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Frank Zappa



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5 stars Really nice double LP in the beggining of the 80īs. After Sheik and Joeīs, this one came like a quite nice surprise, with a Zappa looking much more like a band leader than the superb guitar player of the late 70īs. Heīs is enjoying the band and creating some very inspiring and funny lyrics, with the style ranging from the country to the new age, and sometimes beeinī just Zappa (in 80% of the album). The arrangements are powerfull, lots of vocal parts absolutely in tune, what is a highlight here, great supporting band and, to tell the truth, the album brings a happy atmosphere troughout an hour of pure entertainment. Itīs nice to hear to Zappa in 81 with the same freshness of the previous and classical line-ups and recordings. Mann, Ike, White, Sherwood, Vai, Mars... these guys brings a fantastic contribution to the entire project. Altough almost absent of virtuosism or never-ending solos (the ones present here are just fabulous, including Mannīs astonishing percussion and Zappa bizzarre chords), the album is a major contribution to Zappaīs 80īs definitive discography, what would reach a peak in Does Humour Belong in Music, including the DVD, that is very funny (altough there the band is not as good as in this line-up). So, if you like to know 80īs Zappa work, start with this one and try Ship Arriving... and The Man from Utopia, itīs enough music to realize that, even in this decade, this man could produce enough excellent rock music for a new entire generation.

A five star effort.

rguabiraba | 5/5 |


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