The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life
Live album by Frank Zappa
Released April 16, 1991
May 30, 1995 (reissue)
Recorded February 14 – June 6, 1988 at Munich, Würzburg, Allentown/PA, Rotterdam, Brighton, Strasbourg, Binghamton/NY, Grenoble, Linz, Modena, Philadelphia/PA, London/England, Pittsburgh/PA, Teaneck/NJ, Poughkeepsie/NY, Syracuse/NY, Detroit/MI, Vienna and Florence
Genre Hard rock, progressive rock, jazz fusion, experimental rock
Length 131:13
Label Barking Pumpkin
Producer Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
(1989)
The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life
(1991)
Make a Jazz Noise Here
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life is a double disc live album by Frank Zappa, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music). The album was one of three to be recorded during the 1988 world tour, along with Broadway the Hard Way and Make a Jazz Noise Here. Each of these three accounts of the legendary '88 tour has a different focus: Broadway the Hard Way mostly showcases new compositions, Make a Jazz Noise Here features a sampler of classic instrumental Zappa tunes, and this album devotes itself to covers, some unlikely such as "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, as well as Zappa's extensive back catalogue, focusing mainly on Zappa's mid-1970s output but with some material from the Mothers of Invention's late 1960s recordings and one song ("Lonesome Cowboy Burt") from 200 Motels. It was re-issued in 1995 and 2012 along with his entire catalogue.

Cover Artwork[edit]

The original album simply featured a photograph of Frank Zappa and his band against a black background with blue lettering, but upon discovering that the photograph had been used without the permission of the photographer, Bruce Malone, Zappa simply continued issuing the cover with the photograph replaced with an empty black space. When the album was reissued and remastered in 1995, it featured artwork by long-time Zappa artist Cal Schenkel that had been created for the album's original Japanese release. The Japanese kanji at the top of the sign on this version do not together form any meaningful sentence to a speaker of Japanese, but can be read with the on readings of fu-ran-ku-za-pa, an approximation of Frank Zappa in Japanese sounds. In addition, Schenkel used characters from his artwork on the cover of Zappa's 1972 release The Grand Wazoo, such as Stu (AKA Uncle Meat), as well as a Grand Wazoo looking man playing a Mystery Horn. In addition there is a red sofa, that while not an exact duplicate, is reminiscent of the red sofa from his art on Zappa's 1975 One Size Fits All. In 2012, when the album was reissued again, it returned the cover to the version featuring a blank space in place of the photograph.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Frank Zappa, except where noted. The European re-releases of this album omit "Bolero" due to an objection from the rights-holders of the piece.

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "Heavy Duty Judy"   6:04
2. "Ring of Fire" (Merle Kilgore, June Carter) 2:00
3. "Cosmik Debris"   4:32
4. "Find Her Finer"   2:42
5. "Who Needs the Peace Corps?"   2:40
6. "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" (George C. Cory, Jr., Douglas Cross) 0:36
7. "Zomby Woof"   5:41
8. "Boléro" (Maurice Ravel) 5:19
9. "Zoot Allures"   7:07
10. "Mr. Green Genes"   3:40
11. "Florentine Pogen"   7:11
12. "Andy"   5:51
13. "Inca Roads"   8:19
14. "Sofa No. 1"   2:49
Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "Purple Haze" (Jimi Hendrix) 2:27
2. "Sunshine of Your Love" (Pete Brown, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton) 2:30
3. "Let's Move to Cleveland"   5:51
4. "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" (Ernest Ball, George Graff, Chancellor Olcott) 0:46
5. ""Godfather Part II" Theme" (Nino Rota) 0:30
6. "A Few Moments with Brother A. West" (Brother A. West, Zappa) 4:00
7. "The Torture Never Stops, Pt. 1"   5:19
8. "Theme from "Bonanza"" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) 0:28
9. "Lonesome Cowboy Burt"   4:54
10. "The Torture Never Stops, Pt. 2"   10:47
11. "More Trouble Every Day" (Swaggart version) 5:28
12. "Penguin in Bondage" (Swaggart version) 5:05
13. "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue"   9:18
14. "Stairway to Heaven" (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) 9:19

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Frank Zappa – production, editing, arranging, compilation
  • Bob Stone – engineering supervision

References[edit]

External links[edit]