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THE BEST BAND YOU NEVER HEARD IN YOUR LIFE

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.25 | 149 ratings

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blazno
5 stars Frank Zappa's best live album and also one of his best overall. Songs were recorded during the 1988 tour. The title of the album is very appropriate because the 12 piece band featured here really is absolutely amazing and the line-up fell apart only after four months.

Song selection is almost prefect, representing different periods of Zappa's music. All songs are rearranged to include the horns, which works really well in this case. I cannot say which songs are my favorites as they are all great. Special attention must be given to (incredibly) amusing covers of old rock classics and themes from movies and TV shows. This covers are among the best I ever heard from anyone. Hendrix' Purple Haze, Cream's Sunshine of Your Love, a reggae version of Led Zeppeiln's Stairway to Heaven in which the horn section puts Jimmy Page to shame as they play the guitar solo as good as he does (or even better ;), hilarious Ring of Fire from Johnny Cash are included.

I also have to mention that some lyrics are rewritten to refer to the sex scandal of Jimmy Swaggart, a Fundamentalist Christian TV preacher. This gives to the album some deeper meaning as the lyrics deal (= making fun of) with a serious subject that is still actual.

All in all "The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life" is a fantastic album that every progressive rock fan must own. Considering it's quality and it's duration (over 130 minutes long) it won't be a waste of money. Highly recommended!!!

blazno | 5/5 |

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