Strictly Commercial Best Of Frank Zappa
 
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Strictly Commercial Best Of Frank Zappa

13 Feb. 2010 | Format: MP3
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  • Original Release Date: 13 Feb. 2010
  • Release Date: 13 Feb. 2010
  • Label: Frank Zappa
  • Copyright: 2010 Frank Zappa
  • Total Length: 1:17:05
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  • ASIN: B0038FRRGO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Kelly VINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having just read the retrospective of Zappa's work in Mojo magazine I thought i'd give this cd a try to see if it was as good as everybody was intimating.
My tastes in music range from Punk rock through to Heavy metal and progressive rock so I feared that this cd might be too Jazzy for my liking.How wrong could I be? Every single track here is a tour de force of exemplary musicianship coupled with great humour.
For me the strangest thing I can say about this collection is that I really cannot put my finger on why I love it I just do!
Im so impressed by the production of this cd,the clarity of the myriad of instruments is astonishing and i'm no audiophile i've just played it on my bog standard in-car cd player.
Trying to single out any stand out tracks is exceedingly difficult as the tracks are all so different but I do especially like the doo wop influenced " Joe's Garage" and the awesome guitar wig out of the "Muffin Man" which has an hilarious spoken word intro.
All in all this is a great introduction to a great great talent whose love for music shines through in every track and best of all it's inspired me to get hold some more of his work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
So there you have it! This is a hell of an album which contains some of the most inspired music ever played. You can find in it some of the old classics like "dont you eat that yellow snow" mixed whith some really cheesy songs and virtuoso guitar soloing. Take a look at sexual harassment in the workplace to see what i mean... Frank's sense of humor is always present and its just fantastic to hear again biblic stuff like "Bobby brown".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alister King on 5 July 2010
Format: Vinyl
Frank Zappa for beginners? Maybe. But also for the hardcore fan who sometimes just want a career wide slice that touches all the bases; avant garde wackiness; satire; humour; band lampoonery; pastiche; and great guitar playing. Peaches En Regalia from Hot Rats 67 is a fitting starter and one of his finest moments. Almost a classical piece for modern rock orchestra, replete with melody and informed arrangements. The hilarious Cosmik Debris gives us the album title ("Strictly Commercial"). Sexual Harassment In The Workplace showcases his awesome soloing abilities. Other highlights include San Ber'dino, Trouble Every Day, I'm The Slime, Montana (Single Version), Muffin Man. Surprisingly You Are What You Is, title track from his most accessible album is missing. Id have lobbed in Love Of My Life too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roland Klettemark on 20 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Before this CD came out I did often wonder which songs would make a proper "best of Frank Zappa" CD. I bought Strictly Commercial at first sight although I already had the music on the old albums and I wasn't disappointed. Rykodisc have gathered together all the "top list" songs here (if Top 40 only had been hip enough). The exception may be Sexual Harassment. They should have chosen I Don't Wanna Get Drafted instead. (The 1980 single mix). It was actually on the charts here in Sweden. I especially appreciate the single edits of some songs, Joe's Garage for instance. Strictly Commercial is a perfect young person's guide to FZ.
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