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LÄTHER

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.92 | 136 ratings

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Chris H
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3 stars Would I really be doing anything original by repeating the story behind this album for you another time? OK why not, I'll do it. This was Frank's big huge creation of an 8-LP set, which those greedy folks at Warner Brothers scoffed at. So Frank, being about the music, takes his creation to the radio station and plays this sucker end to end in 1977, while "hosting" the radio show for the day. Got it? Good.

Do you own "Sleep Dirt", "Zappa In New York", "Orchestral Favorites", "Sheik Yerbouti" and "Studio Tan"? Well in case you were wondering this is virtually a combination of all of these albums. What is excellent and intriguing about this is that the "Sleep Dirt" vocals have been completely cut out. Also, the songs off of "Sheik..." are less of the songs you know and more of early stages recordings. Also there is limited but exciting bonus material on here including a 1993 version of "Regyptian Strut" and an alternate to "Little Green Rosetta".

This is mainly an instrumental compilation, but the big hits do have the vocals included. There are some amazing solo moments here, and then again there are some incredible jams and musician interaction during the whole of the recording. Definitely not for a Zappa first- timer, or anybody with the albums mentioned above. However, it is great if you are looking for some Zappa alternates, or to get some tracks off of those 5 albums. 3 stars.

Chris H | 3/5 |

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