Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar - Reception


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Allmusic (2 CD)
Allmusic (Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More)
Allmusic (Return of the Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar)

The album was well received by critics. Reviewing the album's double CD incarnation for Allmusic, Sean Westergaard wrote, "Frank Zappa was one of the finest and most underappreciated guitarists around. This is an album that should be heard by anyone who's into guitar playing." Another writer for the website, Lindsay Planer, similarly appraised the individual releases Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More and Return of the Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar, writing of Some More, "it is certainly a wonderful place for interested parties to commence their discovery of the (dare say) many moods Zappa imbued in carefully constructed yet thoroughly improvised compositions such as the seven found here." In regard to Return of the Son, Planer wrote that Zappa "saved some of his best offerings Zappa pours his expansive ideas onto the soundscape with a certainty and purpose that is simply unmatched in terms of passion and inspiration."

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