Frank Zappa Guitar (Live) (2-CD)
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- Released: October 29, 2012
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Zappa Records
Q - 8/95, pp.150-1514 Stars - Excellent - "...130 minutes of guitar solos....the listener is again the winner."
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Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Sexual Harassment In the Workplace
- 2.Which One is It?
- 4.Do Not Pass Go
- 5.Chalk Pie
- 7.That'S Not Really Reggae
- 8.When No One Was No One
- 9.Once Again, Without the Net
- 10.Outside Now (Original Solo)
- 11.Jim & Tammy'S Upper Room
- 12.Were We Ever Really Safe In San Antonio?
- 13.That Ol' G Minor Thing Again
- 14.Hotel Atlanta Incidentals
- 15.That'S Not Really a Shuffle
- 16.Move It or Park It
- 17.Sunrise Redeemer
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Variations On Sinister #3
- 2.Orrin Hatch On Skis
- 3.But Who Was Fulcanelli?
- 4.For Duane
- 6.Winos Do Not March
- 7.Swans? What Swans?
- 8.Too Ugly For Show Business
- 9.Systems of Edges
- 10.Do Not Try This At Home
- 11.Things That Look Like Meat
- 12.Watermelon In Easter Hay 4
- 13.Canadian Customs
- 14.Is That All There is?
- 15.It Ain'T Necessarily the Saint James Infirmary
Personnel: Frank Zappa (guitar); Bobby Martin (vocals, saxophone, keyboards); Tommy Mars (vocals, keyboards); Ike Willis, Ray White, Steve Vai, Warren Cucurrullo (guitar); Denny Walley (slide guitar); Alan Zavod, Peter Wolf (keyboards); Arthur Barrow, Scott Thunes (bass); Vinnie Colaiuta, Chad Wackerman (drums); Ed Mann (percussion).
Engineers: Mark Pinskie, Klaus Wiedemann.
Recorded live between 1979 and 1984.
The SPARS code is split almost evenly between ADD and DDD recordings.
This is the instrumental sequel to SHUT UP 'N PLAY YOUR GUITAR, featuring 30 previously unreleased tracks with the spotlight on Frank Zappa as guitar soloist.
Editor: Frank Zappa.
Photographer: Sergio Albonico.
Arranger: Frank Zappa.
Frank Zappa's 1988 release GUITAR is the follow-up to his 1986 guitar solo smorgasbord, SHUT UP N' PLAY YER GUITAR. Like it's predecessor, GUITAR is a double-disc set comprised of in-concert Zappa guitar solos (some were taken from actual songs, others are between-song improvisation). All of the solos have been seamlessly edited together, so the entire set plays like one long piece. The solos were taken from tours ranging from 1979 through 1984, a much broader selection than SHUT UP N' PLAY YER GUITAR, which only contained material from 1979-1980.
"In-A-Gadda-Stravinsky" is a combination of the bass line from Iron Butterfly's late '60s l classic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," and Zappa's Stravinsky-like guitar melodies. Another composer (George Gershwin) gets the Zappa guitar treatment via "It Ain't Necessarily the Saint James Infirmary," which includes snippets of the Gershwin classic "It Ain't Necessarily So." Also included is "For Duane," which is a bluesy solo taken from Zappa's cover of the Allman Brothers' "Whipping Post" (Zappa's full rendition of the track can be found on 1983'S THEM OR US). Other great solos include "Watermelon In Easter Hay" and "Sexual Harassment In the Workplace," among many others.
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