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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • ASIN: B008I34YCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Grand Wazoo
2. For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers)
3. Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus
4. Eat That Question
5. Blessed Relief

Editorial Reviews

Official Release #16
Originally Released: November 1972
Produced by: FZ

Customer Reviews

Anyway, get this album if you like good jazzy music.
The melody is perfect, catching, hard, a really fantastic riff played in unison by the electric piano and the guitar.
Zappa is often dismissed because he did so many albums with comic lyrics attached to his amazing music.
J. Bynum

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on July 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Thirty years after "Grand Wazoo" was released, it remains as much a stunning example of Zappa's uncompromising musical vision now as it did then.
Although it is accurate to say that it continued the Jazz explorations of "Waka Jawaka" or deserves to be compared with "Hot Rats" as one of Frank's most accomplished instrumental albums, this alone does not paint the full picture of what this album has to offer. "Grand Wazoo" is an astonishinng work of melodic inventiveness and orchestration, each of its tunes can leave you breathless with their wealth of ideas and ironic genius.
Zappa, as praised as he has been, remains deserving of further acknowledgement. What do I mean? This guy belongs to a very small and selected group of American composers without whom it would be literally impossible to think of American music, period.
Zappa -like Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington or Miles Davis, to name a few- in their own ways, were ... are! ... artists who transformed the musical genres they cultivated, and made them something they have never been before.
In Zappa's case, the amazing satirist he was or the tremedous guitar player he could be, often, overshadowed the seminal composer and arranger he's always been. This album does the latter complete and unarguable justice.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jazzcat on January 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Hi guys! I'm just one of those hated Jazz snobs the last reviewer was talking about. Just Joking! But I'm really into Jazz old and new, that is my cup of tea. But I like Zappa's music too, because IT IS JAZZ for the most part (at least in albums like this one). I am completly aware that Zappa was a very talented music writer, intelligent and creative even if sometimes over indulgent with himself. But absolutly not here. And anyway we have to recognize that he produced an incredible amount of music in his lifetime and that he couldn't write only masterpieces of course, noone could. But here he did it! This is a masterpiece. Without any doubt. It's an instrumental album very entertaining, very sharp, not too much absurd (still considering it's a Zappa's record so a little it is but in a positive very refreshing way!). I love Zappa's instrumental music. He's so into the future. His music will always be light years ahead of our time. Varese, Barthok, dodecaphonic music meets Jazz harmonic sophistication and pulse and rock aggression. Plus the Z factor. The ZAPPA factor, his weird but extremely fascinating personality. The records that are much focused on his musical ideas instead of his irony and grotesque are the ones that I really prefer. This is one of the best. The opener or the last tune here for example are sooooooo good! But this whole album is a masterpiece in music! He was so great when he wrote things like these ... I'm listening to this album right now for the thousand time ... 4.00 of the first tune .. just a word, fantastic.

Some weeks later ... I want to add something to my review. (I want to say something about each tune). The more I go deep inside Frank's musical universe the more I find this album THE PERFECT GEM in his catalogue.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This album, in my opinion, is the highlight of Zappa's greatest period of work. The horn - dominated numbers fit perfectly with Frank's unique wah - wah style and George Duke's impressive keyboard work to produce an album that has lasted through time. From the long title cut to the ultra-funky keyboard riff of "Eat that Question" to the impressive, jazzy, and spacey sounds of "Blessed Relief," this album is definitely worth buying if you are into FZ's jazz-fusion instrumental works. Other albums that I would characterize with this album are: Hot Rats, Waka-Jawaka, Studio Tan, and Sleep Dirt. Get this CD and groove to FZ at his finest.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Dmochowski on July 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Simply put: THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST JAZZ FUSION ALBUMS EVER. Any fan of jazz or jazz-rock will undoubtedly love this album. I own many be-bop jazz, jazz-fusion, and funk/jazz albums but never have I heard such amazing and complex compositions as on The Grand Wazoo. "The Grand Wazoo" could possibly be the best jazz-fusion song ever written, complete with big band sounding horn arrangements, funky guitar riffs, and extended trumpet and sax solos all within the same song.
"For Calvin and his Next Two Hitch-hikers" and "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus" retain the sound of some of Frank Zappa's more experimental early stuff, i.e. "We're Only In it For the Money" and "Absolutely Free", while still incorporating experimental, big band, and free jazz in the songs.
"Eat That Question" is the greatest riff I've ever heard in my life, along wtih some amazing guitar and keyboard work. It really has to be heard to be believed.
And Zappa finishes off the album with some straightforward, and surprisingly, normal jazz with "Blessed Relief". Although it is less experimental than the other tunes, it is still one of the best on the album.
Overall, Frank Zappa truly broke through with a jazz masterpiece with "The Grand Wazoo", and if you buy this album, you certainly will not be disappointed. It is the most breathtakingly amazing and stunning jazz fusion album of all time. Hear it as soon as you can.
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