Sheik Yerbouti (Remastered) Frank Zappa

Cover Sheik Yerbouti (Remastered)

Album info

Album-Release:
2021

HRA-Release:
26.03.2021

Label: Frank Zappa Catalog

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Modern Rock

Artist: Frank Zappa

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • 1I Have Been In You03:34
  • 2Flakes06:41
  • 3Broken Hearts Are For Assholes03:42
  • 4I'm So Cute04:28
  • 5Jones Crusher02:49
  • 6What Ever Happened To All The Fun In The World00:33
  • 7Rat Tomago05:17
  • 8Wait A Minute00:31
  • 9Bobby Brown Goes Down02:49
  • 10Rubber Shirt02:43
  • 11The Sheik Yerbouti Tango03:58
  • 12Baby Snakes01:50
  • 13Tryin' To Grow A Chin03:32
  • 14City Of Tiny Lites05:31
  • 15Dancin' Fool03:43
  • 16Jewish Princess03:16
  • 17Wild Love04:09
  • 18Yo' Mama12:35
  • Total Runtime01:11:41

Info for Sheik Yerbouti (Remastered)



Originally released in 1979, Sheik Yerbouti was Zappa's first album to be released on Zappa Records and contains the FM radio hits 'Dancin' Foot' and 'Bobby Brown' amongst others. Sheik Yerbouti represented a major turning point in Zappa's career. It emphasized the comedic aspect of his lyrics more than ever before, beginning a period of increased record sales and mainstream media attention. Sheik Yerbouti remains Zappa's biggest selling album worldwide with over two million units sold to date. The title is a play on words; Zappa appears on the cover in character in Arab headdress, and the name, meant to resemble an Arabic transcription, is pronounced like the title of KC and the Sunshine Band's 1976 disco hit "Shake Your Booty".

Sheik Yerbouti represented a major turning point in Zappa's career. It was the first album to be released on his own eponymous label after his departure from Warner Bros. Records. It emphasized the comedic aspect of his lyrics more than ever before, beginning a period of increased record sales and mainstream media attention. Sheik Yerbouti remains Zappa's biggest selling album worldwide with over 2 million units sold to date.

"In order to finance his artier excursions, which increasingly required more expensive technology, Frank Zappa recorded several collections of guitar- and song-oriented material in the late '70s and early '80s, which generally concentrated on the bawdy lyrical themes many fans had come to expect and enjoy in concert. Sheik Yerbouti (two LPs, one CD) was one of the first and most successful of these albums, garnering attention for such tracks as the Grammy-nominated disco satire "Dancin' Fool," the controversial "Jewish Princess," and the equally controversial "Bobby Brown Goes Down," a song about gay S&M that became a substantial hit in European clubs. While Zappa's attitude on the latter two tracks was even more politically incorrect than usual for him, it didn't stop the album from becoming his second-highest charting ever. Social satire, leering sexual preoccupations, and tight, melodic songs dominated the rest of the record as well, as Zappa stuck to what had been commercially successful for him in the past. The "dumb entertainment" (as Zappa liked to describe this style) on Sheik Yerbouti was some of his dumbest, for better or worse, and the music was undeniably good -- easily some of his best since Apostrophe, and certainly the most accessible. Even if it sometimes drifts a bit, fans of Zappa's '70s work will find Sheik Yerbouti on nearly an equal level with Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation, both in terms of humor and musical quality." (Steve Huey, AMG)

Frank Zappa, lead guitar, lead (1-3, 9, 12, 15–18) and backing vocals, arranger, composer, producer, remixing
Davey Moire, lead (6, 8) and backing vocals, engineer
Napoleon Murphy Brock, lead (17) and backing vocals
Andre Lewis, backing vocals
Randy Thornton, lead (17) and backing vocals
Adrian Belew, rhythm guitar, lead (5, 14) and backing vocals, Bob Dylan impersonation (2)
Tommy Mars, keyboards, backing and lead (17) vocals
Peter Wolf, keyboards, butter, Flora margarine
Patrick O'Hearn, bass, lead (3, 6, 8) and backing vocals
Terry Bozzio, drums, lead (3, 4, 6, 8, 13, 17) and backing vocals
Ed Mann, percussion, backing vocals
David Ocker, clarinet (17)

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Booklet for Sheik Yerbouti (Remastered)

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