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For Collectors Only: Zappa Tribute [Import]

Frank Zappa Audio CD
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Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on ... Read more in Amazon's Frank Zappa Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Jan 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Disky Records
  • ASIN: B00007KFRM
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,703,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2.0 out of 5 stars A curio collection from Frank's early days... 31 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
Zappa novices, take note. Despite the "Apostrophe"-era cover photo, this is the latest (and cheapest) CD repackage of early singles written and produced by Zappa recorded at his old Baltimore studio 'Studio Z'. The songs are mostly novelty records cashing in on then-current pop trends. "Dear Jeepers" and "Letter From Jeepers" are bizarre "Monster Mash"-style spoken pieces, "How's Your Bird" is clearly based on "Surfin' Bird", and there are a couple of surf instrumentals. "the World's Greatest Sinners" (sic) is the theme song to a B Movie that Zappa composed the soundtrack to. Frank doesn't sing on any of the tracks, and there are no examples of his virtuoso guitar work.
The only track that might be of some interest is "Heavies" by the Rotations. The first few seconds of this track can be heard on the beginning of side two of "We're Only In It For The Money", just before "Let's Make The Water Turn Black" kicks in. A few sound effects on other tracks (such as the famous 'snork' noise) also cropped up here and there on various Mothers of Invention tracks. Uncle Frank was never one to waste an idea! It's a shame the single he wrote for Batman's Adam West, "Boy Wonder I Love You", doesn't appear here!
All in all, a bit of Zappa prehistory, with some novelty value. Perhaps a more appropriate title would be "For Completists Only"!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing Don't Do It? The Shape I'm In! 1 Oct 2014
Format:Audio CD
If ever there was an album title that described the LP to a 'T' then this would be in the top ten/

It consists of 14 tracks recorded pre Mothers of Invention and pre Frank Zappa too for that matter.

Frank is in fact either the writer, producer or instrumentalist on the tracks..

This is not a comprehensive review as such.
Just some information for the potential buyer like me…

But at the time of writing Amazon have not given us the track listing so this may be of use?
Ignore track 15.

Track Listing
1. Dear Jeepers
2. World's Greatest Sinners
3. How's Your Bird?
4. Everytime I See You
5. Cradle Rock
6. Slow Bird
7. Blind Man's Bluff
8. Mr. Clean
9. Jessie Lee
10. Cathy, My Angel
11. 'Till September
12. Heavies
13. Cruncher, The
14. Letter from Jeepers
15. South Cave Man..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Really For Collectors Only 7 May 2003
By RDNZL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is just an outright blatant attempt to exploit the grief of true Zappa fans as they search for new and unreleased material from the master himself. This piece of work is not a part of the original �Project-Object�! There is nothing new or unreleased here! As a matter of fact if you already own a copy of �Rare Meat: Early Works of Frank Zappa� or �Cucamonga� (both on the Del Fi label) or �Cucamonga Years� [IMPORT] (on the Phantom label) then you already have this CD. As a matter of fact the tracks order and song lengths are identical. So true collectors, save you $$$ for CD-R's to copy live shows as that's truly the only place you're going to find "New and Unreleased" Zappa material. ZFT, don't get me started!
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