Zappa, Frank - Zappa Picks - by Larry LaLonde Of Primus

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Rykodisc
Catalog Number: 1271
Format: CD
Total Time: 69:12:00

[Keith reviewed two Zappa Picks titles in the same review; they're listed separately in the database -ed.]

What do Jon Fishman of Phish and Larry Lalonde of Primus have in common? Well, first, they were nice enough to give of their time and secondly they both feel an inherent bond with Frank Zappa and his music. Rykodisc is just beginning of what will be a series of compilation releases covering the career of the rock legend. These two CDs are the inaugural releases to kick off the program that will offer more of the Zappa catalog through the eyes of other musicians.

Zappa was an original; I think that it is safe to say that there was nobody like him nor will there ever be. His music was just as unique. Bizarre, funny, complex ... those are some of the words that come to mind when describing the way he presented his music live and in the studio. He was undoubtedly one of the world's premier guitar players. He also was an outspoken activist, a father, and a tremendously respected man in and out of music circles. His absence has left a huge void in the music world. He was that special. We still have his music to remember him by and these CDs are quite a devotion to his craftiness.

There is a lot of music to take in on these two discs. Fishman's picks has 17 tracks and Lalonde's 19. The liner notes are terrific, as each artist relates his own personal experiences growing up listening to Zappa. I am completely taken aback as to what I can say about all of this music. It's all great stuff! Most of it is very weird, and that's what makes it so interesting to listen to. Keeping in mind that I have a warped sense of humor ... the sexist and politically satirical nature of some of the songs I thought were funny as hell. I am sure some of the material may offend some folks; if so, just listen to the music, its some of the most amazing music ever made, and most have found it nearly impossible to duplicate.

My favs were "Doreen," "Dog Breath," "I'm The Slime," "five-five-FIVE," and the unforgettable "Camarillo Brillo." Simply put, every song has its own personality and sound. You have to immerse yourself in Zappa's music to understand it, and those that do can find the appreciation for everything he did. Some of his recordings may have sounded out there, and for the most part, they were, but they were all Frank, 100%. Whoever said he did not have any commercial potential? (Reference to a book called No Commercial Potential, Zappa's story). There is more than enough information in each song to stick in your craw, chew, and mull over. Zappa made thinking man's music, and he was the ultimate musician's musician.

These CDs are a wonderful primer to his music. If you are a longtime fan or even if you have not experienced the pleasures and oddities of Zappa's world, it is a great way to get some of his best material on one CD. Any way you look at it, you should try the music, who knows? You may just come back for some more. Keep it real and keep it greasy, the main thing is to get these CDs before you leave this earthly domain.

five-five-FIVE (2:35) / Dumb All Over (4:03) / Alien Orifice (4:15) / Camarillo Brillo (3:59) / Evelyn, A Modified Dog (1:04) / Wild Love (4:09) / G-Spot Tornado (3:15) / Dog Breath (3:36) / Little Umbrellas (3:03) / Fine Girl (3:29) / Sofa No. 2 (2:40) / Village Of The Sun (4:17) / Echidna's Arf (Of You) (4:48) / Wind Up Workin' In A Gas Station (2:29) / St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast (1:50) / Black Page #2 (5:360 / Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt (4:44) / On The Bus (4:31) / Doreen (4:47)

Frank Zappa - guitar, vocals, etc.
Arthur Barrow - bass, vocals
Randy Becker - trumpet
Adrian Belew - rhythm guitar, vocals
Max Bennett - bass
Jimmy Carl Black - vocals
Terry Bozzio - percussion, drums, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock - flute, saxophone, tenor sax, vocals, background vocals
Jack Bruce - bass
Robert Camarena - background vocals
Paul Carman - alto sax, baritone sax, soprano sax
Marginal Chagrin - baritone sax
Vinnie Colaiuta - drums
Ray Collins - background vocals
Ronnie Cuber - clarinet, baritone sax
Warren Cuccurullo - rhythm guitar
Aynsley Dunbar - drums
George Duke - synthesizer, keyboards, vocals, background vocals
Tony Duran - rhythm guitar
Bruce Fowler - trombone
Tom Fowler - bass
Walt Fowler - synthesizer, trumpet, flugelhorn
Jim Gordon - drums
John Guerin - drums
Bob Harris - trumpet, keyboards, vocals, soprano vocal
Ralph Humphrey - drums
Eddie Jobson - violin, keyboards, vocals
Howard Kaylan - vocals
Mike Keneally - synthesizer, rhythm guitar, vocals
Ruben Ladron de Guevara - background vocals
David Logerman - drums
Al Malkin - vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone - trombone, trumpet, piccolo
Ed Mann - percussion, marimba, background vocals, vibraphone, electric percussion
Lou Marini - flute, alto sax
Sal Marquez - trumpet, vocals
Bobby Martin - keyboards, vocals
Tommy Mars - keyboards, vocals
Kurt McGettrick - sax (Baritone), E Flat clarinet
Kerry McNabb - background vocals
Davey Moire - vocals, background vocals
Patrick O'Hearn - bass, vocals
David Ocker - clarinet, clarinet (bass)
Jim Pons - bass, vocals
Jean-Luc Ponty - violin, Baritone violin
Don Preston - synthesizer
David Samuels - tympani, vibraphone
Motorhead Sherwood - tenor sax, vocals
Craig Stewart - harmonica
Chester Thompson - drums, voices
Scott Thunes - bass, mini Moog
Ian Underwood - organ, clarinet, flute, piano, keyboards, saxophone, alto and tenor sax, vocals, woodwind
Ruth Underwood - synthesizer, percussion, marimba, overdubs, vibraphone
Steve Vai - guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals
Mark Volman - vocals
Chad Wackerman - drums, electronic percussion
Denny Walley - rhythm guitar, vocals, slide guitar
Ray White - rhythm guitar, vocals
Ike Willis - synthesizer, rhythm guitar, vocals
Albert Wing - tenor sax
Peter Wolf - keyboards
Ahmet - vocals
Bloodshot Rollin' Red - harmonica
Debbie - background vocals
Erroneous - bass
Stumuk - bass sax

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Genre: Rock

Origin US

Added: October 13th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Hits: 1071
Language: english


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