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Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 CD (album) cover


Frank Zappa



3.75 | 131 ratings

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3 stars Just like any Zappa live output, the third installment in Zappa's You Can't Do That On Sage Anymore series is a comic blend of furious jazz and satirical pop/rock. However, this one contains a lot less performance, and a lot more music. Parts one and two were full of off-stage recordings, on-stage skits, talking, jokes, et cetera. Part three is so much more about the music, and I think it is a better offering for it. But it's not nearly as funny as the first two, which were the unique side of those albums. The music is different than the studio version, thus making it more worthy than most live albums, but it's also extremely long, and sometimes a little tediously so.

Besides all these albums being great musically (none of them are full concerts, but rather collection of pieces throughout Zappa's live career, so they must be good), this one stands out of the first three. There's less of the silly and satirical pop, more of that tasty complex jazz fusion, and some really sharp musicianship on all accounts. Don't misunderstand me, there's still plenty of comxdy here - it wouldn't be much of a Zappa live album if there was none - but there's no memorable skit, or specific joke that gets me. In fact, there's loads of the silly satirical pop here, but it's balance very evenly with furious soloing and intense prog-outs.

Shakespeare | 3/5 |


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