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Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life
     

The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life

by Frank Zappa
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Zappa Records
UPC:
0824302388129
catalogNumber:
3881
Rank:
16226

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Zappa   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Bobby Martin   Keyboards,Vocals
Ed Mann   Marimbas,Vibes,electronic percussion
Chad Wackerman   Drums,electronic percussion
Ike Willis   Synthesizer,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Paul Carman   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Walt Fowler   Synthesizer,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mike Keneally   Synthesizer,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Kurt McGettrick   Contrabass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Scott Thunes   Electric Bass,Mini Moog
Albert Wing   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Maurice Ravel   Composer
Nino Rota   Composer
Bob Stone   Engineer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Frank Zappa   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes
Jimi Hendrix   Composer,Lyricist
Jay Livingston   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer,Lyricist
Chauncey Olcott   Composer,Lyricist
Tracy Veal   Layout
Michael Mesker   Layout
R.A. Plant   Composer,Lyricist
James Patrick Page   Composer,Lyricist
George Graff   Composer,Lyricist
Douglas Cross   Composer
Ernest Ball   Composer,Lyricist
George C. Cory   Composer
Peter Ronald Brown   Composer
June Carter   Composer,Lyricist
Jon Symon   Composer
Parti Siae   Composer
Asher Bruce   Composer
Brother A. West   Composer,Lyricist

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