Guitar (2 Cd) by Frank Zappa
The sequel to Shut Up and Play Your Guitar, Guitar is a two-part collection of improvisations by Frank Zappa, assembled from live recordings between 1979 and 1984. Zappa’s bands from this period provides a solid foundation for what is essentially a one-man show, as Zappa carves his "air sculptures" from fluid, lyrical guitar notes. The backdrops vary from rock to blues to free-form embellishments to Zappa-defined reggae all the while giving the soloist plenty of room to explore his instrument. While it lacks the interplay between Zappa and drummer Vinnie Colliuta (he appears on only one track of this set) that made its predecessor so remarkable, Guitar contains more than enough of Zappa’s musicianship to carry the day, making this an essential part of any Zappa or guitar fan’s collection. –Andrew Boscardin
From the Label
You want more solos, you got ’em. Lots of ’em. This double-CD follow-up to SHUT UP ‘N’ PLAY YER GUITAR compiles live recordings of FZ guitar solos collected from 1979-1984. At the time Zappa’s live solos were the most unpredictable parts of his shows; they would appear as bridges between familiar numbers and vary greatly in style and content from night to night. Thus FZ’s live tapes would yield a wealth of once-ever solos, the best of which would be worked into his albums. Some of these solos were used extensively on JOE’S GARAGE, while GUITAR collects the solos that FZ felt would stand best on their own.
This wall-to-wall guitar showcase brought Zappa his 6th Grammy nomination, for “Best Rock Instrumental Performance.” Among the highlights are the bluesy “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”; the self-explanatory “In-a-Gadda-Stravinsky” (yes, that’s Igor meets Iron Butterfly); the suitably grisly “Republicans,” the slide-guitar driving “For Duane” (excerpted from a live version of “Whippin’ Post”), the reggaefied “Too Ugly for Show Business,” and more. The usual impeccable cast of support players is also on hand.
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