For all of his many attributes, one thing Frank Zappa most certainly was not is commercial. Presumably, the title of this collection is ironic. Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa is a compilation not of the composer's hits – he only broke the Top 40 on one occasion, with "Valley Girl" – but rather, a collection of his best-known material, from "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" to "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace." Zappa's albums often function as individual works, but this disc offers an intelligent selection of songs, serving as an introduction to the maverick musician.
Released on October 30 2004, this is another compilation by Rykodisc, with almost the same (but with less) tracks as on Strictly Commercial. This collection of Frank Zappa tracks from Rykodisc is a hodgepodge of previously released material. Among the 15 tracks are the obvious choices of "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow," "Dancin' Fool," "Dirty Love," and his daughter Moon Unit's novelty hit "Valley Girl."
Here's where to start your Zappa collection, if you're a Zappa neophyte. Although his recorded legacy numbers more than 50 albums, this is the first official Zappa retrospective since Verve released MOTHERMANIA in 1969.
STRICTLY COMMERCIAL features over 76 minutes of unforgettable music, including "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow," "Dancin' Fool," "Cosmik Debris," "Valley Girl," and "Peaches En Regalia." While Zappa is also respected as a serious composer of classical music, this compilation reveals the rock side of this complex artist, while showcasing his prodigious talents as an incisive satirist and virtuoso guitarist.
The package includes extensive liner notes by Dan Oullette, and an appreciation by Terry Gilliam.
The Best of Nat King Cole is part of EMI-Capitol Special Markets' Ten Best Series, where they selected ten hits from a popular artist on their roster. For the budget-minded, it's a nice collection of Nat King Cole's best-known hits, like "Unforgettable," "Ramblin' Rose," "Mona Lisa," "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" and "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons." It certainly won't please either jazz purists or Cole collectors, but the budget-conscious looking for an affordable (albeit skimpy) sampler of well-known Cole should turn here.