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STUDIO TAN

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.72 | 187 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars Another one of the Mother's delirium, Studio Tan is part of the four-album Lšther extravaganza that Zappa wanted to release, but was countered by his record label, not with solid viability reasons. A rather ugly comics artwork and a good back up section including Chester Thompson, Eddie Jobson, Underwood and George Duke (just to name those) are the main characteristics you should be aware of.

If the Greggery piece takes up the whole first side, it's hardly what I'd call an epic, as it goes back to the first Mothers era, with the dumb humorous storyline that ruins the music (not that great either, btw), and doesn't augur well for the rest of the album. Actually the flipside is rather enjoyable, with some excellent RDNZL and Take You To The Beach, while the instrumental Revised Music For Guitar And Low-Budget is quite interesting. If you own the Lšther piece that was released in the mid-90's, you won't need this one. Too bad for the Greggery Peckary piece, but at least one full side of the album is worthy enough.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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