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* InTheStyleOf: "[[Music/LedZeppelinIV Stairway to Heaven]]" performed in a {{reggae}} style, with the guitar solo played by the horn section. It's BetterThanItSounds. "[[Music/JohnnyCash Ring of Fire]]" is also given a reggae arrangement, while other songs are given arrangements in other styles; see GenreRoulette above.

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* InTheStyleOf: "[[Music/LedZeppelinIV Stairway to Heaven]]" performed in a {{reggae}} style, with the guitar solo played by the horn section. It's BetterThanItSounds.SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds. "[[Music/JohnnyCash Ring of Fire]]" is also given a reggae arrangement, while other songs are given arrangements in other styles; see GenreRoulette above.


'''The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life''' is a 1991 [[DistinctDoubleAlbum double]] LiveAlbum by Music/FrankZappa which, much like ''Music/BroadwayTheHardWay'' (1991) and the later ''Music/MakeAJazzNoiseHere'' (1991) is a compilation of recordings from Zappa's 1988 tour. As the title implies to him it was the most professional band he ever had. Many tracks are older songs by Zappa and [[CoverVersion covers]], all in very intriguing and different arrangements.

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'''The ''The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life''' Life'' is a 1991 [[DistinctDoubleAlbum double]] LiveAlbum by Music/FrankZappa which, much like ''Music/BroadwayTheHardWay'' (1991) and the later ''Music/MakeAJazzNoiseHere'' (1991) is a compilation of recordings from Zappa's 1988 tour. As the title implies to him it was the most professional band he ever had. Many tracks are older songs by Zappa and [[CoverVersion covers]], all in very intriguing and different arrangements.


--> '''Mike Keneally''': ''Love...''
--> '''Background chorus''': ''It's hot''
--> '''Mike Keneally''': ''...Is a burning thing''
--> '''Frank Zappa''': ''That's right, it's the same verse again''
--> '''Mike Keneally''': '' (cracks up briefly) And it leaves a firey ring''
--> '''Frank Zappa''': ''It's one way of learning English.''

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--> '''Mike Keneally''': ''Love...''
Love...
--> '''Background chorus''': ''It's hot''
It's hot...
--> '''Mike Keneally''': ...Is a burning thing.
--> '''Frank Zappa''': That's right, it's the same verse again!
--> '''Mike Keneally''': ''...Is [''cracks up briefly''] And it leaves...a burning thing''
fiery ring...
--> '''Frank Zappa''': ''That's right, it's the same verse again''
--> '''Mike Keneally''': '' (cracks up briefly) And it leaves a firey ring''
--> '''Frank Zappa''': ''It's
It's one way of learning English.''



** "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" briefly quotes from Julius Fucik's "Entry the Gladiators". The "ha ha ha ha ha ha ha" vocals are a reference to Music/LaurieAnderson's hit "O Superman". "Sharkey" is a character in several of songs, thus explaining why Zappa says: "And then Sharkey says..." Mike Keneally:

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** "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" briefly quotes from Julius Fucik's "Entry the Gladiators". The "ha ha ha ha ha ha ha" vocals are a reference to Music/LaurieAnderson's hit "O Superman". "Sharkey" is a character in several of Anderson's songs, thus explaining why Zappa says: "And then Sharkey says..." Mike Keneally:


'''The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life''' is a 1991 [[DistinctDoubleAlbum double]] LiveAlbum by Music/FrankZappa which, much like ''Music/BroadwayTheHardWay'' (1991) and the later ''Music/MakeAJazzNoiseHere'' (1991) is a compilation of recordings from Zappa's 1988 tour. As the title implies to him it was the most professional band he ever had. Many tracks are older songs by Zappa and [[CoverVersion covers]], all in very intrigueing and different arrangements.

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'''The Best Band You Never Heard In in Your Life''' is a 1991 [[DistinctDoubleAlbum double]] LiveAlbum by Music/FrankZappa which, much like ''Music/BroadwayTheHardWay'' (1991) and the later ''Music/MakeAJazzNoiseHere'' (1991) is a compilation of recordings from Zappa's 1988 tour. As the title implies to him it was the most professional band he ever had. Many tracks are older songs by Zappa and [[CoverVersion covers]], all in very intrigueing intriguing and different arrangements.



# "Ring Of Fire" (2:00)

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# "Ring Of of Fire" (2:00)



# "Who Needs The Peace Corps?" (2:40)
# "I Left My Heart In San Francisco?" (0:36)

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# "Who Needs The the Peace Corps?" (2:40)
# "I Left My Heart In in San Francisco?" (0:36)



# "Sunshine Of Your Love" (2:30)
# "Let's Move To Cleveland" (5:51)

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# "Sunshine Of of Your Love" (2:30)
# "Let's Move To to Cleveland" (5:51)



# "A Few Moments With Brother A. West" (4:00)

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# "A Few Moments With with Brother A. West" (4:00)



# "Theme from "Bonanza" (0:28)

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# "Theme from "Bonanza" ''Bonanza''" (0:28)



# "The Torture Never Stops, Pt.2 " (10:47)

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# "The Torture Never Stops, Pt. 2 " (10:47)



# "Penguin In Bondage" (5:05)
# "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" (9:18)
# "Stairway To Heaven" (9:19)

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# "Penguin In in Bondage" (5:05)
# "The Eric Dolphy Music/EricDolphy Memorial Barbecue" (9:18)
# "Stairway To to Heaven" (9:19)



!! ''The Best Tropes You Never Read In Your Life''
* [[AbsenteeActor Absentee Musician]]: Music/JohnnyCash was scheduled to perform "Ring Of Fire", but as Zappa explains "his wife got sick and thus he couldn't come tonight." Zappa's band performs "Ring Of Fire" nevertheless without him:
--> '''Zappa''': "Johnny you'll never know what you missed."
* AlliterativeTitle: "The '''B'''est '''B'''and You Never Heard In Your Life".

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!! ''The Best Tropes You Never Read In in Your Life''
* [[AbsenteeActor Absentee Musician]]: Music/JohnnyCash was scheduled to perform "Ring Of of Fire", but as Zappa explains "his wife got sick and thus he couldn't come tonight." Zappa's band performs "Ring Of of Fire" nevertheless without him:
--> '''Zappa''': "Johnny "Johnny, you'll never know what you missed."
* AlliterativeTitle: "The '''B'''est '''B'''and You Never Heard In in Your Life".



** "Heavy Duty Judy" (''Music/ShutUpNPlayYerGuitar'') "Cosmik Debris" (''Music/{{Apostrophe}}''), "Zoot Allures", "Find Her Finer" and "The Torture Never Stops" (''Music/ZootAllures''), "Who Needs The Peace Corps?" (''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney''), "Zomby Woof" (''Music/OverNiteSensation''), "Mr. Green Genes", "Florentine Pogen", "Andy", "Inca Roads", "Sofa" (''Music/OneSizeFitsAll''), "Let's Move To Cleveland" (''Music/DoesHumorBelongInMusic''), "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" (''Film/TwoHundredMotels''), "More Trouble Every Day", "Penguin In Bondage" (''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere'') and "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" (''Music/WeaselsRippedMyFlesh'') are all from previous Zappa albums.
** During "Ring Of Fire" Zappa makes an allusion to Senator Paul Hawkins and pyromania, which is a nod to the track "Porn Wars" from ''Music/FrankZappaMeetsTheMothersOfPrevention'' (1985).

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** "Heavy Duty Judy" (''Music/ShutUpNPlayYerGuitar'') "Cosmik Debris" (''Music/{{Apostrophe}}''), "Zoot Allures", "Find Her Finer" and "The Torture Never Stops" (''Music/ZootAllures''), "Who Needs The the Peace Corps?" (''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney''), "Zomby Woof" (''Music/OverNiteSensation''), "Mr. Green Genes", "Florentine Pogen", "Andy", "Inca Roads", "Sofa" (''Music/OneSizeFitsAll''), "Let's Move To Cleveland" (''Music/DoesHumorBelongInMusic''), "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" (''Film/TwoHundredMotels''), "More Trouble Every Day", "Penguin In Bondage" (''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere'') and "The Eric Dolphy Music/EricDolphy Memorial Barbecue" (''Music/WeaselsRippedMyFlesh'') are all from previous Zappa albums.
** During "Ring Of of Fire" Zappa makes an allusion to Senator Paul Hawkins and pyromania, which is a nod to the track "Porn Wars" from ''Music/FrankZappaMeetsTheMothersOfPrevention'' (1985).



** Near the end of "Mr. Green Genes" the line "Isn't it Romantic?" can be heard, a throwback to "Punky's Whips" from ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'' (1977).

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** Near the end of "Mr. Green Genes" the line "Isn't it Romantic?" romantic?" can be heard, a throwback to "Punky's Whips" from ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'' (1977).



** "Lonesome Cowboy Burt", "More Trouble Every Day" and "Penguin In Bondage" satirize televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. Zappa poked fun at him before during "What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are?" from ''Music/BroadwayTheHardWay'' (1988) and during the intro of "Stink-Foot" on ''Music/MakeAJazzNoiseHere'' (1991). He also parodied Music/TheBeatles songs "Norwegian Wood", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" by rewriting the lyrics to refer to Swaggart's sex scandal. Copyright problems have avoided the songs to be included on official Zappa albums, but they can be heard on several bootlegs.
* {{Corpsing}}: Mike Keneally cracks up during "Ring Of Fire" and Zappa too during "Cosmik Debris". During "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" nobody is able to hold a straight face during some of Zappa's adlibs.
* CorruptChurch: "Lonesome Cowboy Burt", "More Trouble Every Day" and "Penguin In Bondage" take potshots at corrupt and hypocritical televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.
* CoverAlbum: Zappa plays highly unique covers of Music/JohnnyCash's "Ring Of Fire", Music/TonyBennett's "I Left My Heart In San Francisco", Music/MauriceRavel's "Boléro", Music/JimiHendrix' "Purple Haze", Music/{{Cream}}'s "Sunshine Of Your Life", the traditional "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", the theme from ''Film/TheGodfather'', the theme from ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' and Music/LedZeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven".

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** "Lonesome Cowboy Burt", "More Trouble Every Day" and "Penguin In Bondage" satirize televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. Zappa poked fun at him before during "What Kind Of of Girl Do You Think We Are?" from ''Music/BroadwayTheHardWay'' (1988) and during the intro of "Stink-Foot" on ''Music/MakeAJazzNoiseHere'' (1991). He also parodied Music/TheBeatles songs "Norwegian Wood", "Lucy In The in the Sky With Diamonds" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" by rewriting the lyrics to refer to Swaggart's sex scandal. Copyright problems have avoided prevented the songs to be from being included on official Zappa albums, but they can be heard on several bootlegs.
* {{Corpsing}}: Mike Keneally cracks up during "Ring Of of Fire" and Zappa too during "Cosmik Debris". During "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" nobody is able to hold a straight face during some of Zappa's adlibs.ad-libs.
* CorruptChurch: "Lonesome Cowboy Burt", "More Trouble Every Day" and "Penguin In in Bondage" take potshots at corrupt and hypocritical televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.
* CoverAlbum: Zappa plays highly unique covers of Music/JohnnyCash's "Ring Of of Fire", Music/TonyBennett's "I Left My Heart In in San Francisco", Music/MauriceRavel's "Boléro", Music/JimiHendrix' "Purple Haze", Music/{{Cream}}'s "Sunshine Of of Your Life", Love", the traditional "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", the theme from ''Film/TheGodfather'', the theme from ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' and Music/LedZeppelin's "Stairway To to Heaven".



* EpicRocking: The 7:11 "Florentine Pogen", 8:19 "Inca Roads", 10:47 "The Torture Never Stops Part 2", the 9:19 "Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" and 9:21 "Stairway To Heaven".

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* EpicRocking: The 7:11 "Florentine Pogen", 8:19 "Inca Roads", 10:47 "The Torture Never Stops Part 2", the 9:19 "Eric Dolphy "The Music/EricDolphy Memorial Barbecue" Barbecue", and the 9:21 "Stairway To to Heaven".



* FadingIntoTheNextSong: All tracks fade into one another.
* GenreRoulette: Not surprisingly for a Zappa album, but he plays all his songs in different arrangements and styles. Even the covers aren't safe: "Ring And Fire" is done in a {{Reggae}} arrangement. "Boléro" gets a {{Jazz}} rendition. "Purple Haze" and "Sunshine Of Your Love" are backed by a trumpet chorus and frequently interrupted by a Spanish sounding arrangement. "Stairway To Heaven" starts off in {{Reggae}} and ends in a trumpet and trombone performance.

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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: All tracks fade into one another.another, because it's a live album.
* GenreRoulette: Not surprisingly for a Zappa album, but he plays all his songs in different arrangements and styles. Even the covers aren't safe: "Ring And of Fire" is done in a {{Reggae}} arrangement. "Boléro" gets a {{Jazz}} rendition. "Purple Haze" and "Sunshine Of of Your Love" are backed by a trumpet chorus and frequently interrupted by a Spanish sounding arrangement. "Stairway To to Heaven" starts off in {{Reggae}} and ends in a trumpet and trombone performance.



** In "Who Needs The Peace Corps?" Mike Keneally sings "I'll buy a book of Indian lore", whereupon the band intentionally incorrectly imitates a group of Native Americans. In the original context of the song the lore is from UsefulNotes/{{India}}.

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** In "Who Needs The the Peace Corps?" Mike Keneally sings "I'll buy a book of Indian lore", whereupon the band intentionally incorrectly imitates a group of Native Americans. In the original context of the song the lore is from UsefulNotes/{{India}}.



* {{Instrumentals}}: "Heavy Duty Judy", "Boléro", "Zoot Allures", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue".

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* {{Instrumentals}}: "Heavy Duty Judy", "Boléro", "Zoot Allures", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", "The Eric Dolphy Music/EricDolphy Memorial Barbecue".



* {{Lampshading}}: "Ring Of Fire"

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* {{Lampshading}}: "Ring Of of Fire"



* LongTitle: "The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life".
* MickeyMousing: Zappa does this during some of the performances. For instance, after the line "there is a songbird who sings" in "Stairway To Heaven" a bird whistle is heard.

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* LongTitle: "The ''The Best Band You Never Heard In in Your Life".Life''.
* MickeyMousing: Zappa does this during some of the performances. For instance, after the line "there is a songbird who sings" in "Stairway To to Heaven" a bird whistle is heard.



** "Ring Of Fire", "Who Needs The Peace Corps?" and "Sunshine Of Your Love" have Mike Keneally impersonating Music/JohnnyCash.
** "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" by Music/TonyBennett is covered, a song Zappa described as "one of the ugliest songs ever written" in "They're Doing the Interview of the Century, Part 1".

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** "Ring Of of Fire", "Who Needs The the Peace Corps?" and "Sunshine Of of Your Love" have Mike Keneally impersonating Music/JohnnyCash.
** "I Left My Heart In in San Francisco" by Music/TonyBennett is covered, a song Zappa described as "one of the ugliest songs ever written" in "They're ''They're Doing the Interview of the Century, Part 1".1''.



* SecretWord: Zappa announces "Ring Of Fire" as the "secret of word tonight" in "Heavy Duty Judy" and uses it as a RunningGag throughout the album.

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* SecretWord: Zappa announces "Ring Of of Fire" as the "secret of word tonight" in "Heavy Duty Judy" and uses it as a RunningGag throughout the album.



** "Who Needs The Peace Corps" references ''Series/TheTonightShow''

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** "Who Needs The the Peace Corps" references ''Series/TheTonightShow''



** "Sunshine Of Your Love" namedrops soul singer Music/IsaacHayes, actor Gabby Hayes [[note]] Windy Walliday in ''Series/HopalongCassidy'' [[/note]], baseballer Willie Mays and actress Helen Hayes, all as an IncrediblyLamePun on "Purple '''Haze'''. Near the end "Jarabe Tapatio" ("The Mexican Hat Dance") is quoted.

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** "Sunshine Of of Your Love" namedrops soul singer Music/IsaacHayes, actor Gabby Hayes [[note]] Windy Walliday in ''Series/HopalongCassidy'' [[/note]], baseballer Willie Mays and actress Helen Hayes, all as an IncrediblyLamePun on "Purple '''Haze'''. Near the end "Jarabe Tapatio" ("The Mexican Hat Dance") is quoted.



** During "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube Waltz" is quoted.
** Near the end of "Stairway To Heaven" the trumpets quote from "The Teddy Bears' Picnic".
* SpokenWordInMusic: Zappa's spoken interludes between songs, for starters, and "A Few Moments With Brother A. West" is a protest speech by televangelist Brother A. West against Zappa.
* TimeMarchesOn: "Lonesome Cowboy Burt", "More Trouble Every Day" and "Penguin In Bondage" are all rewritten to poke fun at corrupt televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who, in 1988, was caught in the presence of a prostitute and cried crocodile tears on live television while confessing "his sin to God". In 1989 he was caught red-handed with another prostitute.

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** During "The Eric Dolphy Music/EricDolphy Memorial Barbecue" Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube Waltz" is quoted.
** Near the end of "Stairway To to Heaven" the trumpets quote from "The Teddy Bears' Picnic".
* SpokenWordInMusic: Zappa's spoken interludes between songs, for starters, and "A Few Moments With with Brother A. West" is a protest speech by televangelist Brother A. West against Zappa.
* TimeMarchesOn: "Lonesome Cowboy Burt", "More Trouble Every Day" and "Penguin In in Bondage" are all rewritten to poke fun at corrupt televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who, in 1988, was caught in the presence of a prostitute and cried crocodile tears on live television while confessing "his sin to God". In 1989 he was caught red-handed with another prostitute.


* InTheStyleOf: "[[Music/LedZeppelinIV Stairway to Heaven]]" performed in a {{reggae}} style, with the guitar solo played by the horn section. It's BetterThanItSounds. "[[Music/JohnnyCash Ring of Fire]] is also given a reggae arrangement, while other songs are given arrangements in other styles; see GenreRoulette above.

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* InTheStyleOf: "[[Music/LedZeppelinIV Stairway to Heaven]]" performed in a {{reggae}} style, with the guitar solo played by the horn section. It's BetterThanItSounds. "[[Music/JohnnyCash Ring of Fire]] Fire]]" is also given a reggae arrangement, while other songs are given arrangements in other styles; see GenreRoulette above.


* InTheStyleOf: "[[Music/LedZeppelinIV Stairway to Heaven]]" performed in a {{reggae}} style, with the guitar solo played by the horn section. It's BetterThanItSounds.

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* InTheStyleOf: "[[Music/LedZeppelinIV Stairway to Heaven]]" performed in a {{reggae}} style, with the guitar solo played by the horn section. It's BetterThanItSounds. "[[Music/JohnnyCash Ring of Fire]] is also given a reggae arrangement, while other songs are given arrangements in other styles; see GenreRoulette above.

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* InTheStyleOf: "[[Music/LedZeppelinIV Stairway to Heaven]]" performed in a {{reggae}} style, with the guitar solo played by the horn section. It's BetterThanItSounds.

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* RingOfFire: Zappa covers the song.

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'''The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life''' is a 1991 [[DistinctDoubleAlbum double]] LiveAlbum by Music/FrankZappa which, much like ''Music/BroadwayTheHardWay'' (1991) and the later ''Music/MakeAJazzNoiseHere'' (1991) is a compilation of recordings from Zappa's 1988 tour. As the title implies to him it was the most professional band he ever had. Many tracks are older songs by Zappa and [[CoverVersion covers]], all in very intrigueing and different arrangements.

"Boléro" had to be removed from European copies as there were complaints from Music/MauriceRavel's extant copyright holders. Later reissues have reinstated the performance.

[[AC:Disc One]]
# "Heavy Duty Judy" (6:04)
# "Ring Of Fire" (2:00)
# "Cosmik Debris" (4:32)
# "Find Her Finer" (2:42)
# "Who Needs The Peace Corps?" (2:40)
# "I Left My Heart In San Francisco?" (0:36)
# "Zomby Woof" (5:41)
# "Boléro" (5:19)
# "Zoot Allures" (7:07)
# "Mr. Green Genes" (3:40)
# "Florentine Pogen" (7:11)
# "Andy" (5:51)
# "Inca Roads" (8:19)
# "Sofa No. 1" (2:49)

[[AC:Disc Two]]
# "Purple Haze" (2:27)
# "Sunshine Of Your Love" (2:30)
# "Let's Move To Cleveland" (5:51)
# "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" (0:46)
# "Godfather Part II" Theme" (0:30)
# "A Few Moments With Brother A. West" (4:00)
# "The Torture Never Stops, Pt. 1" (5:19)
# "Theme from "Bonanza" (0:28)
# "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" (4:54)
# "The Torture Never Stops, Pt.2 " (10:47)
# "More Trouble Every Day" (5:28)
# "Penguin In Bondage" (5:05)
# "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" (9:18)
# "Stairway To Heaven" (9:19)

'''Personnel'''
* Music/FrankZappa: lead guitar, vocals, Synclavier
* Mike Keneally: vocals, synth, rhythm guitar
* Bobby Martin: vocals, keyboards
* Ike Willis: vocals, rhythm guitar, synthesizer
* Kurt [=McGettrick=]: baritone sax, bass sax, contrabass clarinet
* Ed Mann: vibes, marimba, electronic percussion
* Paul Carman: alto, soprano and baritone sax
* Bruce Fowler: trombone
* Walt Fowler: trumpet, flugel horn, synthesizer
* Scott Thunes: electric bass, mini-moog
* Chad Wackerman: drums, electronic percussion
* Albert Wing: tenor sax

!! ''The Best Tropes You Never Read In Your Life''
* [[AbsenteeActor Absentee Musician]]: Music/JohnnyCash was scheduled to perform "Ring Of Fire", but as Zappa explains "his wife got sick and thus he couldn't come tonight." Zappa's band performs "Ring Of Fire" nevertheless without him:
--> '''Zappa''': "Johnny you'll never know what you missed."
* AlliterativeTitle: "The '''B'''est '''B'''and You Never Heard In Your Life".
* BoleroEffect: Naturally "Boléro".
* CallBack and ContinuityNod:
** "Heavy Duty Judy" (''Music/ShutUpNPlayYerGuitar'') "Cosmik Debris" (''Music/{{Apostrophe}}''), "Zoot Allures", "Find Her Finer" and "The Torture Never Stops" (''Music/ZootAllures''), "Who Needs The Peace Corps?" (''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney''), "Zomby Woof" (''Music/OverNiteSensation''), "Mr. Green Genes", "Florentine Pogen", "Andy", "Inca Roads", "Sofa" (''Music/OneSizeFitsAll''), "Let's Move To Cleveland" (''Music/DoesHumorBelongInMusic''), "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" (''Film/TwoHundredMotels''), "More Trouble Every Day", "Penguin In Bondage" (''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere'') and "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" (''Music/WeaselsRippedMyFlesh'') are all from previous Zappa albums.
** During "Ring Of Fire" Zappa makes an allusion to Senator Paul Hawkins and pyromania, which is a nod to the track "Porn Wars" from ''Music/FrankZappaMeetsTheMothersOfPrevention'' (1985).
** During "Find Her Finer" Zappa sings "wrap like a mudshark until you'll finally find her", which a reference to the mudshark from ''Music/FillmoreEastJune1971'' (1971).
** Near the end of "Mr. Green Genes" the line "Isn't it Romantic?" can be heard, a throwback to "Punky's Whips" from ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'' (1977).
** Ike Willis sings "Purple Haze" in his Kingfish impression from ''Music/ThingFish'' (1984) and also talks about a "potato-headed surprise", referencing the character Potato-Headed Bobby from ''Music/OneSizeFitsAll'' and ''Music/BongoFury''.
** "Lonesome Cowboy Burt", "More Trouble Every Day" and "Penguin In Bondage" satirize televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. Zappa poked fun at him before during "What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are?" from ''Music/BroadwayTheHardWay'' (1988) and during the intro of "Stink-Foot" on ''Music/MakeAJazzNoiseHere'' (1991). He also parodied Music/TheBeatles songs "Norwegian Wood", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" by rewriting the lyrics to refer to Swaggart's sex scandal. Copyright problems have avoided the songs to be included on official Zappa albums, but they can be heard on several bootlegs.
* {{Corpsing}}: Mike Keneally cracks up during "Ring Of Fire" and Zappa too during "Cosmik Debris". During "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" nobody is able to hold a straight face during some of Zappa's adlibs.
* CorruptChurch: "Lonesome Cowboy Burt", "More Trouble Every Day" and "Penguin In Bondage" take potshots at corrupt and hypocritical televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.
* CoverAlbum: Zappa plays highly unique covers of Music/JohnnyCash's "Ring Of Fire", Music/TonyBennett's "I Left My Heart In San Francisco", Music/MauriceRavel's "Boléro", Music/JimiHendrix' "Purple Haze", Music/{{Cream}}'s "Sunshine Of Your Life", the traditional "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", the theme from ''Film/TheGodfather'', the theme from ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' and Music/LedZeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven".
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: 28 songs, 14 each on each disc.
* EpicRocking: The 7:11 "Florentine Pogen", 8:19 "Inca Roads", 10:47 "The Torture Never Stops Part 2", the 9:19 "Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" and 9:21 "Stairway To Heaven".
* FaceOnTheCover: Zappa performing on stage.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: All tracks fade into one another.
* GenreRoulette: Not surprisingly for a Zappa album, but he plays all his songs in different arrangements and styles. Even the covers aren't safe: "Ring And Fire" is done in a {{Reggae}} arrangement. "Boléro" gets a {{Jazz}} rendition. "Purple Haze" and "Sunshine Of Your Love" are backed by a trumpet chorus and frequently interrupted by a Spanish sounding arrangement. "Stairway To Heaven" starts off in {{Reggae}} and ends in a trumpet and trombone performance.
* HurricaneOfPuns:
** In "Who Needs The Peace Corps?" Mike Keneally sings "I'll buy a book of Indian lore", whereupon the band intentionally incorrectly imitates a group of Native Americans. In the original context of the song the lore is from UsefulNotes/{{India}}.
** During "Purple Haze" Ike Willis names Music/IsaacHayes, Gabby Hayes, Willie Mays, Helen Hayes,...
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Heavy Duty Judy", "Boléro", "Zoot Allures", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue".
* LiveAlbum: All tracks are lifted from concerts.
* {{Lampshading}}: "Ring Of Fire"
--> '''Mike Keneally''': ''Love...''
--> '''Background chorus''': ''It's hot''
--> '''Mike Keneally''': ''...Is a burning thing''
--> '''Frank Zappa''': ''That's right, it's the same verse again''
--> '''Mike Keneally''': '' (cracks up briefly) And it leaves a firey ring''
--> '''Frank Zappa''': ''It's one way of learning English.''
* LongTitle: "The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life".
* MickeyMousing: Zappa does this during some of the performances. For instance, after the line "there is a songbird who sings" in "Stairway To Heaven" a bird whistle is heard.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** "Ring Of Fire", "Who Needs The Peace Corps?" and "Sunshine Of Your Love" have Mike Keneally impersonating Music/JohnnyCash.
** "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" by Music/TonyBennett is covered, a song Zappa described as "one of the ugliest songs ever written" in "They're Doing the Interview of the Century, Part 1".
* NonAppearingTitle: The album title doesn't appear in any of the lyrics.
* RagingStiffie: "Lonesome Cowboy Burt", about televangelist Jimmy Swaggart:
--> ''And I pump up my sanctified erection''
* SecretWord: Zappa announces "Ring Of Fire" as the "secret of word tonight" in "Heavy Duty Judy" and uses it as a RunningGag throughout the album.
* ShoutOut:
** "Who Needs The Peace Corps" references ''Series/TheTonightShow''
--> ''Heeeeeeere's Johnny!''
** The background singers quote from "Stayin' Alive" by Music/TheBeeGees halfway "Inca Roads".
** "Sunshine Of Your Love" namedrops soul singer Music/IsaacHayes, actor Gabby Hayes [[note]] Windy Walliday in ''Series/HopalongCassidy'' [[/note]], baseballer Willie Mays and actress Helen Hayes, all as an IncrediblyLamePun on "Purple '''Haze'''. Near the end "Jarabe Tapatio" ("The Mexican Hat Dance") is quoted.
** Zappa covers the theme music of ''Film/TheGodfather'' and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''.
** During "The Torture Never Stops" the theme melody of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' is quoted.
** "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" briefly quotes from Julius Fucik's "Entry the Gladiators". The "ha ha ha ha ha ha ha" vocals are a reference to Music/LaurieAnderson's hit "O Superman". "Sharkey" is a character in several of songs, thus explaining why Zappa says: "And then Sharkey says..." Mike Keneally:
--> ''Those readers unfamiliar with Laurie Anderson's work might not realize that we're parodying her in the middle section of 'Lonesome'---'Sharkey' is a character in several of her songs. I suggested including the relentless "ha ha ha ha ha ha" vocal part, ripped off from her song 'O Superman', and I came to regret it on some evenings when Frank decided to keep the section going on forever.''
** During "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube Waltz" is quoted.
** Near the end of "Stairway To Heaven" the trumpets quote from "The Teddy Bears' Picnic".
* SpokenWordInMusic: Zappa's spoken interludes between songs, for starters, and "A Few Moments With Brother A. West" is a protest speech by televangelist Brother A. West against Zappa.
* TimeMarchesOn: "Lonesome Cowboy Burt", "More Trouble Every Day" and "Penguin In Bondage" are all rewritten to poke fun at corrupt televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who, in 1988, was caught in the presence of a prostitute and cried crocodile tears on live television while confessing "his sin to God". In 1989 he was caught red-handed with another prostitute.
--> ''Wednesday I watched Jimmy Swaggart''
--> ''Watched him weepin' all over the place''
--> ''An' I watched him weepin' an' weepin' an' weepin' ''
--> ''And that shit rollin' down his face''
--> ''(Oh . . . I sinned!)''
--> ''An' then I watched him weep some more''
--> ''An' he kept on weepin' again''
--> ''(Oh, forgive me, Assembly O' God!)''
--> ''And they smacked him on his little hand''
--> ''And he went out makin' more money''
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