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Frank Zappa - Them Or Us


$19.99 Released October, 1984

Product Shot 1 The Pros:On par with Zappa's best albums ("We're Only In It For The Money", "Freak Out", etc.) - lyrically and musically delivers on the artist's most well-known elements. Abundance of guitar solos - contributions from Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa and Frank himself are sure to please fans of the artist's earlier work. Great display of Zappa's eclecticism - wide array of genre influence ranging from 80's heavy metal to 40's doo-wop ballads.

The Cons:Use of primarily electronic instruments may sound "cold" or inorganic to some listeners - fans of Zappa's orchestrally-influenced music are likely to be let down. Satirical lyrics may be off-putting to some listeners - not recommended for newcomers to Zappa's music.

Track Listings

1. The Closer You Are (2:56)
2. In France (3:32)
3. Ya Hozna (6:26)
4. Sharleena (4:33)
5. Sinister Footwear II (8:39)
6. Truck Driver Divorce (8:58)
7. Stevie's Spanking (5:23)
8. Baby, Take Your Teeth Out (1:54)
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Marque-Son's Chicken (7:33)
10. Planet of My Dreams (1:37)
11. Be in My Video (3:39)
12. Them or Us (5:23)
13. Frogs With Dirty Little Lips (2:42)
14. Whipping Post (7:32)

Total Time: 70:45

Line-up/Musicians

- Frank Zappa / guitar & vocals
- Ray White, Ike Willis, Napoleon Murphy Brock, George Duke, Bobby Martin, Roy Estrada / vocals, harmony
- Tommy Mars / keyboards
- Arthur Barrow / bass
- Chad Wackerman / drums
- Scott Thunes / bass
- Ed Mann / percussion
- Steve Vai / guitar
- Ray White / rhythm guitar
- Bobby Martin / harmonica
- Dweezil Zappa / guitar solo on “Sharleena”
- Patrick O’Hearn / bass on “Planet Of My Dreams”
- Thana Harris / harmony on “Planet Of My Dreams”
- George Duke / piano on “Planet Of My Dreams”

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    On par with Zappa's best albums ("We're Only In It For The Money", "Freak Out", etc.) - lyrically and musically delivers on the artist's most well-known elements

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    Abundance of guitar solos - contributions from Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa and Frank himself are sure to please fans of the artist's earlier work

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    Great display of Zappa's eclecticism - wide array of genre influence ranging from 80's heavy metal to 40's doo-wop ballads

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    Retains the humorous component that many Zappa fans know and love - many songs function as a clever, ironic commentary on a pre-existing song or element of pop culture

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    Considerable step-up in production value as compared to Zappa's prior works - major label support indicates high-end recording facilities/instruments

Cons
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    Use of primarily electronic instruments may sound "cold" or inorganic to some listeners - fans of Zappa's orchestrally-influenced music are likely to be let down

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    Satirical lyrics may be off-putting to some listeners - not recommended for newcomers to Zappa's music

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