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This review is from: You Are What You Is (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).