Frank Zappa, The Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Don Van Vliet, Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart
Bongo Fury is an album released by Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart in 1975. The live portions were recorded on May 20 & 21, 1975 at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas. Studio tracks were recorded in January 1975. The album is a notable entry in Zappa's discography, because it was the last to feature a majority of his early 1970s band, which appeared on albums Over-Nite Sensation, Apostrophe, Roxy & Elsewhere, and One Size Fits All. Napoleon Murphy Brock's vocals are featured both on the sprawling "Advance Romance" as well as on the three-part harmonies of "Carolina Hard-Core Ecstasy". Captain Beefheart, in his only tour with Zappa's band, delivers vocals on several tracks, including his two short prose readings "Sam with the Showing Scalp Flat Top" and "Man with the Woman Head". Bongo Fury also marks the first appearance of Terry Bozzio, who would become Zappa's featured drummer between 1975 and 1978.