2 Responses to “New Frank Zappa double CD: UNDERSTANDING AMERICA”

  1. Quiet Wyatt says:

    The new 25-minute “Porn Wars” (a collage of politicians and Zappa testifying at the PMRC music warning-label/censorship debates of 1985) meant I was going to buy this regardless, so it’s nice to see that the rest of the collection looks like a well-thought-out assemblage of Zappa’s more politically pointed stuff. Already familiar with almost all of the selections from their original albums, I can see the care taken in building thematic blocks across these two discs. I’m chuffed to see a few off-the-wall selections like “Central Scrutinizer” and “Promiscuous”, both highly unlikely choices for a run-of-the-mill hits collection, and some neglected gems, like “Cocaine Decisions” and “Thing-Fish Prologue,” that are buried on shall-we-say-lesser albums.

    Also, it’s nice to see the “smut” contained to a reasonable selection of songs on the back half of CD1, unlike his other compilation “Have I Offended Someone?” which, true to its title, really rubs the listener’s nose in the fouler side of the Zappa catalog. I have no idea who’s still buying Zappa these days, but this compilation gives me hope that it’s not just 13-year-old boys looking for titty jokes. “Dumb All Over”, “Trouble Every Day”, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” & several other songs herein truly ought to be required listening for any student of ‘Mairkin culture.

  2. vintermann says:

    Ah, this reminds me it’s movember :(

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