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*NEW 2012 Edition - Zoot Allures (Original) - Remastered from Analog Source,
on 18 October 2012
Originally issued on a 9 track Warner Brothers LP in 1976, now available for the first time on CD remastered from original analogue tapes, and sounding just as good as the original vinyl.
The record has two absolutely stunning instrumentals - "Black Napkins", recorded live in Japan, featuring some unforgettable electric blues guitar playing. Also guaranteed to blow you away is the truly wonderful title track "Zoot Allures", recorded in the studio and sounding just about perfect in every aspect.
"Find Her Finer" features Frank Zappa on vocals and Captain Beefheart on harmonica.
The remaining 6 tracks on the record include the 9.49 minute "The Torture Never Stops" which certainly has it's moments, but will not be to everyone's tastes.
I'm still not sure if the other vocal tracks on this record stand up to repeated hearings but taking into consideration how very enjoyable the essential tracks are, Zappa collectors will have to own a copy. For anyone else with just a passing interest in "Zoot Allures" and finding themselves checking the reviews based on a temptation to buy, the killer instrumental pieces here should help tip the scales in favour of purchase.
* All reviews written prior to September 2012 relate to earlier CD editions.
** Amazon are selling both editions of this album so double check date of issue as listed by Amazon and make sure you are ordering the superior sounding 2012 version and not the 2006 one..