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Playground Psychotics
Playground Psychotics
Offered by Hausmusik
Price: £26.02

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good music, boring words, 7 May 2004
This review is from: Playground Psychotics (Audio CD)
Playground Psychotics is a two CD set that documents the trials and tribulations of the Flo and Eddie band. Much of it is field recordings of band conversations and audience banter, and as such, quickly loses its appeal. The actual music is at times of a pretty poor sound quality. However, in spite of all that, I'd still say this was a good purchase if you already own a lot of Zappa as the songs that *are* present are actually very good. The suite that runs from Wonderful Wino (pretty different to that heard on Zoot Allures) to Well--minus Diptheria Blues--on disc one is very nice, the latter track a rocker featuring both John Lennon (who sounds great) and Yoko Ono (who really doesn't). And all the music tracks on CD two are worth hearing: Status Back Baby, and Concentration Moon to Billy The Mountain, the latter a classic Zappa tale of a mountain and his small wooden wife, Ethel--a tree. So, four stars for the tunes but only two for the 'social anthropology' (and Yoko Ono).

Paid In Full - Deluxe Edition
Paid In Full - Deluxe Edition
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £19.69

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real blueprint, 7 May 2004
Few can doubt that Rakim was one of hip-hop's finest MCs, not only in terms of delivery, but also in the lyrics themselves. His influence is still felt today: Mos Def borrowed an entire verse from You Know I Got Soul ('First I think, and then I sink into the paper...'), and formed a whole song around another key Rakim lyric from this LP 'It ain't where you're from, it's where you're at'; and I must mention that horric Snap track Rhythm Is A Dancer which twisted Rakim's original 'I got a question, it's serious as cancer: who can keep the average dancer...' into something truly awful and borderline offensive.
That wasn't Rakim's fault, but all young pretenders should listen and learn from an MC who makes it all sound effortless.

Mystery White Boy: Live '95-'96
Mystery White Boy: Live '95-'96
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.07

4 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hype?, 4 Mar. 2004
I'm as big a fan of Grace as any other sensible person with ears, and had seen this album rated quite highly by a number of publications I normally trust, so decided to get it. What a disappointment. Mostly, these are pretty ham-fisted versions of songs from his debut but with none of the dynamics or nuances that exist in the studio versions and made them so special. There's little better than JB turning from an angelic lilt to an empassioned roar, but for much of this effort he's basically screaming through entire songs. Half the time I'm thinking 'Why doesn't someone just turn his mic up?' and the other half I'm thinking 'I should probably just turn this off'.
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Album Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Price: £6.70

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three stars is about right, 14 April 2001
This review is from: Album Of The Year (Audio CD)
A rating of three stars seems about right to me, although not really for the reasons given in other reviews.
The album contains some great songs (I can't believe no one mentions 'Naked In Front Of The Computer' or 'Mouth To Mouth') but virtually every track lacks the trademark FNM darkness, quirkiness, and general insanity that sets the band's best material apart from your standard rock song. Almost all of it is pretty formulaic and pedestrian in comparison to material from, say, Angel Dust or King For A Day...
It's as if you can almost sense the lack of enthusiasm for the band from its members when you out the album on, and I can't help but think that all of these tracks could have been really good if recorded with the Faith No More spirit of old. And that, if you're a fan, makes for some fairly depressing listening.
Get it. It'll make you tap your foot, but it won't change your world.

King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime
King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £6.41

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 14 April 2001
This, along with Angel Dust, is the pinacle of FNM's output. It includes a wide variety of styles (wide, even for *this* band) and contains both FNM's most melodic and heaviest tracks. I think many people who slate this album assume it must be second-rate as Jim Martin isn't on it. Pah! The guitar playing throughout is incredible--in fact, the best of any of their LP's. 'Last To Know' is one the most majestic songs ever sung by the superb Mike Patton, and there are loads more really excellent tunes here.
If you like Angel Dust, you *must* get this album, it's as simple as that!

Frank Zappa on Baroque Instruments
Frank Zappa on Baroque Instruments

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An odd idea that often works..., 22 Jan. 2001
The Ensemble Ambrosius perform 15 tracks (all but one--The Idiot Bastard Son--totally instrumental) with Baroque instrumentation using traditional instruments: woodwind, strings and organs. The result is very good in places, and a little stale in others. Stand-out tracks, I reckon, include Alien Orifice, Echidna's Arf (Of You) and their version of the Black Page is very well executed. Sofa, which I would have expected to be one of the strongest tracks on the album was very dissapointing, though...
All in all, a nice companion to 'the real thing', but don't expect the typical bombast of Mr. Zappa. Having said that, I imagine they're a blast live!
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