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5 stars Typically Frank Zappa is a bit of satirist, and I must admit I am not much of a fan ( at least at the moment ) of his more comedic type albums. However, I've found that the Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar series and Guitar album are really well written and are excellent instrumentals both for their feel and their composition.

The jazz feel of this album is complimented by the spontaneous style - apparently Frank Zappa rarely performed the song songs multiple times, rather he would improvise a lot of his live material. This album is strictly instrumental - as are all of the other albums in the Shut up 'n play yer guitar series, as well as the later album guitar. But that does not mean that they are boring at all. In fact Frank's absolute talent really shines through in this fashion because you can't help but feel compelled to listen to it because of his tone, his writing and his well developed musical sense.

This album really lends itself to these talents of Zappa's and its amazingly good - especially considering some of the criticisms its received. The lead guitaring on this album is really the focus, but listen carefully and you'll really dig the rhythm section a lot. There are some really nice and well composed drumming parts ( and other percussion ) and bass sections along with keyboarding. All of this really brings a vibrancy and variety to each of the tracks.

Although overall not as standout ( but still very close ) to the first album in the trilogy, this is a very decent album. Although much different to many of Frank's other albums, I'd say this album was inspired by the fusion "movement" that was occuring at the time ( although had begun a little while back ). If you really like this album I'd also suggest some ( totally different but great ) Jeff Beck and other artists along those lines.

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Posted Wednesday, August 31, 2005 | Review Permalink
Petrovsk Mizinski
3 stars Here we have the second in the the Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar trilogy. This time around we have a more humorous approach, although only slightly more, which is either a blessing or a curse depending on whether you wanted to hear something very serious or not. Personally I think it could have done with more humor, as I am a big fan of Zappa's sense of humor. I was hoping for something more interesting and exciting than the first part of the trilogy and unfortunately I feel it's hardly better than the first Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar and given I didn't think the first part of the trilogy wasn't that great, it really is a disappointment for me.

It starts off well enough, with the name of the first track, Variation on the Carlos Santana secret chord progression, already enough to show put a smile on my face, but other than the name it isn't a humorous song, but that isn't a bad thing here. There is some cool guitar playing here and the track seems to flow nicely for me. Gee I Like Your Pants is also pretty good, demonstrating some fretboard pick tapping here which sounds really cool in the context of the song. This is unfortunately the end of where the really good material is for me. I have so far not been able to sit through more than 2 minutes of Canarsie without feeling agitated and after a while bored too, although I admit I constantly listen to the first two seconds of the track just to hear that line Carnarsie. Where everyone looks the same. I'm not sure how funny that was intended to be, but it never fails to amuse me, sometimes just makes me crack up laughing. The rest of the song is seriously boring to me, and the guitar playing isn't that great sounding either to be honest, which is not something I want to say considering how much I respect Zappa's talent, but I'm not going to hide the truth of how I felt about it. There is nothing really that exciting about the rest of the album that I feel is worth mentioning, sure it's not bad, but if it doesn't excite me I can't see what I can really say about it other than it just seemed average and fairly uninspiring to my ears

Like the first part of the trilogy, I understand this albums place in history and for that I will give it better than the 2 I would have given it purely based on the musical value. and at least I'm constantly assured I can really like the first two songs.

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