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 Post subject: Best Zappa Doo Wop song?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:04 pm 
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What is your favorite Zappa Doo Wop style song? Covers count in this thread. I would have said a while ago Anything or WPLJ but recently I have fell in love with The Air and The Closer You Are (I think it is genuinely beautiful).

How about you guys? Cheap Thrills? Luigi? ;)

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Cheap Thrills is my favorite.


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The song Anything is a beautiful song with great vocals from Ray Collins.

Any Way The Wind Blows (Jets version). Doesn't get much better than this.

I guess I particularly like Zappa doo wop songs that start with the word "any".


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stuff up the cracks, the air, and i'm not satisfied from reuben are my favorites.

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The Air, Cruising for Burgers, Stuff up the Cracks

Are they all doo wop?

The last time I saw The Grandmothers, Don Preston introduced The Air as a good example of a little known aspect of Frank's work - doo wop.

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Also Jelly Roll Gum Drop is great. The bass wins so hard.

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"You Didn't Try To Call Me" i love it. I find myself singing it all the time. I like to imagine he got the idea for this song from something his first wife or girlfriend said to him. Absolutely devastating satire.


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I like "Little Girl Of Mine" cover on YCDTOSA4 with its Thing-Fish-style vocals. Dong Work For Yuda is also fine.


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I quite like FZs doo-wop stuff, but its not the primary reason I listen to him. If that was all he did, I wouldn't.
I wonder if FZ loved blues as much as doo-wop, we'd all be into that too, which would suit me better BTW.
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The Air - only the Uncle Meat studio version, not too hot on what the Flo & Eddie group did to it.

Yes, Stuff Up the Cracks is great. Especially the concept of it: the last song on an album full of 1950s style pop music, but with a very 1968 guitar solo ending the song (and consequently the album).

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Does Babbette count?


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Zappa Band performing a cover of Gene & Eunice "This Is My Story".
Gene & Eunice This Is My Story was originally on the Alladin Label (Aladdin 3282 A)

While I'm not a favorati kinda guy, Zappa's performance of This Is My Story is a very special Vault Nugget still awaiting release.
Actually the entire Zappa Ritz show is a gem umongst gems.

Speaking Of Best,
In some social circles, If I am not mistaken I think it was Guitar Player magazine,
I beleive it was in that magazine where The Zappa Ritz Concert Nov, 17 1981
had been spoken of as the "best live concert of all time".

Here's a toast to the ZFT releasing a Road Tapes Video of Frank Zappa Live At The Ritz Nov, 17 1981

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I beleive it was in that magazine where The Zappa Ritz Concert Nov, 17 1981
had been spoken of as the [i]"best live concert of all time"


So did your buddy JayPFunk.

And yeah just listened to it. GREAT concert and a great song, well pointed out.

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I quite like FZs doo-wop stuff, but its not the primary reason I listen to him. If that was all he did, I wouldn't.
I wonder if FZ loved blues as much as doo-wop, we'd all be into that too, which would suit me better BTW.
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FZ loved rhytm-and-blues more than doo-wop, I suppose


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downer mydnyte wrote:
The song Anything is a beautiful song with great vocals from Ray Collins.


"Anything" is really a masterpiece disguised as greasy doo wop. Love it.

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Anything got me into Doo Wop as a genre, even outside Zappa. It is beautiful.

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The Air, Cruising for Burgers, Stuff up the Cracks ... Are they all doo wop?
Definitely not Cruising For Burgers. The Air is one of my favourite doo wop numbers. I like Stuff up the Cracks for the guitar solo. Although it is doo wop, doo wop was more about the doo and the wop than it was about instrumental arrangements. I'm not sure there is anyone who has ever been described as a great doo wop guitarist.

I should add that FZ's arrangements of the instruments and sounds behind the doo and the wop is why I like his versions of doo wop in particular.

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^Good points.

NuclearProstate wrote:
Anything got me into Doo Wop as a genre, even outside Zappa. It is beautiful.
The_Acadian_2 wrote:
"Anything" is really a masterpiece disguised as greasy doo wop. Love it.


Right on. I knew I wasn't alone.


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