Frank Zappa ‎– Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar

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Official Release #31, #32, #33

Instrumentals, recorded between 1977 and 1980. Originally distributed in May 1981 by mail-order (with transcript offer) as 3 separate LPs:
BPR 1111; Frank Zappa - Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
BPR 1112; Frank Zappa - Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More
BPR 1113; Frank Zappa - Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
(The box set liners use the cover images of these, with added border)

Versions (47)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CBS 66368 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(3xLP, Album, Ltd + Box) CBS CBS 66368 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
16-SP-1785 Frank Zappa Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(Cass, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records 16-SP-1785 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
BPR C1113 Frank Zappa Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(Cass, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records BPR C1113 US 1981 Sell This Version
CSPS 1785 Frank Zappa Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(LP, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records CSPS 1785 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
BPR-1113, BPR 1113 Frank Zappa Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(LP, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records, Barking Pumpkin Records BPR-1113, BPR 1113 US 1981 Sell This Version
16-SP-1784 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More(Cass, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records 16-SP-1784 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
BPR C1112 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More(Cass, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records BPR C1112 US 1981 Sell This Version
BPR-1112 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More(LP, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records BPR-1112 US 1981 Sell This Version
CSPS 1784 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More(LP, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records CSPS 1784 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
WTX 38289 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(3xCass, Album + Box) Barking Pumpkin Records WTX 38289 US 1981 Sell This Version
S3BP 220505 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(3xLP, Album + Box) CBS S3BP 220505 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
BPR-C1111 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(Cass) Barking Pumpkin Records BPR-C1111 US 1981 Sell This Version
16-SP-1783 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(Cass, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records 16-SP-1783 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
BPR-1111 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(LP, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records BPR-1111 US 1981 Sell This Version
CSPS 1783 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(LP, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records CSPS 1783 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
W3X 38289 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(3xLP, Album + Box) Barking Pumpkin Records W3X 38289 US 1982 Sell This Version
S3BP 220505 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(3xLP, Album, Sli) CBS S3BP 220505 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
60AP 2268~70 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xLP, Album) CBS/Sony 60AP 2268~70 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
FZAP 2, 79 0245 1 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(3xLP, Album + Box) EMI, EMI FZAP 2, 79 0245 1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
RCD 10028 / 10029 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar (2xCD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10028 / 10029 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
RCD 10028 / RCD 10029 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10028 / RCD 10029 US 1986 Sell This Version
RCD 10028 / 10029 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10028 / 10029 US 1986 Sell This Version
RCD 10028 / 10029 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10028 / 10029 US 1986 Sell This Version
RCD 10028 / 10029 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10028 / 10029 US 1986 Sell This Version
RCD 10028/29 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10028/29 US 1986 Sell This Version
CP25-5664/65 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, RE) EMI CP25-5664/65 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
CDS 7 90084 2, CDFZ2, CD FZ 2 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, RE) EMI, Barking Pumpkin Records, EMI, EMI CDS 7 90084 2, CDFZ2, CD FZ 2 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CDD ZAP 19 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records CDD ZAP 19 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
RCD 10533/34/35, D203404 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Rykodisc, Rykodisc RCD 10533/34/35, D203404 US 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10533/34/35, D203404 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, Club, RM) Rykodisc, Rykodisc RCD 10533/34/35, D203404 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10533/34/35 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, RE, RM + Box) Rykodisc RCD 10533/34/35 US 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10533/34/35 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, RE, RM + Box) Rykodisc RCD 10533/34/35 US 1995 Sell This Version
968038 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, RM) Eldorado, Rykodisc 968038 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10533/34/35 Zappa* Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, RE, RM + Box) Rykodisc RCD 10533/34/35 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
VACK-1240 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Car) Rykodisc VACK-1240 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
VACK-1240 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Videoarts Music VACK-1240 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
VACK-1347/49 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, RM) Videoarts Music, Rykodisc VACK-1347/49 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
RCD 10533/34/35 Zappa* Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, RE, RM + Box) Rykodisc RCD 10533/34/35 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
0238632 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, Comp, RE, RM) Zappa Records 0238632 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
ZR 3863 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, RE, RM) Zappa Records ZR 3863 US 2012 Sell This Version
ZR 3863 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Unofficial) Zappa Records (2) ZR 3863 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
0238632 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, Comp, RE, RM) Zappa Records 0238632 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
RCD 10028/29 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10028/29 US Unknown Sell This Version
AN-2117 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Ltd, Unofficial) ArsNova AN-2117 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
RCD 10533/34/35 Zappa* Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, RE + Box) Rykodisc RCD 10533/34/35 USA, Canada & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
RCD 10533/34/35 Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, RE, RM + Box) Rykodisc RCD 10533/34/35 USA, Canada & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
RCD 10533/34/35 Zappa* Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(3xCD, Album, RE, RM + Box) Rykodisc RCD 10533/34/35 US Unknown Sell This Version

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dexter_mason

dexter_mason

August 10, 2018
referencing Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar, 3xLP, Album, Ltd + Box, CBS 66368
Zappa's mountain of recordings range from unlistenable to untouchable - this one definitely falls on the latter end. There is something about the backing instrumentation on these solos that give them incredible depth. Gets me right in the feels you know? FZ absolutely shreds with original style, demonstrating what true mastery looks like on a guitar. I really can't see how a musician or audiophile can listen to this album and not put FZ in the same league as hendrix, page and the other typical top names you see on those stupid lists of guitar legends.
tftdguru

tftdguru

April 1, 2018
referencing Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar, 3xLP, Album + Box, W3X 38289

After listening to this you can never claim that Zappa doesn't have chops - his skill is quite evident here, if not his range. However, do not expect this box set to contain fully composed selections with beginnings, middles, ends, first and second themes, tensions built and released, and hooks. Lacks all of that. It's more avant garde jam band in nature. It is what it is, and fans of guitar improvisations and exploration will find it enjoyable.
yankfish

yankfish

March 28, 2018
referencing Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar, 3xLP, Album, Ltd + Box, CBS 66368

just in case this is not already universally known but the recording
quality and sound quality of this set rivals any i've ever heard.
of course the music is amazing as others have reviewed but Zappa
records are always incredibly well recorded, mastered and pressed.
i don't think enough credit is given to his relentless pursuit of quality.
especially since most of his records contain some live and studio
recordings seamlessly woven together to make new material,
i'm not sure but i don't know too many others who have taken that
very difficult approach to recording.
optiscore

optiscore

January 7, 2018
referencing Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar, 3xLP, Album, Ltd + Box, CBS 66368
Amazing guitarist. Would like to have heard more of this unique talent on other albums.
terrysuki

terrysuki

August 27, 2016
referencing Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar, 3xLP, Album, Ltd + Box, CBS 66368

Probably the single greatest collection of electric guitar solos in the entire Universe. Truly staggering.
carsonchilders

carsonchilders

May 16, 2016
referencing Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar, LP, Album, BPR-1113, BPR 1113
There was also a version of this with a promo stamp sent to radio stations. Reads "LOANED FOR PROMOTION ONLY"
shaun_douglas

shaun_douglas

November 26, 2011
referencing Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More, LP, Album, BPR-1112

Zappa shreds on this one! Whoever rated this at 2 needs to get their head checked!