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LÄTHER

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.92 | 135 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
5 stars If this album had been released by Warner Brothers in it's original four LP box in the seventies, I believe it would be hailed as Frank Zappa's greatest masterpiece. The album contains some of Zappa's finest work from the seventies, and a cross section of his musical styles. There are complex rock pieces, modern classical works, blues extravaganzas, and, of course, "dirty" lyrics.

To me, the best pieces are the complex ones. The album starts right out with one of these in Re-gyptian Strut. Other great examples are Revised Music For Guitar & Low Budget Orchestra and RDNZL. Special mention must be made for Patrick O'Hearn's incredible bass work on The Purple Lagoon (which also feature some amazing Brecker Brothers soloing) and The Ocean Is The Ultimate Solution. And another treat is The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary, a very funny extravaganza that sounds like it came from th "Wazoo" period of Zappa's music (and has a cameo from the great Billy The Mountain).

The poppier songs are wonderful as well, at least for those of us who can take Zappa's humor.

Most of the songs on this album were used, after the WB suits turned the boxed set down, on other albums, but here is the best place to hear them, as Frank originally intended.

Evolver | 5/5 |

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