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Frank Zappa



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5 stars My favorite Zappa album, OK, it's to short, but the content more than makes up for that. This was Frank's second gold record and it has a little bit of everthing thrown in, intricate music, ripping lead guitar, humorous stories with lyrics full of Zappa's satire and wit, even lead (fuzz) bass by Jack Bruce on the title cut. I know, I know, FZ's music was not for everyone, especially his lyrics, which could be very sexist, but I don't know many woman who like the music much less the vocals (Ruth Underwood must have been a rare breed, although she claimed to love the challenge of playing his music). I won't go into all the individual songs, as that's been done, but the final two tracks are worth extra mention. Uncle Remus is such a cool song, with it's gospel feel, great solo, and some of Frank's best vocals, gives me chills every time I hear it. It could have been the second single if not for the hard hitting lyrics. Bravo to Frank and George Duke for this little beauty. Stink- Foot "this is the dog talking now" is another gem that while last is not least by a long shot. Zappa's guitar work here is some of his finest. The first solo showcases his trademark distorted sound and is short and to the point, but it's the second solo that I always look forward to. This solo with it's clean tone and wonderful use of the wah wah pedal, really shows what a great guitarist he was. It's a fairly long solo but it never gets boring, and he continues this tone at the end of the song, just to give you another little taste of his brilliant playing. I don't listen to this one all the time but when I do it's a treat.
vunder | 5/5 |


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