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Jazz From Hell [Original recording remastered]

Frank Zappa Audio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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 (2 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B0000009TG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. The Beltway Bandits 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. While You Were Art II 7:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jazz From Hell 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. G-Spot Tornado 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. St. Etienne 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Massaggio Galore 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a challenge? 31 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you like your Zappa to be immediately accessible then go back to 'Apostrophe'land. This disc I hated on first listen, found the atmosphere to be claustrophic, tortured with odd bloop, bleep sounds.
Given another go and I found myself lulled into a strange dreamscape of peculiar noises and moods swirling and interacting, suggesting a randomness to the constructions.

It might appear that Radiohead have been listening to this CD for the past couple of years going of their recent output, this however is far more advanced and challenging. The music leaps suddenly from one direction then another, attacking from all sides and time signatures.

Oh and then there's 'St Etienne'. One of the most lusciously seductive guitar pieces you or I are ever likely to hear.
Weighing in at a hefty <35 minutes it ain't that long but it's good stuff.
By the way, there must be at least 20 Zappa albums you have to get before this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging 11 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album ain't dumb entertainment, This is Frank doing what he wants. This is music without preconceptions, using all the notes available. On first listening you will be surprised, and maybe disappointed, but listen again, preferably on headphones and you will discover humour and pathos and jazz as you've never heard it before. This is one of the few truly original works of modern musical art.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light from the N-Phase 11 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Another piece of sheer genius, originality, and breathtaking compositional skill. Zappa expands and condenses melodies and rhythms into multilayered time signatures to create that endless intrigue of never being able to fathom his music. But this is a piece about the end times, a preparation for his departure, and a preparation for the ending of civilisation as he saw and portrayed it in Civilisation Phase III - his final disillusionment and pain with the human race, his only salvation in music, at last being faithfully transcribed and expressed in the synclavier. Never one for slush, this is an incredibly moving, challenging, mind bending, spirit soaring collection with the famous G-Spot Tornado and lush St Etienne thrown in for contrasts from the Master Composer. "Music is the best".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another highly worthwhile album 5 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album (all bar one track) was composed and executed using the synclavier, which was a cutting edge piece of technology at around the time this album was released. It enabled FZ to produce and realize highly complex compositiions some of which were virtually unperformable by flesh and blood musicians, using a computer-sampler. 'Nightschool', a thrilling up-tempo number which is the album's opener shouldn't disappoint Zappa fans, and most fans will find 'St Etienne' a highlight (a live guitar solo, in stark contrast to the computer-synth sound of the rest of the album). When the listener is accustomed to the overall colour and texture of the album there are some other demanding pleasures to be had, notably 'While You Were Art II', which is based on the guitar solo 'While You Were Out' which appears on the Shut Up N Play Yer Guitar album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and bemusing: for stalwarts only. 2 Sep 2001
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Format:Audio CD
All of his usual entourage are present on this recording, which includes Steve Vai, Ed Mann, Ray White and Tommy Mars. All tracks were composed and executed using a Synclavier DMS. The end result of all this is something that is definitely Zappa but doesn't sound Zappa. The use of the Synclavier seems to taken out the warmth and colouring of his usual recordings You are thrown straight in at the deep end with Night School and then the Beltway Bandits. Take a deep breath before the title track and then battle through G-Spot Tornado. The saviour of the whole album is St. Etienne that will have the listener on all too familiar territory with a superb guitar solo. For someone new to Zappa this whole recording will leave them bemused, as an avid collector I would advise to approach with cautious interest.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion and Intellect Galore !!!! 15 Nov 2003
By Örn Leifsson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A Masterpiece from the Genius Frank Zappa. His use of the Synclavier music computer is brilliant, one of the most interesting electronic music of the 20th century. The C.D. is full of interesting harmonies and sophisticated melodies and Zappas sense of polyrhythms is Pure Genius. This is Passionate, Polyproportional and Polymorpheous.
There is also one guitar solo on the C.D. I'm a big fan of electric guitar solos and in my opinion this is the best guitar solo by anyone, anywhere. The guitar solo is full to the brim of beautiful melodic lines. The jazz may be a sarcastic vison of hell but this guitar solo is obviously made in Heaven.
If you only like the comedy/rock side of Zappa this album may not be your cup of tea but for anyone interested in higly unusual, original musical brilliance they should check this one out.
Other albums by Zappa with Synclavier music are "The Perfect Stranger, "the Mothers of Prevention" and "Civilisation Phase III", all excellent. And you might want to check out another genius with a music machine, one who influenced Zappa. Conlon Nancarrow, his studies for player piano influenced both Zappa and Ligeti.
Really interesting music, highly recomended. MUSIC IS THE BEST.
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