While this set is not as adventurous in certain aspects as the material contained on Shut Up 'N' Play Yer Guitar
, especially as concerns the rhythm section, hearing Frank's approach to a Floyd Rose equiped Strat is more than worth the effort that it might take for the average listener to make it through both discs in one sitting.
This is not a collection of blues licks and ii-V-I progressions, but a man with a vision stretching the "accepted" boundaries of tonality and time structure over vamps and grooves that range from the sublimely beautiful to the downright frightening.
Highlights include Republicans
(as ugly as the name implies), Outside Now
(the original guitar solo that was flown in over the studio tracks on Joes Garage
), That Ol' G Minor Thing Again
(variations on Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression
), Too Ugly for Show Business
(twisted Raggae) and Systems of Edges
(Zappa with SG in '79) among others.
Careful... this one will grow on ya.