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Frank Zappa - Tinsel Town Rebellion CD (album) cover


Frank Zappa



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5 stars This double LP is one of my favorite Zappa's albums: 6 guitarists, 3 keyboardists, a good half dozen of backing vocalists, and TONS of crazy drums! Again, Zappa demonstrates his ability on guitar by performing crazy solos: "Now You See It- Now You Don't" has such a monolithic solo, but the sound is good. This record is, like "You are what you is", a party album. The difference is that here the tracks are quite more sophisticated and complex. Strongly rhythmic, the tracks are really catchy and addictive: IMO this album is one of his best for quality backing vocals. I like the anthemic trumpets & keyboards on "Easy meet": this anthemic combination of trumpet + keyboards is the real trademark of this album. The percussions on "Young sophisticated" are cute! "Love of my life" is a mellow retro jewel, followed by the catchy & rhythmic rock "I ain't got no heart". "Panty rap" and "Dance contest" are interactive entertainment by Frank Zappa himself in front of an animated crowd, while other musicians play discreetly in the background. Another reprise is the intense "Tell me you love me", definitely faster and more loaded than the original. "Tinsel Town Rebellion" is an outstanding retro rhythmic track: you go back 50 years behind with it; it is nicely followed by the 2 speeds "Pick me I'm clean". "Bamboozled by Love" sounds like the rhythmic part of Pink Floyd's Money. The last 2 tracks are the best parts of the album: "Brown Shoes Don't Make It" is VERY rhythm changing, catchy, addictive and complex, it must be listened entirely to appreciate. Finally, a reprise of "Peaches en regalia", absolutely better: the sound is perfect, the synchronization is excellent, all the instruments are very well played, and the complexity of the track is clearly shown here.


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