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Editors’ Notes

For many casual listeners, Sheik Yerbouti features the Frank Zappa they remember. Deeply satiric, bitingly funny and simply over-the-top, Sheik was credited at one point as being the best-selling album in the Zappa catalog. Zappa used these "commercial" releases to finance his instrumental work and his more unusual experiments. "I Have Been In You" goofs on Peter Frampton's cheesecake I'm In You album. "Flakes" observes the air-head side of his home state, California, with a sudden Dylan parody by guitarist Adrian Belew. "Dancin' Fool" became an actual disco hit, despite skewering the music it invokes. "Jewish Princess" angered the Anti-Defamation League while Zappa stood behind his song. "Broken Hearts Are For A*****es" cranks out hard-edged FM radio rock. "Bobby Brown Goes Down" became a huge hit in Norway, but was too risqué for American audiences. In lesser hands, these pop songs could've fallen flat, but Zappa charges up the music to such high levels of musicianship that it's not easy to dismiss. It's hard to believe but most of the basic tracks were recorded live with studio overdubs added later.

Customer Reviews

Zappa's Best

I know a lot of people will say that Overnite Sensation, Hot Rats, or Freak Out is Zappa's best, but this album is definitely my favorite of his work. Every track is gold, there's a good mixture between rock and comedy, and the riffs are amazing. Buy this album, you won't regret it

"Bobby brown goes to town"

Went to a bar in japan at one point. Told them to play this song. They loved it so much that they played it over and over again.

Watched as a bunch of japanese beautifully recited the whole song by the end of the night.

Rat Tomago...

If that guitar solo doesn't rip your face completely off, then you simply weren't listening.


Born: December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along. As if his music were not...
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