Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
While most of the discussions of Frank Zappa have to do with his satirical and off-color lyrics, the fact remains that he was one of the finest and most underappreciated guitarists around. This collection places the spotlight squarely on Zappa's mastery of the guitar. Recorded for the most part in 1979 and 1980 with a few tracks dating as far back as 1977, Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar is simply a collection of guitar solos. Even though most of the tracks were just edited out of their original song context, they fare well as stand-alone pieces, as Zappa was an ever-inventive player. Take, for example, the three versions of "Shut Up." These tracks were simply the guitar ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
While most of the discussions of Frank Zappa have to do with his satirical and off-color lyrics, the fact remains that he was one of the finest and most underappreciated guitarists around. This collection places the spotlight squarely on Zappa's mastery of the guitar. Recorded for the most part in 1979 and 1980 with a few tracks dating as far back as 1977, Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar is simply a collection of guitar solos. Even though most of the tracks were just edited out of their original song context, they fare well as stand-alone pieces, as Zappa was an ever-inventive player. Take, for example, the three versions of "Shut Up." These tracks were simply the guitar solos from "Inca Roads," but thanks to Zappa's ability for "instant composition," each version has its own complete story to tell, without ever being redundant. Other highlights are the reggae-tinged "Treacherous Cretins" and the beautiful "Pink Napkins." In addition to the electric guitar mangling contained on Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar, there are a couple of rare tracks that feature Zappa on acoustic guitar in a trio with Warren Cuccurullo on acoustic rhythm guitar and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. In fact, special mention goes to Colaiuta for his polyrhythmic daring all over this album. All bandmembers play great throughout, but Colaiuta's playing is mind blowing. The album closes with another oddity: a gorgeous duet between Zappa on electric bouzouki and Jean-Luc Ponty on baritone violin. This is an album that should be heard by anyone who's into guitar playing. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • UPC: 014431090523
  • Catalog Number: 310905

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, Bouzouki, Guitar, Conductor, Keyboards, Improvisation
Eddie Jobson Keyboards
Steve Vai Rhythm Guitar
Jean-Luc Ponty Violin, Baritone Violin, Improvisation
Ed Mann Percussion
Ike Willis Rhythm Guitar
Arthur Barrow Bass
Terry Bozzio Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta Percussion, Drums
Warren Cuccurullo Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Sitar
Roy Estrada Bass
Bob Harris Keyboards
Andre Lewis Keyboards
Tommy Mars Keyboards
Patrick O'Hearn Bass, Wind
Denny Walley Rhythm Guitar
Ray White Rhythm Guitar
Peter Wolf Keyboards
Technical Credits
Bob Stone Remixing
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer, Engineering
George Douglas Engineer
Frank Zappa Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tom Flye Engineer
Mick Glossop Engineer
Kerry McNabb Engineer
Steve Nye Engineer
Jo Hansch Mastering
Tom Fly Engineer
John Swenson Liner Notes
John Vince Graphic Design
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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    I bought this set. The sleeves were glued together so they tore

    I bought this set. The sleeves were glued together so they tore when I separated them. I found I had one disc, Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar, and two discs of Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar Some More. The Return of the Son of Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar was nowhere to be found. B&N says they will issue a credit, but I am really disappointed because I really wanted this set!! Boooooo. Merry Christmas.....

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    For the Guitar player

    Anyone who would like to become a better guitar player needs to study these CDs. Anyone who loves to listen to great guitar playing will enjoy these CDs, but there is a lot of material here so its best to listen to one disk a day. They were first offered as three seperate LPs with a mail in offer for the music sheets so the Guitarist may find it worth while to look for the printed music of these disks, I'm sure they must be available out there somewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So So

    Heard better from Frank Zappa. The quality was not there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Zappa at his best

    This album showcases Frank's best talent- his guitar work. Often overlooked on most other albums in favor of his lyrical content, this collection shows just what he could do, very impressive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    This album is just amazing. As a dubbed Zappaphile, this is some of his finest work, musically. Is a must for die-hard Zappa fans.

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    Posted June 28, 2011

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