"Music By Frank Zappa" (Opus 3; 1996)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

If the boss posts this review, then I just won a dollar bet from a friend (Editor's note to Jeff's friend: Pay up!). In my pursuit lately of all things Zappa, I perused my local library and found this release among the sea of Frank Zappa choices. Apparently somebody at the local annals knows a thing or two about offering good music to the taxpayer.

I’m reviewing this CD because a bunch of musicians got together and tried to figure out Zappa’s compositions. I won’t plagiarize the liner notes here but half of the musicians who attempted this crazy feat almost blew their gaskets. They consider this stuff “crossover” music. I don’t know if that’s because the composer passed away or because they are trying to move it from rock to winds. Either way, they do a pretty good job of relaying the music Frank wrote while adding their instruments. After listening to this release, I went back to the originals and some of the music bears the same sound.

I would list all the musicians involved but it would just be a repeat of the names Frisk, Nils, Lars and Olle. I’ll save my spell check from overloading. A bunch of talented and now musically expanded people contributed to this undertaking. If you don’t have anything to do for an hour or so and you want to lose yourself in “classic” Zappa, then sneak in somewhere and pick this up.

This group also has another CD entitled, “From Mozart To Zappa” if you want to take it to the next level.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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