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Live, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Elvis Has Just Left the Building (2:48)
2. Brown Shoes Don't Make It (7:26)
3. The Jazz Discharge Party Hats (4:48)
4. Inca Roads (9:38)
5 . Moggio (2:46)
6 . Nite School (5:00)
7 . Echidna's Arf (Of You) (3:53)
8. Hungry Freaks, Daddy (3:28)
9. Heavenly Bank Account (4:12)
10. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing (2:54)
11. Waka/Jawaka [Edit] (3:28)
12. Sofa (3:51)
13. Dirty Love (7:03)
14. Hot Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel (6:28)

Total time: 67:54

Line-up / Musicians

Morgan Ĺgren / Drums
Sanford Allen / Concert Master, Violin
Abe Appleman / Violin
John Beal / Contrabass Trombone
Sandra Billingslea /,Violin
Virgil Blackwell / Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass)
Dale Bozzio / Vocals
Ray Brown / Viola
John Campo / Bassoon, Sax (Baritone)
John Dexter / Viola
Jonathan Haas / Percussion
Joyce Hammann / Violin
Stanley Hunte / Violin
Mike Keneally / Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Bob Magnusson / Oboe, Sax (Alto)
Mats Öberg / Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
Cynthia Otis / Harp
Jim Pugh / Trombone
Sheila Reinhold / Violin
Richard Rodgers / Violin
Roger Rosenberg / Sax (Baritone)
Ron Sell / Horn
Richard E. Spencer / Viola
Marvin Stamm / Flugelhorn, Trumpet
David Taylor / Trombone (Bass), Tuba
Scott Thunes / Bass, Vocals
David Tofani / Flute, Piccolo, Sax (Soprano)
Steve Vai / Guitar
Peter Vanderwater / Violin
Bruce Wang / Cello
Ming Yeh / Violin
Dweezil Zappa / Guitar
Marc Ziegenhagen / Keyboards
Frederick Zlotkin / Cello

The Persuasions:
Jimmy Hayes / Vocals
Jerry Lawson / Vocals
Joe Russell / Vocals
Jay Otis Washington / Vocals

Sean Altman / Vocals
Barry Carl / Vocals
Elliot Kerman / Vocals
Scott Leonard / Vocals

Releases information

Tribute concert recorded live at the Ritz Theater in New York. December, 1991.

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars In 1991, after Frank Zappa had been diagnosed with cancer, there was a two night celebration of his music at The Ritz in New York City. The band was headed up by Mike Keneally, a long time Zappa fan, and guitarist on Zappa's final tour, and Scott Thunes, Zappa'a primary bassist doring the eighties.

There is a video release of these concerts, and I recommend getting that over this disk, a single CD sampling of the festivities. While the CD is good, the editing of the concert, which was played the way Frank's concerts usually went, with songs segued together, rarely stopping, is distracting at times.

Otherwise, the disk is good. They play a mixture of easy and hard songs. Brown Shoes Don't Make It is fantastic, with airy sounds filling out the abstract sections. A version of Nite School a Synclavier piece from "Jazz From Hell" is spectacular. But Echidna's Arf (Of You) is too simplified, and Waka Jawaka is edited too far down.

The a capella groups really help Heavenly Bank Account and The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing, and Steve Vai and Dweezil Zappa do some fine solo sharing in Dirty Love.

It's a good album, but I would have preferred a two disk set, to preserve some of the concerts' continuity.

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