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The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life

Frank Zappa

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This two-CD set is the second of three albums of material Frank Zappa compiled from the 1988 tour. While Broadway the Hard Way (released in 1988) mostly presented the new songs performed during that tour, this set focuses on older songs (Make a Jazz Noise Here would contain mostly instrumental pieces). This is the best band you never heard in your life because the 12-piece group disintegrated after only four months of touring through the U.S. East Coast and Europe. These shows took place during the Jimmy Swaggart scandal, when the televangelist was caught with a prostitute. Thus, many of the songs' lyrics were rewritten to refer to this situation (the whole 1988 tour was strongly anti-preacher oriented). There are a lot of strong performances of old favorites and obscurities, all rearranged to include the horn section, and a few improbable covers. Highlights include Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" (hilarious), the unexpected "Who Needs the Peace Corps?," "Mr. Green Genes," and "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue," and an extended rendition of "The Torture Never Stops" that includes the theme from the TV show Bonanza and a Swaggart version of "Lonesome Cowboy Burt." To top it all off, the group performs a very entertaining reggae version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." This band was incredibly talented and professional, and the selection of songs spans Zappa's entire career. In short, this is one of the man's best live albums. ~ François Couture

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Frank Zappa

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1
Heavy Duty Judy 00:06:04

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Ring Of Fire 00:02:00

June Carter, ComposerLyricist - MERLE KILGORE, ComposerLyricist - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust

3
Cosmik Debris (Live) 00:04:32

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1989 Zappa Family Trust

4
Find Her Finer 00:02:42

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Who Needs The Peace Corps? 00:02:40

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
I Left My Heart In San Francisco 00:00:36

George Cory, Composer - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist - Douglas Cross, Author

℗ 1989 Zappa Family Trust

7
Zomby Woof 00:05:41

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Bolero 00:05:19

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Zoot Allures 00:07:07

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Mr. Green Genes 00:03:40

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust

11
Florentine Pogen 00:07:12

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Andy 00:05:51

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Inca Roads 00:08:19

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Sofa #1 00:02:49

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Purple Haze 00:02:27

Jimi Hendrix, ComposerLyricist - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Sunshine Of Your Love 00:02:30

Eric Clapton, ComposerLyricist - Pete Brown, ComposerLyricist - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist - Jack Bruce, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Let's Move To Cleveland 00:05:52

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling 00:00:46

George Graff, ComposerLyricist - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist - Ernest R. Ball, ComposerLyricist - Chauncey Olcott, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust

5
Godfather Part II 00:00:30

Nino Rota, ComposerLyricist - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
A Few Moments With Brother A. West 00:04:01

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
The Torture Never Stops Part One 00:05:20

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Theme From Bonanza 00:00:29

Jerry Livingston, Composer - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist - RAYMOND B. EVANS, Composer

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust

9
Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Swaggart Version) 00:04:54

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
The Torture Never Stops Part Two 00:10:47

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
More Trouble Every Day (Swaggart Version) 00:05:28

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Penguin In Bondage (Swaggart Version) 00:05:05

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue 00:09:18

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Stairway To Heaven 00:09:19

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Plant, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Page, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Zappa Family Trust

Album Description

This two-CD set is the second of three albums of material Frank Zappa compiled from the 1988 tour. While Broadway the Hard Way (released in 1988) mostly presented the new songs performed during that tour, this set focuses on older songs (Make a Jazz Noise Here would contain mostly instrumental pieces). This is the best band you never heard in your life because the 12-piece group disintegrated after only four months of touring through the U.S. East Coast and Europe. These shows took place during the Jimmy Swaggart scandal, when the televangelist was caught with a prostitute. Thus, many of the songs' lyrics were rewritten to refer to this situation (the whole 1988 tour was strongly anti-preacher oriented). There are a lot of strong performances of old favorites and obscurities, all rearranged to include the horn section, and a few improbable covers. Highlights include Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" (hilarious), the unexpected "Who Needs the Peace Corps?," "Mr. Green Genes," and "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue," and an extended rendition of "The Torture Never Stops" that includes the theme from the TV show Bonanza and a Swaggart version of "Lonesome Cowboy Burt." To top it all off, the group performs a very entertaining reggae version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." This band was incredibly talented and professional, and the selection of songs spans Zappa's entire career. In short, this is one of the man's best live albums. ~ François Couture

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