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NOTES: "Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar"

I basically played background rhythms on these records. The trilogy consists of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar, Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More and The Return of the Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar. The first time I met Frank, he gave me two cassettes filled with material that ended up on these records. He asked me to transcribe the compositions, both the guitar and drum parts. Some of these transcriptions were released in a book called The Frank Zappa Guitar Songbook. The notation is devastatingly complex, and I definitely acquired some gray hairs with the name of that book on it. These three records are wonderful treats for lovers of the six string crying machine. They really show Frank's unique approach to soloing and guitar arrangements. His grinding extractions of melodies from the multi dimensions of his genius.


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