Frank Zappa: five-five-FIVE
Frank Zappa (lead guitar)
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar (Rykodisc 10533)
Frank Zappa (lead guitar), Warren Cuccurullo (rhythm guitar), Denny Walley (rhythm guitar), Ike Willis (rhythm guitar), Tommy Mars (keyboards), Peter Wolf (keyboards), Ed Mann (percussion), Arthur Barrow (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Composed by Frank Zappa.
Recorded: Hammersmith Odeon, London, February 19, 1979
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
When zonked-out rock-o-holics argue about the relative merits of Hendrix, Clapton, Page and the other total gods of the guitar, this is a track that the Zappa contingency will cite as evidence for their candidate. Zappa flies over an intricate pattern which juxtaposes 5/8 and 5/4 -- not something you will find in your Basic Rock Licks method book. Zappa definitely has a hot hand on "five-five-FIVE"; but I am just as impressed by the rhythm section and especially Vinnie Colaiuta's drumming. (When is Vinnie gonna come out with his Shut Up 'n Play Yer Drums recording?) But no matter which instrument you focus on, this track just might blow out the subwoofers in your auditory system.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia