Frank Zappa’s ‘Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar’ is the combination of three albums – ‘Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar’, ‘Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar Some More’ and ‘Return of the Son of Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar’ – released on May 11, 1981 by Barking Pumpkin.
Track Listing : Shut Up ‘N Play Yer Guitar . 1.Five-Five-Five (Frank Zappa) – 02:35 . 2.Hog Heaven (Frank Zappa) – 02:46 . 3.Shut Up ‘N Play Yer Guitar (Frank Zappa) – 05:35 . 4.While You Were Out (Frank Zappa) – 06:09 . 5.Treacherous Cretins (Frank Zappa) – 05:29 . 6.Heavy Duty Judy (Frank Zappa) – 04:39 . 7.Soup ‘N Old Clothes (Frank Zappa) – 07:53 . Shut Up ‘N Play Yer Guitar Some More . 1.Variations On The Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression (Frank Zappa) – 03:56 . 2.Gee, I Like Your Pants (Frank Zappa) – 02:32 . 3.Canarsie (Frank Zappa) – 06:06 . 4.Ship Ahoy (Frank Zappa) – 05:26 . 5.The Deathless Horsie (Frank Zappa) – 06:18 . 6.Shut Up ‘N Play Yer Guitar Some More (Frank Zappa) – 06:52 . 7.Pink Napkins (Frank Zappa) – 04:41 . Return Of The Son Of Shut Up ‘N Play Yer Guitar . 1.Beat It With Your Fist (Frank Zappa) – 01:39 . 2.Return Of The Son Of Shut Up ‘N Play Yer Guitar (Frank Zappa) – 08:45 . 3.Pinocchio’S Furniture (Frank Zappa) – 02:04 . 4.Why Johnny Can’T Read (Frank Zappa) – 04:04 . 5.Stucco Homes (Frank Zappa) – 08:56 . 6.Canard Du Jour (Frank Zappa) – 10:12
Musicians : Frank Zappa – Lead Guitar, Bouzouki . Tommy Mars – Keyboards . Patrick O’Hearn – Bass, Dialogue . Denny Walley – Rhythm Guitar . Ray White – Rhythm Guitar . Bob Harris – Keyboards . Peter Wolf – Keyboards . Ed Mann – Percussion . Ike Willis – Rhythm Guitar . Arthur Barrow – Bass . Terry Bozzio – Drums, Dialogue . Vinnie Colaiuta – Drums . Warren Cuccurullo – Rhythm Guitar, Electric Sitar . Roy Estrada – Vocals . Bob Harris – Keyboards . Andre Lewis – Keyboards . Eddie Jobson – Keyboards . Steve Vai – Rhythm Guitar . Jean-Luc Ponty – Baritone Violin
Production : Produced By Frank Zappa . Frank Zappa . Kerry Mcnabb – Engineer . Steve Nye – Engineer . Jo Hansch – Mastering . Bob Stone – Remixing . Joe Chiccarelli – Engineer, Mixing, Recording . George Douglas – Engineer . Tom Flye – Engineer . Mick Glossop – Engineer
Arrangements : Frank Zappa
Package : John Swenson – Liner Notes . John Livzey – Photography . John Vince – Graphic Design
Recorded In 1972; February 1976; February 1977 – December 11, 1980.
Released On May 11, 1981 By Barking Pumpkin.
This is the first time I’ve ever seriously tried to write a Frank Zappa review; a daunting task indeed. I rely heavily on the excellent booklet inside the 2012 Universal/Zappa Record reissue of Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar. […]
The purpose of this album, as with all other albums in the series, is to showcase Zappa’s electric guitar performances with band accompaniment; all of the other musicians are generally forced into supporting roles for the entire project. This would obviously not be appropriate as a permanent band arrangement, but it works extremely well for most of these recordings. […]
This album is outstanding. This is truly one of Frank Zappa‘s finest achievements. This is my all time favorite Zappa albumand there is not one thing that disappoints me about it. A few of my favorite tracks on here include Five-Five-Five, Hog Heaven, Ship Ahoyand Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression. […]