20 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The career of Frank Zappa is filled with projects that morphed into other projects. An overabundance of material made the cutting room floor an adventurous place to be and double albums closer to the norm than for any other major rock 'n' roll artist. Tracks initially conceived as part of the abandoned projects, Warts and All and Crush All Boxes, landed on the official releases, Tinseltown Rebellion, Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore and this album. The production is tight and the songs' compact structures make this play like a 'Greatest Hits" collection that could only be played on a demented, underground radio station. The mock AOR rock of "Doreen" is a masterstroke. "Goblin Girl" nails down a reggae-like island groove. "Society Pages," "I'm A Beautiful Guy," "Beauty Knows No Pain," "Charlie's Enormous Mouth," "Any Downers?" and "Conehead" play as an album side composed of individual tracks that were decidedly linked together. "Heavenly Bank Account," "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing" and "Jumbo Go Away" satirize and attack the worlds of religion, politics and rock 'n' roll.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The career of Frank Zappa is filled with projects that morphed into other projects. An overabundance of material made the cutting room floor an adventurous place to be and double albums closer to the norm than for any other major rock 'n' roll artist. Tracks initially conceived as part of the abandoned projects, Warts and All and Crush All Boxes, landed on the official releases, Tinseltown Rebellion, Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore and this album. The production is tight and the songs' compact structures make this play like a 'Greatest Hits" collection that could only be played on a demented, underground radio station. The mock AOR rock of "Doreen" is a masterstroke. "Goblin Girl" nails down a reggae-like island groove. "Society Pages," "I'm A Beautiful Guy," "Beauty Knows No Pain," "Charlie's Enormous Mouth," "Any Downers?" and "Conehead" play as an album side composed of individual tracks that were decidedly linked together. "Heavenly Bank Account," "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing" and "Jumbo Go Away" satirize and attack the worlds of religion, politics and rock 'n' roll.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
29 Ratings
29 Ratings
magpies73 ,

One of Frank's Best!

Although I have a complete collection of Frank Zappa on CD, I am happy to see these classics finally remastered for iTunes. "You are What You Is" was my introduction to Zappa, and I've been a fan ever since! This album skewers small town life, drug use, organized religion and more!

BoKaier ,

Good music, with timeless commentary

Heavenly Bank Account remains eerily relevant. Frank Zappa was so far ahead of his time I still don't think we've caught up.

Deafmoon ,

Beauty Knows No Pain!

Any composer that can write a tune in 18 and make it cook like like Beauty Knows No Pain is an undisputed genius in my book! The whole first side flows seemlessly. This is a five star studio album by Frank and I was lucky enough to have caught this tour live in 1981! A 19 year old Vai and maybe 21 year old Wackerman with Ray White and Scott Thunes and Tommy Mars were stellar. As far as studio albums go by Frank, this one is a classic!

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