Sheik Yerbouti has been added to your Basket
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by musicMagpie
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Buy with confidence from a huge UK seller with over 3 million feedback ratings, all items despatched next day directly from the UK. All items are quality guaranteed.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Sheik Yerbouti

4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

Price: £19.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Only 3 left in stock.
Sold by best_value_entertainment and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
6 new from £11.51 14 used from £2.95 1 collectible from £11.99
£19.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 3 left in stock. Sold by best_value_entertainment and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's Frank Zappa Store


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Sheik Yerbouti
  • +
  • Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III
  • +
  • Apostrophe(')
Total price: £32.97
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zappa
  • ASIN: B0000247VZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

FRANK ZAPPA Sheik Yerbouti (1990 UK 18-track CD yet another immense musical effort from FZ featuring Adrian Belew. Includes staple Zappa like Booby Brown Goes Down Baby Snakes and Dancin Fool the infectious City Of Tiny Lights and a blinding version of Yo Mama; fold-out lyric booklet picture sleeve CDZAP28)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
There is a difficulty in recommending Frank Zappa's music: it does not lie in the quality - it's all good - but in the shere variety of it. It's possible to be an ardent fan of some of Zappa's work, only to find the rest of it inaccessible or just simply not your cup of tea. Sheik Yerbouti may be a difficult album to recommend - paradoxical as this may sound - due to it's fairly straightforward nature. There is nothing particularly avante-garde or virtuoso about this record (in comparison with many of his other albums) and therefore may fly against the expectations of some first time listeners. At the very least, though, this album gives a balanced picture of his varied output and like all his records it is indefinably yet unmistakably Zappa.

One recurring theme of Zappa's music is humour and the impression you get from listening to him is a refusal to take anything seriously. This extended not only to the lyrics/subject matter and the presentation but even the notes themselves - Frank Zappa made funny music. On virtually all of Zappa's albums there is a guitar line, blast of trumpet, vocal harmony, etc that sounds odd, unfamiliar and often funny. This image as a musical humourist is abundant on Sheik Yerbouti. Whether it be the overblown fanfare of 'Flakes' or the caustic lyrics of 'Broken Hearts are for Assholes' the humour is always evident and rarely subtle.

It is particularly the lack of lyrical subtlety that may cause some listeners to have a problem with the album. It forces criticisms of it being of novelty value only. I disagree. If a song is merely a novelty then it wouldn't stand repeated listening unlike the songs collected here. Why do they?
Read more ›
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
If you want to know what Zappa was up to in the middle of his career, this is a good place to start. Good tunes, ace guitar licks, savage humour and absolutely first rate musicians. This is probably as close as he got to producing a mainstream rock album and if you're put off by endless discordant guitar solos, you won't find (too many!) here.
However, if you're sickened by pornographic lyrics... don't buy it! There's some weird stuff here... not as weird as he was capable of but weird enough. However, if you can forgive Frank his obsessions, buying this CD could be the start of a beautiful relationship. No one plays guitar like him and he ruthlessly got the best out of his musicians. The depth of his subject matter is what attracted me to Frank Zappa. Apart from songs about exotic sexual practices [Jones Crusher, Broken Hearts, Bobby Brown], he was a keen commentator on American life [Dancin' Fool, Flakes].
He recorded an amazing amount in his time and you will find the musical themes laid down here repeated in his later work. If you like this, the next ones to go for are the 'You can't do that on stage anymore' series... there are six of them! This is not the artist for obsessive compulsive collectors of recordings! His own catalogue will bankrupt you and you'll have to sell your kidneys...
1 Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album of mostly humorous, melodic and powerful rock songs was recorded during the height of the disco era. It doesn't only satirize the disco culture as in "Dancin' Fool," but also deals with other, more controversial subjects in a politically very incorrect way, always with amusing results. I might have been offended, for various reasons, by "Bobby Brown Goes Down," but instead it's my favorite track on the album. I love Zappa's unconventional sense of humor! The music is very accessible, although there are a couple of more experimental pieces too. Recommended for those who love intelligent rock music and are sufficiently open-minded. It's right up there with Weasels Ripped My Flesh, Joe's Garage and You Are What You Is.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
'Sheik Yerbouti', released in 1979, is essentially a live double album (albeit with some subsequent overdubbing) lasting 70 minutes and packaged on a single disc. Typically, Zappa's assembled musicians are a tight and talented team and, after a few listens, I grew to like much of this collection of eclectic songs more than I initially thought I would. However, it has to be said that I found some of the material too unsubtle and lacking in inspiration - personally, I prefer the likes of 'Over-Nite Sensation', 'Apostrophe' and 'One Size Fits All'.

Picking out just a few of the highlights here; the naughty, but nice, 'I Have Been In You' runs seamlessly into the quirky 'Flakes' whilst Zappa produces another of his legendary guitar solos on 'Rat Tomago'; the fast and funky 'City of Tiny Lites', featuring the powerful vocals of Adrian Belew, is quite superb as is the classy 'Wild Love'. Although this is not my favourite Zappa album, there is plenty of good, juicy material here to make it worth checking out.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
The other reviews of this wonderful record concentrate on the songs which are indeed very good, with vulgar lyrics and great melodies which you will be humming for evermore.

However, there is so much more to enjoy as well. For starters, the album contains guitar playing up there with Zappa's best; Rat Tomago and The Sheik Yerbouti Tango are superb guitar solos and the magnificent twelve minutes that is Yo' Mama builds and soars to a massive climax, (sorry, there is no other way to describe it), accompanied by Tommy Mars only slightly overblown keyboards.

Some of the vocal and musical arrangements are stunning too. Apart from Yo' Mama, Bobby Brown, Dancin' Fool, Jewish Princess and the oft overlooked Wild Love are sooo good.

The band providing the basic live tracks was an excellent one, but almost all the songs benefit from having been heavily overdubbed, in the studio - a fact Zappa openly admits in the booklet notes.

Finally, even though City of Tiny Lights is my least favourite Zappa song, any album that has an impression of Bob Dylan moaning about his car not being fixed on time has got to deserve five stars.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Customer Discussions


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category


Feedback