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Editors’ Notes

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Due to Frank Zappa's outspoken nature and his satirical whims, he is often fixed in the public eye as a zany performer whose music is simply too quirky for the mainstream. Yet, at the heart of his music is a dedication to finding new paths to victory. His instrumental prowess made his lesser jokes stand up to repeated listens and it makes this instrumental collection an essential part of his legacy. These are his guitar works. Zappa initially released them in three volumes, but soon after made them into a box set. While it's been asked who would want to listen to albums of guitar solos, these instrumental works are not rock-hero posturing but mature pieces that are the rock-based equivalent to modern jazz. The title track is an essential piece of Zappa's legacy, while the hard rock of "Five-Five-Five" clangs along with the fury of punk and the chops of the best studio musicians money can buy. Zappa's ability to merge genres and to turn music into Zappa music is reason alone to indulge in the winding roads of "The Deathless Horsie," "While You Were Out," "Soup 'n Old Clothes" and the space-travel of "Ship Ahoy."

Customer Reviews

Greatest Instrumental rock album evah

Sooo happy to see this here. If just for the treat of hearing Vinnie lose his mind on these tracks again. God, I love Frank Zappa/.

Two discs of Zappa's guitar genius

Man, I'm happy to see this on iTunes. The sound quality is great. Personal favorites: Five-Five-Five, While You Were Out, The Deathless Horsie, Canard du Jour, and essentially every single track. Brilliant.

My favorite album

I have probably listened to this album(s) more than any other piece of music I have owned since I mail ordered the original vinyl way back in the 80's. Its superlative and beyond compare. Learn a little about about "xenocracy" and how the music here was put together and you'll be even more amazed. Some of the best and most unique guitar work ever recorded.


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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