Reissues afoot of two Frank Zappa albums on Universal. Sheik Yerbouti is mostly a live album, though Zappa added in some studio wizardry to round things out. Features all the typical Zappa-isms, with lots of highly technical guitar and rhythm lines and a bit of ‘wackiness’. Double LP reissue.
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8/10 gbar Customer review, 12th April 2017
Sheik Yerbouti is an album in which you forget that it's predominantly a live album. There's so much trickery going on throughout this 18-track set, it almost feels like a studio album. Frank couldn’t record an album without some controversy, especially considering the state America was in at the time. His music always seemed to reflect what was going on in the world during the late 70s, whether it was the disco craze ('Dancin’ Fool') or even Bob Dylan (Check out Adrian Belew's almost-perfect impression of him on 'Flakes'). It also features some of his most controversial songs, especially with 'Bobby Brown Goes Down', a slow song which satirizes homosexuality, feminism and the so-called 'American Dream'. A special mention goes to 'Yo Mama', which features one of Zappa's finest guitar solos. Sheik Yerbouti may be a long piece of work at 70 minutes long, but it did become one of his biggest selling records, If you have an open mind about an Zappa album that covers so many genres, then Sheik Yerbouti should work for you.
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