The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life

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The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
Released April 1991
See also:
IINK, Patio, KUR
Zappa In Barcelona

Players

Tracks

CD

Disc One

  1. Heavy Duty Judy (6:04)
  2. Ring Of Fire (2:01)
  3. Cosmik Debris (4:33)
  4. Find Her Finer (2:43)
  5. Who Needs The Peace Corps? (2:40)
  6. I Left My Heart In San Francisco (0:37)
  7. Zomby Woof (5:42)
  8. Boléro (5:19)
  9. Zoot Allures (7:07)
  10. Mr. Green Genes (3:41)
  11. Florentine Pogen (7:11)
  12. Andy (5:52)
  13. Inca Roads (8:19)
  14. Sofa # 1 (2:50)

Disc Two

  1. Purple Haze (2:27)
  2. Sunshine Of Your Love (2:31)
  3. Let's Move To Cleveland (5:52)
  4. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (0:46)
  5. "Godfather Part II" Theme (0:30)
  6. A Few Moments With Brother A. West (4:01)
  7. The Torture Never Stops, Part 1 (5:20)
  8. Theme From "Bonanza" (0:29)
  9. Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Swaggart Version) (4:55)
  10. The Torture Never Stops, Part 2 (10:47)
  11. More Trouble Every Day (Swaggart Version) (5:29)
  12. Penguin In Bondage (Swaggart Version) (5:05)
  13. Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue (9:19)
  14. Stairway To Heaven (9:21)

Release Notes

"THE BEST BAND YOU NEVER HEARD IN YOUR LIFE

The 1988 road band self-destructed before U.S. audiences in the south, Midwest and West could hear it perform. It was, however, heard and appreciated by East Coast and European audiences during its brief existence (four months of rehearsal in 1987/1988, followed by a tour, February through June, 1988), and it is from those performances that this compilation has been made.

The collection features big-band arrangements of concert favorites and obscure album cuts, along with deranged versions of cover tunes and a few premiere recordings.

In a world where most of the "big groups" go on stage and pretend to sing and play, we proudly present this quaint audio artifact. Yes, once upon a time, live musicians actually sang and played this. All material contained herein is 100% live, and there are no over-dubs of any kind."

Produced, arranged, compiled and edited by FRANK ZAPPA
Engineering supervision by BOB STONE

Liner Notes

1991 Frank Zappa /Photos: Bruce Malone, LGI. /Design: Tracy Veal
1991 BARKING PUMPKIN RECORDS, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED UNAUTHORIZED REPRODUCTION/SAMPLING IS A VIOLATION OF APPLICABLE LAWS AND SUBJECT CRIMINAL PROSECUTION

Background Information

Boléro had to be removed from European copies as there were complaints from the extant copyright holders.

"Those readers unfamiliar with Laurie Anderson's work might not realize that we're parodying her in the middle section of 'Lonesome'---'Sharkey' is a character in several of her songs. I suggested including the relentless "ha ha ha ha ha ha" vocal part, ripped off from her song 'O Superman', and I came to regret it on some evenings when Frank decided to keep the section going on forever."

Lots of tracks on this album are recorded during his European Tour in 1988. To see Frank Zappa live and playing lots of songs of this album during his performance in Barcelona, watch the Zappa In Barcelona DVD, recorded and filmed during the European tour, May 17, 1988.

Conceptual Continuity

Alternate Covers

Revised cover
Cal Schenkel cover
1991 Zappa Records CDDZAP 38 inner sleeve

Versions

ZFT # Version # # discs Format Catalog # Release
(YYYY-MM-DD)
EAN.UCC-13
(barcode)
Artwork Comment
55 1.1
Original
Stereo
2 CD Barking Pumpkin
D2 74233
1991-04-16 0013347423326 Stage cover and Revised cover US edition.
2? CS Barking Pumpkin
D4 74233
1991-04? 0013347423340 Stage cover US edition.
2 CD Zappa
CDDZAP 38
1991-04[1] 5016583603823 Stage cover UK edition. Matrix # CD1: CDD ZAP 38 CD1 MPO 01 @@ ; CD2: ?
1.2
Original
Stereo
"Censored"
version
2 CD   Stage cover and Revised cover UK edition. According to the Zappa Patio, some "censored" CDs do not include Boléro.
Unknown 2 CS Zappa
TZAPPA 38
1991-04[1] 5016583603847? Stage cover UK edition.
1.2
Original
Stereo
"Censored"
version
2 CD Barking Pumpkin/MSI
MSI 80052/53
1992-09-25   Cal Schenkel cover Japanese edition, does not include Boléro.
2.1
Improved
Remaster
2 CD Rykodisc
RCD 10553/54
1995-05-30 0014431055324 US edition.
2 CD Gravadora Eldorado/Rykodisc
968052
1995 7897181227707 Brazilian edition.
2.2
Improved
Remaster
"Censored"
version
2 CD Rykodisc
RCD 10653/54
1996-04-01 0014431065323 EU and US editions, does not include Boléro due to copyright reasons. Matrix # CD1: IFPI 8741 DISCTRONICS IFPI L501 RCD 10653/54 ONE 02 ; CD2: IFPI 8741 DISCTRONICS IFPI L501 RCD 10653/54 TWO 01
2.1
Improved
Remaster
2 CD VideoArts
VACK 5093/4
1995-07-26 4988112406902 Japanese edition.
2 CD VideoArts
VACK 5228/9
1996-05-30? 4988112408289 Japanese edition.
2 CD VideoArts
VACK 9001
2004-02-16 4988112190313 Japanese edition, mini-album papersleeve. Matrix # CD1: IFPI 3911 IFPI L222 VACK-9001-1 2MS1 C 3Y ; CD2: IFPI 3911 IFPI L222 VACK-9001-2 1MS1 C 3Y
2.1b
2012 Remaster
Stereo
2 CD Zappa/UMe
ZR 3881
2012-10-30 0824302388129 Revised cover US edition, manufactured and distributed by UMe[2].
2 CD Zappa/UMG Intl
0238812
2012-10-30 0824302388129 EU edition = Zappa/UMe ZR 3881, manufactured in Germany.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Martin C. Strong, 2004, The Great Rock Discography, p. 1724.
  2. Email announcement by the ZFT on July 31st, 2012.

See Also