The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life

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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
This two-CD set is the second of three albums of material Frank Zappa compiled from the 1988 tour. While Broadway the Hard Way (released in 1988) mostly presented the new songs performed during that tour, this set focuses on older songs (Make a Jazz Noise Here would contain mostly instrumental pieces). This is the best band you never heard in your life because the 12-piece group disintegrated after only four months of touring through the U.S. East Coast and Europe. These shows took place during the Jimmy Swaggart scandal, when the televangelist was caught with a prostitute. Thus, many of the songs' lyrics were rewritten to refer to this situation (the whole 1988 tour ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
This two-CD set is the second of three albums of material Frank Zappa compiled from the 1988 tour. While Broadway the Hard Way (released in 1988) mostly presented the new songs performed during that tour, this set focuses on older songs (Make a Jazz Noise Here would contain mostly instrumental pieces). This is the best band you never heard in your life because the 12-piece group disintegrated after only four months of touring through the U.S. East Coast and Europe. These shows took place during the Jimmy Swaggart scandal, when the televangelist was caught with a prostitute. Thus, many of the songs' lyrics were rewritten to refer to this situation (the whole 1988 tour was strongly anti-preacher oriented). There are a lot of strong performances of old favorites and obscurities, all rearranged to include the horn section, and a few improbable covers. Highlights include Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" (hilarious), the unexpected "Who Needs the Peace Corps?," "Mr. Green Genes," and "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue," and an extended rendition of "The Torture Never Stops" that includes the theme from the TV show Bonanza and a Swaggart version of "Lonesome Cowboy Burt." To top it all off, the group performs a very entertaining reggae version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." This band was incredibly talented and professional, and the selection of songs spans Zappa's entire career. In short, this is one of the man's best live albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Vido Arts
  • EAN: 4988112190313
  • Catalog Number: 9001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heavy Duty Judy (6:04)
  2. 2 Ring of Fire (2:00)
  3. 3 Cosmik Debris (4:32)
  4. 4 Find Her Finer (2:42)
  5. 5 Who Needs the Peace Corps? (2:40)
  6. 6 I Left My Heart in San Francisco (0:36)
  7. 7 Zomby Woof (5:41)
  8. 8 Bolero (5:19)
  9. 9 Zoot Allures (7:07)
  10. 10 Mr. Green Genes (3:40)
  11. 11 Florentine Pogen (7:11)
  12. 12 Andy (5:51)
  13. 13 Inca Roads (8:19)
  14. 14 Sofa No. 1 (2:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Purple Haze (2:27)
  2. 2 Sunshine of Your Love (2:30)
  3. 3 Let's Move to Cleveland (5:51)
  4. 4 When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (0:46)
  5. 5 "Godfather Part II" Theme (0:30)
  6. 6 A Few Moments with Brother A. West (4:00)
  7. 7 The Torture Never Stops, Pt. 1 (5:19)
  8. 8 Theme from "Bonanza" (0:28)
  9. 9 Lonesome Cowboy Burt (4:54)
  10. 10 The Torture Never Stops, Pt. 2 (10:47)
  11. 11 More Trouble Every Day (5:05)
  12. 12 Penguin in Bondage (5:28)
  13. 13 The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue (9:18)
  14. 14 Stairway to Heaven (9:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Bobby Martin Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Ed Mann Percussion, Marimbas, Vibes, electronic percussion
Chad Wackerman Drums, Vocals, electronic percussion
Ike Willis Synthesizer, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Paul Carman Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Walt Fowler Synthesizer, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mike Keneally Synthesizer, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Kurt McGettrick Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, E-flat Clarinet
Scott Thunes Synthesizer, Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals, Mini Moog
Ray White Guitar
Albert Wing Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jack Bruce Composer
Pete Brown Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
Frank Zappa Arranger, Producer
Chauncey Olcott Composer
Ernest R. Ball Composer
Gary Graff Composer
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