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4.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 17 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009T4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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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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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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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. But it could have been even better. There is a live recording from The Ritz, N.Y.C. 11/17/81 floating around which is one of the coolest live recordings ever where Scott Thunes' bass is louder and very funky and the sounds of FZ's guitar really smokes. Parts of that show is also included on the album, but the Ritz tapes provides listening to the Drowning Witch suite as I wish it should have been released. Here Drowning Witch is linked with a beautiful version of What's New In Baltimore that makes the "Prevention" version seem lame. Moggio makes a furious and perfect end.
Back to the album now. Many fans seem to dislike I Come From Nowhere but I think it's great. Lots of madness and energy in this tricky piece. My theory is that the composing procedure of the song started with Roy Estrada's vocals(!). It sounds as if Roy sang a capella or to a totally different accompanyment and that FZ built a composition around Estrada's vocals. The 2nd half of the song is made up of FZ's most brutal guitar solo ever. Almost in the metal domain, but in his own way of course.
The other songs not mentioned here are OK but not outstanding. The album is mixed for a certain sort of speakers. I've never listened to it through the recommended equipment but I find the sound of the album very "extreme". Very sharp and metal-ish and far from the warm sound of the Discreet era.
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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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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 the title. This album is a combination of instrumental music, funny songs and astonishing guitar invention. No not now is a tame enough opener to a such a great album, but the band sound terrific. It's kinda catchy too. Valley girl is really funny with moon unit making fun of thick girls,'like oh ma God'. It's catchy too, got a good beat. 'i come from nowhere' has special guest ROy estrada, doing some of the craziest singing in the galaxy. Then Steve Vai plays guitar and wow he's so fast. The album highlight is the instrumental 'drowning witch' or should isay song, it has lyrics. Zappa sings in that meltdown style which so many people hate. The instrumental bit is brilliant, it even has some of the rite of spring at the start. Then two amazing zappa guitar solos from different shows, separated by an instrumental bit. Some more instrumental music follows the solos, and it segues into the glorious 'envelopes' which is a crazy little tune.The instrumentation here is very cartoony, but it works. Great composition which also exists in an orchestral form (check out the great zappa album:London Symphony Orchestra zappa vols I and II). Teenage Prostitute makes a nice closing tune.It has really catchy guitar riffs in the middle of it and brilliant Ed Mann playing. So ignore the naysayers and check out this remarkable album. Thank you
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