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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1 (57:29)
1. Re-gyptian strut (4:36)
2. Naval Aviation In Art? (1:32)
3. A Little Green Rosetta (2:46)
4. Duck Duck Goose (3:01)
5. Down In De Dew (2:57)
6. For The Young Sophisticate (3:14)
7. Tryin' To Grow A Chin (3:26)
8. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes (4:40)
9. The Legend Of The Illinois Enema Bandit (12:41)
10. Lemme Take You To The Beach (2:46)
11. Revised Music For Guitar & Low Budget Orchestra (7:36)
12. RDNZL (8:14)

Disc 2 (57:11)
1. Honey, Don't You Want A Man Like Me? (4:56)
2. The Black Page #1 (1:57)
3. Big Leg Emma (2:11)
4. Punky's Whips (11:06)
5. Flambé (2:05)
6. The Purple Lagoon (16:20)
7. Pedro's Dowry (7:45)
8. Läther (3:50)
9. Spider Of Destiny (2:40)
10. Duke Of Orchestral Prunes (4:21)

Disc 3 (41:48)
1. Filthy Habits (7:12)
2. Titties 'n Beer (5:23)
3. The Ocean Is The Ultimate Solution (8:31)
4. The Adventures Of Greggery Peccery (20:56)

Total Time: 158:25

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Line-up / Musicians

- Frank Zappa / guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion
- George Duke / keyboards
- Bruce Fowler / bass
- James Youman / bass
- Ruth Underwood / percussion
- Dave Parlato / bass
- Terry Bozzio / drums, vocals
- Emil Richards / percussion
- Andre Lewis / keyboards
- Roy Estrada / bass
- Ray White / guitar, vocals
- Eddie Jobson / violin, keyboards
- Patrick O'Hearn / bass
- Jim Gordon / drums
- Tom Fowler / bass
- Ralph Humphrey / drums
- Rick Lancelotti / vocals
- David Samuels / timpani, vibes
- Randy Brecker / trumpet
- Mike Brecker / Tenor saxophone, flute
- Lou Marini / Alto saxophone, flute
- Ronnie Cuber / Baritone saxophone, clarinet
- Tom Malone / trombone, trumpet, piccolo
- Don Pardo / sophisticated narration
- Davey Moire / vocals
- Max Bennett / bass
- Paul Humphrey / drums
- Don Brewer / bongos

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3.69
(49 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
26%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
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Review by darkshade
COLLABORATOR Jazz Rock/Fusion Team
5 stars This is truly Frank Zappa's magnum opus. It encompasses everything there is to know about the man. You can't go wrong, no matter what side of Zappa you prefer. There's the late 60's psychedelia and avant-garde, great classic rock, jazz-rock/fusion, classical, guitar solos galore, humor, satire, and so much more. Even if you own all the 70's albums that came out of this, as I do, this is still essential because this is the way it was meant to be presented, in this order and format. The context of everything makes it that much more exciting. There are also songs and different renditions of songs that aren't on any other Zappa albums.

As for the songs themselves, The Ocean Is The Ultimate Solution here is the best version, much more focused than the Sleep Dirt version, while great because of the amazing extended intro, it can drag on a bit. Here it gets right to the point. Revised Music for Guitar and Low-Budget Orchestra and RDNZL are of course the show stoppers, with Greggary Peccary strangely but effectively ending this epic album. Everything else is pretty much the same versions, but with strange noises and sounds between most tracks. It's literally the transition from jazz-rock fusion/rock/classical of the 70s to the humor, filth, hard rock, and serious compositions of the late 70s/early 80s.

If this album had come out it would be up there with the other classic Zappa albums like The Grand Wazoo, Hot Rats, Apostrophe, Roxy & Elsewhere, One Size Fits All, etc... This is basically Zappa at his most creative, extreme, epic, and all around greatest. A must own for Zappa heads, Jazz-rock/fusion fans, rock fans, avant-fans, classical fans, comedy rock fans, you get the point...

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