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Frank Zappa: Jazz From Hell (Yesterday's Jukebox)

Frank Zappa's complex, electronic masterpiece showed what the late, great maestro could achieve by removing the human element and harnessing the power of a machine.

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Dweezil Zappa: Via Zammata

It's been a long haul for Dweezil Zappa fans, waiting for him to step up and release the album he's capable of.

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Frank Zappa: Dance Me This

Congratulations, Frank Zappa fans, you've made it to album number 100! Time to do a little dance.

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'Frank Zappa: A Token of His Extreme' Captures Great Zappa/Mothers of Invention Lineup

This is well worth the 38-plus year wait for an official release. Good singin', good playin'.

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Howard Kaylan's ‘Shell Shocked’ Makes Readers, Turtles and Zappa Lovers Laugh

Howard Kaylan recalls his days as part of a hit-making band, a friend to a musical giant, and his tenacious grasp on his dream.

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'Frank Zappa and the And' Takes Us Deep Into Zappa's Universe

Zappa himself might have appreciated this work, which doesn’t attempt the usual tricks of trying to create or dispel a myth but instead focuses on the character of its subject, the richness of his work, and the beauty of his mind.

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Chad Wackerman: Dreams, Nightmares and Improvisations

Percussion master Chad Wackerman joins with fellow musical giants on an album that lives up to its name.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Steve Vai: The Story of Light

Steve Vai has made an solid case for his continued spot as the best modern guitar virtuoso, one who even in his comparatively weaker moments is writing rock music with bold sophistication.

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Mats/Morgan Band: Live

Live contains 76 minutes of Mats Öberg and Morgan Ågren doing what they do – and have always done – best: playing beautifully complex music that fires the imagination and the soul.

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Counterbalance No. 54: Captain Beefheart’s 'Trout Mask Replica'

Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica is like a squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag—it’s fast and bulbous and bound to end badly. Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn try to clean up the ensuing mess in this week's Counterbalance.

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Asphalt Orchestra: Asphalt Orchestra

Asphalt Orchestra is a giddy band camp fantasy brought to life: What if the section leaders formed a marching band that was actually cool?

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Remembering Frank Zappa: 17 Years Later

Zappa was never commercially huge for the two most uncomplicated and inexorable reasons: he didn't particularly want (or, to his credit, need) to be, and more, he couldn't be.

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The Recording Studio Becomes a Musical Instrument in Its Own Right in 'The Producer as Composer'

As Virgil Moorefield describes the process of sampling and detailing the typical studio set-up of an act like the Chemical Brothers, he shows us that the soundboard is not an easy instrument to master.

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Dead But Not Buried or, When the '90s Took a '60s Turn

The post-Dead and post-Zappa bands of the '90s sought to subvert the prevailing trends towards crass commercialism, individual greed, and phony superficiality.

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All My Loving

Tony Palmer's 1968 made-for-BBC "masterpiece" looks decidedly more suspect today.

Stuart Henderson

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