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Them Or Us
Them Or Us
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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
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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.

Mystery Disc
Mystery Disc
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4.0 out of 5 stars Companion piece to Lost episodes, Dec 12 2000
This review is from: Mystery Disc (Audio CD)
Do not buy this for the cynical humor, the great guitar solo's or the great interaction with the public. Zappa is practicing his routines, tuning his instruments and his bands and developing a vision. Playground Psychotics documents the 200 motels lineup, this one documents his musical childhood. AS SUCH it is interesting.

Playground Psychotics
Playground Psychotics
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
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3.0 out of 5 stars synthetic, Dec 12 2000
I DO have trouble with the Synclavier works (I like rock band versions of these tracks, like Baltimore, Turning again and Orifice a lot better). But it cannot be denied: the compositions are very good.
Porn wars is a bit of a period piece, and relevant to the US (Tipper Gore!) only, but interesting nonetheless.

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