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Them Or Us
Frank Zappa
Them Or Us
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1

Japanese reissue of 1984 album, packaged in a miniature gatefold LP sleeve. Videoarts. 2002.


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All Artists: Frank Zappa
Title: Them Or Us
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Zappa Records
Release Date: 5/2/1995
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Comedy & Spoken Word, Progressive, Progressive Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 014431054327


Album Description
Japanese reissue of 1984 album, packaged in a miniature gatefold LP sleeve. Videoarts. 2002.

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An Eighties Style Cabaret Show
A Hermit | Southwestern Pa. | 06/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This release came out in 1984, when not many people were putting out really good material. Here, you have FZ with a full compliment of talent, covering the whole spectrum of what he was doing at the time. A nice touch is the variety of voices used for lead vocals, and they all get showcased in ways that show off their individual styles.
Contrary to what others have said, I think the "weak point" is "Sharleena," listen to the "Lost Episodes" version to see what I mean. In all it's a tight, powerful treat for any Zappa fan, casual or rabid."
80s Classic
Ronald Battista | Colorado Springs, CO | 06/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Some of the best durn guitar ever played. Some people don't like being hurled from one genre to another; that's unfortunate, because Zappa' eclecticism is on full display. But pay attention to the guitar, beyond the doo wop, 80s parodies, and gutter humor lies true genius and guitar mastery. No one runs a fretboard like Zappa. When Steve Vai plays second guitar in your band, you kinda know who's in charge."
Great Sound, Excellent Songs
Mad Dog | TimbuckThree, Tennessee | 10/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I swear there are times where you feel like your ear is right next to the studio mic on this disc. When Frank sings "The Closer You Are", you feel like droplets of his spittle are hanging on your earlobe. Frank worked hard to get excellent live and studio sound all through his long career and Them Or Us was a generational step up, due in part to equipment upgrades.

Don't get me wrong - this isn't an audiophile disc full of nothing songs. This is great stuff with little filler. The themes are typical Zappa - sex, lost love (or was it lust?), stupid people, more sex and more stupid people. Usually, when a musician remakes their own tune, I wish they hadn't, but the remake of Sharleena is outstanding. This was an incredible live band - I saw two shows on this tour and both times they nailed Sharleena, The Closer You Are, Be In My Video and all the rest.

This disc has great flow and excellent musicianship. To be honest, Frogs With Dirty Little Lips is the one tune I don't care for and although I do like Whippin' Post, they could have left it off without causing me to complain. But it was a great part of the live show."