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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 (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00919V2ZS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Few recording artists with a career of any length manage to go out on a definite high, but Zappa managed to buck the trend. Towards the end of his life he supervised a programme of re-releases, put the final polish on some unreleased material and, as here, released live recordings that demonstrated the awesome machine that the Frank Zappa touring band had become by 1988.
This for me is Zappa's greatest live recording, featuring a twelve-piece big band of musicians playing out of their skins on music that only genuine virtuosos could tackle. Zappa himself joked that the fact that the instrumentalists were good wouldn't make any difference to the sort of people who would want to listen to his music, but when a band is this tight, you just have to sit up and take notice. The sax solos on "Sinister Footwear" are blistering: "jazz noises", maybe, but you don't have to be a jazz fan to love them. The brass is rampant throughout the album, but there's also plenty of space for the bass, drums and, of course, Zappa's own electric guitar to shine.
The fact that most of these tracks are instrumental means that you both gain and lose by not having Zappa's lyrics. If you're primarily interested in Zappa the satirist, this album may sound too sterile to you. If, on the other hand, you are one of the many classical and jazz fans drawn to the complexity and wit of Zappa's melodies and harmonies, this is a firm recommendation.
Zappa's reputation is on the up again, with a number of tribute bands and classical ensembles taking up the considerable challenge of exploring music that often pushes the boundaries of performability. No matter how well they do, this is one set of performances that it will be virtually impossible to emulate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mj Elton on 25 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I highly recommend this -it's a beautifully collated group of live recordings by big-band and Frank;some marvelous musicianship as well as much musical humor
Eric Satie was often called "un blaguer" -a wise guy-and Frank is no less,in both senses of the word.
He interjects both Stravinsky and Bartok into the works -just because he can !
There's some great extended playing,on pieces like When Yuppies Go To Hell
,Big Swifty and King Kong and some wonderful individual playing by the horns.
And Frank's guitar playing has never sounded better-both original and fitting.

I find this album immensely satisfying both as a jazz fan and as pure enjoyment
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ulrik Jungersen Walther on 6 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
A true masterpiece that mixes rock with jazz with fusion with classical with avant garde. The album is more instrumental than most of his other albums and therefore not many of the tracks will make it to "Zappa's Greatest Hits" though I do believe this is his finest and musically most challenging album and one that bears listening to again and again and and again....
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Fry on 7 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I borrowed this CD from a local library, expecting the usual mix of (mostly) odd, bizarre and hard-to-get-into tracks with the odd gem from FZ ... but this is outstanding stuff.
There is hardly a duff track on here, and it demands repeated listenings - and still sounds fresh upon each one.
Highly recommended.
Frank ... wherever you are ... Thanks!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
One of the criminal aspects of Frank Zappa's lack of superstardom on an Elton John level is that most people will never get to hear this album. The band is perfect, the sound quality is perfect, the music is perfect. Even the computer samples fit in well with the quality of the music. The highlights being 'When Yuppies Go To Hell', 'Dupree's Paradise', 'Big Swifty' and 'Cruising For Burgers'
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Brooke VINE VOICE on 28 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
Taken from live concerts shortly before Zappa's last touring band broke up in acrimony, this double CD features playing which can only be described as stupendous. The band are all hugely talented, the arrangements and the playing are as tight as can be, it mixes Zappa's compositions - both "classical" and rock - with snatches of Stravinsky and other composers, and on top of all that there are some extraordinarily fine guitar solos by FZ (City of Tiny Lites and Cruisin' for Burgers in particular).

Since I bought this several years ago, it has rarely been unplayed for long - there's just so much in it to marvel at (and regret that the band broke up prematurely and put Frank off touring ever again). Essential.
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