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Frank Zappa - You Are What You Is


$44.99 Released September, 1981

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Fairly intelligent lyrics, as Zappa goes. Remastered 1998 version has much better sound quality and editing than previous CD versions. Very wide range of stylistic changes, experimental and different.

The Cons:Mixing is not as good as on earlier single releases of the same songs. Musical quality and originality seems to be sacrificed in favour of satire here, compared to his other music.

Track Listings

1. Teen-Age Wind (3:02)
2. Harder Than Your Husband (2:28)
3. Doreen (4:44)
4. Goblin Girl (4:07)
5. Theme from the 3rd Movement of Sinister... (3:34)
6. Society Pages (2:27)
7. I'm a Beautiful Guy (1:56)
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Beauty Knows No Pain (3:02)
9. Charlie's Enormous Mouth (3:36)
10. Any Downers? (2:08)
11. Conehead (4:24)
12. You Are What You Is (4:23)
13. Mudd Club (3:11)
14. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing (3:10)
15. Dumb All Over (5:45)
16. Heavenly Bank Account (3:44)
17. Suicide Chump (2:49)
18. Jumbo Go Away (3:43)
19. If Only She Woulda (3:48)
20. Drafted Again (3:07)

Total Time: 67:11

Line-up/Musicians

- Frank Zappa / lead guitar, vocals
- Ike Willis / rhythm guitar, vocals
- Ray White / rhythm guitar, vocals
- Bob Harris / boy soprano, trumpet
- Steve Vai / strat abuse
- Tommy Mars / keyboards
- Arthur Barrow / bass
- Ed Mann / percussion
- David Ocker / clarinet, bass clarinet
- Motorhead Sherwood / tenor sax
- Denny Walley / slide guitar
- David Logeman / drums
- Craig “Twister” Stewart / harmonica

Guest vocalists: Jimmy Carl Black, Motorhead Sherwood, Ahmet, Moon, Denny Walley

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Pros
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    Fairly intelligent lyrics, as Zappa goes

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    Remastered 1998 version has much better sound quality and editing than previous CD versions

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    Very wide range of stylistic changes, experimental and different

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    Underrated and unappreciated, most find it much better than expected

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    Some very impressive guitar solos from Steve Vai

Cons
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    Mixing is not as good as on earlier single releases of the same songs

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    Musical quality and originality seems to be sacrificed in favour of satire here, compared to his other music

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