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THE GRAND WAZOO

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.31 | 573 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars So if "Waka / Jawaka" is "Hot Rats II" then this must be "Hot Rats III" right ? To refresh your memories Frank was pushed off the stage and injured by an irate fan, and while recovering he recorded "Waka / Jawaka" and "The Grand Wazoo". I think one of the big differences between these two records is the bigger sound on "The Grand Wazoo". Having over 20 musicians involved will create that effect.

"For Calvin" is an interesting song where we get a contrast between the guitar led passages and the horn led sections. Much more horns then guitar though in this jazzy tune. "The Grand Wazoo" is the only song with lyrics. Vocals, xylophone, horns and percussion lead the way with some dissonant sounds 3 1/2 minutes in. A big band sound follows.

"Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus" is complex with a variety of sounds. The vocal melodies are so funny. "Eat That Question" is an uptempo track with electric piano, bass and drums. The guitar before 3 1/2 minutes is good. "Blessed Relief" is really a change of pace. A beautiful song that is both light and smooth. Horns, bass and light drums lead the way, with piano before 3 minutes.

For me this is better than "Waka / Jawaka" and a close second to "Hot Rats" as my favourite Zappa studio record.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |

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