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SHUT UP 'N PLAY YER GUITAR

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.68 | 58 ratings

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snobb
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3 stars This album is kind of marginal Zappa's release, but dedicated listener will find there plenty of joy to his ears!

In fact, all this album is just a collection of live recorded guitar solo improvs played by Zappa (with support of his band, including great drumming of Vinnie Colaiuta and Steve Vai on rhythm guitar),and musical pieces is coming from some different sessions.

I agree that very often such kind of musical materials could be nothing but endless guitar noodles. Not there though. Frank genius even guitar improvs transferred to interesting compositions, with their own melodies and structures. Frank plays absolutely great guitar, and bigger part of music just sound as pre-composed pieces. Guitar technique is great, but all this album is far not technique demonstration. More like jazz-rock improvisation miniatures, played by real Master. Quiet accessible listening, this album is great for repetitive spins.

For sure more conservative listener should better search for more song-oriented Zappa's releases, but any Frank's fan, and anyone with love to great electric guitar jazz-rock improvs should pay attention to this album.

My rating is 3+.

snobb | 3/5 |

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