Monday, 31 August 2009

Draft Exclusion

Released at the height of Ronnie Reagan kick starting the good ol' Cold War; probably the most paranoid time in post McCarthy America; until Al-Qaeda came along of course.

What comes around goes around.

And just to prove how paranoid times really were, the U.S. distributors of this 7"45 (Mercury-Phonogram) refused to handle the record; and not merely down to subject matter; Cal Schenkel's artwork on the reverse was considered 'unpatriotic'.

Yeah, I know.
I don't get it either.

As for the music itself; this single version of 'I Don't Wanna Get Drafted' varies enormously from the You Are What You Is version; different enough on the album to warrant the title 'Drafted Again'.

The flip side features a gorgeous live recording of the instrumental 'Ancient Armaments'; a superb mesmerizing guitar solo recorded live at the New York Palladium at Halloween in 1978.
Ben Watson describes it in his The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play as 'majestically slow and melancholy'.

Frank Zappa - I Don't Wanna Get Drafted 7"45 (1980)

I Don't Wanna Get Drafted
Ancient Armaments

Decent vinyl rip @320kbs
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