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CHEAP THRILLS

Frank Zappa

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I Could Be A Star Now (0:36)
2. Catholic Girls (live) (4:04)
3. Bobby Brown Goes Down (live) (4:20)
4. You Are What You Is (4:51)
5. We Are Not Alone (3:18)
6. Cheap Thrills (2:37)
7. The Mudshark Interview (2:39)
8. Hot Plate Heaven At The... (6:40)
9. Zomby Woof (live) (5:39)
10. The Torture Never Stops (9:16)
11. Joe's Garage (live) (2:20)
12. My Guitar Wants To Kill... (3:19)
13. Going For The Money (0:12)

Total Time: 49:51

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Line-up / Musicians

- Frank Zappa / synthesizer, guitar, arranger, director, vocals, producer, synclavier, drum machine
- Steve Vai / guitar
- George Duke / keyboards
- Bruce Fowler / trombone
- Marty Krystall / saxophone
Bobby Martin / keyboards, saxophone, vocals
- Don Preston / piano
- Jay Anderson / string bass
- Ed Mann / percussion, marimba, vibraphone, electronic percussion
- Chad Wackerman / drums, electric percussion
- Jimmy Carl Black / rhythm
- Ike Willis / guitar (rhythm), vocals
- Ray Collins / vocals
- Tom Fowler / bass
- Arthur Barrow / bass, guitar (rhythm), keyboards
- Captain Beefheart / harmonica, vocals
- Terry Bozzio / drums
- Napoleon Murphy Brock / saxophone
- Paul Carman / sax (Alto), sax (Baritone), sax (Soprano)
- Steve DeFuria / synclavier
- Roy Estrada / bass (electric)
- Dick Fegy / mandolin
- Walt Fowler / synthesizer, trumpet, flugelhorn
- Bunk Gardner / sax (Alto), sax (Tenor)
- Mike Keneally / synthesizer, guitar (rhythm), vocals
- Tommy Mars / keyboards, vocals
- Kurt McGettrick / clarinet, sax (Baritone), sax (bass), double bass
- David Ocker / synclavier
- Motorhead Sherwood / sax (Baritone), tambourine
- Scott Thunes / bass, bass (electric), mini moog
- Ian Underwood / sax (Alto), sax (Tenor)
- Denny Walley / slide guitar
- Ray White / guitar (rhythm), vocals
- Allan Zavod / keyboards

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2.89
(36 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
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Review by lor68
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3 stars Well this is not the best sample of his big range of styles and is also quite heterogonous, as for the presence of live songs and those ones from the studio... but it's so much cheap that it can be the first place to start with such a small but important extract from his unforgettable career... after this one you can buy the other official studio albums, also in the double CD-format!!

Not essential, but it's anyway interesting!!

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Posted Friday, April 23, 2004

Review by daveconn
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3 stars Today's lesson is on economics. But first a little history. Rykodisc purchased the compleat works of FRANK ZAPPA in the mid '90s, remastering and re-releasing the whole back catalog while adding to the oeuvre themselves with some new discs. They took their stewardship of the ZAPPA legacy seriously, which is to say with a sense of humor. Now for the economic part: ZAPPA's music has never come cheap. Original elpees have escalated in value, CDs usually start at the high end and rise when they go out of print. So building a ZAPPA collection is an expensive proposition. Now, here's the interesting part. Most companies would rub their hands together in glee, give each other conspiratorial looks, and think "I wonder if people would pay even more for FRANK ZAPPA's music." There'd probably be some chortling too. You know, that phlegmatic chortling that comes so easy to bad people on tv. But Rykodisc did something different: they released a pair of budget-priced samplers at $6.99 (about half the price of a regular CD) that compiled an album's worth of music from various ZAPPA reissues. What that meant was that consumers flipping through the CDs at their local record distributor were lulled from the internal dialogue of "Fifteen bucks, eighteen bucks, twenty-two bucks, sheesh" with the revelation of ""Seven" BUCKS?!" Then, in their trembling hands, they'd lift the CD to the light, check it for damage, and quickly flip through the rest of the ZAPPA section to see if this was a mistake that might happen again. I've exaggerated some, but that scenario probably isn't far from the mark. Rykodisc's plan was part of a much-maligned science called marketing: creating a desire on the part of the consumer for a certain product by using clever strategies. This is different from "mugging", which works by luring people into a place where they might otherwise feel safe (say, a record store) and stealing their money. This is what Vivendi/Universal is still doing to consumers, despite reducing the prices on some CDs. They're taking a slight hit on profits, but the real coup is pooching the silent partner (the music retailer) by forcing them to take an even smaller slice of the pie. And if the CDs are purchased with a credit card, a chunk of that slice hits the ground before the retailer can get it into their mouth. It's rapidly becoming the American way: one nation, under the god of commerce, with the hands of business in everybody's pockets. In the future, maybe the Chinese will sell us bootlegged CDs at a better price, which we can tax at 100%, distributing the tax revenue to Americans as income. Anyway, back to that original moment of pleasant discovery in an idyllic garden of multicolored plastic sadly being driven to extinction. For "Seven" bucks, you're getting a solid sampler of mostly live cuts from sundry ZAPPA releases. Lest the proceedings sound schizophrenic, the field has been narrowed to primarily '80s and '90s releases: the You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore series and Playground Psychotics in particular. It's not a greatest hits album by any means, but if you like the "funny" side of ZAPPA, "Cheap Thrills"'ll do just fine. Incidentally, mundane enhancements allow you to place this disc in your computer and browse Rykodisc's ZAPPA catalog off line, if you feel so inclined.

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Review by Chris H
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3 stars Wow! For such a cheap price, this is a great way to pick up some good live versions of classic Zappa tunes. On the flip side, this doesn't really show you all of the different styles Zappa has to offer. This collection stays a little safe in terms of song complexity, by putting in live versions of "Joe's Garage", "Bobby Brown Goes Down" and "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama". However, I did enjoy the comedic relief from the opening 0:30 track that talks about how joining the Mothers will ruin your life, and "The Mudshark Interview", which is comprised of hilarious dialogue.

Not a very good way to experience the more complex sides of Zappa, but it's great for anybody who wants to hear some good live tunes at an awesome bargain!

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Review by progrules
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2 stars Zappa had his peak in the early seventies, just before I got interested in (pop)music. When I started to get to know bands I heard about Zappa sometimes, occasionally heard a song of him and his band, and thought in those days it was really weird. I was suprised to find Zappa back on progarchives a few years ago. But I thought, well OK, let's check him out as well, bought a cheap specimen of this album and played it a few times. I heard enough after that. It was the Zappa I had in mind and still think it's kind of weird. And believe that's exactly what Zappa intends to do. Puzzle people with what he does, what to make of it. I always wonder what kind of musiclovers are big fans of his (music). I can't help thinking about drugs in that sense, I mean: what sane person takes this seriously ? Unless you like humour in music and like weird stuff. But I have to agree, there is also real music on this album and also: it's all I know of Zappa and of course he did a lot more than just this album. I like Zomby Woof and The Torture Never Stops somewhat, they are quite good songs. But the rest ... 2 stars.

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Posted Monday, October 22, 2007

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Cheap thrills in fact and theory

Prog Reviewer daveconn wrote the definite review of this title in 2004, perfectly describing the purpose of this budget priced sampler in economic and humorous terms, and his observations are dead-on. To give a taste: "But Rykodisc did something different: they released a pair of budget-priced samplers at $6.99 (about half the price of a regular CD) that compiled an album's worth of music from various ZAPPA reissues. What that meant was that consumers flipping through the CDs at their local record distributor were lulled from the internal dialogue of "Fifteen bucks, eighteen bucks, twenty-two bucks, sheesh" with the revelation of ""Seven" BUCKS?!" Then, in their trembling hands, they'd lift the CD to the light, check it for damage, and quickly flip through the rest of the ZAPPA section to see if this was a mistake that might happen again." [daveconn] Read his whole review, it's priceless. And he was right. Having not owned any Zappa since the days of vinyl I have been putting off the dreadful thought of a financial commitment akin to buying a lake home, a few fine sports cars, or perhaps the 200 best RPI albums. Tough choices. So I cheated and started with a cheap sampler to wet my taste.and it did the job as the marketing team at Ryko planned that it would. Another middle-aged fall-out who will come back to the fold eventually.

As an album this is a completely unnecessary title for those who plan on getting into Zappa properly. And yet it gets my highest rating possible for a compilation (3 stars) for its fine selection of tracks and achieving its likely mission of converting that segment of the population who keep picking Zappa titles up but putting them back due to price. The strange assortment of live tracks (many heavily edited in length no doubt) flows as well as could possibly be expected, seeming to run continuously into each other creating a sort of manufactured concert experience. The balance seems to weight in the humorous direction with lots of vocals and not too many long jamming passages, though the trademark killer guitar does appear in places. Delicious irreverence and wonderful dirty talk are around many corners as we hear about what "Catholic Girls" do backstage at the Tower Theatre. We get social commentary on "Bobby Brown" and really clever wordplay on "You are what you is." The spoken word excerpts are sadly short in length but what can be expected from a collection that tries to do it all. "The Mud Shark Interview" is particularly fun as a hotel manager is pressed for the sordid details of sexual escapades with ocean creatures. A bit more rockin' comes later in the album via 10 minutes of "The Torture Never Stops" and "My guitar wants to kill your mama." The Cheap Thrills releases would seems to be a reasonable way for a FZ newbie to get a taste of things although as in the case of most compilations, it's really best to just dive into the studio albums. Ryko's sound quality is good and the fold-out insert provides detailed notes on where each of the tracks came from. Tons of good clean fun and a bit of the defiance which is what I love most about Zappa.

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars Cheap Thrills is a compilation album by American experimental rock artist Frank Zappa. The album was released by Rykodisc in 1998.

Cheap Thrills contains 13 songs and has a total playing time of 49:51 minutes ( which is way too short when thereīs 80 minutes to fill out and lots of songs to fill it out with). Two of those songs are very short ( about half a minute long) and thereīs the track The Mudshark Interview which as the title says is an interview with no music. So what you get is actually only 10 real songs. Thatīs not much on a compilation album by an artists whoīs released 50+ albums in his career and itīs really no surprise that the emphasis is on the more easily accessible side of Frank Zappaīs discography. Most songs on the album are live versions taken from the You Canīt Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1- 6 series ( Catholic Girls, Bobby Brown Goes Down, Zomby Woof, The Torture Never Stops, Joe's Garage and My Guitar Wants To Kill your Mama). The instrumental We Are Not Alone ( which is about the only surprise inclusion on the album) is taken from The Man From Utopia (1983), You Are What You Is is here in the version from Thing-Fish (1984) with Ike Willis talking gibberish and all, Cheap Thrills is here in the awful version with overdubbed eighties drums by Chad Wackermann and the live version of Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel is taken directly from the CD version of Broadway The Hard Way (1988) ( the song is not featured on the LP version).

There are some great tunes on this album and I would like to make a special mention of the hilarious live version of Catholic Girls and the great live version of Zomby Woof. Real treats. If you are a fan you probably have all the material already though and for new curious fans I would actually recommend starting with the Strictly Commercial (1995) compilation instead ( itīs longer and features 19 full songs) or better yet purchasing all albums in Frank Zappaīs discography. But thatīs not very realistic now is it? Thereīs nothing wrong with the material on Cheap Thrills though and if you want a short introduction to how Frank Zappaīs most accessible songs sound in live versions this is a good place to start ( just keep in mind that thereīs much more to Zappa than the material on this compilation). 3 stars are deserved.

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3 stars When I bought this and it's son I was no Zappa newbie. However, I could not pass up the price and both featured songs I had not yet heard before. Most of the songs here are taken from the You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore series. "Bobby Brown..." and "Joe's Garage" has the band members trying not to laugh when they sing. Clearly they were having a great time on stage. I don't like the version of "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama" here as much as the studio version.

The title track is from the doo-wop parody album Cruising With Reuben & The Jets. But it's the '80s version with re-recorded drums. "You Are What You Is" is the Thing-Fish version. "The Torture Never Stops" has Captain Beefheart on vocals. There's a great version of "Zomby Woof" featuring Steve Vai. The biggest surprise is "We Are Not Alone". This is taken from the 1983 album The Man From Utopia and is one of Zappa's best instrumentals, IMO. This song features sax which I don't think had been heard on a Zappa album since Grand Wazoo.

All the songs are segued in a good fashion. There are some funny non-musical moments like "I Could Be A Star Now" and "The Mudshark Interview". Overall a nice budget compilation but the next one is better. 3 stars.

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3 stars Okay, this guy has about a million albums and how can I choose one to review. I actually have only a couple of Zappas because I need to be in a certain "mood" to listen to him. When he's on he's on. When he's off.....ick. THis seems to be a good sampler of Zappa, if that is even possible to do ... (read more)

Report this review (#273788) | Posted by mohaveman | Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | Review Permanlink

2 stars This is a budget hodge podge with no cohesiveness or structure and is sketchy even as an introductory sampler. I do not think that this gives an accurate glimpse into what Zappa is to those who are interested. The record is also not composed of the proper studio versions but inferior live cuts fr ... (read more)

Report this review (#160390) | Posted by Egglord | Thursday, January 31, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars when I first decided to buy a Zappa CD, I had no idea what I was getting into. I did not know what to buy because I did not know any specific songs or albums. For other people in the same boat, this is a good and inexpensive buy. It has a mix of live and studio songs, with tons of different mu ... (read more)

Report this review (#39214) | Posted by | Monday, July 11, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I don't know if this is a best of album I do not know. Anyway not to good but not to bad either, I don't know what this album aims but I suppose an ideal for Zappa beginners, The LIVE tracks are the best by any doubt, there are some silly tracks but thats the usual in the world of Zappa. This ... (read more)

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