Here, at last, on 3 CDs, is the four-record boxed set that Frank wanted to put out in 1977 on Warner Bros. but ended up disassembling into Sleep Dirt, Studio Tan, Live in New York and Orchestral Favorites to get out of his contract. Reassembled, it's a three-hour quintessentially Zappa-esque journey through the sacred and profane ( Illinois Enema Bandit , hoo boy), full of remixed and rearranged live and studio material-plus unreleased cuts and four bonus tracks-with Frank's ever-present Conceptual Continuity. A masterpiece, finally made whole.
Recorded in 1976, this mythic three-CD opus finally sees the light of day to the joy of Zappaphiles. It almost goes without saying that there's a wealth of silliness, grotesque humor, and freeform genius in these three hours of wacked-out tunes about muffins, prunes, geese, and the legendary Illinois Enema Bandit. Abandon all logic ye who enter here--an all-too-rare warning at a time when Zappa still rates as a lone wolf howling against conformity. --Jeff Bateman