Sheik Yerbouti [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In order to finance his artier excursions, which increasingly required more expensive technology, Frank Zappa recorded several collections of guitar- and song-oriented material in the late '70s and early '80s, which generally concentrated on the bawdy lyrical themes many fans had come to expect and enjoy in concert. Sheik Yerbouti (two LPs, one CD) was one of the first and most successful of these albums, garnering attention for such tracks as the Grammy-nominated disco satire "Dancin' Fool," the controversial "Jewish Princess," and the equally controversial "Bobby Brown Goes Down," a song about gay S&M that became a substantial hit in European clubs. While Zappa's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In order to finance his artier excursions, which increasingly required more expensive technology, Frank Zappa recorded several collections of guitar- and song-oriented material in the late '70s and early '80s, which generally concentrated on the bawdy lyrical themes many fans had come to expect and enjoy in concert. Sheik Yerbouti (two LPs, one CD) was one of the first and most successful of these albums, garnering attention for such tracks as the Grammy-nominated disco satire "Dancin' Fool," the controversial "Jewish Princess," and the equally controversial "Bobby Brown Goes Down," a song about gay S&M that became a substantial hit in European clubs. While Zappa's attitude on the latter two tracks was even more politically incorrect than usual for him, it didn't stop the album from becoming his second-highest charting ever. Social satire, leering sexual preoccupations, and tight, melodic songs dominated the rest of the record as well, as Zappa stuck to what had been commercially successful for him in the past. The "dumb entertainment" (as Zappa liked to describe this style) on Sheik Yerbouti was some of his dumbest, for better or worse, and the music was undeniably good -- easily some of his best since Apostrophe, and certainly the most accessible. Even if it sometimes drifts a bit, fans of Zappa's '70s work will find Sheik Yerbouti on nearly an equal level with Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation, both in terms of humor and musical quality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2012
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • UPC: 824302385920
  • Catalog Number: 3859
  • Sales rank: 22,483

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Adrian Belew Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Ed Mann Percussion, Vocals
Terry Bozzio Drums, Vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock Vocals, Background Vocals
Andre Lewis Background Vocals
Tommy Mars Keyboards, Vocals
Davey Moire Vocals, Background Vocals
Patrick O'Hearn Bass, Vocals
David Ocker Clarinet
Randy Thornton Vocals, Background Vocals
Peter Wolf Keyboards
Technical Credits
Terry Bozzio Composer
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer
Frank Zappa Arranger, Composer, Producer, Concept, Text, Construction
Lynn Goldsmith Cover Photo
Peter Henderson Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Kerry McNabb Engineer
Davey Moire Engineer
Patrick O'Hearn Composer
Michael Mesker Layout
Claus Wiedemann Engineer
John Williams Art Direction
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