Jazz From Hell

Universal Music Group
Release date
18 Dec 2012
Running length
8 tracks
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2 The Beltway Bandits 3:26 11,865
3 While You Were Art II 7:19 10,343
4 Jazz From Hell 3:00 11,613
5 G-Spot Tornado 5:17 16,718
6 Damp Ankles 3:46 9,825
7 St. Etienne 6:27 9,923
8 Massaggio Galore 2:36 9,264

About this album

Zappa won a 1988 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for this album.

All compositions were executed by Frank Zappa on the Synclavier DMS with the exception of “St. Etienne”, a guitar solo excerpted from a live performance of “Drowning Witch” from a concert in Saint-Étienne, France on Zappa’s 1982 tour.

For more information on the very influential Synclavier digital synthesizer, refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synclavier


Frank Zappa – lead guitar, synclavier, keyboards, production
Ed Mann – percussion
Tommy Mars – keyboards
Bobby Martin – keyboards, saxophone
Scott Thunes – bass guitar, keyboards
Steve Vai – rhythm guitar
Chad Wackerman – drums
Ray White – rhythm guitar

Technical personnel
Greg Gorman – cover photo
Bob Rice – computer assistant
Bob Stone – engineering

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  • sythofin

    My new obsession.

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • bobo9390

    This album is pretty damn cool

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ifnedmerrillwas

    Intensly absurd and as much as it's humerous, it's depth and serious musical integrity make this an odd yet a Zappa l.p I have a reat fondness for.

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • rabloto


    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • WatashiWaGreg

    Absolutely ridiculous album. Fun to listen to, even if it's a little beyond me.

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • mmmojo


    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Teraksus

    I received this album as gift in 96 and I just couldn't pass the first song! Now after 15 years found it again, and guess what it is just as annoying as it was back in 96 hauhauahuahauha

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • PATMAN2288

    way the fuck over everyone's head still, this album crushes!!!!

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
  • yiffyskunk420

    once again Zappa, you were ahead of the times, and even still today.

    23 Feb 2011 Reply
  • DuuNfox

    the best album ever

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ReveriePA

    I've had this album for ages, and never really liked it for whatever reason. I'm listening again now and it's BLOWING MY MIND! This is so fantastic! What the hell was wrong with me before?! It's amazing!

    28 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Zupravisor

    El solo en St.Etienne es espectacular! :D

    25 Sep 2010 Reply
  • clockwisecarrot

    This album doesn't get enough love :(

    21 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Goatlordlord

    When I first heard this, I didn't know anything about Zappa's synclavier stuff and was very disapoointed. But after some years I began loving this.

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • GalacticEgg


    6 Jul 2010 Reply
  • LuMi993

    ok now i like it

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Snowman01

    Yeah it's from hell alright, probably his worst cd IMO. But some tunes are kinda intressting at leats

    17 Mar 2010 Reply
  • LuMi993

    ok this is fucking annoying, i hope i will like it after some more spins

    13 Mar 2010 Reply
  • rdx_TP


    28 Jan 2010 Reply
  • giedosst

    I hope I can write music this mind blowing one day! I am and always will be in awe of Mr.Zappa!

    3 Dec 2009 Reply
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