FRANK ZAPPA
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Frank Zappa was one of the great iconoclastic musicians of the 20th Century. He was born in 1940 in Baltimore where his Sicilian-born, Greek-Arab meteorologist father was employed by an arsenal that manufactured poison gas during World War II. The Zappa family eventually settled in Lancaster, Calif., a Mohave Desert town Frank called a cultural wasteland. Ironically, it was here, during his high school years, that Zappa's interest in outlandish combinations of music bloomed. He formed an R&B group called the Blackouts, he bought Stravinsky and Varese records, he played drums in his high school band, where he was introduced to 12-tone music and did some composing and conducting. And he began to suspect he was destined to live a life deviating from the norms of Americana.

Zappa recorded parody and instrumental doo-wop tunes in the early '60s and leased them to record companies like Original Sound in Los Angeles. His
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FRANK ZAPPA Discography

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.. Album Cover 3.88 | 28 ratings
Freak Out! (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1966
.. Album Cover 4.36 | 24 ratings
Absolutely Free (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1967
.. Album Cover 4.41 | 26 ratings
We're Only in It for the Money (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1968
.. Album Cover 2.17 | 14 ratings
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1968
.. Album Cover 2.84 | 24 ratings
Lumpy Gravy
Jazz Related Rock 1968
.. Album Cover 4.41 | 50 ratings
Hot Rats
Jazz Related Rock 1969
.. Album Cover 3.79 | 23 ratings
Uncle Meat (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1969
.. Album Cover 3.81 | 22 ratings
Burnt Weeny Sandwich (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1970
.. Album Cover 4.04 | 21 ratings
Weasels Ripped My Flesh (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1970
.. Album Cover 3.42 | 19 ratings
Chunga's Revenge
Jazz Related Rock 1970
.. Album Cover 2.70 | 16 ratings
200 Motels
Jazz Related Rock 1971
.. Album Cover 4.38 | 24 ratings
Waka/Jawaka
Jazz Related Rock 1972
.. Album Cover 4.63 | 36 ratings
The Grand Wazoo (The Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1972
.. Album Cover 4.46 | 28 ratings
Over-Nite Sensation (The Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1973
.. Album Cover 3.76 | 26 ratings
Apostrophe (')
Jazz Related Rock 1974
.. Album Cover 4.52 | 34 ratings
One Size Fits All (as Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1975
.. Album Cover 3.56 | 17 ratings
Zoot Allures
Jazz Related Rock 1976
.. Album Cover 2.87 | 14 ratings
Studio Tan
Jazz Related Rock 1978
.. Album Cover 3.11 | 14 ratings
Sleep Dirt
Jazz Related Rock 1979
.. Album Cover 2.58 | 10 ratings
Orchestral Favorites
Jazz Related Rock 1979
.. Album Cover 2.30 | 18 ratings
Joe's Garage: Act I
Jazz Related Rock 1979
.. Album Cover 2.29 | 17 ratings
Joe's Garage: Acts II & III
Jazz Related Rock 1979
.. Album Cover 2.85 | 14 ratings
You Are What You Is
Jazz Related Rock 1981
.. Album Cover 4.06 | 9 ratings
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
Jazz Related Rock 1981
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More
Jazz Related Rock 1981
.. Album Cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
Jazz Related Rock 1981
.. Album Cover 3.56 | 9 ratings
Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
Jazz Related Rock 1982
.. Album Cover 3.25 | 6 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra, Volume 1
Third Stream 1983
.. Album Cover 3.20 | 10 ratings
The Man From Utopia
Jazz Related Rock 1983
.. Album Cover 3.07 | 7 ratings
Them or Us
Jazz Related Rock 1984
.. Album Cover 2.86 | 7 ratings
Thing-Fish
Jazz Related Rock 1984
.. Album Cover 2.10 | 5 ratings
Francesco Zappa
Third Stream 1984
.. Album Cover 3.43 | 7 ratings
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
Third Stream 1984
.. Album Cover 3.17 | 6 ratings
Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
Jazz Related Rock 1985
.. Album Cover 1.91 | 15 ratings
Jazz From Hell
Third Stream 1986
.. Album Cover 2.88 | 4 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol.II
Third Stream 1987
.. Album Cover 2.65 | 9 ratings
Civilization Phaze III
Third Stream 1994
.. Album Cover 3.43 | 7 ratings
The Lost Episodes
Jazz Related Rock 1996
.. Album Cover 3.58 | 6 ratings
Mystery Disc
Jazz Related Rock 1998
.. Album Cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Everything Is Healing Nicely
Jazz Related Rock 1999
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ensemble Modern Plays Frank Zappa: Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (feat. conductor: Jonathan Stockhammer)
Jazz Related Rock 2003
.. Album Cover 1.50 | 2 ratings
Joe's Domage
Jazz Related Rock 2004
.. Album Cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
QuAUDIOPHILIAc
Jazz Related Rock 2004
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Joe's XMasage
Jazz Related Rock 2005
.. Album Cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
The Making of Freak Out! Project/Object
Jazz Related Rock 2006
.. Album Cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
One Shot Deal
Jazz Related Rock 2008
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAA Birthday Bundle
Jazz Related Rock 2008
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Frank Zappa Birthday Bundle: AAAFNRAAAA
Jazz Related Rock 2010
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
"Congress Shall Make No Law..."
Jazz Related Rock 2010
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAAAAM Birthday Bundle 21 Dec. 2011
Jazz Related Rock 2011
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
Third Stream 2011
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Joe’s Camouflage
Jazz Related Rock 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dance Me This
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2015

FRANK ZAPPA EPs & splits

FRANK ZAPPA live albums

.. Album Cover 3.19 | 7 ratings
Fillmore East - June 1971 (The Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1971
.. Album Cover 2.29 | 5 ratings
Just Another Band From L.A. (The Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1972
.. Album Cover 4.09 | 21 ratings
Roxy & Elsewhere (as Zappa/Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1974
.. Album Cover 3.56 | 7 ratings
Bongo Fury (with Beefheart & Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1975
.. Album Cover 3.45 | 19 ratings
Zappa in New York
Jazz Related Rock 1978
.. Album Cover 2.52 | 18 ratings
Sheik Yerbouti
Jazz Related Rock 1979
.. Album Cover 1.56 | 12 ratings
Tinseltown Rebellion
Jazz Related Rock 1981
.. Album Cover 3.45 | 10 ratings
Baby Snakes
Jazz Related Rock 1983
.. Album Cover 1.62 | 7 ratings
Does Humor Belong in Music?
Jazz Related Rock 1986
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 9 ratings
Broadway the Hard Way
Jazz Related Rock 1988
.. Album Cover 2.62 | 11 ratings
Guitar
Jazz Related Rock 1988
.. Album Cover 3.56 | 9 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 1
Jazz Related Rock 1988
.. Album Cover 4.04 | 14 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 2
Jazz Related Rock 1988
.. Album Cover 3.56 | 8 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 3
Jazz Related Rock 1989
.. Album Cover 0.50 | 1 ratings
Live At Notre Dame University May 12, 1974 - Unmitigated Audacity (as Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
'Tis The Season To Be Jelly (Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
The Ark (Frank 's Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 4.25 | 12 ratings
Make a Jazz Noise Here
Jazz Related Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
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Jazz Related Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 3.71 | 7 ratings
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Jazz Related Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
As an Am [Beat the Boots #1]
Jazz Related Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Freaks & Motherfu*#@%!: Live in Fillmore East 1970 [Beat the Boots #3]
Jazz Related Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anyway the Wind Blows [Beat the Boots #5]
Jazz Related Rock 1991
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Piquantique - Stockholm Aug 21st 1973 [Beat the Boots #8] (Frank Zappa / Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1991
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Playground Psychotics
Jazz Related Rock 1992
.. Album Cover 3.83 | 9 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 5
Jazz Related Rock 1992
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 7 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 6
Jazz Related Rock 1992
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Electric Aunt Jemima [Beat the Boots #9]
Jazz Related Rock 1992
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At the Circus [Beat the Boots #10]
Jazz Related Rock 1992
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Our Man in Nirvana [Beat the Boots #11]
Jazz Related Rock 1992
.. Album Cover 3.15 | 14 ratings
The Yellow Shark
Third Stream 1993
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Zappa's Universe
Jazz Related Rock 1993
.. Album Cover 3.12 | 7 ratings
Ahead of Their Time (as Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1993
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Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute
Jazz Related Rock 1996
.. Album Cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
FZ:OZ
Jazz Related Rock 2002
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Halloween
Jazz Related Rock 2003
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Joe's Corsage
Jazz Related Rock 2004
.. Album Cover 4.10 | 5 ratings
Trance-Fusion
Jazz Related Rock 2006
.. Album Cover 4.25 | 8 ratings
Imaginary Diseases
Jazz Related Rock 2006
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The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle
Jazz Related Rock 2006
.. Album Cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Buffalo
Jazz Related Rock 2007
.. Album Cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Wazoo
Jazz Related Rock 2007
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The Dub Room Special!
Jazz Related Rock 2007
.. Album Cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Joe's Menage
Jazz Related Rock 2008
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Philly '76
Jazz Related Rock 2009
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Beat the Boots III (six albums)
Jazz Related Rock 2009
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Hammersmith Odeon
Jazz Related Rock 2010
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Carnegie Hall
Jazz Related Rock 2011
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Road Tapes, Venue #1
Jazz Related Rock 2012
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Finer Moments
Jazz Related Rock 2012
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Road Tapes Venue # 2
Jazz Related Rock 2013
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Roxy By Proxy
Jazz Related Rock 2014
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The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle (Anything Anytime Anywhere For No Reason At All)
Jazz Related Rock 2014

FRANK ZAPPA demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

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Mother's Day
Jazz Related Rock 1968
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Mothermania
Jazz Related Rock 1969
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The **** of The Mothers
Jazz Related Rock 1969
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The Mothers of Invention
Jazz Related Rock 1970
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Frank Zappa and The Mothers
Jazz Related Rock 1971
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The Worst of The Mothers
Jazz Related Rock 1971
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Frank Zappa y The Mothers of Invention
Jazz Related Rock 1972
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Pop History Vol. 14
Jazz Related Rock 1972
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Pregnant
Jazz Related Rock 1972
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Superstarshine Vol. 13: The Mothers of Invention
Jazz Related Rock 1972
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Die Frank Zappa Story [Präsentiert von Dolf Hartmann]
Jazz Related Rock 1973
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Pop Giants Vol.27
Jazz Related Rock 1973
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Superstarshine Vol. 26 Frank Zappa
Jazz Related Rock 1973
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Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
Jazz Related Rock 1974
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2 Originals of The Mothers of Invention
Jazz Related Rock 1975
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Pop History Vol. 7
Jazz Related Rock 1975
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Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention (Verve)
Jazz Related Rock 1975
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Shut Up n' Play Yer Guitar [3 Disc Box Set]
Jazz Related Rock 1981
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10c Rare Meat
Jazz Related Rock 1983
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Them or Us / Thing-Fish
Jazz Related Rock 1984
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Frank Zappa's The Old Masters Box One
Jazz Related Rock 1984
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We're Only in It for the Money / Lumpy Gravy
Jazz Related Rock 1985
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Joe's Grage Acts I, II & III
Jazz Related Rock 1987
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The Man From Utopia / Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
Jazz Related Rock 1988
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You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Sampler
Jazz Related Rock 1988
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Cucamonga Years: The Early Works of Frank Zappa (1962-1964)
Jazz Related Rock 1991
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Beat the Boots! II
Jazz Related Rock 1992
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Rare Meat: Early Works of Frank Zappa
Jazz Related Rock 1994
.. Album Cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra, Volume 1 & 2
Jazz Related Rock 1995
.. Album Cover 3.21 | 5 ratings
Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa
Jazz Related Rock 1995
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Kill Ugly Radio Some More
Jazz Related Rock 1995
.. Album Cover 4.19 | 8 ratings
Läther
Jazz Related Rock 1996
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Strictly Genteel: A Classical Introduction to Frank Zappa
Jazz Related Rock 1997
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Have I Offended Someone?
Jazz Related Rock 1997
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Cucamonga
Jazz Related Rock 1997
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Cheap Thrills
Jazz Related Rock 1998
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Son of Cheep Thrills
Jazz Related Rock 1998
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The Best Of
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FRANK ZAPPA movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Classic Albums: Apostrophe (') Over-Nite Sensation
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FRANK ZAPPA Reviews

FRANK ZAPPA Hot Rats

Album · 1969 · Jazz Related Rock
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I'll admit to not being familiar with a lot of Frank Zappa's output. If only we adults weren't limited by time and a multitude of distractions from exploring all the music we want to explore! I can't really compare Hot Rats to Frank's other albums. I'm posting my thoughts on JazzMusicArchives as this album compares to other Jazz Fusion music I've heard.

The longer songs here are a bit drawn out IMO. I think that comes with the Jazz Fusion territory. However, that's really the only issue I have with Hot Rats. The playing on the album is brilliant; we would expect no less from Frank and whoever he chooses to work with. My favorite songs come from the second half of the album, but everything here is enjoyable. As a whole, Hot Rats is a great release from one of the early pioneers of Jazz Rock Fusion.

FRANK ZAPPA Sheik Yerbouti

Live album · 1979 · Jazz Related Rock
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In 1977 Frank Zappa’s contract with Warner Brothers ended and he finally got the unfettered freedom that he’d been yearning to have for years. “Sheik Yerbouti” was the first release on Zappa Records and I get the feeling that Frank wanted to celebrate the occasion by having some fun. While many might consider this double LP too frivolous I beg to differ. The man’s humorous side was never hidden from public view so to expect him to conceal it as if it were something he was ashamed of is to dismiss a huge part of his personality for no good reason. For those inclined to limit themselves to his more “serious” endeavors there’s plenty of albums available that more readily accentuate Zappa’s adventurous jazz/rock fusion explorations but I think to do so hampers one’s ability to completely understand his genius. This wasn’t just some wise guy with distinctive facial hair who surrounded himself with eclectic collections of musical virtuosos, this was FRANK ZAPPA! He was openly rebellious and to expect him to play by the rules was pure folly. This is no masterpiece of prog rock or modern jazz but I doubt that he was trying to make one this time around. I think he just wanted to reiterate to the industry that in his realm there were no sacred cows to be revered and, by combining live tracks with studio add-ons and effects, demonstrate that he refused to be restricted or corralled by traditional methodology. “Sheik Yerbouti” displays splendidly the mixture of wit and immense talent that made Frank the stellar, one-of-a-kind 20th century savant who influenced millions of musicians worldwide during his too-short 52 years on Terra Firma.

The first five cuts are a non-stop medley of tunes that appear to be a lampoon of the trends that surfaced and thrived (at least for a while) during the 70s, starting with a hilarious send up of R&B Doo-Wop sensibilities entitled “I Have Been in You.” I find the crude lyrics and the high-pitched backup vocals to be an absolute hoot because Motown was never this brutally honest about sex although they sang about it all the time. From there he cruises into “Flakes,” a great skewering of Californians in general coupled with proggy interludes and rhythm guitarist Adrian Belew’s faux Bob Dylanisms that only the mind of Mr. Zappa could make work. “Broken Hearts are for Assholes” is next, a rocking stab at the New Wave movement that also gives a wink to the pretentious performance artists of that era via free-form word association. “I’m So Cute” then barges in. It reminds me of some of the silly British glam acts that tried so hard to be outrageous but were only successful at becoming ridiculously dated. The southern-fried boogie craze gets its turn on the grill with “Jones Crusher,” a driving number faithfully rendered complete with inane words and an overblown concert finale. “Whatever Happened to All the Fun in the World?” is the first of several brief forays into an abstract dimension that’ll give you cause to grin. It’s not all vaudeville, though. On “Rat Tomago” Frank cuts loose on the fret board and proceeds to dazzle and stun your ears with his inimitable axe-wielding ferocity. It’s pretty much a droning on-stage jam but who cares when the guitar playing is this fierce? “Wait a Minute” is another short spasm of incidental hijinks. Those of the politically correct persuasion had best skip “Bobby Brown Goes Down,” a bold slice of satire that’s bound to offend the sensitive. My opinion is that if you can’t enjoy a chuckle over this song then you’re taking yourself way too seriously (Something Zappa avoided like the plague.) Lighten up, for heaven’s sake.

“Rubber Shirt” is an experimental detour into jazz land where Terry Bozzio’s drums and Patrick O’Hearn’s bass guitar roam free. Frank, ever the mad scientist, combined two totally unrelated tracks to construct something intriguing. It goes to show that he was never afraid to “put it all out there.” He wasn’t as concerned about the common man’s acceptance of his fearless craft as he was of staying true to it. “The Sheik Yerbouti Tango” is a strange journey into Latino territory where Zappa colors far outside the well-defined lines. It’s definitely not for the musically conservative ear. On the odd little ditty, “Baby Snakes,” it’s back to unapologetic funny business for a few minutes. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin” is a sly poke at rock & roll theatrical productions. (Makes me wonder what FZ would’ve thought of extravaganzas like the recent insipid “Rock of Ages” stage show and movie.) “City of Tiny Lites” is a prime example of why there’ll never be another Frank. It’s a tightly-compacted conglomerate of rock, prog, funk, jazz and humor that’s a testament to his unmitigated gall. “Dancin’ Fool” follows, an incredibly spot-on swipe at the vapid disco phenomenon. (The tune actually crossed over into dance clubs for a spell in ’79 to Zappa’s astonishment.) “Jewish Princess” is Spike Jones on LSD. Sometimes making music can be made for no other purpose than to elicit a giggle or two and I’m okay with that. Let it be exactly what it is and don’t overanalyze. “Wild Love” is a highly complex, intricate arrangement of musical passages and assorted absurdities that defies description. Think jazz/rock fusion tossed in a blender. The album ends with 12:36 of “Yo Mama,” an epic that showcases Frank’s progressive leanings eloquently. Here structure and spontaneity get swirled together brilliantly. I realize that a lot of folks won’t “get it” but I’m glad that I do. It’s greatness.

“Sheik Yerbouti” went on to become Zappa’s biggest seller. It rose to #21 on the LP charts and, to date, has sold over 2 million copies. Not bad for an anti-establishment non-conformist. While I can dig that this stuff ain’t for everybody I think it’s still better than most of the self-righteous garbage I hear on radio and TV today. No one dares to be sarcastic anymore for fear of reprisals from the right or left and that’s a shame because we need to be reminded from time to time that we’re all crazy, neurotic messes that don’t seem to know when to take a chill pill and have a good laugh at ourselves. Frank Zappa took on that dirty job with pleasure and, in hindsight, it’s obvious that he didn’t scar anybody for life with his playful jabs. “Sheik Yerbouti” is a harmless yet entertaining escape from the hum drum.

FRANK ZAPPA Freak Out! (The Mothers Of Invention)

Album · 1966 · Jazz Related Rock
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The beginning of a legend. Album #1 of a gazillion more to come. The Mothers Of Invention didn't exactly take the world by storm with this highly cutting edge album from 1966. It barely made a blip in the musical radar and many of those who did pay attention deemed it unworthy of further listening pleasure. Well pooey on them! Little did the world know then that Mr Zappa, leader of this vast ensemble of the musical mad, would go on to shake up the world and inspire the world of music with his highly erratic, eclectic and political biting take on things.

Despite the album title, this is one of the tamest ZAPPA albums with songs that are R&B, doowop and standard bluesy rock all set to avant-garde sound collages. In a way the amalgamation of the decade before with something so revolutionary was his trademark giving accessible music a little kick in the behind. The album isn't totally tame. At the end we get two fully avant-garde tracks with “It Can't Happen Here” and “The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet,” a preview of what would further develop.

It's true that this is the first rock concept album as well as rock double album (if you don't count Dylan as rock) and considering The Beatles released REVOLVER the same year as this, it also seems he was a bit ahead of the game. Despite being ignored by the public at large, this became a cult hit. As cutting edge as this album is I would love to give it five stars, but unfortunately many of the tunes are not as interesting as what would begin on the second album, however this is without a doubt a MUST HAVE for any fan of not only ZAPPA, but of rock and prog alike.

FRANK ZAPPA Lumpy Gravy

Album · 1968 · Jazz Related Rock
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progshine
First Frank Zappa record without carrying The Mothers Of Invention name. Well, it was really quite obvious. This album, as you could expect after the first couple of Mothers albums.

The title of the album carry a bit more than just Lumpy Gravy, in fact it is: Frank Vincent Zappa conducts Lumpy Gravy FZ/Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.

Two parts, one each side, almost 16 minutes each, many orchestral moments mixed with crazy sounds and crazy ideas. Including some noise, Avant Garde, Concrete Music, Surf Music and many weird dialogues. That's what you'll get with [Album10129]. It's like Zappa wants to prove that classical music and 'ordinary music' could be joined together and that he could create a new kind of classical music. Well, in a way he did it!

Honestly I don't enjoy the album 100%, cause there's too much experimentalism for me, but, I do agree that was an important step for Zappa to do it.

A worthy 3 stars!

FRANK ZAPPA Absolutely Free (The Mothers Of Invention)

Album · 1967 · Jazz Related Rock
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I've been going through many 1967 albums as a research to an article I'm doing for my website. And it's very nice to see some of the bands development. Frank Zappa, back on this Absolutely Free (1967) was still with The Mothers Of Ivention, his band. Nobody need to say, really, that Frank Zappa was a visionary, a sound revolutionary. Back in his first album Freak Out! (1966) we knew it already!

But with this album Zappa was, like the name suggests, free. Free from what, you might ask, well, free from everything. He could actually do whatever he felt like, and he did!

Of course the political statement that Zappa always had was there, the album is indeed a display of political and social satire with a complex (to that time) music.

Absolutely Free (1967) focus on mini suites, each side of the original LP is one mini suite indeed. And, again, Zappa's classical side was there, in his first moments with citations from Igor Stravinsky all around.

Not my favorite side of Zappa (he has so many), I prefer his 70's homour period (Just Another Band From L.A., Over-Nite Sensation and Apostrophe), but this one can't let you down really!

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