Header

STRICTLY COMMERCIAL

Frank Zappa

RIO/Avant-Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Frank Zappa Strictly Commercial album cover
3.23 | 45 ratings | 10 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


Write a review
Buy FRANK ZAPPA Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Boxset/Compilation, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Peaches En Regalia
2. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
3. Dancin' Fool
4. San Ber'dino
5. Dirty Love
6. My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama
7. Cosmik Debris
8. Trouble Every Day
9. Disco Boy
10. Fine Girl
11. Sexual Harassment In The Workplace
12. Let's Make The Water Turn Black
13. I'm The Slime
14. Joe's Garage
15. Bobby Brown Goes Down
16. Montana (single version)
17. Valley Girl
18. Be In My Video
19. Muffin man

Lyrics

Search FRANK ZAPPA Strictly Commercial lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search FRANK ZAPPA Strictly Commercial tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Name / guitars
- Name / drums

Releases information

Rykodisc #RCD 40500

Thanks to for the addition
and to szabozoli for the last updates
Edit this entry

FRANK ZAPPA MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy FRANK ZAPPA Strictly Commercial Music


Over-Nite SensationOver-Nite Sensation
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$8.04
$7.99 (used)
Joe's Garage Acts I II & IIIJoe's Garage Acts I II & III
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$11.45
$9.98 (used)
We're Only In It For The MoneyWe're Only In It For The Money
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$4.14
$4.97 (used)
Apostrophe (')Apostrophe (')
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$7.86
$10.99 (used)
Freak OutFreak Out
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$3.94
$6.49 (used)
Sheik YerboutiSheik Yerbouti
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$8.03
$6.50 (used)
Uncle MeatUncle Meat
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$5.69
$5.64 (used)
Hot RatsHot Rats
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$7.19
$8.46 (used)
One Size Fits AllOne Size Fits All
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$7.69
$6.46 (used)
Lumpy GravyLumpy Gravy
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$8.34
$6.75 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar by Frank Zappa (CD, May-1995, 3 Discs, Ryko, REDUCED! US $20.00 [0 bids]
US $30.00 Buy It Now
32m 35s
FRANK ZAPPA - WHY DON'CHA DO ME RIGHT / BIG LEG EMMA NEW VINYL US $13.97 Buy It Now 33m 44s
FRANK ZAPPA - TORTURE NEVER STOPS / NEW DVD US $16.67 Buy It Now 42m 47s
FRANK ZAPPA MOTHERS 200 MOTELS SUPERB UK UA ORIGINAL FIRST WITH POSTER US $76.79 [1 bids]
43m 31s
FRANK ZAPPA PICTURE DISC UK IMPORT US $28.00 Buy It Now 55m 45s
FRANK ZAPPA/Mothers Of Invention-Freak Out!-'67 CLASSIC PSYCH-NEW LP US $37.99 Buy It Now 1h 3m
Mothers of Invention "Just Another Band From LA" LP VG MS 2075 Frank Zappa US $24.99 Buy It Now 1h 17m
FRANK ZAPPA apostrophe(') Au20 RYKO 24K GOLD AUDIOPHILE MASTER CD Limited US $79.99 Buy It Now 1h 21m
FRANK ZAPPA one size fits all Au20 RYKO 24K GOLD AUDIOPHILE MASTER CD Limited US $79.99 Buy It Now 1h 21m
Frank Zappa - Chunga's Revenge - CD - (Universal 2012) US $18.75 Buy It Now 1h 26m
Frank Zappa - Sleep Dirt - CD - (Universal 2012) US $18.75 Buy It Now 1h 30m
FRANK ZAPPA**UNCLE MEAT**2 CD SET US $9.98 Buy It Now 1h 31m
Frank Zappa - London Symphony Orcestra - 2CD - (Universal 2012) US $23.87 Buy It Now 1h 33m
Frank Zappa LSO II USA Cassette Tape London Symphony Orchestra Volume 2 Vol. US $9.99 Buy It Now 1h 38m
Frank Zappa One Size Fits All PROMO Discreet 2216 US Vinyl LP US $39.75 Buy It Now 1h 40m
FRANK ZAPPA 2LP, Tinseltown Rebellion (BARKING-PUMPKIN US Issue EX/EX) US $27.13 Buy It Now 1h 41m
FRANK ZAPPA LP, Ship Arriving Too Late (BARKING-PUMPKIN US Issue EX/EX) US $25.43 Buy It Now 1h 41m
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers of Prevention 12" vinyl LP '85 rock US $12.99 Buy It Now 1h 48m
Jean-Luc Ponty - KING KONG: MUSIC OF FRANK ZAPPA - US Idiot Bastard Son LP US $39.99 Buy It Now 2h 4m
FRANK ZAPPA: Joes Garage Act I LP ZAPPA RECORDS SRZ11603 US 1979 Gatefold VG++ US $19.79 Buy It Now 2h 5m
Frank Zappa: Son of Cheap Thrills ~ Very Good CD (Apr-1999, Ryko (USA)) Cheep US $8.93 Buy It Now 2h 6m
SEALED FRANK ZAPPA: Rare Meat Feb 62 LP DEL FI RECORDS RNEP 604 US 1983 MONO US $80.99 Buy It Now 2h 18m
Frank Zappa The Ark (CD, Jul-1991, Foo-Eee Records) US $32.50 [0 bids]
2h 25m
FRANK ZAPPA "Time Sandwich" by The Mothers of Invention PROMO CD RARE US $15.00 [0 bids]
US $60.00 Buy It Now
2h 27m
Strictly Commercial: The Best Of Frank Zappa US $6.99 Buy It Now 2h 28m
Frank Zappa Zoot Allures LP 1976 bs2970 WOW orig mothers of invention vinyl rare US $22.00 Buy It Now 2h 31m
Frank Zappa - Thanks to Frank by Warren Cuccurullo (CD, Mar-1996, Imago) US $25.00 [0 bids]
2h 32m
FRANK ZAPPA: Waka Jawaka HOT RATS LP BIZARRA REPRISE MC2094 US 1972 VG++ US $53.99 Buy It Now 2h 32m
FRANK ZAPPA: Them Or Us LP BARKING PUMPKINS SVBO 74200 W/INSERT 2xLP US 1984 NM US $44.99 Buy It Now 2h 39m
Don Preston - Vile Foamy Ectoplasm CD Frank Zappa US $11.40 Buy It Now 2h 41m
Don Preston - Retrospective CD Frank Zappa US $11.40 Buy It Now 2h 41m
Don Preston - Works CD Frank Zappa US $11.40 Buy It Now 2h 41m
FRANK ZAPPA: Jazz From Hell LP BARKING PUMPKINS ST 74205 US 1986 VG++ US $25.19 Buy It Now 2h 44m
Frank Zappa-The Grand Wazoo WLP Promo LP..Super Nice Copy US $69.98 [0 bids]
2h 45m
Napoleon Murphy Brock - Gregarious Movement After Frank CD Frank Zappa US $11.40 Buy It Now 2h 47m
JAPAN Frank Zappa YOU ARE WHAT YOU IS ~ 2 LPs ORIGINAL 1981 Japanese press MINT- US $69.99 Buy It Now 2h 51m
LATHER - Frank Zappa - LÄTHER - JAPAN 1996 Ryko - BOX booklet OBI - 5 LPs MINT US $399.99 Buy It Now 2h 51m
FRANK ZAPPA - THE BEST BAND YOU NEVER HEARD IN YOUR LIFE - CD - ryko US $9.99 [0 bids]
3h
Frank Zappa Hot Rats Remixed cd US $14.00 Buy It Now 3h
Frank Zappa Thing Fish US $20.00 [0 bids]
US $30.00 Buy It Now
3h 5m
"Zoot Allures" by Frank Zappa vinyl record US $7.99 [0 bids]
3h 7m
Frank Zappa "Orchestral Favorites" 1979 Rock LP, Nice VG++!, Original US $13.95 Buy It Now 3h 12m
Frank Zappa - Zappa's Universe (CD, Sep-1993, Verve) US $39.75 [0 bids]
3h 15m
FRANK ZAPPA - MOTHERMANIA NEW CD US $20.88 Buy It Now 3h 22m
Frank Zappa and Mothers-Uncle Meat 2LP Set Early 80's Pressing Near Mint US $24.98 [0 bids]
3h 23m
FRANK ZAPPA i don't wanna get drafted 7" b/w ancient armaments (zr1001) pic slee US $10.41 Buy It Now 3h 29m
CD RYKO 83-03 PROMO FRANK ZAPPA FLAMING LIPS+ RARE/NM!! US $9.99 Buy It Now 3h 37m
Frank Zappa Jazz From Hell vinyl LP 1986 Barking Pumpkin Records EX IN Shrink US $28.00 Buy It Now 3h 40m
Frank Zappa : One Size Fits All Vinyl VG+ LP Record D2216 US $9.99 [0 bids]
3h 50m
FRANK ZAPPA Golbin Girl ORG 12" PICTURE DISC Mail Order US $42.50 Buy It Now 3h 54m
FRANK ZAPPA & MOTHERS OF INVENTION~Freak Out~ 1966 Verve Blue Label 2 LP RARE! US $74.99 Buy It Now 3h 55m
FRANK ZAPPA 4 Track Maxi Single TRUE GLOVE nm GERMAN 12" EP US $9.99 [2 bids]
3h 57m
FRANK ZAPPA - PLAYGROUND PSYCHOTICS - NEW CD BOXSET US $11.45 Buy It Now 4h 20m
NEW & SEALED 2 LP set ~ FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS ~ Roxy & Elsewhere US $33.99 Buy It Now 4h 20m
FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM L.A. REPRISE ORIGINAL EX COND US $7.99 [0 bids]
4h 24m
Apostrophe/Over-nite Sensation - Frank Zappa 1986 Ryko CD Made In Japan NRMT US $24.95 Buy It Now 4h 26m
SEALED 2 180 gram audiophile LPs The Mothers of Invention FREAK OUT! Frank Zappa US $33.99 Buy It Now 4h 31m
Vtg BG-9 1966 Grateful Dead Quicksilver Frank Zappa Fillmore Concert Poster 2nd US $55.00 [3 bids]
4h 42m
Frank Zappa RARE MEAT early works of Frank Zappa CD US $9.99 [0 bids]
4h 50m
Frank Zappa - Guitar - 2LP - Barking Pumpkin 1988 - OOP - VG+ VG+ US $15.99 [1 bids]
4h 58m
MOTHERS OF INVENTION Ruben & the Jets VERVE LP V6-5055X Frank Zappa US $20.00 Buy It Now 5h 10m
Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore v.2 Helsinki Concert [used 2 CDs] US $18.90 [0 bids]
US $24.75 Buy It Now
5h 12m
FRANK ZAPPA "peaches in regalia" hot rats LONGBOX 3" MINI CD #RCD3-1001 sealed US $35.00 Buy It Now 5h 14m
Frank Zappa - Baby Snakes US $23.87 Buy It Now 5h 25m
FRANK ZAPPA BEET THE BOOTS 1 IN UNOPENED BOX SET!!! MINTY MINT! UNOPENED!!! US $319.95 [0 bids]
5h 25m
FRANK ZAPPA Ship arriving to late to save a drowning witch 1982 FW38066 NM US $15.99 Buy It Now 5h 30m
FRANK ZAPPA: I DON`T WANT TO GET DRAFTED! (Picture Sleeve): 7" VINYL US $24.95 Buy It Now 5h 36m
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention The Worst of the Mothers 1971 RARE LP US $19.99 [0 bids]
US $39.99 Buy It Now
5h 43m
Son of Cheap Thrills by Frank Zappa (CD, Apr-1999, Ryko Distribution) US $45.00 Buy It Now 5h 48m
Frank Zappa:YCDTOSA Vol.1 US $29.99 [0 bids]
US $39.99 Buy It Now
5h 51m
FRANK ZAPPA The Yellow Shark Ensemble Modern MINTY CD US $9.95 [0 bids]
6h 13m
RARE promo only sampler w/ Frank Zappa, Kinks, Eric Anderson US $7.99 [0 bids]
US $14.99 Buy It Now
6h 18m
Frank Zappa, Does Humor Belong in Music? Audio CD US $11.01 Buy It Now 6h 26m
Sheik Yerbouti by Frank Zappa (CD, May-1995, Ryko Distribution) US $40.00 Buy It Now 6h 30m
Frank Zappa -Jazz from Hell CD ryko prog lounge 1986 RARE US $3.99 [0 bids]
6h 32m
FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION - ROXY & ELSEWHERE double LP very nice ! US $9.99 [0 bids]
US $13.99 Buy It Now
6h 36m
FRANK ZAPPA: Hot Rats-NM1969LP 1st Pressing? BIZARRE LABEL GATEFOLD US $37.50 [0 bids]
6h 47m
Frank Zappa Sleep Dirt US CD VACK-5086 W/Obi US $7.16 [3 bids]
6h 55m
FRANK ZAPPA "SHIP ARRIVING TOO LATE TO SAVE A DROWNING WITCH" LP US $3.00 [0 bids]
7h
UNCLE MEAT Reel Frank Zappa Mothers of Invention Bizarre Reprise RST 2024-P to US $189.50 [0 bids]
7h 9m
FRANK ZAPPA THE MOTHERS FILLMORE EAST JUNE 1971 REPRISE MS 2042 EX US $40.00 Buy It Now 7h 13m
Frank Zappa Halloween US $19.99 [1 bids]
7h 13m
Frank Zappa Them or Us LP X 2 1984 VGC Original Gatefold Inner Sleeves Pumpkin US $7.99 Buy It Now 7h 23m
FRANK ZAPPA - WAKA / JAWAKA NEW CD US $20.88 Buy It Now 7h 56m
Frank Zappa, Sleep Dirt Audio CD US $11.74 Buy It Now 7h 57m
FRANK ZAPPA, APOSTROPHE/OVERNITE SENSATION, OOP RYKO, JACK BRUCE, GEORGE DUKE US $19.99 Buy It Now 7h 57m
FRANK ZAPPA - WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH NEW CD US $20.88 Buy It Now 8h
FRANK ZAPPA - FILLMORE EAST - JUNE 1971 NEW CD US $20.88 Buy It Now 8h
Lot of (2) GEORGE DUKE fusion funk jazz THIEF NIGHT / REACH FOR IT frank zappa US $5.99 [0 bids]
US $10.00 Buy It Now
8h
FRANK ZAPPA/ MOTHERS The Grand Wazoo original US 8-TR tape cartridge US $4.00 [0 bids]
8h 2m
Frank Zappa LP - Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch - 1982 US $15.99 Buy It Now 8h 7m
FRANK ZAPPA - ORCHESTRAL FAVORITES NEW CD US $20.88 Buy It Now 8h 9m
FRANK ZAPPA - BOULEZ CONDUCTS ZAPPA: PERFECT STRANGER NEW CD US $20.88 Buy It Now 8h 9m
FRANK ZAPPA - THEM OR US NEW CD US $20.88 Buy It Now 8h 10m
FRANK ZAPPA - BABY SNAKES NEW CD US $20.88 Buy It Now 8h 10m
frank zappa WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH the mother's of invention RYKO CD excellent US $9.99 [0 bids]
US $12.99 Buy It Now
8h 13m
FRANK ZAPPA - PLAYGROUND PSYCHOTICS NEW CD US $29.73 Buy It Now 8h 19m
FRANK ZAPPA/ MOTHERS Roxy & Elsewhere 1st US 8-TR tape cartridge Double=Play US $7.95 [0 bids]
8h 19m
frank zappa JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM L.A. the turtles MINT 2012 cd ORIGINAL MIX US $8.99 [0 bids]
US $11.99 Buy It Now
8h 28m
FRANK ZAPPA - BONGO FURY NEW CD US $20.88 Buy It Now 8h 33m

More places to buy FRANK ZAPPA music online Buy FRANK ZAPPA & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for FRANK ZAPPA DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

FRANK ZAPPA Strictly Commercial ratings distribution


3.23
(45 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
13%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
40%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (13%)
13%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

FRANK ZAPPA Strictly Commercial reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Menswear
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Gail Zappa and her daughter were in Quebec a few months ago to defend a single song. One tiny song. The Zappa clan striked hard. They won in court and how. They do know where their heritage is going. I don't talk about money, but music. With Frank, it's always about the music. Whatever he did, he applied himself. He shows a high level of quality every thing he touched. When I decided to plunge into Zappa, I got dizzy. So many albums, so many sidedishes...I honestly got confused. Strickly Commercial is, indeed, not- essential. But it gives you a neat sneak to a side of Frank. A more accessible side. But don't be fooled, it's no MOR. Read under 'perfectionist' in your dictionairy. You'll probably see a tiny picture of him (hope it's not the one where he's sitting on the can). All the easy listening classics are there. And he stole my heart. From 'Don't eat the yellow snow' to 'Let's make the water turn black' and 'Valley Girl', I could'nt stop laughing. Very weird sense of humor. But at last! My kind of humor. Zappa provokes, but I never got offended. Zappa does not provokes like heavy metal did (Deicide etc...) or pop (remember the single 'Barbie Girl'), but in a way I honestly never experienced before. It's really hard to describe, because you have to listen and read the crazy titles to fully understand the DELIGHTFUL WORLD HE CREATED. It's fantasy, but you suspect he bases himself on real people and events. Recommended for 'newcomers' like me who wants to get a good laugh and appreciate a somewhat musically thick record. It's progressive rock despite the fact that it looks like fish, but tastes like chicken...

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Menswear (BETA) | Report this review (#29969) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Review by Man With Hat
COLLABORATOR Jazz-Rock/Fusion Team
3 stars Frank Zappa was a guitar legend and under-estimated music writer. This collection really shows the dirversity of the man playing and carreer. Though it is good in that respect, the selection of songs is a bit slack. I would have like to see this collection as a two cd set, so that the songs chosen would be more complete. Take the album 'One size fits all'. A great album. The only song from that album on this collection is 'San Ber'dino'. A good song yes, but there are better on the album. Another reason for the extention is so that more of his styles could have been included. However, I still like the collection as it is, but i feel it could be better. A great starting point of his music, and probably the best collection/compliation of Zappa's out there.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Man With Hat (BETA) | Report this review (#29971) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Review by Chicapah
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I've spoken to music fans who admitted to actually being SCARED of Uncle Frank! To those cowering folk I recommend this great sampler to ease into Zappa's wonderful world of musical colors. He presented to the world what we needed most. A sense of humor and satire in a universe that insists on taking itself much too seriously. This isn't perfect, however, and I could do without hearing the grating Valley Girl ever again but it's here because it did chart due to its timely novelty. But with the rest of the cd you get a good dose of Mr. Z in his brilliance. San Ber'dino, Dirty Love, Cosmik Debris, Montana, Be in my Video and Muffin Man are all smile creators in the midst of incredible musicianship. And Peaches En Regalia should be the national anthem. So, if you do not own any of his albums but have always wanted to peek through the keyhole and catch a glimpse of what's inside the mad scientist's workshop, this is just the ticket for you.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Chicapah (BETA) | Report this review (#72122) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, March 17, 2006

Review by Seyo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars This is a good collection of Zappa "hits" spanning his entire career. A worthwhile purchase for novices or casual listeners who might be unfamiliar with the works of this master. But, in any decent prog catalogue which prefers original albums, this item is unneeded. Unless you are a completist, of course!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Seyo (BETA) | Report this review (#72138) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, March 17, 2006

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I know when it comes to compilations 2 or 3 stars is usually the right rating, but there is something very special about hearing such a variety of excellent music that spans some 22 years. This may sound silly but I feel so proud listening to this record, this would be the perfect Zappa album to give to someone who you think might be swayed over to the dark side.

"Over-Nite Sensation" is dipped into the most here, but it opens with "Peaches En Regalia" from "Hot Rats". What an airy and beautiful instrumental to start off with. "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow" features that most feared of weapons the dog-doo snow cone. And then we get Frank making fun of the disco crowd in "Dancin' Fool" and "Disco Boy", and then it's those caught up in mystic ways who are mocked in "Cosmik Debris".

"Trouble Every Day" from his debut has those meaningful words that were inspired from race riots that were going on at the time. He shouts "I'm not black, but there's a whole lots of times I wish I wasn't white." "Sexual Harassment In The Workplace" is a great instrumental that I can listen to over and over again. "Montana" is one of my favs that starts off with that slowly sung line "I might be moving to Montana soon". Yeah he's going off to grow some dental floss. "Muffin Man" always makes me laugh when Frank starts laughing. Some great guitar follows.

So yeah this is an excellent addition to your prog collection, and it will also make you want to break out some of his albums you haven't heard in a while.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Mellotron Storm (BETA) | Report this review (#155945) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Strictly Commercial is a compilation album by American experimental rock artist Frank Zappa. The album was released by Rykodisc two years after the death of Frank Zappa and it is the first best of Frank Zappa release out of many on the Rykodisc label.

The song selection concentrates on the most commercial tracks from Frank Zappa´s discography and there are none of his more experimental songs on this compilation. There are lots of classic Frank Zappa songs featured on the album and some of his most humourous as well like Bobby Brown Goes Down ( on the US release this song was not featured. Tell Me You Love Me takes its place on that release due to controversy over the explicit lyrics for Bobby Brown Goes Down), Disco Boy, Cosmik Debris, Dirty Love, Dancin´ Fool, Don't Eat The Yellow Snow and Muffin man. The most experimental tracks here are the phenomenal Peaches En Regalia and Sexual Harassment In The Workplace which is a vehicle for a Frank Zappa guitar solo. The rest is more or less what you would expect from a best of compilation. There´re only a few songs from the Mothers of Invention days in Let's Make The Water Turn Black, My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama and Trouble Every Day though.

If you´re interested in Frank Zappa´s most accessible songs this compilation is pretty good as a starting point. If you´re already a fan there´s nothing new for you here and you can safely pass this one by. The song material is really strong and even though I generally don´t think the idea of a best of collections is very good I will still rate Strictly Commercial with 4 stars simply because in this case it would make a good entry point for the uninitiated before delving into the more inaccessible parts of his discography.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to UMUR (BETA) | Report this review (#227239) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, July 17, 2009

Review by Andy Webb
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Admin / Heavy Prog Team
3 stars Whoot for Greatest Hits!

Yet another Zappa album, but it's nothing new. Certainly Greatest Hits albums are great, especially for me, who got this album to get my feet wet with Zappa's dozens of studio albums. The album has 19 of Zappa's better tracks, each being odd and creative, different from each other, fun, and imaginative. Vocal tracks often have humorous stories and vocals. Instruments used are used in creative ways, perfectly adding to the music where it should be.

Each track seems to have a mind of it's own, weaving in and out of Zappa's styles, from jazz fusion to "pseudo-disco" to progressive rock and so many other sub genres that he explored. The album most definitely is a good compilation album, compiling his best track, his better tracks, and is good tracks. Each track can be compiled as such: Peaches in Regalia (best), Don't Eat the Yellow Snow (best), Dancin' Fool (better), San Berdino (better), Dirty Love (good), My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama (best), Cosmik Debris (good), Trouble Every Day (good), Disco Boy (good), Fine Girl (good), Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (better), Let's Make the Water Black (good), I'm the Slime (better), Joe's Garage (better), Tell Me You Love Me (better), Montana (better), Valley Girl (good), Be in My Video (good), Muffin Man (best).

ALBUM OVERALL: You can see that there isn't very many "best" tracks, because not many were put on the album. The album is good, but getting albums such as Freak Out, Joe's Garage, Apostrophe ('), or We're Only in It for the Money. All the songs are definitely good, but some aren't essential. 3 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Andy Webb (BETA) | Report this review (#307087) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010

Review by zravkapt
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock Team
2 stars This was my second Zappa purchase back when it came out. Shortly after Frank died, I bought Hot Rats after reading an article about him in RollingStone magazine. That issue had Nirvana on the cover, and future issues had letters complaining that Zappa should have been on the cover instead. I agree. The mainstream press and audience generally ignored Frank his whole career. Presented here is some of his most mainstream songs. Only one being an actual hit.

Three of the songs are single edits. The original Mothers are represented by three songs. The version of this compilation here is the European one; it has a different cover to the American version and contains "Bobby Brown" instead of "Tell Me You Love Me". The instrumental "Sexual Harassment..." from Guitar is a strange choice. The only really essential songs here are "Peaches En Regalia", "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama" and maybe "I'm The Slime".

This collection left me confused more than anything. After becoming acquainted with Zappa's discography, I can say that few of the songs here are among my favourites. This is a nice sampler I guess, but doesn't really give you a hint about how creative and important this man's music was. Zappa is one of those artists where you have to listen to whole albums to understand him. 2 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to zravkapt (BETA) | Report this review (#380986) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, January 16, 2011

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
3 stars This Franz Zappa compilation is not a "best of" collection. I suppose you could call it a "greatest hits" collection, as it does contain pretty much all of the songs that received moderate amounts of radio airplay. But those, like Peaches En Regalia, Don't Eat The Yellow Snow, Dirty Love and Valley Girl wouldn't comprise a full length CD. Radio programmers in Zappa's day just didn't have the guts to play much music of his caliber. Just imagine if Zappa were just flourishing now, with DJs and programmers having devolved down to spineless jellyfish, the difficulty in getting this music publicized. But I digress. How this album could best be descibed is a collection of Frank's more commercial, or accessable tunes.

There are hints of Zappa's amazing compositional skills. Zappa could not help but embellish most of his music with outrageous licks. But for the most part the songs stay relatively simplistic, the kind the mundane radio listener might be able to listen to without growing horns and going on a murderous rampage.

Be warned: Don't Eat The Yellow Snow and Montana are both castrated single edit versions. Otherwise, this set of radio friendly songs is good for initiating friends and family into the world of Zappa. Just be ready for thr time when Junior's grade school teacher asks you why he's singing songs about a poodle.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Evolver (BETA) | Report this review (#442181) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Latest members reviews

4 stars This CD was my first proper introduction to Frank Zappa. The only FZ song I had been even remotely familiar with before hearing this album was Valley Girl (the one song on this album where the compilation title applies most aptly), due to receiving some radio air-time when I was young. (It was an ... (read more)

Report this review (#222056) | Posted by catfood03 | Saturday, June 20, 2009 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of FRANK ZAPPA "Strictly Commercial"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.50 seconds