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1987 November

Vol. 10 No. 8


FRANK ZAPPA on CD (and LP) Part I
By Richard Lehnert, pp 174-175, 177, 179, 181

Laurie Anderson introduced her film Home of the Brave with the warning "Welcome to Difficult Listening Hour." She then presented an hour and a half of distinctly undifficult music. Frank Zappa, who has taken to his caustic bosom Charles Ives's observation that "Beauty in music is too often confused with something that lets the ears lie back in an easy chair," consistently introduces his pieces as "little ditties" or "disco vamps," then proceeds to explode all expectations with his bands' masterful ensemble playings of exhaustingly difficult compositions. Each edition of his many Mothers of Invention touring groups has been more accomplished than the one before, and his studio groups – from '50s doo-wop to hard rock to jazz blowing to chamber orchestras (some conducted by Pierre Boulez) to big bands to full symphony orchestra sessions – have consistently stretched their limits and straddled (though not always gracefully) as many musical boundaries as possible. (read more)

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1988 May

Vol. 11 No. 5


FRANK ZAPPA on CD (and LP) Part II
By Richard Lehnert, pp 153, 155, 157, 159, 161, 163

Rykodisc, the distributor of all but two of these releases, should be commended for their commitment to Frank Zappa's back catalog. Throughout, they have made efforts to provide sumptuous packaging and full annotation. In fact, in the case of the 2-CD releases, each has not only one, but two booklets. Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar included a long, illuminating essay/review, and in all cases all song lyrics have been printed in full, along with most, if not all, of the original album-cover art and gatefold spreads. Connoisseurs of Zappa's Conceptual Continuity should be thankful. (read more)

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1989 January

Vol. 12 No. 1


Richard Lehnert takes an aural trip through the master's latest releases, pp 191, 193, 195, 197, 199, 201

Did you know that once upon a time, way back a long time ago, before the Big Bang, there was this portly maroon sofa? That an infinite (well, from Belfast to Bognor Regis, anyway) expanse of oak flooring came next, followed by a chrome dinette set? That the Big G, whenever He gets down to some serious creating, speaks German? My, but there's a lot to learn.

But so it is taught in the Gospel According to Frank Zappa which begins Vol.1 of You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore (YCDTOSA). This long-awaited series of six live double-CD sets, all of which should be available by the end of 1989, is unprecedented in the history of releases by living rock, pop, or jazz artists; Keith Jarrett's 10-LP Sun Bear Concerts pales by comparison. Self-indulgent? So far, an emphatic "No." As a regular attendee at Zappa fetes, I've always been astounded at the overabundance of near-genius material presented, and invariably disappointed at how little of that music ever made it onto records (even with Zappa releasing twice as many discs as any other rock musician). That imbalance seems finally to be righted by the Zappalanche of CDs and LPs under review here. (read more)


1989 June

Vol. 12 No. 6


The Old Masters
Part Four of Richard Lehnert's exploration of the recorded world of this iconoclastic composer, pp 194-195, 197, 199, 201, 203, 205, 207

"Deluxe" is definitely the word for The Old Masters: The original covers are reproduced, gatefolds and all, in all of designer Cal Schenkel's demented glory. Even the type has been reset to exactly match the original specifications. And yes, collectors, ... Money's cutout insert and the two Cruising instruction sheets (on how to dance the Bop and how to comb a jelly roll) are included. Box I includes a fat booklet containing the lyrics to all of the albums and endless contemporary reviews of Mothers shows and albums from around the world, and some rewriting of history: all references to estranged former Zappa manager Herb Cohen are expunged (footnote 2), and some album dedications are ostentatiously revoked. Both Boxes I and II include a Mystery Disk each: previously unreleased material from the time period covered by that box. (Zappa held out the Mystery Disk from Box III at the last minute, as it wouldn't fit in the box. Here's hoping he includes it in Box IV.) (read more)

p 3 p 194 p 195 p 197 p 199 p 201 p 203 p 205 p 207

Richard Lehnert's magnum opus continued as follows:



1991 November

Vol. 14 No. 11


15 new Zappa CDs, 10 new LPs
By Carl Baugher, pp 237, 239-241

Following albums reviewed:

  • The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
  • Make A Jazz Noise Here
  • You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol 4
  • Beat The Boots!
    • Tis the Season to be Jelly
    • The Ark
    • Freaks & Mother*#@%!
    • Piquantique
    • As An Am
    • Unmitigated Audacity
    • Anyway the Wind Blows
    • Saarbrücken 1978



2008 November

Vol. 31 No. 11


Zappa returns!
By John Swenson, pp 53-54, 57-58, 60-61

FRANK ZAPPA: Wazoo, continued
By Richard Lehnert, p 60

John Swenson listens to a new explosion of recordings from the original Mother of Invention, while Richard Lehnert offers a minority report.


2020 May

Vol. 43 No. 5


Recording Of The Month: Frank Zappa - The Hot Rats Sessions
By John Swenson, p 125