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Return of the Son Of... (Live)

9 Jul 2010

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  • Original Release Date: 9 July 2010
  • Label: earMUSIC
  • Copyright: 2010 Z Tornado under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH in cooperation with V2 Benelux
  • Total Length: 2:13:49
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  • ASIN: B004Q7UZT4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,308 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Aug. 2010
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Dweezil is doing a fantastic job keeping his father's incredible music alive and introducing it to a new audience. The band he has assembled get better and better with each tour (I have seen them dozens of times now) and their understanding of Frank's music is spot on. They are a joy to watch and listen to and this cd is an accurate representation of that fantastic music. It is impossible to single out tracks over as they are all so striong. However, Andy, Magic Fingers, Bamboozled by Love and King Kong are all incredible. The solos dotted all over the CD are so strong and inventive and well just marvellous! As for Billy the Mountain - joyous! BUY THIS CD, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. N. Houghton on 13 Sept. 2010
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For those who are familiar with the music of Frank Zappa, and who like it will in all probability enjoy this continuing delve into his vast back catalogue by son Dweezil. Dweezil himself has said the point of the exercise was to raise the profile of his dad to younger music fans who might just have heard of Frank as "that comedy song-writer from the 60s". To this end he has succeeded with great care & attention to detail. Dweezils guitar work is absolutely top drawer & the musicianship of his band is at times astonishing. Dweezil took two years out of his own busy schedule to disect every one of Frank's pieces & to learn all the nuances & complexities. With this knowledge he is able to give the audience the same experience as an audience of Frank's had & rather than slavishly copy each note Dweezil has "got inside" his dad's head & plays appropriately. Without direct comparison with the originals you would say Dweezil's interpretations are right on the money & that is the point. Dweezil Zappa is also the best placed person to do this.
I recommend this to newcomers & to older users who may or may not know Zappa but who enjoy inventive music with no boundaries.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Gibson on 26 July 2010
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Totally agree with reviewer, Ratzo Rizo, OUTSTANDING.
well, there's no mistaking a brilliant guitar player and Dweezil is, certainly to me, as good as Frank, who was just more than brilliant.
This is a magic cd.
I was quite disappointed on the first Z p Z, single release, not enough guitar work for me but, this album now, has certainly made up the difference, and, I think a true reflection of the live gigs, i.e., more instrumentals and solos.
Anyone who likes guitar solos, but guitar solos with feel and compassion, this is a MUST. Chatting to guys out side of Shepherds Bush Empire, after the gig, 2007, we all agreed that Dweezil was on another level when it comes to playing that Gibson SG,ace. The rendition of Inca Roads, well, that complexity knocked me out. As a budding guitar myself, and knowing first hand on the pain of trying to manuvere your fingers into chords positions and shapes, how does Dweezil play these complicated riffs, like his father, the wonderful Frank, he is, just brilliant. There is no doudt, there is a world out there where great guitar players are still on a level which, in modern rock music, there is no comparrison. Outstanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2013
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I got this out an almost morbid curiosity, fearing the worst, despite having seen Dweezil on a Zappa Plays Zappa tour and thoroughly enjoying it. I knew that the live experience can often fail to translate onto cd, so what lay therein.....

Firstly, my impression was that this is a band that is not as tight as any band that Frank would go on the road with, which could be said about any group that did not pratice 9 hours a day for 5 days a week for seven weeks before going out on tour. So, that unrealistic expectation got tempered. The vocals also lacked the "sincerity" of that of Franks bands, but hey....that is not necessarily the worst thing to be said about these songs. They are not always the songs I would have picked but they mercifully avoided the dire Dinah-Moe Humm.

However, what really knocked me out, metaphorically speaking, was Dweezils guitar playing. He plays a blinder, not just slavishly copying Franks solos, but launching out on his own mini-compositions mid tune and impressing on every occasion. This guy can play, no doubt about it.

Then, the band launch into a version of King Kong that is just incredible, they get the chance to stretch their musical legs and do not fail to strike gold. This is as good a version of King Kong as I have heard to date.

Overall a success!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 July 2011
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Dweezil plays good versions of his fathers songs. Be aware, they do sound different, which is what we expect. He is just as competent a guitarist as Frank, but what his versions of the songs lack is the sneer, the comedy, and the drama of Franks live work. He is also lacking the trademark mustache!

That does not make this a bad album, and it is refreshing to hear the songs played slightly differently. Dweezils aim is to open Franks music to a younger audience...the attempts are commendable. This is a worthwhile purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Crawford on 9 Feb. 2011
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Of course Dweezil is over 40 now, so he can't be categorised as a "young person", but he is doing his level best to get Frank Zappa's music out to "de yoof", and he is doing an absolutely splendid job of it. This is a truly accomplished record superbly sung and played. That being said, I don't think that he is going to succeed in getting Frank anywhere near the "mainstream". Western cultural collapse is too advanced for that, but it's still great to hear Dweezil and the band going for it
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