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Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar [Original recording remastered, Box set]

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 (2 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Box set
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B0000009T2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Five-Five-Five
2. Hog Heaven
3. Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
4. While You Were Out
5. Treacherous Cretins
6. Heavy Duty Judy
7. Soup' N Old Clothes
8. Variations On The Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression
9. "Gee, I Like Your Pants"
10. Canarsie
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Deathless Horsie
2. Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More
3. Pink Napkins
4. Beat It With Your Fist
5. Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
6. Pinocchio's Furniture
7. Why Johnny Can't Read
8. Stucco Homes
9. Canard Du Jour

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Zappa 31 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Zappa is not for everyone (Just ask my wife)and those who do like him are often split between those who who like his music but not his lyrics and those who only want to hear his songs and not instrumentals such as those contained on these three discs. Me, I'm in the former group, yes I like his songs but there are only so many songs I can listen to about sluts, weanies and yellow snow, so this album (and its follow up Guitar) is very close to perfect Zappa for me. It was not always thus. My cousin recommended it to me many years ago and being a young man with too much money I went out and bought it without listening first. Got it home, put it on and thought 'What the hell is this!!!!'. Thankfully over the years I've kept returning to it and it has grown on me to the extent that I have now replaced my original copy for this remastered version.

So firstly, the music. If you like instrumental guitar music (If not why on earth are you reading this)then this is for you. It's pleasures are not as immediate as Joe Satriani et al, but stick with it, it will reward you with some beautiful guitar and after a while you will just keep returning to it. At that point you will then go out and buy its follow up, Guitar which is its equal. Secondly, the remastering. If you have the old 2 disc version and are wondering whether to invest in this remastered version, yes it is worth it. If these concert damaged ears can hear the difference anyone can.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A record of a truly unique guitarist 15 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who is interested in rock guitar, it's a must-have. Mostly it's recorded live, and it's almost 100% guitar solos - often the song that went around the solo has been edited out. If you know the guitar style of Frank Zappa you'll know that no-one else comes close to it, and if you like what he does then this is a pure and undiluted thrill from start to end.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully indulgent 13 Jan 2005
By padster
Format:Audio CD
If you love long, wild and wierd guitar solos, supported by fantastic musicianship from the whole band, with a dose of humour, then this is the album for you.
I used to covet my friend's triple vinyl box set - and was so glad when it came out on CD. It's certainly not easy listening - a lot of this is quite extreme jazz-rock, strange time signatures, non-western scales and tunings, sudden stops and starts etc. If you play it at work, someone will probably ask you to turn it down. But that's the joy of it - this is heavy, strange stuff, to be played really loud, maybe while driving alone, slightly too fast, late at night.
My God - Zappa could play! And his band, in its various manifestations, was world-class.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Heaven 14 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
OK, this isn't for everyone, maybe it isn't even for every guitarist... but it's FABULOUS.
This is a player who knows his stuff backwards. If you're a budding guitarist listen to this set - wish I had, years ago. Just be aware that everyone else around you is likely to be very unimpressed - charlatans!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars guitar heros 4 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
frank zappa is my guitar hero and i am a fan of all aspects of his music but it was his guitar solos that really got me into his music and later to appreciate his unique humor.one of my early favorite solos being black napkins.until the release of shut up n play yer guitar only a few people realized what the hard-core zappa fanatics had known all along ...that frank zappa can play the guitar.while the papers and magazines shouted the praises of every other fashionable guitar strangler and condemned zappa for having the guts to sing lyrics they felt were disgusting he quietly continued to play things on his instrument that were far more blasphemous than any words could convey.in the rush to be offended by what he said the music press forgot to listen to what his guitar was talking about.zappas guitar solos as captured in this album say a lot of things that just might prove to be embarrassing to the writers who forgot to listen.this album is for hard core fans .. guitar players and anyone who is into guitar solos my personal favorites if i had to pick are ship ahoy pink napkins and canard du jour.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ship Ahoy! 8 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
Frank Zappa, Vinnie Colaiuta, Warren Cucurullo, Ike Willis,

Arthur Barrow, Tommy Mars et al all improvising... nuff said!

Highlights include;

HOG HEAVEN: Murderous octaver guitar balancing on a rythmn that sounds like it is stuck in tar or sand. Are the Hogs Harleys or Pigs? 'God! That was really beautiful'

SHUT UP `N PLAY YER GUITAR: The Inca Roads solo in all it`s majesty. Vinnie excels and Frank lets the molten wave notes cascade into the ears of foolish young consumers. Their minds forever twisted.

HEAVY DUTY JUDY: My personal favorite on this collection. Later to be played by the 1988 big band as a concert opener. A static synthesizer vamp holds the rudder whilst Frank,Vinnie and Arthur tear it up.Play at loud volumes and your Mum,Dad,Wife,Kids,Neighbours will not be impressed.

Been listening listening to these solos/improvisations for 23 years and I am still dumbfounded by the notes contained therein
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A musician's musician 29 Nov 2006
By Big D
Format:Audio CD
By all means, remember Zappa for his irreverent humour contained in, "Catholic Girls", "Don't eat the yellow snow", "Ring of Fire" and "Why does it hurt when I pee?" et al. Then take the time to listen to his absolute mastery of the electric guitar on this triple album "Shut up 'n play yer guitar".

Not many "worshipped" electric guitarists over the last 30 years can come close to his guitar playing prowess. In my humble opinion, he was one of the very, very best - Ever.

Do yourself a favour - Buy this album, put on your earphones and immerse yourself in the talent that was, and always shall be the late, great, Frank Zappa - The Musician.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The tunes get stuck in your head for days!
The only problem with this music is the tunes get stuck in your head for days! Hard to shake off.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Col
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb guitarist. Zappa was unique
Fantastic guitar improvisations, magic! When you think ypu have heard the best another track, although totally different surpasses the last...
Published 5 months ago by neil mabbott
4.0 out of 5 stars Genius for the most part (but not perfect throughout)
Plenty of examples of superb vitruoso performances, which is what many Zappa fans love most about his work. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Reg Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Zappa
I thought that the great guitar work deserved a 5 star rating
Enjoyed every track
Would recommend to any Zappa fan
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Peter J. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A monument to the electric guitar
Surely amongst the best guitar albums ever made, full of inventiveness and, although FZs playing is improvised, it never drifts into predictable pattters or sounds dull. Read more
Published 16 months ago by GD
3.0 out of 5 stars Shut Up and listen to the master
Do not expect hits here but if you like the unique style Zappa used to play the guitar this is a highly recommended cd.
Published 20 months ago by marcelo1961
5.0 out of 5 stars still blows my mind
This is still one of the best Zappa collections. I keep playing Canard du Jour and Deathless Horsie (on vinyl again, sounds so much better than CD). Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2011 by boukman
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Zappa-Shut up and play yer guitar
This is an excellent set for Zappaphiles and guitarists alike.Crammed with solos and fine band performances,from one of his best creative periods 79-80. Read more
Published on 13 April 2010 by Mr. R. E. Bates
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware! Its a bit of an album!
Beware folks! Its a bit of an album and a bit of a con! This is just one of the discs from the original Japanese Import 'Replica Cover Edition' of 'Shut Up And Play Your Guitar'! Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2009 by Big Swifty
5.0 out of 5 stars This remaster sounds much better
Well known for years to be a magnificent exploration of the electric guitar with modern musical motifs, this remastered box set version is a must for those who previously had the... Read more
Published on 16 May 2008 by Frankie Z
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