As a lifelong comic book fan I could NOT resist the chance to reference a great title in my blog title about the fourth batch of Frank Zappa re-issues. I was also happy to find the photo that I used for this posting while searching around the Internet because Zappa was truly a staunch American citizen and one who constantly told his fans to get out and vote. Remember that we have an election tomorrow and its up to you people to help change the way things are done or to continue along with the plans of those already in office. The fourth go round of Frank’s material is a mixed bag of stuff and not only features a LOT of live material but also showcases Zappa getting more involved with the Synclavier in his compositions. Three of the albums released in this batch have a lot of that computerized instrument used in their process. We also get a lot of live stuff which is never a bad thing in terms of Zappa since he ruled on the stage. Many of this grouping of titles are double CD’s so that means more Zappa music in your library.
Francesco Zappa (1984)
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (1985)
Does Humor Belong In Music? (1986)
Jazz From Hell (1986)
Guitar (2CD) (1987)
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (1988)
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, The Helsinki Tapes, Vol. 2 (1988)
Broadway The Hard Way (CD) (1988)
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (1991)
Make A Jazz Noise Here (1991)
Here are the Amazon.com links for these releases so you can continue building your collection at home. I’ve been trying to do the same because its so nice to have them all on shiny new re-issues in my music library. My favorites in this particular grouping are “Broadway The Hard Way”, “The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life” along with the first two installments of “You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore”. There is also a compilation which surprised me since the one that had originally come out way back in the bands history was NOT a part of the first wave of re-issues. Perhaps we shall see that coming out now as well.