Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Civilization Phaze 3
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classical
This is Zappa's masterpiece of electronic music, conceived, composed and performed on his Synclavier, a computer system for music composition and recording. Civilization Phaze III is an astounding work, taking Zappa nearly... more »
This is Zappa's masterpiece of electronic music, conceived, composed and performed on his Synclavier, a computer system for music composition and recording. Civilization Phaze III is an astounding work, taking Zappa nearly ten years to finish. Released posthumously, this 2 CD set is a testimony to Zappa the composer, containing the pure fruits of his imagination and the hard work he continued until his death in 1993. Continuing the story of the piano people from Lumpy Gravy (and utilizing much of the same tape source material for it's interludes) the album fulfills on the promise of his Grammy-winning Jazz From Hell, the first album released of his Synclavier music. Rather than sounding artificial, the sampled instruments sound other-worldly, as if Zappa's latest band had traveled from a dimension where our own laws of space and time didn't apply. Strings morph into winds in the middle of a phrase, and different instruments trade alternating notes in the most complicated and fast of passages. Anyone interested in new experimental and electronic music will also want to check out Civilization Phaze III, the genre's best-kept secret. --Andrew Boscardin
An unbelievable accomplishment
greg s. | Minnetonka, MN United States | 07/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There a some very good reviews on here already, and they are the ones that are informed and positive. The people that don't like it, don't like music outside of the realm of the Zappa music they understand. That is fine, nothing wrong with that. However, they should just say that they don't care for the type of music that is on Civilization Phaze III, but not judge it disfavorably.
This recording should never be out of print, it is far too important in the history of music."
This is the one I was waiting for
Santa Dog | Norfolk, VA United States | 03/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are a number of good reviews of this final masterpiece by Frank Zappa and I won't repeat what has already been (well ) said. I would just like to say that this album is the most fitting summation of Zappa's brilliance as a composer. For the most part it is Music/Music although there are some deep reflections from a dying man here if you know how to hear them.
I'm sure a lot of Zappa's fans might prefer Joe's Garage or one of the other more ( in my opinion ) lightweight recordings, but for me; This album fulfills the promise of musically stellar albums like Uncle Meat, Jazz From Hell, Grand Wazoo, The Perfect Stranger....you catch my drift I'm sure.
This is the one ( along with The Yellow Shark ) that confirms Zappa's high standing as a truly original and visionary composer. Thank you Frank!"