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You Are What You Is [Original recording remastered]

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: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009T3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Teen-age Wind 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Harder Than Your Husband 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Doreen 4:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Goblin Girl 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Theme From The 3rd Movement Of Sinister Footwear 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Society Pages 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I'm A Beautiful Guy 1:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beauty Knows No Pain 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Charlie's Enormous Mouth 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Any Downers? 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Conehead 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. You Are What You Is 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mudd Club 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Dumb All Over 6:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Heavenly Bank Account 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Suicide Chump 2:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Jumbo Go Away 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. If Only She Woulda 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Drafted Again 3:060.99  Buy MP3 

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling 19 Feb 2005
By G. Don Fielder VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A fantastic album. Takes a while to get into so needs playing probably ten times before it really starts to bite. This is very much a vocal song-based album, with only one instrumental track, "Sinister Footwear", which feels a little out of place as it interrupts the vocal flow just as things are really pumping up. The first time you play this CD you couldn't fail to enjoy "Teenage Wind", "Goblin Girl", "If only She Woulda" and the riotous "Drafted Again" but most of the stuff will go straight over your head - you may even feel a little disappointed. So put it straight back on again! What a shame that guy took his copy back - he doesn't know what he's missing! I must confess, I'm not too keen on the C & W "Harder than your Husband" and the reggae "Mudd Club" (just not reggae enough unfortunately). However, this album will ultimately deliver utter joy every time you play it, however often you play it, because there's so much going on it just keeps you fascinated. I must have played it fifty times in the last six months, usually in the car, singing along like a mad thing and I'm such a quiet guy! - but even a couple of days ago I noticed something new, an acoustic guitar strumming underneath so much other stuff. Amazing amount of vocal density - some tracks have maybe 5 voices weaving and harmonizing. Excellent singing from Ike Willis, Ray White, Bob Harris, Frank himself of course (a fine singer he was too when he wanted to be) and James 'Motorhead' Sherwood from the original Mothers, plus contributions from M.U. Zappa who must have only been about 14 at the time. Fantastic arrangements as ever, lots of unexpected time changes, key signatures to keep you on your toes and a jaw-dropping instrumental break in "Jumbo Go Away". And of course, how could I forget - the guitar playing - excellent stuff throughout from Frank and Steve Vai, with a mighty FZ solo on "If Only She Woulda".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sequel to "We're Only In It For The Money" 23 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is a must for all Zappaphiles - here's why. It contains some marvellously scathing social commentary, doing for the 1980s what "We're Only In It For The Money" did for the 1960s; it was the first thing to come outta the UMRK and thus the production has that luxurious, mink-underwear plushness, betraying FZ's gleeful, button-pressing enthusiasm for all that new state of the art gear; it proves that there is more to FZ than mere smut - even in the naughtier songs (the reprise of "Doreen" during the second half of "Goblin Girl"... magical, and explains the, uh, 'moral of the story' - that one is just a more upfront, honest version of the other's hidden sentiment); it's fun and it rocks from start to finish... what more can I say?
Basically, if you like Frank Zappa you will love this record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Endless disguises! 12 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this album A LOT the last five years and EVERY TIME I listen to it I hear something new that I haven't heard before. The reason for that is the endless amount of overdubbing featured on this album; There are voice parts, sounds, even instruments that you might not hear the first 20 times this disc spins in your player. Considering the amount of overdubs on this early eighties studio album, the sound quality is extraordinary. Remember: it's all analog.
The musical genre might best be described as "blues-oriented rock'n'roll" BUT it's all disguised in genius song writing and good musicianship. This album will have you humming along to odd-time-signatures, whether you'll know it or not.
All tracks but "Sinister Footwear" are vocal tracks, and they're all full of humour.
Within the genre of "blues-oriented rock'n'roll", the styles do vary; The title track is ska, "Mudd Club" is a crazy reggae, "Suicide Chump" is very bluesy, but all songs are smothered in what can only be described as "Zappaism". There's even a country song called "Harder Than Your Husband". I'm NOT a fan of country-music, but the professionalism of the musicians and the sound engineers "take the edge off".
Featured on this album, among close to 20 different musicians, is Steve Vai whom Zappa has written guitar lines for that no one else could play at the time and it gets insane at times. In the booklet Vai is suitably credited for "strat abuse".
Other musicians are Ike Willis, Ray White, Tommy Mars, Ed Mann, David Logeman among many others... even Mothers Jimmy Carl Black (on vocals) and Motorhead Sherwood (on vocals and tenor sax) guest!
It's hard to understand how Zappa found time to record and produce 70+ recordings during his career, when the result of this album, which is ONE them are this amazing.
Deeply recommended listening to (preferably with a good sound system).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The athletic approach has a lot of appeal 13 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Zappa's albums always knock me for six. They are complex affairs, to say the least, that keep you interested for hours at a time. "You are what you is" is no exception to this.
I don't know whether Zappa intended to do this, but i like the juxtapositions in this album; simplicity and complexity, seriousness and humor etc. This may just be my interpretation of parts of the album, but, let's face it, that is the beauty of Frank's work. They are like fine art, the longer they exist, the more layers are applied to them.
I would definately recomend this album. Zappa fans will love its typical Zappa commentary, arrangement, instrumental dexterity etc. For the non Zappa fan, the album contains plenty of familiar and non threatening sounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, happy
Seems I'm lucky at pickin' em; this is a great Zappa album. If you're reading this because it's recommended after buying something else marginally crazeee then be be careful there... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars genius genius genius
all i can say is this fella was too intelligent for most and awy ahead of his time,a great artist with a way of taking the mick out of sex and poloticians etc in a way that leaves... Read more
Published 12 months ago by bryan broooon
5.0 out of 5 stars You is what you am 2012 version
Another sonic treat from the recent series of remasters taken from the analogue masters where possible. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name)
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fantastic in every way. A great FZ introduction album. Buy and...
Just fantastic in every way. A great FZ introduction album. Buy and be amazed. Zip, dip pip, lip, chip, sit.
Published 17 months ago by Mark Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars It am what it are
I will admit that YAWYI is not my favourite Zappa album, but then it faces some seriously fierce competition from the rest of the man's incredible output! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars You Are What You Is - Frank Zappa
This & Tinseltown Rebellion are probably two of my favorite CDs from the great man.
Pop the CD into the player, if like me you have no neighbours and a great Hi Fi, crank up... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tonester
5.0 out of 5 stars good old album
good album at the right price
not for me but my girlfriend as she liked this record years ago
heard it again and wanted it
Published 19 months ago by terry mair
5.0 out of 5 stars I Know Who I Am, A Cow Don't Make Ham
It's sad how this Frank Zappa album doesn't get the attention it deserves. Frank-ly (hehehe), I think it's one of his best. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by rodgersviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Zappa at his wittiest and greatest!
This album grabbed me like no other album by any other artist has done before. I really wanted to get into Frank's music but I was a bit intimidated by the fact that he has so much... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Shaun O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Zappa at his best!
The band Frank Zappa used to make 'You are what you is' was, in my opinion, his very best. Frank made this highly entertaining, very funny and musically brilliant album with old... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2011 by Howard Ryding
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