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We Are Not Alone. It has some nice saxophone from Bobby Martin as well as some great guitar work from Zappa and Steve Vai, as well as some nice call and respond play between the vibes and the guitars.
The only problem with this song is Zappa's vocals which are too out of place for a song like and this and he tries to hard to be funny at times. The Man from Utopia Meets Mary Lou is a "medley" piece as the album describes it to be, and it's actually a fun piece.
It brings memories of the song Dong Work for Yuda on Joe's Garage mainly in the vocal approach, and since that song was amazing, this song is good, but not as great as Dong Work For Yuda. The first is an anti-Union piece that is Zappa at his most sniping, and the latter is essentially a continuation of the Dangerous Kitchen type song that is just preposterous and not very interesting at all.
Luigi and the Wise Guys is an a capella piece with Roy Estrada getting one last moment in the spotlight with his signature Pachuco vocals with the rest of the group providing a solid backing vocal foundation. It's not the best song, but it's one of the only Zappa songs in this style. Moggio ends the album with a percussive beat that is really superb and the overall feel of the song is perfect and the musicianship is excellent. In the end, while not even remotely close to the best Zappa album this isn't a bad effort.
I like about half the songs on the album and I'm a bit disappointed with the rest, but that half fares particularly well when put up against his later works like Thing-Fish and Francesco Zappa.
If you want 80s Zappa, this may be one of the albums you'll want to go to. Most people don't like this album all that much, but I think it is a solid album.
The main problem with the album, though, comes from three tracks that are among the very worst Frank had committed to tape to that point. These three tracks combine for about fifteen minutes, and they absolutely destroy what would despite many other weaknesses be a mildly ok album.
On the plus side, the instrumentals, while kinda similar to stuff he'd already done, are quite good on the whole. The closing "Moggio" sounds an awful lot like an Uncle Meat outtake with 80's production, and that's not a bad thing, while "Tink Walks Amok" a solid guitar-line with entertaining basslines and effective drumming that would have fit in well early on You Are What You Is and especially "We Are Not Alone" driven by a nice saxophone line and featuring a lot of cool vibe or xylophone parts all measure up to Frank's usual standards of the past decade, and they help the rating quite a bit.
And, well, I can't get myself to totally hate the bonus track "Luigi and the Wise Guys;" it's amusing to me to hear Frank making a sucessful lampoon of doo wop again, as the entire track is a ridiculous set of generic doo wop vocals singing the dumbest lyrics imaginable. Sure it's a throwaway, but there have been worse throwaways. And unfortunately that's it. This is a very short album, much of which sucks, and pretty much none of it suggests the 'necessity' of Frank Zappa in the world of rock music at this point.
The better tracks should probably be heard at some point, but if you can't hear them without having to subject yourself to the worst stuff here, you should move on. The music inside is something of a mixed bag.
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Additional info:. COM Ref No. Related Artists:. The back cover shows the audience as seen from the stage during the concert in Palermo , which ended in a riot. The sleeve art is also a reference to Liberatore's comic character RanXerox. The album's opening track " Cocaine Decisions ", with its groove redolent of skiffle washboards, is an attack on drug-influenced businessmen and features a harmonica.
For "Jazz" and "Kitchen", Zappa had guitarist Steve Vai overdub complex guitar parts for the entire length of the songs, which perfectly copied Zappa's every word and syllable. This unique type of overdub was a one-time experiment that Zappa never repeated.
The technique that he uses in this particular song is very interesting: it's this half-sung, half-spoken performing method that's not quite like Sprechgesang , but what makes it so interesting is that he accompanies it with an instrumental solo.
I was very surprised to find out that the guitar part was recorded separately. As it seemed so synchronous, I was convinced that Zappa had sung and played at the same time. Nevertheless the technique itself, the idea of "the singing instrument" comes from "Dangerous Kitchen".The Man From Utopia, an Album by Zappa. Released in March on Barking Pumpkin (catalog no. FW ; Vinyl LP). Genres: Comedy Rock, Art Rock.