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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Cheap Thrills is designed for the curious listener that has always wanted to explore Zappa but was intimidated by his overwhelming catalog. Of course, so is Strictly Commercial, which contains all of Zappa's most familiar songs, but Cheap Thrills has the advantage of being cheap retailing at under seven dollars, plus giving an idea of the weird diversity of Zappa's catalog, since it's filled with cult favorites, live tracks, smutty jokes and assorted album tracks. It's not necessarily the most accessible introduction to Zappa -- again, that would be Strictly Commercial -- but it's more accessible than the average album while giving a sense of what the albums ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Cheap Thrills is designed for the curious listener that has always wanted to explore Zappa but was intimidated by his overwhelming catalog. Of course, so is Strictly Commercial, which contains all of Zappa's most familiar songs, but Cheap Thrills has the advantage of being cheap retailing at under seven dollars, plus giving an idea of the weird diversity of Zappa's catalog, since it's filled with cult favorites, live tracks, smutty jokes and assorted album tracks. It's not necessarily the most accessible introduction to Zappa -- again, that would be Strictly Commercial -- but it's more accessible than the average album while giving a sense of what the albums feel like. And you can't ask for much more than that from a budget-priced introduction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/1998
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • UPC: 014431057922
  • Catalog Number: 310579

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals, Synclavier
Steve Vai Guitar
George Duke Keyboards
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Marty Krystall Saxophone
Bobby Martin Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Don Preston Piano
Jay Anderson String Bass
Ed Mann Percussion, Marimbas, Vibes, electronic percussion
Chad Wackerman Drums, electronic percussion
Jimmy Carl Black Rhythm
Ike Willis Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Ray Collins Vocals
Tom Fowler Bass
Arthur Barrow Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Captain Beefheart Harmonica, Vocals
Terry Bozzio Drums
Napoleon Murphy Brock Saxophone
Paul Carman Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Steve DeFuria Synclavier
Roy Estrada Electric Bass
Dick Fegy Mandolin
Walt Fowler Synthesizer, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bunk Gardner Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mike Keneally Synthesizer, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Mars Keyboards, Vocals
Kurt McGettrick Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Double Bass
David Ocker Synclavier
Motorhead Sherwood Baritone Saxophone, Tambourine
Scott Thunes Bass, Electric Bass, Mini Moog
Ian Underwood Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Denny Walley Slide Guitar
Ray White Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Allan Zavod Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jeff Simmons Contributor
Frank Zappa Arranger, Director, Producer, drum machine
Howard Kaylan Contributor
Toby Mountain Mastering
Cal Schenkel Artwork
The Mothers of Invention Composer
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