Frank Zappa’s ‘Does Humor Belong in Music?’

Frank Zappa’s ‘Does Humor Belong in Music?’ is the only authorized (by FZ) CD (featuring concert recordings from October–December 1984) and released on January 27, 1986 by EMI.

Track Listing : 1.Zoot Allures (Frank Zappa) – 05:26 . 2.Tinsel-Town Rebellion (Frank Zappa) – 04:44 . 3.Trouble Every Day (Frank Zappa) – 05:31 . 4.Penguin In Bondage (Frank Zappa) – 06:45 . 5.Hot-Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel (Frank Zappa) – 06:43 . 6.What’S New In Baltimore (Frank Zappa) – 04:48 . 7.Cock-Suckers’ Ball (Traditional, Frank Zappa) – 01:05 . 8.Wplj (Ray Dobard) – 01:31 . 9.Let’S Move To Cleveland (Frank Zappa) – 15:43 . 10.Whipping Post (Gregg Allman) – 08:23

Musicians : Frank Zappa – Lead Guitar, Vocals . Ray White – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals . Ike Willis – Rhythm Guitar, Vocal . Bobby Martin – Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocal, French Horn . Allan Zavod – Keyboards . Scott Thunes – Bass Guitar . Chad Wackerman – Drums . Dweezil Zappa – Lead Guitar On (10)

Production : Produced By Frank Zappa . Frank Zappa . Thom Ehle – Engineer . Mark Pinske – Engineer

Arrangements : Frank Zappa

Package : Cal Schenkel – Art Direction

Recorded October 8, 1984 – December 23, 1984.

Released On January 27, 1986 By Emi.

 Frank Zappa

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Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
The version here of “Whippin’ Post” is interesting only because of a facile, but completely faceless guitar solo by Dweezil Zappa that makes Frank’s warp-speed atonal noodling seem brilliantly insightful by comparison. And just to offend everyone, there’s a cover of the Clovers’ pointlessly profane “Cocksucker’s Ball.” […]

Only Solitaire
And now I’m ready to shut up. Wait – just wanted to say that the title is kinda strange. The question put by Frank is understood, but he hardly gives an answer – it really ain’t a comedy record, at least, not any more comedy than any other of Frank’s live recordings. Kinda strange – maybe humor does not belong in music after all. Or ‘have I offended someone’? […]

allmusic
Because of Wackerman’s electronic drums, the razor-edged guitar sound Zappa used at the time and his fiddling with digital recording techniques, the album sounds oddly lifeless, almost clinical. It has its moments but is by no means an essential item. The video and CD present different track lists. […]

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