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THE GRAND WAZOO

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.31 | 589 ratings

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Bj-1
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5 stars My first real introduction to Zappa, and it still remains one of my favorites by him. This albums is similar to Waka/Jawaka and Hot Rats , though even more jazzy and weird. Very good playing from the musicians on the album, notably from George Duke and Aynsley Dunbar. Clocking in at 37 minutes, there are no weak songs on this album, In my opinion, despite a few weaker moments. One of Jazz-Rock/Fusion landmarks!

The title track is a great 13-minute opener full of great solos. The orchestra fits very well in that song too, making this album even more interesting. (5/5)

"For Calvin" is a slower and more avant-garde tune and is the only track on this album with vocals. Very melancholic, but excellent nontheless .(4.5/5)

"Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus" is the shortest and most entertaining track on the album (4/5), followed by the brilliant "Eat That Question", which is easily one of my favorite Zappa tunes. (5/5)

"Blessed Relief" is a beautiful, laid-back conclusion to the album. (4.5/5)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 - Highly recommended to any prog collection. Zappa fan or not. A necessary album for Jazz-Rock fantatics especially!

Bj-1 | 5/5 |

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