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THE BEST BAND YOU NEVER HEARD IN YOUR LIFE

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.33 | 143 ratings

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James.Ward
5 stars Absolutely jaw droppingly brilliant! This is by far the tightest, best recorded live performances I have ever heard. And as an earlier reviewer noted, the tracks from "One Size Fits All" are the stand outs - all are superior in performance and sound quality to the originals, particularly Inca Roads (the sax solo really makes it) and the "Sofa" instrumental - wow! Be warned, however, that a recent reissue of this title on CD in the last few years (at least here in Australia) omits a terrific version of Ravel's "Bolero" which used to follow on from the electrifying version of "Zomby Wolf" (also far better than the original). I was shocked and disapponted a year or so back to find this missing from a version I picked up to replace the earlier version (which I had actually sold - shock, horror - not sure what I was thinking), and had to get it again on a Japanese import.

A last thought: One can only hope, but the only thing better than owning this title on CD would be to have it on SACD... I would think that, if FZ were alive today, he would certainly want this to be available on the best sounding format available, given his unique commitment to the highest possible production values. Not sure of what the barriers are, but if enough people clamour loudly enough, surely we could look forward to the release of the whole FZ oeuvre on SACD sometime in the near future. I for one would be first in line to re-acquire the entire corpus - a small cost, for what must surely be amongst the greatest music composed in the latter half of the twentieth century.

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