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  • Audio CD (September 21, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B0000046LI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Elvis Has Just Left The Building - Joel Thome
2. Brown Shoes Don't Make It - Joel Thome
3. Jazz Discharge Party Hats - Joel Thome
4. Inca Roads
5. Moggio
6. Nite School
7. Echidna's Arf (Of You)
8. Hungry Freaks, Daddy
9. Heavenly Bank Account
10. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
11. Waka Jawaka (Edit)
12. Sofa
13. Dirty Love
14. Hot Plate Heaven At The Greeen Hotel

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This live recording is a true gem for Zappa fans. It features acrobatic muscianship of the highest order played straight from the heart and mind. Mike Keneally's guitar work left my jaw slack especially after hearing him play Jazz Discharge Party Hats in which he both talks and doubles his vocal pitches with the guitar at the same time. Additionally he plays Zappa's impossible synclavier composition Night School with pin point accuracy. Steve Vai, guitar god and the king of impossible guitar parts gives a burning heartfelt rendition of Zappa's Sofa. This is one of Vai's best performances captured on disc. There's an Acappela version of The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing performed by the Persuasions. It also features Dweezil Zappa having a guitar cutting duel with Steve Vai on the track Dirty Love. I can't say enough about this fun, energetic and passionate tribute album. If your looking for something musically different and have an open mind about things then definately buy this recording and you shouldn't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Nelson on September 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Before I received this album as a gift, the only Zappa I owned was Overnight Sensation. Zappa's Universe exposed me to many additional Zappa styles. While I am not a musician and haven't learned how to appreciate many aspects of Zappa's music, the album grew on me. Now I have several Zappa albums and find that the more I listen, the more I enjoy. This album made me a Zappa fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bernard C. Pattie on April 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It is fascinating to here other performers doing FZ's complex music, especially when they do it so well. This CD has been glued in my car changer for a month now. Everything is great, but I can't get enough of the Persuasions singing "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing."
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Pretty great record. Displays the genius of Frank, distilled down to a few selections, grandly performed.

The clean, crisp, intricacy on titles like Jazz Discharge Party Hats is such an awesome example of the care and love these performers have for Frank's work. The whole record is packed full of talented musicians "whipping it out".

Not for everyone, but if you're into "music" (whatever that means) you might like this. There's a lot of incredibly talented musicianship going on here.
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By Robert Rudawsky on August 7, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
About as good as a performance can be without the man himself
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