Frank Zappa releases ‘The Man from Utopia’ recorded with guitarist Steve Vai (1983)

Frank Zappa‘s ‘The Man from Utopia’ is an album featuring Steve Vai on guitar and released on March 28, 1983 by Barking Pumpkin.

Track Listing : 1.Cocaine Decisions (Frank Zappa) – 02:56 . 2.The Dangerous Kitchen (Frank Zappa) – 02:51 . 3.Tink Walks Amok (Frank Zappa) – 03:40 . 4.The Radio Is Broken (Frank Zappa) – 05:52 . 5.Moggio (Frank Zappa) – 03:05 . 6.The Man From Utopia Meets Mary Lou (Donald Woods, Doris Woods, Obie Jessie) – 03:19 . 7.Stick Together (Frank Zappa) – 03:50 . 8.Sex (Frank Zappa) – 03:00 . 9.The Jazz Discharge Party Hats (Frank Zappa) – 04:30 . 10.We Are Not Alone (Frank Zappa) – 03:31

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Musicians : Frank Zappa – Guitar, Vocals, Drum Machine, Arp 2600 . Steve Vai – Guitar, Acoustic Guitar . Ray White – Guitar, Vocals . Roy Estrada – Vocals . Bob Harris – Boy Soprano . Ike Willis – Vocals . Bobby Martin – Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals . Tommy Mars – Keyboards . Arthur Barrow – Keyboards, Bass, Micro Bass, Rhythm Guitar . Ed Mann – Percussion . Scott Thunes – Bass . Chad Wackerman – Drums . Vinnie Colaiuta – Drums . Craig Twister Steward – Harmonica . Dick Fegy – Mandolin . Marty Krystall – Saxophone

Production : Produced By Frank Zappa . Jo Hansch – Mastering . Mark Pinske – Engineer . Bob Stone – Engineer

Package : John Vince – Art Direction . Tanino Liberatore asterisques RVM – Illustration

Recorded October 1980 – October 1982.

ReleasedOn March 28, 1983 By Barking Pumpkin.

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Frank Zappa


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This album has some favorites on, but also 2 songs, that I just can’t stand: SEX and Luigi… They’re terrible… I made a copy for myself without them […]

This album marks the exact point where Frank completely stopped being a cutting-edge revolutionary and became a dirty old man. Somehow, hearing Frank open an album with songs about drugs (“Cocaine Decisions”) and sex (“Sex”) feels too much like him grasping at straws to stay relevant and ‘shocking’ and all that rot. […]
Zappa manages to sound like he is re-inventing his sound only for enjoyment and he never strikes me as self-indulgent in this great album. […]


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