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Them Or Us
Them Or Us
6 used & new from CDN$ 6.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Diversity is my middle name..., Dec 12 2000
This review is from: Them Or Us (Audio CD)
Be careful: not all is great here. But in the early 80's Zappa had a great band but not too much good new material,. This album is an exception to that statement. Great songs (Stevie's spanking), funny songs( Teeth), doo wop, reggae, blues, guitartronics, the lot. This also means there may be some songs you intensely dislike.

Ahead of Their Time
Ahead of Their Time
4 used & new from CDN$ 14.18

5.0 out of 5 stars early work, ahead of our time, Dec 12 2000
This review is from: Ahead of Their Time (Audio CD)
I like the second half, the regular concert part better, but all in all this is pretty essential early Mothers' stuff. Compared to Billie, 2 years later, in Progress there seems to be more interaction with the public.

Playground Psychotics
Playground Psychotics
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 50.95
6 used & new from CDN$ 11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars life on the road, Dec 12 2000
This review is from: Playground Psychotics (Audio CD)
After listening to this once, in the future you will skip most of the spoken parts. The music is great however. Billy is actually better, especially the Studebaker part and the recurring Las Vegas theme. They must have performed it a lot in those days but they were still having fun performing it. No need to buy this with your first 20 Zappa cd's however.

1958-1992 Lost Episodes
1958-1992 Lost Episodes
5 used & new from CDN$ 16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars semi-official authorised musical biography, Dec 12 2000
This review is from: 1958-1992 Lost Episodes (Audio CD)
You need this. Essential stuff from the early years, a STUNNING sharleena (the best version ever) and some Captain Beefheart thrown in for good measure.

Orchestral Favorites
Orchestral Favorites
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 45.95
4 used & new from CDN$ 15.00

4.0 out of 5 stars underrated masterpiece, Dec 12 2000
This review is from: Orchestral Favorites (Audio CD)
This one doesn't get 5 stars because I happen to prefer his rock bands and arrangements. However, I may grow to appreciate it for what it is: great compositions, very well played and with that magical Zappa touch: perfection with a laugh!

Tinseltown Rebellion
Tinseltown Rebellion
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 46.95
8 used & new from CDN$ 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, Dec 12 2000
This review is from: Tinseltown Rebellion (Audio CD)
Great band, but not a very good selection of tunes in my opinion. This band is better represented elsewhere. However, you should buy it for Brown shoes, which manages to get a thorough reworking and still sound alarmingly similar to that great 1967 version. Hasn't lost any of its relevance either.

Fillmore East, June 1971
Fillmore East, June 1971
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 44.95
6 used & new from CDN$ 5.54

5.0 out of 5 stars classic, Dec 12 2000
You should own it, or so everyone tells you. Actually I prefer the JABFLA album by the same ensemble, but Peaches is great.

Francesco Zappa
Francesco Zappa
4 used & new from CDN$ 11.99

1.0 out of 5 stars a joke, or so I hope..., Dec 12 2000
This review is from: Francesco Zappa (Audio CD)
Downright silly. Not interesting musically, technically or regarding sund quality. Only thing of erit is the liner notes. Don't buy it unless you're a completist!!! I am, but I never listen to it.

Sleep Dirt
Sleep Dirt
Offered by PaperbackshopCA
Price: CDN$ 14.43
6 used & new from CDN$ 9.66

4.0 out of 5 stars underrated, Dec 12 2000
This review is from: Sleep Dirt (Audio CD)
With the arrival of Leather, we finaly got to see the whole, rather than the parts. Buy Leather first. If you like it, and you should, you may want the slightly different versions of some of those tracks that can be found on Sleep Dirt. In parts un-Zappa, but very interesting.

Cheap Thrills
Cheap Thrills
Offered by inandout_canada
Price: CDN$ 12.59
19 used & new from CDN$ 4.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Dec 12 2000
This review is from: Cheap Thrills (Audio CD)
Best place to start, because it is considerably cheaper than H.I.O.S. or Strictly Commercial. No new tunes however, so not neccessary for completists.

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