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Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Sampler CD (album) cover

YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE SAMPLER

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.13 | 19 ratings

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4 stars "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Sampler" is a compilation album by US experimental rock artist Frank Zappa. The album was released through Barking Pumpkin/Zappa Records in April 1988 on double vinyl and cassette tape. As of now (August 2014) it has not yet been released on CD.

The album features 12 tracks that would later appear on the "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1-4" live albums. "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5 and 6" are not represented on this release. There are some lengthy versions of "The Torture Never Stops" and "Montana (Whipping-Floss)" on this sampler but to my ears the real treat are the live version of "The Evil Prince" which would later be featured on "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4 (1991)". This version of the track features Ray White on lead vocals. Another track here that deserves a mention is "Dickieīs Such An Asshole" which would later be featured on "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3 (1989)". The lo-fi live sound quality is really charming and authentic, and I can almost picture how the small venue must have looked and felt like on that particular night. "Nanook Rubs It" appears here in an edited version compared to the version on "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1 (1988)". Itīs a minor issue because edits are seldom a good solution and that also applies here. But keeping in mind that this is a sampler with limited space and running time, I guess the edit choice makes sense.

Upon conclusion "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Sampler" is above all a collectorīs item as there is nothing new here if you already own "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1-4" (...and of course you do). The quality of the material is so high though that a 4 star (80%) rating is still warranted, but you should of course purchase the "real" albums instead.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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