zdbd – soft sell conclusion

Soft Sell Conclusion represents the end of this phase of Absolutely Free – it crashes onto the scene, less than 2 minutes long, with a reprise of Call Any Vegetable, after the manic cacophony that was Invocation and Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin. The atmosphere is celebratory, with friendly voices in the background, and Zappa, in a warm, encouraging voice, waxing on about “green things in general.”

He satirizes American culture briefly, even hinting at the anthem, before a seedier side of the melody returns alongside a skeezy harmonica line. Soon, though, “the pumpkin is breathing hard,” and the melody accelerates to a hurried and well-earned conclusion. The next tune, Big Leg Emma, won’t have a thing to do with prunes or pumpkins!