Make A Jazz Noise Here [2 CD]
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This album is great for any of you who want to hear Zappa leading a TIGHT, TIGHT band playing mostly instrumental music. There are plenty of "jams" in the jazz sense of the word, not the Grateful Dead sense of the word. In other words, instrumentalists improv within a tight technical structure but the full band never drifts out into unrehearsed meanderings. More than any other release since Waka/Jawaka, this album makes me appreciate Zappa as a composer and bandleader. The man was a force!
Having heard well over half of Zappa's output before picking this up, I was a little surprised that it became one of my favorite listens almost immediately. I didn't realize just how good the '88 band was. And, I confess, the relative paucity of stage antics and jokes is actually somewhat refreshing. I just want to hear them play!
One of the great things about Zappa's work is that he constantly reinvented his music. Listen to different versions of songs like "Cruisin' for Burgers" over a 20 year period (this version is a highlight of the album!), and you will see what I mean. I am lucky to have seen Zappa live many times from 1978 to 1988, and a Zappa show was never predictable. One could go see Zappa 2 or 3 nights in a row and get a different song list and truly improvised on-stage antics, audience participation, etc. Zappa didn't just go through the motions.
People who like "Roxy and Elsewhere", "Uncle Meat", "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" and "Grand Wazoo" will enjoy this one.
I hope someday they will release the Swaggart-version Beatles meddley they played as an encore on that tour. I nearly fell out of my chair laughing during that one (use your imagination - it's Zappa!)!
It's accessible upon first listen, it has alot of humor, alot of Zappa's best songs, including the Black page, the absolutely stunning melody of older tunes on the first disc, a reggea version of King Kong, an incredibly tight rendition of Big Swifty with a couple of really funny "musical quotes" lets call them, kind of like what happens at the end of Stairway to Heaven on The Best Band You've Never Heard in Your Life, Alien Orifice (check out the middle section to that one, HOLY CRAP, what band can do that?!). I wish I had gone into how the songs are, but trust me, it's worth every penny.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This, plus "Best Band You Never Hear In Your Life" makes for an excellent representation of FZ's last tour. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ventanaraven
Not as good as i expected it to be. A few notches below the Grand Wazoo ( excellent ) and One Size Fits All my favorites.Published 15 months ago by robbie burgess
If you like live Zappa then this double cd and "The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life" are the 2 best in my opinion. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paul
I have dozens of FZ albums and I am still amazed at his depth and breadth as a composer and musical instigator, that amazement renewed when something like this wonderment appears... Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Joseph
Frank Zappa has been my favorite artist since the 1960's. This album is special as it is a combination of songs from the beginning, to brand new tunes. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Jeff Launiere
The 88 tour was Frank's last tour and with a 12 piece band many of his classic songs were reworked. I have his complete collection and this release is probably the most played. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Peter Harrington
I can't say I like everything from Frank Zappa, but this album is tremendous.
First of all the 2 disc set is chock full of great performances. Read more
This records, along with "Broadway the hard way" and "The best band you ever heard" are a trilogy that shows the last live band of Mr. Zappa. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Gustavo C.