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HOT RATS

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.33 | 1045 ratings

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shockedjazz
5 stars The first time I listened to Freak out ,i was not disapointed but not emotioned about it. It was humorous music ..and you could say "thats it" if not were for those little avangarde touches. Not much for a non english rock listener. But "Hot Rats" is an absolutely different meat-like the one of the uncle. These album is a complet monster. Is like the high cultured version of "Fun House" of the "Stooges", or maybe we could say the real fun house. Is 68 and what Zappa acomplished could only be described as geniality. Maybe is to pretentious and uterly false to say "music doesnt get better than that" but is absolutely true that "America can get better than that". This is the ubber zone of the underground of the 60 were in a incredible melting pot we hear varesse, hendrix, coltrane, davis, all coming wonderfully as one in a wild sonical party and voyage that explodes into the listener burning everything, in a very funny way X) Hot rats for sure. "Peaches en Regalia" is a melodical fantasia with strange moods sweet and difficult at the same time. The main theme is a short of comical western horse-riding delirium, and jazz and rock intensities crosses the song with amazing power and listeneability "Willie the Pimp" is plainly amazing, wild acid rock blues , being the most near music has come to put together Hendrix with Beefheart ( Guitar and voice of the best blues group you could conceive in your wicked mind). "Son of mister Green Geenes" is another avant garde with lots of changes and a kind of roman motive. Is epical, beatifull and ridiculous at the same time. Again the song boils with jazz and rock ideas and freedom is not oposed to delightfullness in this one. "Little Umbrelllas" is really funny and disturbing, maybe the most avant-garde composition of the disc, it have a funerary theme that leads into a jazz fantasy, the flutes in the chorus always make me smile. "The Gumbo Varitions" is contraculture exploding in your hears, as simply as that. Mc5 and Coltrane in the revolutions day with a touch of sceptick humour And overall not being excesivelly long ( like Uncle meat) is simply a masterpiece. Surprising, enancing, uplifting and hot as the hotests jazz of hell. "It Must Be A Camel" is the more jazzy and loosely crafted of the songs. I dont think is at the same level of the rest of the songs, anyway it doesnt matter. The disc is great with or without it. Five stars.

shockedjazz | 5/5 |

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