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You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore - Vol. 1 [Live]

Frank ZappaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 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 (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: May 16, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00008FPWX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Florida Airport Tape
2. Once upon a Time
3. Sofa No. 1
4. The Mammy Anthem
5. You Didn't Try to Call Me
6. Diseases of the Band
7. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
8. Let's Make the Water Turn Black/Harry, You're a Beast/The Orange ...
9. The Groupie Routine
10. Ruthie-Ruthie
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Disc: 2
1. Plastic People
2. The Torture Never Stops
3. Fine Girl
4. Zomby Woof
5. Sweet Leilani
6. Oh No
7. Be in My Video
8. The Deathless Horsie
9. The Dangerous Kitchen
10. Dumb All Over
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Zappa Album (or two) September 26, 2000
By MG Nagy
Format:Audio CD
This set works perfectly on a couple of different levels. As an introduction to the "non-serious" part of Frank's World, it's great. While it doesn't have most of the "signature" tracks (Peaches, Montana, Dancin' Fool, Valley Girl, etc.), it gives the needed depth and breadth (Sorry Gail). The Zappa catalog is both vast and varied. So how do you get the guitar playing, arranging, twisted humor, and maybe even a hint of the monstrous line-ups that Frank put together (again and again and again)? There isn't a studio record that can do it, largely because so much of Frank's reputation was built on his live shows.

We get a 15 year overview (1969-1984) on two discs, ranging from on-the-road-between-show-conversation about vomiting on stage (The Florida Airport Tape) and on-stage rap about various health problems in the band (Diseases Of The Band), to sharing life on the road with groupies (The Groupie Routine, on a far better night than the Fillmore record).

And then there are the bands performance, the improvising, and Frank's guitar work. On disc one, The Mammy Anthem is pure molten metal. Big Swifty is equal parts pulsing jazz track and other worldly guitar solo. The disc closes with a 20 minute version of Don't Eat The Yellow Snow that includes an almost out of control audience participation segment that no other musician could ever hope to instigate, let alone pull off.

The highlights on disc two include an absolutely crushing 15 minute version of The Torture Never Stops (the original version on Zoot Allures is pretty darn great too). The three tracks taken from the 1981 MTV Halloween Show (Dumb All Over > Heavenly Bank Account > Suicide Chump) are over the top. They rock, they swing, they make you laugh, and it's all political.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My wife hated Zappa. March 22, 2009
By J. Galt
Format:Audio CD
I found it slighty disconcerting to see FZ's music pigeon-holed as "Progressive" on the Amazon website. Zappa has a vast and varied body of work ranging from fusion to 4/4 rock. If you listen closely to the things he did onstage in this compilation you will find this to be true. "The Evil Prince" is a scathing indictment against Android Lloyd Webber and his almost single-handed destruction of the Broadway musical. How can you not laugh when you hear George Duke intone about his "Great plan". When my then wife first heard Volume 1 she said; "How can you listen to that"? I replied how can you not? That was 12 years ago. J.... is long gone. Frank is still here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great start to a great series February 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The ycdtosa series is essential listening for any zappa fans. this is the first installment. it starts off with some dialogue from 1970, then the sofa lecture-straight into conceptual continuity! The flo and eddie version of sofa is beautiful. you can't go wrong with sofa (it also appears in the 2nd disc as the closing song). Then we go forward in time , to 1982 one of frankie's most technically proficient bands. The mammy nuns theme from thing fish, a staggering solo from frank, which is one of the highlights of this album. After a splendid 1980 u didn't try to call me, the 1979 band is introduced to us. They are a sick bunch, with stomach flu, malnutrition and mental health problems but whip up a terrific tryin' to grow a chin anyway. sung by denny walley who fluffs a line at the end! Then we go back to the 60s mothers with a nice medley. they broke up (or frank disbanded them morelike) a few months after this. After some more flo and eddie with the groupie routine, we get a tasty slice of the 73-74 mothers. ruthie-ruthie is a louis-louis type tune, and babette. Then a 73 i'm the slime and a stonking big swifty. Frank solos majestically again and george duke is delightful. The last track on disc 2 is an earth-shattering 1979 yellow snow, complete with audience poetry recitals and the 'rollo' section. great. disc 2 has a terrific plastic people from 69 sung to the louis-louis tune again. fabulous. A 77 torture hits great heights with a 7 minute zappa guitar excursion.(a la rat tomago). a snappy 82 fine girl is followed by a zomby woof from the same gig, with a juicy zappa solo. after some more 1969 treats (oh no and sweet leilani) the 1984 band, the much maligned 84 band, get their moment to shine. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Of YCDTOSA July 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
They're right, you can't do this on stage any more. This is the best of the amazing series. "Yellow Snow" is incredible. And "Dangerous Kitchen" takes some beating. The two versions of "Sofa" are so different, it gives you a feel for the genius of the guy. You'll probably also like YCDTOSA #2 (Helsinki gig) and YCDTOSA #3 (for the amazing Ike Willis foolishness, and the pastiche-and-patch "King Kong"). But what the hell, buy them all. There will never be another Zappa, and oh, do we miss him now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Send in the diseased musicians November 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have still yet to hear Vol. 5. However, I risk saying that besides the special case of Vol. 2 (a single concert by the much beloved '74 Mothers), this one is probably the most successfull installment of the series. Read, something for everyone. No matter how you may dislike some Zappa line-up or other, it is unlikely that no part of this double CD at all won't give you immense listening pleasure (if you enjoy Zappa's music, of course). I am tremendously thrilled by the Roxy band (1973) version of "Big Swifty", one of the hottest pieces of jazz-rock music I have ever heard, anywhere... very different from the original studio version. Three words: GEORGE DUKE SMOKES! (And we all know that if Duke smokes, then so will the Zapper!) Spend the dough for this ditty alone, and listen to 'em go... It is that good! I am also fond of the lovely minuet groove of "Once Upon a Time" (a prelude to "Sofa"), with Jim "The Lord" Pons' nasal bass voice that is so funny... The London 1978, 20 minute version of "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" includes an otherwise unavailable "classical" composition called "Rollo", that features striking 12-tone style vocals by Tommy Mars, and an overall impressive performance by an eight-piece band, half of whom were affected with various road diseases and ailments... That is quite historical and has "MC" Zappa giving one rather snide shot at the English people's eating habits (though one cannot help but question here the American composer's own notorious Wiener-based diet...) and having punters come on stage to recite poetry. Which is... enlightening!... Lastly, I will second the "molten metal" metaphor by the other reviewer with regard to the instrumental "Mammy Anthem", performed as it is in Palermo ('82). That was recorded in the middle of an actual riot in the audience, complete with tear gas bombs (which can be overheard here), that says quite a lot about the band leader's guts and work ethics! One other beautiful tune!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing production and historical perspective of the live music of ...
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 1 month ago by The Book Bomber
5.0 out of 5 stars The first, and best of this essential series of live Zappa!!
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 Excellent start to an amazing 6 volume series!
The first volume in the You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore series set a precedent that sadly, the remaining volumes in the series did not live up to. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by PuroShaggy
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
Besides the music, the most incredible thing about Zappa's live albums were how he made them an experience. He used sound bites and banter to connect all the material. Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly the entire history of styles in two cds
Excerpted from my review of this album at my blog Frank Zappa's Revenge.

The first of the YCDTOSA series samples material from 1969 all the way to 1984, including a... Read more
Published on August 8, 2010 by Richard Harrold
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Live Zappa!!!
My only complaint is that the rest of the "You cant do that on Stage..." series didn't quite live up to Volume One. Read more
Published on August 10, 2007 by Steve E. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Place To Start.
In the late 1980's Frank Zappa went into his vault, and began work on a mammoth retrospective of every phase of his professional career, from the early recordings of the scandalous... Read more
Published on February 1, 2006 by A Hermit
5.0 out of 5 stars Zappa does the Grateful Dead thing, only better.
This is the first of six volumes of two disks per volume of live material done by various Zappa bands, including the original 'Mothers of Invention', the augmented band including... Read more
Published on October 22, 2005 by B. Marold
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll like it
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore (Part 1) is the first of six double CD's that include 28 tracks of live performances. The quality of the sound engineering is quite impressive. Read more
Published on February 16, 2002 by S. M Marson
5.0 out of 5 stars essential
You'll need all the YCDTOSA volumes anyway, but buy this even if only for Yellow Snow (suite) with live poetry recitals. Zappa throws in a weird Dylan Thomas poem. Read more
Published on December 12, 2000 by R. Bruynesteyn
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