Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #37 You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4

In 1988 Frank Zappa decided to release his six-volume, 12-CD set, You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, a large collection of live Zappa performances through the years from various tours and incarnations of the band. YCDTOSA Vol. 4 is a two-CD set of live recordings recorded between 1969 and 1988, with the majority ofContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #37 You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #38 Orchestral Favorites

Orchestral Favorites is an album by Frank Zappa first released in May 1979 on his own DiscReet Records label. The album is entirely instrumental and features music performed by the 37-piece Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra and were sourced from performances recorded September 17-19, 1975 at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus with conductor MichaelContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #38 Orchestral Favorites”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #39 The Yellow Shark

Released in November 1993 The Yellow Shark, was the last Frank Zappa album to appear in his lifetime, almost exactly a month before he died of the cancer from which he had suffered for several years. It features live recordings from the Ensemble Modern’s 1992 performances of Zappa’s compositions. In the album’s notes, Zappa describesContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #39 The Yellow Shark”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #40 Meets The Mothers of Prevention

Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention is a 1985 album released in two slightly different versions in the US and Europe. The album’s title is a reference to the lobby group, the PMRC, who were campaigning to require record companies to put warning stickers on albums they considered offensive, and to Zappa’s former band, theContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #40 Meets The Mothers of Prevention”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #41 Cruising With Rueben & The Jets

Cruising With Rueben & The Jets is the fourth Mothers of Invention album, the cover, by Cal Schenkel, depicts the band as anthropomorphic dogs and this is apparently a concept album, influenced by 1950s doo wop and rock and roll. I don’t really see the ‘concept’ here except for the fact that the band lovedContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #41 Cruising With Rueben & The Jets”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #42 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch.

My friend said that when lockdown ends we can go camping so I am making a list of everything I need. 1.New friends.

It Might Just Be A One-Shot Deal

I didn’t realise that I needed an hour long version of this song, with the steel guitar solo looped. But surprisingly, thanks to YouTube nailheadparty and an edit by Tom dissonance, I found out that I did! Released on Frank Zappa’s 1972 Waka Jawaka, IMJBAOSD features the steel guitar playing of Peter “Sneaky Pete” KleinowContinue reading “It Might Just Be A One-Shot Deal”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #43 Guitar

The bloke who scanned my items at the supermarket was rude, unhelpful and smelled like he’d been drinking.That’s the last time I use the self checkout.. Guitar, a 1988 live album by Frank Zappa, is the follow-up to 1981’s Shut Up ‘n’ Play Your Guitar; like that album it features Zappa’s guitar solos excerpted fromContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #43 Guitar”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #44 Thing Fish

I was recently stopped in the street and asked who my favourite vampire was. I said the muppet from Sesame Street. “He doesn’t count,” came the reply. “Oh I assure you, he does.” Thing-Fish is an album by Frank Zappa, originally released as a triple album box set on Barking Pumpkin Records in 1984. ItContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #44 Thing Fish”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #45 YCDTOSA Vol 6

If you’ve been hit with a rhythm stick, you may be entitled to personal Ian Dury compensation. In 1988, Frank Zappa released the first of 6 double CDs consisting of live performances throughout his long career. Called You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, it featured 182 songs spanning over 20 years and several versionsContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #45 YCDTOSA Vol 6”

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