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The good, the bad and the ugly...
on 24 September 2001
The fairest thing I think I can say about this album of Zappa's is that it should have been released as a single album rather than a double. It is the third album of material comprised entirely of live cuts from the 1988 tour. There are certainly some superb highlights on this album, mostly on the first disc, and the long, expansive guitar solo on 'The Torture Never Stops' on disc 2 is exceptional. But one has to wade throught just as much superfluous dross, and the quality of the material nowhere near stretches to fill two CDs. Some of the master's soloing lacks cogency too. The best album of the trio that consisted of live material from the '88 touring band is 'Make A Jazz Noise Here' which is far more consistent album than 'The Best Band You Never Heard'.