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Young, Neil - Forever Young
(Not On Label [none] EX 500:-)

Neil Young has never been one to eschew change, and this 1982 concert certainly found him in a transitional mode. Recently signed to Geffen Records, he had released TRANS, an album that, with its computerized tracks and electronically altered vocals, remains one of the oddest (and more underrated) in his entire catalog.

He was also touring with a band drawn from virtually all phases of his career, with bassist Bruce Palmer (from the Buffalo Springfield), drummer Ralph Molina (from Crazy Horse), guitarist Nils Lofgren, steel guitarist/keyboardist Ben Keith and others.

2LP set recorded live in Göteborg, Sweden, October 8, 1982. Limited Edition of 1000 [#604].
Young, Neil - Trans
(Geffen GHS-2018 US-82 EX 275:-)

"Trans" was a bold and bewildering move into the 'modern age' for Neil Young. While it's been called his 'Electronic' album, "Trans" doesn't transport Neil into Depeche Mode territory. Instead, it finds him experimenting with an array of computers, keyboards and vocoders along with his standard guitar/bass/drums backbone.

Original US pressing with lyric inner and stickered picture sleeve. This first press lists 'If You Got Love' on the sleeve and the inner, but the track is NOT on the album (there is a sticker on the back explaining its absence) - still in the original [opened] shrink!
Z Z Top - Eliminator
(WEA W3774P UK-85 EX 275:-)

In the more than thirty years that they have been together, ZZ Top have mutated from a hard rocking boogie band into pop culture icons. Some might say, that they are also forward thinking musical geniuses whose appropriation of MTV and melding of Hard Rock to Dance rhythms put them so far ahead of the curve that -- for a while in the mid-1980s -- they seemed poised to take over the world.

"Eliminator", with its churning guitars and synthesizer hooks, was on the album charts for over a year. The album and its accompanying videos were ubiquitous in 1983, on television ZZ Top was seen on MTV, St. Elsewhere, even on the Tonight Show.

UK PICDISC in clear PVC sleeve.
Zappa, Frank - 200 Motels
(United Artists UDF-50003 UK-71 EX 300:-)

200 MOTELS is the soundtrack to Frank Zappa's wacky 1971 motion picture of the same name, which starred Ringo Starr and Keith Moon, among others. Although it enjoyed success as a "midnight movie" in the '70s/early '80s, 200 MOTELS is a difficult movie to comprehend, since the storyline is very abstract (some have hinted that it was made up on the spot!). But even when his music is difficult to understand, Zappa includes many interesting twists and turns, and the soundtrack for 200 MOTELS is no different.

Original UK 2LP set; comes with a superb 16-page full colour booklet packed with stills from the film (the poster though, is missing). The sleeve has shows minor wear; the vinyls are graded EX.
Zappa, Frank - Guitar
(Zappa ZAPPA-6 UK-88 EX 275:-)

Frank Zappa's music has always been fascinating, confusing and unpredictable. Bringing together every single musical genre, instrument and sensibility, Zappa's vast output is a legacy of some of the most complex and brilliant music of this century.

Zappa's "Guitar" is an instrumental work. Like the preceding "Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar" suite (released as a box set in 1982), Zappa had initially considered this as part of a set.
Zappa, Frank - Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
(CBS 66368 Hol-81 VG+ 400:-)

Frank Zappa's music has always been fascinating, confusing and unpredictable. Bringing together every single musical genre, instrument and sensibility, Zappa's vast output is a legacy of some of the most complex and brilliant music of this century.

This 3LP Box contains instrumentals, recorded between 1977 and 1980. Until the release of this album, only a few people realized what the hard-core Zappa fanatics had known all along... that FZ can play the guitar!
Zappa, Frank - Thing-Fish
(Barking Pumpkin SKCO-74201 US-84 VG+ 350:-)

Broadway the hard way, indeed. Frank Zappa's mock musical is also one of his most scathing satires, and sure to offend the sensibilities of many who hear it. Those who get past its prickly skin will be pleased to discover an ambitious, hilarious, and catchy look at life and love in the 1980's - with an outlook not so good.

Government experimentation on prison inmates leads to the creation of a new race of super beings, The Mammy Nuns, who start their own Broadway musical. Yuppie couple Harry & Rhonda come to the show, unaware that they are more than just part of the audience in this production, and find their own lives under the scrutiny of the Mammy Nun's leader, Thing-Fish, voiced by long-time Zappa cohort Ike Willis. Organized religion, homosexuality, feminism, and racial identity are just some of the subjects Zappa throws onto a groove of tight rock and a sheet of vocal sound. Maybe not one of Zappa's best albums, but certainly one of his most daring.
Zarathustra - Zarathustra
(Metronome MLP-15.421 Ger-72 VG+ 8000:-)

Zarathustra was a proto-metal band from Hamburg, active between 1969 and 1972. Their only album was a tour-de-force of energetic heavy progressive rock, a kind of Teutonic Uriah Heep with some added Jon Lord-like organ licks. Providing a high level of musical qualities, this brilliant band deserves the attention of any 70s prog rock lovers.

1st German pressing with matt gatefold sleeve.