Big Swifty (11:13)

Cover of Waka/Jawaka

From Waka/Jawaka and 20 other releases

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  • reagan0

    I've been listening to this song for how many years? And I just noticed how fantastic and intricate the guitar work is....

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • petross85

    Last 4 minutes do it for me. So nice

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • shawnevans

    Nothing against Barry White, Marvin Gaye etc. But I'd throw this on when I make some sweet love. Just hopefully she'd be into Zappa..

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • rul88

    What's great about this song is definitley the intro, 1:00+ of great orchestration, after that just a fine free jazz tune.

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • Twist Of Fate

    the few measures if you will at 9:50-- amazing. this definitely holds my attention.

    14 Sep 2009 Reply
  • barrospablito

    BS tries to be TGV? Shut up 'n play yer guitar! lol

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • thekidwiththefa

    I don't think it's trying to be The Gumbo Variations (a favourite of mine), I think it's a bit more of a free jazz exercise, and a lovely one at that.

    30 Jun 2009 Reply
  • LiquidEternity

    Oh, that's not exactly the comparison I was making. I was just looking at them as two early Zappa 16 min+ jam pieces. They sound nothing alike to me, really. It's just that in the W/J version, I really find myself getting lost a lot. The Gumbo Variations never loses me or my interest, and that's why I find it so impressive. Soon I will have heard the Make a Jazz Noise Here version, and then perhaps I can make a more fair comment.

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • persisofmem

    I like this song a lot

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • LiquidEternity

    I think it tries too hard to be The Gumbo Variations. It's kind of weak and meandering. The weak point of the album for me, though I do enjoy it anyways. Comparing it to comparable songs, though, such as TGV, The Grand Wazoo, and The Ocean Is the Ultimate Solution, I'm not really impressed with Big Swifty. It's lacking in flair and push, I think. Hm.

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Ulysses101

    no words to say... Just Zappa... A Genius...

    29 Mar 2008 Reply
  • rompemonster

    what a big and swifty tune... the whole waka/jawaka and the grand wazoo was one nifty era... (he had many)

    26 Jan 2008 Reply

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