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Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch [Original recording remastered]

Frank Zappa Audio CD
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1. No Not Now
2. Valley Girl
3. I Come From Nowhere
4. Drowning Witch
5. Envelopes
6. Teen-Age Prostitute

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4.0 out of 5 stars "We're talking Lord God King BU-FU..." April 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
SATLTSADW is a short [34 min.] album introducing future-regular time-keepers Chad Wackerman and Scott Thunes; Wackerman plays drums throughout, and Thunes plays bass on four tracks. The album features both studio and live-material, and often both at once (yes, there are over-dubs). It's another album where Steve Vai is credited for "impossible guitar parts", which are performed in e.g. the instrumental composition "Envelopes", and in the heavy-metal-opera-like "Teen-Age Prostitute"; songs that give this album a lot of status, as does the guitar-solo on "Drowning Witch" - it proves that Zappa did right when deciding to keep this drummer and bassist together until the end of his rock'n'roll-band years.
Feminine voices dominate the album; Moon Zappa plays the part of the "Valley Girl" (a hilarious tune), and Lisa Popiel plays the part of the "Teen-Age Prostitute".
The album isn't a must, but is recommended to regular FZ fans, since it--with the exception of "Drowning Witch" and "Envelopes"--only features songs that cannot be heard on any other Zappa album. However, the versions of the two above mentioned tracks are here performed at their best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science once again proves Zappa's worth Dec 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
This disc is another overwhelming success on a musical/lyrical level. To prove this, we created a variegated 100-item song list which our experts felt were of vastly fluctuating musical substance.
The Test:
To assess the melodious class or "musical-caliber" of a song, a musically knowledgeable control group (e.g., exceptional jazz, rock and symphony orchestra musicians) rated each song on a scale ranging from 1 (not at all good) to 10 (excellent). The ratings provided by our controls were reasonably consistent (a = .72). We thus calculated the musical value of each song, producing a final of (a= .76). The analysis of the unisonant classification levels revealed that the songs ranged from the very bad (e.g., "any disc by The Grateful Dead" / Mean expert rating = 0.2) to the exceptional (e.g., "Ship Arriving To Late To Save A Drowning Witch" disc / Mean expert rating = 8.7). Highest scoring song: "Teenage Prostitute" (Mean expert rating = 9.7)
Our test subjects were then chosen at random from a vast cross-cut of everyday American society, and these subjects thereupon rated each song on the same 10-point scale used by the musically conversant control group. Afterward, we compared the participants "ability to recognize what's good" with that of the average control subject in our employ by providing a elementary percentile ranking. In this study, percentile rankings could range from 99 (I'm able to recognize what's good) to 50 (I'm fairly average) to 0 (I'm a conservative republican who listens to Bluegrass). High-scoring participants were rewarded for superior performance with peanut butter crackers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent album Sept. 18 2003
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A very very good album which is much more than just a showcase for Valley Girl. It has great musicians and lyrics.
No Not Now - The only track on this album which is disposable. It has good rythm and is funny but its appeal runs short. 6/10
Valley Girl - Well this was a huge hit and that is understandable, the bass is great and the lyrics are very funny -great improv on Moon's part. 8/10
I Come From Nowhere - This is my favorite track from the album. It has demented vocals, weird lyrics and one of the greatest guitar solos ever.10/10
Drowning Witch - The pièce-de-resistance and masterpiece of the album. Very complex musically with lots of great solos and a meltdown-style start. 10/10
Envelopes - Drowning Witch segues into this track and I always have difficulty differentiating the two this is a great instrumental. 10/10
Teenage Prostitute - Weirdest track on the album. Great singing by Liza Popeil. Sounds a bit operatic at times. 8/10
All in all this is one of the greater Zappa albums and I would reccommend it to everyone who loves the man! And if you like Vally Girl do yourself a favor and listen to the rest of the album - you might just like it.
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this recording is amazing. In a condensed form, this CD sorta is a cliff note of frank zappa career. Totally.
You have two silly songs:
1. Valley Girl. A funny song. Very funny song. And a favorite on doctor demento. Not really anything but a statement from FZ about these PEOPLE. Nothing musical to listen to really.
2. No Not Now. Amusing from the stand point that it sounds funny, but it soon gets on the nerves.
Then you have a song that sounds funny .. but if you don't listen to the words, the music will blow you OUTTA the water:
1. I Come From Nowhere. This song is in such an odd key, timbre and the vocals are in the same timbre... really odd stuff. And humerous. but, the music, the bass playing and percussion... then frank tears into one of his most angry nastiest solos ever captured. Quite under rated in his catalog. I do not have him anywhere performing this song live, but would love to hear it. Things pick up from here.
Then you have THE assault on the ears and mind with the suite of songs that attack you from here out...
1. Drowning Witch. For YEARS this was my total favorite FZ song. It is still one of my favorite songs, but it totally overwhelmed me when I first heard it. Amazing Progressive Rock Metal. the tempo, the time changes on a dime, the suspense builds here and there... it is 12 minutes of absolute joy. THIS CD IS A FIVE STAR BASED ON THIS ALONE!
2. Envelopes commences right at the end of DW, and it is totally great. Percussion overdrive pulsing throughout. Leaves you breathless.
3. Then, as if serving you desert, FZ hands you TAP to end the cd. The lyrics are, again, humerous, but the music is quite interesting. Worth a challenge to listen to the music over the lyrics (much like ICFN earlier.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...but FZ rides the high tides...
The only drawback to this album would have to be its shortness, this is such a fun album you want more of it. From the very first note these guys are just rockin all the way. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bernard Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars No not now
It is a silly track, but i love it. This cd is excellent, not a bad track anywhere to be found. And the vocals on Teenage Prostitute are amazing
Published on Oct. 25 2003 by K. Tucker
3.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, but only partly
This album is more than just the hit Valley Girl where Frank's daughter Moon rants about teenage life. The Drowning Witch is one of Zappa's most beautiful pieces from the 80's. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Grody to the max.
Valley Girl, the dumb little song that Zappa records as a lark with his daughter, actually manages to win a grammy and baste more of the values he spent his life lampooning than... Read more
Published on Dec 14 2002 by The Honourable Husband
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated
Many critics agree that the segued 3 last songs--'drowning witch; 'envelopes'; and 'teenage prostitute' -- are worthwhile. But the other tracks are often dismissed. Read more
Published on April 5 2002 by Al Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite zappa cd's
The ship arriving too late to save the drowning witch is one of my favorite zappa cd's. The track No Not Now is probably my all time favorite Zappa song(string beans to Utah). Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2002 by JASON
4.0 out of 5 stars Filler & Brilliance!
I have to admit that I am a Zappa madman, I have every album & a load of boots so I guess that i'm not 100% objective on this one! This album was always a bit of a conundrum. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2001 by Fingerbar Fiddleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant music from 82 band
Let's face it, the 1982 band were dynamite. Maybe not the ultimate zappa ensemble (that honour surely goes to the line up of 1973-1974, especially 1974), but fierce contenders for... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2001 by "theslime"
3.0 out of 5 stars none of the above
Very short. Drowning witch is GREAT, Envelopes interesting because of the other version on LSO 1&2, and Valley Girl as a period piece that I cannot fathom, as I'm not really... Read more
Published on Dec 12 2000 by R. Bruynesteyn
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