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The Grand Wazoo

20 Aug 2012 | Format: MP3

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13:18
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6:06
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2:56
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6:40
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7:59


Product details

  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 36:59
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  • ASIN: B008S9H0ZI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,999 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. J. O. Callaghan on 14 Sep 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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26 of 27 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Mar 2012
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Many years ago I heard a George Harrison song called `Blood From A Clone'. The third line runs `you need some oompapah, nothing like Frank Zappa', as Harrison railed against the creative straightjacket the record bosses forced him into. There's also that line in `Smoke On The Water' describing a Zappa concert that goes wrong and results in a burnt out recording studio. Ever since I have been on the lookout for an opportunity to hear some of Zappa's work and try to get a flavour of what Harrison was being told to stay away from, and what so excited the crowd at the Mother's concert.

Well, the time came and I decided it was time to look into getting a Zappa CD. I picked this one because, frankly, I like the title. Scientific stuff eh? I have to say that I really enjoyed what I heard, and I will be getting more Zappa in the near future on the basis of this.

Recorded in 1972, this is very different to other music of the era. Whereas rock musicians were going down the path of ever more pretentious noodling prog rock, this is a very tight recording, made with a clear vision. It is a logical extension of the freeform jazz workouts of Miles Davis or Thelonious Monk, fused with the blues rock style. A big band was recruited for the recording, giving it a majestic, rich feel. It's complex where it needs to be, simple in other places, and all has a sense of humour behind it that never overpowers, but just gives a knowing wink and a smile as the album progresses.

A really good album, 4 stars.
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4 of 4 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Film and music appreciator on 6 Aug 2001
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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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