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Frank Zappa - The Mothers Of Invention: Absolutely Free CD (album) cover


Frank Zappa



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5 stars Firstly a word of wisdom to buyers. The mono vinyl is far more common than the stereo, saying that you should get the mono and the stereo if you can possible afford them but don't allow yourself to be ripped off, the mono is common. Now why should you own this record in all of its forms ? Because it is a masterpiece of prog-doo-whop. If we are only in it for the money is the dark twin of Sgt Pepper then this LP is Zappa's revolver, only its way more important. How do you describe one of the best records ever made. Its not easy. We are presented with so much here, that's its quite difficult to know were to start. This is not pop music, but it is pop. Its a very difficult trick to pull off. We get so many little glimpse of Franks genius. Plastic people has one of the most intentionally rude lyrics ever devised. Nobody gets off there is no, in group who is better, we are all plastic people. Take it on board brother Frank is about to lay his take on politics on you and it hurts. The duke of prunes has the most compelling of all Franks melodies with the possible exception of sofa, we are treated to a three part symphony in just three tracks. A prune is not a vegetable by the way...but we are keeping that to ourselves However this is no classic music that you are familiar with, it pushes the envelope. Invocation & ritual dance of the young pumpkin, is possible to most accessible music on the whole disc, a bloody good jazzy rock fest.......wonderful and a good place for a novice to start to appreciate Frank. Of course the herd is the vegetables it just to easy to be superior when your so fucking hot...Frank is a big ego... Side two begins with America Drinks unless you have the CD in which case to tracks are added here. They are big legged emma which is only just good and why don't you do me right which is forgettable really...Skip them first time around because they are pretty badly placed really. They do have a better studio sound than Absolutely but they are not important material. America Drinks is awesome da du da oh no oh no....we are taken on a roller coaster of different styles, do whop-circus music, pop and he does have an ear for a nice melody. Status is really nice......they do sound like they are having a riot its a good natured Mothers sound...nice sax, some shredding, even sounds a bit like Yes...before returning for a nod at pop again.The recording is a bit lacking sadly, and I must say I prefer the mono mix the stereo one is clumsy really.Uncle Bernie is starting to up the anti quite literally and the target is politicians, really Frank should have stood for president he really was one of the great minds of this age. Brown shoes don't make is the most politically aggressive track on this political LP. Be a jerk and go to work Beefhart bares his tonsils like fangs. Heavy stuff....and very disturbing in many respects. That Girl certainly knows how to NASTY. We even get a funeral march. When he does the sleazy it really come alive. America Drinks & goes home...You really owe it to yourself to buy this one. Unless of course you like hard rock and very limited ideas..Frank Zappa is sadly no longer with us he left to soon the victim of cancer of the prostrate. The Irony would not have been lost of this Jewish music you tell me ? I prefer to term it enlightened Music for the illuminated.
burgersoft777 | 5/5 |


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