Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Frank Zappa - My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mother (A Butterboy Compilation) (3 x CD's)


Frank Zappa - My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mother (A Butterboy Compilation) (3 x CD's)

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.

As a self-taught composer and performer, Zappa's diverse musical influences led him to create music that was sometimes difficult to categorize. He continued his eclectic and experimental approach whether the fundamental format was rock, jazz, or classical. Zappa's output is unified by a conceptual continuity he termed "Project/Object", with numerous musical phrases, ideas, and characters reappearing across his albums. Zappa was a highly productive and prolific artist with a controversial critical standing; supporters of his music admired its compositional complexity, while critics found it lacking emotional depth. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and worked as an independent artist for most of his career. 

The Guitarist... Zappa is widely recognized as one of the most significant electric guitar soloists. In a 1983 issue of Guitar World, Jon Swenson declared: "the fact of the matter is that [Zappa] is one of the greatest guitarists we have and is sorely unappreciated as such." His idiosyncratic style developed gradually and was mature by the early 1980s, by which time his live performances featured lengthy improvised solos during many songs. A November 2016 feature by the editors of Guitar Player magazine wrote: "Brimming with sophisticated motifs and convoluted rhythms, Zappa's extended excursions are more akin to symphonies than they are to guitar solos." He was further described as using a wide variety of scales and modes, enlivened by "unusual rhythmic combinations". His left hand was capable of smooth legato technique, while Zappa's right was "one of the fastest pick hands in the business."

Zappa transcriptionist Kasper Sloots wrote, "Zappa's guitar solos aren't meant to show off technically (Zappa hasn't claimed to be a big virtuoso on the instrument), but for the pleasure it gives trying to build a composition right in front of an audience without knowing what the outcome will be."   (Wikipedia)

Zappa's music have been variously categorized under experimental rock, jazz, classical, avant-pop, experimental pop, comedy rock, doo-wop, jazz fusion, progressive rock, proto-prog, avant-jazz, and psychedelic rock., all of which exist on this compilation. Frank Zappa’s guitar improvisation technique and guitar soloing was unique with its odd grouping of rhythms, modal approach and the timbre of his sound which offers the listener a generally recognizable experience. Frank Zappa is equally adept at acoustic and electric guitar.

The 60 tracks presented here focus on his wonderful guitar solo's captured in the recording studio and in live sessions and concerts. There is also a bonus where Frank Zappy supplied the lead guitar on the Grand Funk Railroad  album "Good Singin' Good Playin'" (that he also produced).  I am sure you will agree that the man could really play exciting guitar... I guess you are in for an interesting ride. Enjoy!






Track lists


01 Black Napkins (Zoot Allures Version 2-76) 4:15

02 Watermellon in Easter Hay 8:42

03 Willie the Pimp 9:23

04 Chalk Pie 4:52

05 Muffin Man 5:32

06 The Deathless Horsie 6:21

07 Ship Ahoy 5:22

08 Outside Now (Original Solo) 5:28

09 Rdnzl 8:13

10 Inca Roads 8:45

11 Transylvania Boogie 4:56

12 In-A-Gadda-Stravinsky 2:49

13 Yo' Mama 12:41

14 That Ol' G Minor Thing Again 5:02

15 Stucco Homes 9:08

16 Po-Jama People 7:39

17 Treacherous Cretins 5:34

18 Son of Mr. Green Genes 8:57

19 Zoot Allures 4:13

20 Pink Napkins 4:38


21 Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More 5:38

22 Son of Orange County 5:54

23 Sunrise Redeemer 3:58

24 Apostrophe' 5:49

25 Chunga's Revenge 6:14

26 Pinnocchio's Furniture 2:05

27 Stuff Up the Cracks (Alternate Mix) 6:05

28 Cruisin' for Burgers 9:12

29 Get a Little 2:33

30 While You Were Out 6:03

31 Too Ugly for Show Business 4:20

32 Systems of Edges 5:32

33 Any Kind of Pain 5:42

34 Rat Tomago 5:14

35 Beat it With Your Fist 1:58

36 What's New in Baltimore 5:03

37 Imaginary Diseases 9:14

38 Were We Ever Really Safe in San Antonio 2:49

39 Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 3:42

40 Return of the Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar 8:30


41 Rare Acoustic Jam, 1970 (Frank Zappa & Shuggie Otis Live in Studio) 8:31

42 Sleep Dirt 3:20

43 The Ocean is the Ultimate Solution 13:19

44 Nine Types of Industrial Pollution 5:58

45 Filthy Habits 7:33

46 Gee, I Like Your Pants 2:31

47 Theme From the 3rd Movement of Sinister Footwear 3:31

48 Heavy Duty Judy 4:38

49 Eat That Question 6:40

50 Any Downers 2:08

51 Swans What Swans 4:23

52 Duck Duck Goose 3:01

53 Variations on Sinister #3 5:15

54 City of Tiny Lites 5:30

55 Drowning Witch 9:22

56 Road Ladies 4:10

57 Wonderful Wino 3:38

58 The Evil Prince 7:12

59 Easy Meat 7:39

60 Black Napkins (Live 75) 7:10

61 Out to Get You (Bonus Track FZ on Guitar) 4:44




  1. A beacon in dark days! I check the site periodically (most recently 2 days ago), a i know others do. Hope this isn't a one-off, bu twhatever the case, it's just a treat to see you back at the helm.

    1. Hi Sir in tx.
      I am sharing again and am glad to be back.
      Hope you find some music that interests you


  2. whoops! In my haste, I dropped an 's' and a 't' in the above post, so here they are.

  3. damn that's the art work too, lol, pure Zappa.
    I'm also looking for some Dweezil, also a talent to behold.

    1. Hi D.
      Zapper is a great artist, uncompromising and intelligent. Plays mean guitar as well.
      I don't have a lot of Dweezil Zappa.


  4. GGG. Great post of a Great musician in a Great blog!

  5. Nice to see you back! Thanks for this wonderful collection.

    1. Hi Smokey,
      Thanks for the welcome back.
      Hope you like what s to be posted in the future too.


  6. Wow. That took some work! Thanks.

  7. Hi thanks another great compilation cheers

    1. Thank you Barrie G,
      I always appreciate your kind comments.


  8. Nor do I Il Commendatore,


  9. Thank you for this deep sampler, Butter! Your artwork reminded me how, in high school, I had a classmate who looked almost exactly like Frank Zappa: same build, thick wavy hair, big mustache, chin tuft... but his voice was an octave or two higher, and he spoke with a wisp - he weally, twuly did. Frank would've gotten a kick out of that - with no offense intended anyone (from Demosthenes till today) who struggles to pronounce and enunciate. Most of the girls loved him and his ice-blue eyes, so we guys envied him, and never mocked. He also played guitar, and may well have mastered a good waka-jawaka sound after school. Cheers!

    1. Hi Aging Child,
      Frank Zappa is a great guitar player. As much as he shows a flair for innovation, he was never afraid to say what he wanted to say or to shock. Twuly.


  10. Is it possible to be reposted in other than zippy? Thanks

    1. Hi rum.
      New links established, tested and working.