I did some good mileage this week and aside from my total shit show of a run/walk on Saturday each workout was successfully. So you know what that means: Monday is recovery yoga day. Yay! I may even try this whole Aquafit thing again (click HERE) with the girls after coaching my Masters Spin Class…maybe. Maybe not. But for the time being, this 40 minute relaxing stretch is definitely a go. This evening’s bendy-twisty soundtrack is the ‘Live Frogs Set 2‘ album as performed by The Les Claypool Fearless Flying Frog Brigade.
Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade (also known as The Les Claypool Frog Brigade) is one of many musical projects involving Primus mad man-slash-bassist Les Claypool. The original band was formed in summer 2000 and consisted of: Claypool (bass, vocals), Todd Huth (guitars, vocals), Jay Lane (drums), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Skerik (saxophone), and Eenor (guitars, cümbüş). Claypool has described their sound as, “It’s kind of a King Crimson meets Pink Floyd meets Frank Zappa type thing.”
The band released two live recordings in 2001, ‘Live Frogs Set 1′ and ‘Live Frogs Set 2′. The first is a mix of covers and originals, including ‘Thela Hun Ginjeet‘ (King Crimson) and ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond‘ (Pink Floyd) and this 2nd album is the entire live cover of the entire Pink Floyd ‘Animals’ album released on July 24th, 2001.
It is exactly what it says it is: the second set live performance of the Pink Floyd studio album that was introduced at the end of ‘Live Frogs Set 1′ as “more Pink Floyd than any human being should ever withstand”, as the band’s version of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond‘ comes to an end.
In essence, it’s a jaw-dropping showcase of top-flight musicians, jamming and grooving on an album they obviously know and love. It’s clear they are enjoying every minute, and the results speak for themselves, the music recalls the album but does not mimic it, with pure inspired performances from start to finish. It’s vastly different from other “stunt” albums along these lines, such as Phish‘s live Halloween tributes to the Beatles or The Who (click HERE), which are OK but have more of a loose, fooling-around kind of vibe. This is the real deal, these musicians are deadly serious about making it work, they are invested in the material and the performances and it shows.
And, hey, who doesn’t love a bit of mellow Floyd for yoga?
Not this guy.
Oh, and for the record: I totally pussied out on Aquafit afterwards.