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The Grand Wazoo Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B0000009SF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Grand Wazoo (Lp Version)
2. For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers) (Lp Version)
3. Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus (Lp Version)
4. Eat That Question (Lp Version)
5. Blessed Relief (Lp Version)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who is even only slightly familiar with the work of Frank Zappa will know that he didn't rest very often. He wrote just about every form of music possible and impossible. He then seemingly had queues of superbly talented musicians just lining up to play it. "The Grand Wazoo" had perhaps the best set of musicians he ever managed to gather. He had been attacked on stage and had fallen into the orchestra pit and was confined to a wheel chair for nearly a year. In this time he wrote "just another band from L.A.", "Waka/Jawaka" and "The Grand Wazoo". The last two were very jazzy and I would be hard pressed to choose a favourite. Anyway "The Grand Wazoo" starts off with the title track. It's a kind of straight piece of modern jazz that just twists a bit and includes some great solos on guitar and trumpet. "For Calvin (and his next two hitch-hikers)" has one of those haunting Zappa tunes and also - lyrics. The only SONG on this album. Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus is Zappa really having some fun by making the band work. No rest for the wicked. "Eat that question" is the BIG one. A great tune which is kept interesting all the way through and such a great overture (at the end you know). "Blessed Relief" is a bit of a change to finish off the album. The tune is very melodic and floats over a slow free bass and beat. A great instrumental tune that leaves you very chilled. I played this album to one of my friends. He said it was rubbish. He told me that I should listen to good music like Tubular Bells 2. Chalk and cheese my friends and this is good cheese Suzy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Franz Bieberkopf on 2 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
By early 1972,FZ was in a wheelchair,recovering from being thrown into the orchestra pit of the Rainbow in London by a deranged fan.The Flo+Eddie version of the MOI was no more.Could it get any worse?
FZ's response was this and "Waka/Jawaka",which can be seen as a double album,except the band on "Grand Wazoo" is bigger.The music is fantastic,from the title track,with it's driving theme and great solos,to the quirky pop of "Cleetus Awreetus-Awrightus" and the gentle tones of "Blessed Relief".
As this and "Waka/Jawaka" are sandwiched between the "200 Motels" film,the Flo+Eddie MOI and MOI Mk.3(kicking off with "Overnite Sensation"),and it sounds radically different to any of those albums and films,these two CDs are often unfairly overlooked,even by Zappaphiles.
If you like this,try "Wazoo",this band's last US show from Boston in 1972,or "Imaginary Diseases",which is a smaller scale version of this band, sometimes called The Petit Wazoo,live in the US and Canada in late 1972.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. J. O. Callaghan on 14 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Frank Zappa once said of this and the previous "Waka/Jawaka" album (of which Grand Wazoo is really a continuation on a theme) something along the lines of "they sold a few copies in Scandanavia". This is a great shame. The Grand Wazoo is a masterpiece, and really deserved to be remembered along with the other classics of the 70's.
This is as close to conventional jazz as Zappa got, and by God it sounds great! While you have the expected "far out" workings on most of the tracks, "Blessed Relief" really has to be heard to be believed, and shows that he COULD follow conventional forms if he chose to and create a "pretty" song.
Waka/Jawaka, though it has its merits, is a minor work. This is not. Buy it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Film and music appreciator on 6 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album (and Waka/Jawaka) a few days ago having heard it would be a worthy companion to his earlier hot Rats album. Like Hot Rats, The Grand Wazoo is primarily instrumental. I was pleased that this album delivered what had been promised. It is a continuation of what had come on Hot Rats with a greater leaning on Jazz and horns in addition to the superb (as always) guitar of Frank Zappa.
The album was cut during the same sessions as the other mainly instrumental album, Waka/Jawaka at Paramount studios featuring dozens of crack musicians making what is no doubt one of his best ever bands. This album in my opinion is better than Waka/Jawaka though anyone who bought and liked the much praised Hot Rats album needs to invest in this comparatively underrated album in addition to Waka/Jawaka.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MF on 16 Feb. 2012
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I had this as a record years ago but wanted to rediscover it. The CD has the first 2 tracks reversed and I commend you to listen to 'For Calvin' before 'The Grand Wazoo' track as it creates a better intro. I swapped them around on my own iPod for that reason.

The actual album is magnificent and is certainly one of Zappa's best. It a fantastic mix of jazz and rock with an exquisite finale 'Blessed Relief'.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "simoncangas2" on 5 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
My favourite zappa album for quite some time,Frank's previous release 'Waka/jawaka'is excellent, but it doesn't flow throughout as well as this album.
A very big band, with musicians such as Sal Marquez shining out in particular. There's no better introduction than the title track, as it smoothly moves onto the next track 'For calvin'. It goes through many changes and never manages to bore the listener.
Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus is a comedy jazz song,with many of the 'amusing' voices Frank used on many of his albums, instead of the in your face parody of 'sheik yerbouti', Frank rather 'created' as opposed to mocking some politician.
Mentioning Marquez above, I think that George duke for his exquisite key solo on eat that question.
The finishing track is Blessed relief, which is wonderful for taking stress away, particularly after a rough day. Amongst the best moments on the FZ catalogue all together.
I find it annoying that almost none of the grand wazoo got performed by his later bands, other than a brief version of eat that question on 'make a jazz noise here'. FZ covered a wide spectrum of genres during his career (as you most probably know),considering him to be a 'rock' musician however is quite unfair,if all you've heard about him is Apostrophe than this sweet album should make you look at him in a different way.
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