harder guitar edge, but nevertheless bounces along at the same frantic pace. Harris and Frank both take solos, with Frank contributing some heavy rhythm support during Harris' violin workout and during a short full-band jam in the midst of these solos. Harris takes the longer of the two solos, though Frank's wah-wah tinged effort still satisfies. This is a worthy performance, and just as enjoyable as the revelatory "lost episode".

1970 (Jun-Dec): Essentially performed as on "Tengo Na Minchia Tanta" from Beat the Boots Volume II, with the standard deviation coming in Frank's end of song guitar solo. This is not a full-blown FZ guitar experience, but is long enough and contains enough energy to warrant being called a solo. Plus, it is an excellent way to end this tune.

1971: Essentially performed as on "Playground Psychotics", with some bursts of guitar throughout, and Dunbar's hyperactive drumming (listen to that bass pedal) bubbling underneath. Note the excellently placed "me" in the first bars of the following "Cruisin' for Burgers", and how that delayed vocal does such a fine job of linking the two songs together.

1981-82: Essentially performed as "As An Am" from Beat the Boots volume one. One of Frank's great "let's-bring-this-tune-back" decisions. Not having seen the light of day since the Flo 'n' Eddie days, this revamped with guitar solo "Sharleena" is one of the guitar highlights of the eighties. Unfortunately, this tour's, along with the '82 tour's, versions have an edge to them that is lost on subsequent tours. While I enjoy the '84 performances and solos, the '81 and '82 "Sharleena's" have a rough quality that really adds to the flavor of the song. Even though this band is obviously well-rehearsed and very professional, they still manage to maintain quite a bit of passion and fury. This tune greatly benefits from this emotional charge.

1984: Essentially played as on YCDTOSA Volume III, with the standard deviation coming in Frank's solo, and with the absence of Dweezil, obviously. Frank must have really liked this vamp, because without fail, every "Sharleena" I have heard from this tour has had an excellent, let's-sit-down-and-listen guitar solo. "Winos Do Not March" from "Guitar" is a "Sharleena" extract.

1988: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume III, allowing for obvious differences in instrumentation, and with the standard deviation coming in Frank's solo.

 

 

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