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You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore - Vol. 5 [Original recording remastered, Live]

Frank ZappaAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Frank Zappa Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • ASIN: B0000009TR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Downtown Talent Scout
2. Charles Ives
3. Here Lies Love
4. Piano/Drum Duet
5. Mozart Ballet
6. Chocolate Halvah
7. JCB & Kansas On The Bus #1
8. Run Home Slow: Main Title Theme
9. The Little March
10. Right There
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Easy Meat
2. Dead Girls Of London
3. Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously?
4. What's New In Baltimore?
5. Moggio
6. Dancin' Fool
8. Anvance Romance
9. City Of Time Lites
10. A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus)
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

From the Label

YCDTOSA Vol. 5 was released in 1992, with the first recorded appearance of 27 songs. On this one FZ granted the wishes of fans who wanted to hear more from the early bands. Disc One is dedicated to live performances from 1965 to 1969, thus featuring various Mothers Of Invention line-ups (mostly the 1969 band). Lots of Lowell George (he's on 10 tracks) and lots of rare material, including the obscure R&B cover "Here Lies Love" and a bit of Mozart (a ballet excerpt featuring tap dancing by Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding).

Disc Two is the 1982 band (Steve Vai, Tommy Mars, Bobby Martin, Ray White, Ed Mann, Scott Thunes and Chad Wackerman), recorded that summer in Europe. Good extended versions of "Pound for a Brown on the Bus" and "City of Tiny Lights" here; plus a live version of the then-recent hit "Dancin' Fool."

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You...V5 (2 Cd) by Frank Zappa

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars People just don't get it. January 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
One thing I see all the time, is when people review volume 5 of "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore," (or any, for that matter), and think that Zappa's comment in the sleeve notes in the series about the original Mothers' talent, compared to later bands, is supposed to show a lack of ability and talent on the part of the original band. This is glaringly wrong. To parse this quote: 'Great care has been taken throughout to ensure the best audio quality, however early selections of historical interest performed by the original Mothers Of Invention, though not exactly "hi-fi," have been included for the amusement of those fetishists who still believe the only "good" material was performed by that particular group.' This is his gift to fans of the original band. He was aware of a segment of his fan base that still prefers the early material.
"Hopefully, comparisons to recordings by the later ensembles will put an end to that particular misconception." This only means that one of his favorite ensembles, the 1982 touring band, is a good contrast to the old material. If he didn't like any of it, there would be as little of it included here as possible. Disc one is a cross section of the early players, not just the performances, but the attitude of that particular band. Jim Black singing on the tour bus like some drunk ready to be thrown out of a bar, is an anthropological recording, a statement of how the guys carried on in those days. Not a spotlight of "talent," but more, what they were about. And FZ's disparaging comments about the original Mothers notwithstanding, they were one of the best bands to perform, in a studio, or on stage.

Disc Two, is a cross section of performances by the 1982 band, which, he has said numerous times, played "beautifully.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Contrast November 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I was a little wary of buying this one at first---I wanted disc two (featuring the 1982 band) but not disc one (featuring the 1960s Mothers). I like the Original Mothers, but after Weasels and Uncle Meat and the Ark and the Mystery Disc, etc, I was a little Mothered-out.
But disc one exceeded my expectations: it's much funnier than I thought it would be, and there are some really exciting musical tracks. My one complaint is that the dialogue-to-music ratio is a bit high.
Disc two is extraordinary. Some of the songs were played better on other recordings, I think, especially Easy Meat and Dead Girls of London (on Tinseltown Rebellion and the bootleg Any Way the Wind Blows), but What's New in Baltimore and Moggio are superb, and I was surprised at how well A Pound for a Brown came out. RDNZL is a personal favorite as well. Disc two contains almost no dialogue, which is a nice contrast to the first disc. (I also think Scott Thunes plays better on this disc than any other.)
Keep in mind that FZ's not-so-secret agenda in the YCDTOSA series (-especially- this volume) was to demonstrate how bad the Original Mothers were compared to later bands, such as 1974 and 1982. worked...although the Original Mothers were a lot more talented than FZ makes them out to be.
This is definitely a fine CD for the Zappaphile to own. I'm not a huge fan of the guitar/synth Zappa line-ups of the late '70s and early '80s, but they possessed a lot of skill and are worth checking out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars two sides of zappa. a great album February 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
As you will know from the blurb the album focusses on two eras . The 69 mothers (mostly) is on disc 1, disc 2 is devoted to the great 82 band. Disc1 is more hit and miss, because the mothers of invention were a really experimental group. Disc1 has some straightforward songs like downtown talent scout, here lies love, my guitar,trouble every day. These are terrific. There are some instrumental items like charles ives and run home slow theme, these are very good too. Also some guitar solos like baked bean boogie and underground freakout music. There are good solos from both Frank Zappa and Lowell George. We also have a drum solo with fz/art tripp/jimmy carl black, it's good enough. Then there's some funny dialog, jimmy carl black and kansas on the bus, german lunch...there's also a bizarre track called chocolate halvah with roy estrada, and another mad one with ian underwood playing mozart on piano and the mothers making chicken noises and the like. It's an uneven cd, i just wish they had stuck on a few more songs, or maybe a big instrumental passage (you know, like the one on BWS). So cd1 is not for the ages, but it is good. Onto cd2, which is all 1982 stuff. It's terrific. We start off with 'easy meat'. The form of Easy meat is like this: verse1-verse2-classical section-whopping guitar solo-classical section again-verse3-that's it. This is a great track with a great zappa solo. (However if you want to hear an astonishing Easy Meat, check out the album tinseltown rebellion). 'Dead girls of London' is a good little tune and no more. This leads onto 'Shall we take ourselves seriously?' which is a fab tune. Its only short, and segues into a marvellous version of 'what's new in baltimore? (i don't know) zappa does a great solo and the song has lyrics unlike the mothers of prevention version. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars All the YCDToSA CDs are just GREAT!
The production of the entire series is second to none. Frank was not only a master musician but an artist at producing and editing. He was a true Renaissance man. Read more
Published 16 days ago by The Book Bomber
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for disc 2 ALONE!
I bought each of the You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Volumes when they were initially released between 1988 and 1992 (and got a cool, free, crate to put them all in compliments... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars zappa hits a homer
top double from FZ; vol5 has been reviewed as the weakest of the 6 vol. onstage set, but i loved it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by d. f.brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Freaky Disc1
This is very different to Disc2. A lot of this is very freaky and hippie. Some of it is just recorded silliness. Several good songs though. Some fantastic grooves.
Published on February 15, 2011 by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Zappa-The Best Songwriter of the 20th Century
We all know Zappa is the man- any doubts? Listen to What's New in Baltimore
Published on April 28, 2004 by Rock-4-Eva
4.0 out of 5 stars A game of two halves
On Disc 1, the `excerpts and edits' approach doesn't quite work. Items like `Proto-Minimalism' and `Meow' don't really communicate anything when taken out of context; the Mozart... Read more
Published on September 6, 2003 by coca-ebola
4.0 out of 5 stars 1969-too much talk 1982-all been heard before
The first CD is of the Mothers of Invention. The first two tracks are from 1965, and the rest is from 1969. Read more
Published on August 13, 2003 by kireviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars 1969-too much talk and 1982-mostly heard before
The first CD is of the Mothers of Invention. The first two tracks are from 1965, and the rest is from 1969. Read more
Published on April 26, 2002 by kireviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice job
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore (Part 5) is the fifth in a series of six double CD's that include 38 tracks of live performances. Read more
Published on February 16, 2002 by S. M Marson
5.0 out of 5 stars just in case...
In case you don't read my sprawling,self indulgent review below, you should get this album for one reason:CD2. THE 82 BAND. Read more
Published on April 6, 2001 by "theslime"
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