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Frank Vincent ZAPPA was born in Baltimore on December 12, 1940. When he was 10 years old, he moved to California with his parents. The first instrument he played was the drums. At that time, Frank ZAPPA really liked rhythm and blues music. But in 1954, ZAPPA found a copy of "The Complete Works Of Edgar Varèse, Vol. One". He was fascinated by the 'weird' avant-garde pieces and it was probably also ZAPPA's first encounter with atonal compositions, something that would later reappear in his own music. During high school, he played in several garage bands, but he didn't write rock and roll music himself until his early twenties. He began writing classical music at 18. Some of his early compositions he wrote for the B-films "The World's Greatest Sinner" and "Run Home Slow" (written by his high school English teacher). You can find the theme from "Run Home Slow" on the "The Lost Episodes" and "The Mystery Disc". From 1962 'til 1964, ZAPPA wrote several songs for different bands (You can find those songs on "Cucamonga" and "For Collectors Only"). In 1964 ZAPPA entered THE SOUL GIANTS. He renamed the band THE MOTHERS (which was a subtle abbreviation of 'motherfuckers') and soon after the band caught the attention of producer Tom Wilson. THE MOTHERS were contracted by the Verve-division of MGM and after they had changed their name into THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION (to satisfy some MGM Records executives, who thought the other name was too provocative), they released 'Freak Out!', the second double-album ever (after Bob DYLAN's "Blonde On Blonde") and also what is said to be the first concept album ever. This milestone contained a strange mix of rhythm and blues, satyrical lyrics and avant-garde dissonance. With this first edition of THE MOTHERS, Frank ZAPPA recorded a number of progressive rock masterpieces. All of his records from the sixties are fantastic, except for "Cruising With Ruben & The Jets", which is a satiric tribute to doo-wop music. Worth mentioning is the fabulous "We're Only In It For The Money", on which ZAPPA ridicules the hippie-culture in general, and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" from THE BEATLES in particular. The entire sleeve of "We're Only In It For The Money" is a parody on that record. On August 20, 1969, ZAPPA disbanded THE MOTHERS. The most important members of the early MOTHERS OF INVENTION had been Frank ZAPPA (guitar, vocals, much more) Ray COLLINS (vocals), Jimmy Carl BLACK (the indian of the group, drums and percussion), Roy ...read more

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Zappa Records 2016
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Frank Zappa For PresidentFrank Zappa For President
Zappa Records 2016
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Hot Rats [LP]Hot Rats [LP]
Zappa Records 2016
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Apostrophe (')Apostrophe (')
Zappa Records 2012
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Dutch Courage (2CD Set)Dutch Courage (2CD Set)
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ZAPPAtite - Frank Zappa's Tastiest TracksZAPPAtite - Frank Zappa's Tastiest Tracks
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Road Tapes, Venue #3 [2 CD]Road Tapes, Venue #3 [2 CD]
Zappa Records 2016
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Over-nite SensationOver-nite Sensation
Zappa Records 2012
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Freak Out!Freak Out!
Zappa Records 2012
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Joe's Garage, Acts I, II, & III [2 CD]Joe's Garage, Acts I, II, & III [2 CD]
Zappa Records 2012
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FRANK ZAPPA discography


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FRANK ZAPPA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.92 | 532 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Freak Out!
1966
4.06 | 439 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Absolutely Free
1967
3.22 | 319 ratings
Lumpy Gravy
1968
4.13 | 555 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: We're Only In It For The Money
1968
2.75 | 224 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
1968
4.08 | 432 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Uncle Meat
1969
4.32 | 1311 ratings
Hot Rats
1969
3.92 | 346 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Burnt Weeny Sandwich
1970
3.77 | 342 ratings
The Mothes Of Invention: Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970
3.40 | 287 ratings
Chunga's Revenge
1970
3.07 | 189 ratings
200 Motels
1971
3.91 | 407 ratings
Waka / Jawaka
1972
4.32 | 773 ratings
The Grand Wazoo
1972
4.03 | 504 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Over-Nite Sensation
1973
4.01 | 556 ratings
Apostrophe (')
1974
4.31 | 750 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: One Size Fits All
1975
3.73 | 348 ratings
Zoot Allures
1976
3.70 | 227 ratings
Studio Tan
1978
3.61 | 227 ratings
Sleep Dirt
1979
3.86 | 413 ratings
Sheik Yerbouti
1979
4.13 | 422 ratings
Joe's Garage, Act I
1979
3.95 | 334 ratings
Joe's Garage, Acts II & III
1979
3.65 | 229 ratings
You Are What You Is
1981
3.55 | 207 ratings
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
1982
3.14 | 188 ratings
The Man From Utopia
1983
3.11 | 98 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I
1983
3.24 | 155 ratings
Them Or Us
1984
2.42 | 127 ratings
Thing-Fish
1984
2.58 | 113 ratings
Francesco Zappa
1984
3.54 | 101 ratings
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
1984
3.25 | 118 ratings
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
1985
3.47 | 188 ratings
Jazz From Hell
1986
2.97 | 70 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. II
1987
3.79 | 108 ratings
Civilization Phaze III
1994
3.32 | 71 ratings
The Lost Episodes
1996
3.98 | 164 ratings
Läther
1996
3.25 | 40 ratings
Everything Is Healing Nicely [aka: EIHN]
1999
2.97 | 37 ratings
Joe's Corsage
2004
1.74 | 38 ratings
Joe's Domage
2004
2.17 | 28 ratings
Joe's XMasage
2005
3.51 | 30 ratings
Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
2011
3.03 | 17 ratings
Joe's Camouflage
2014
3.92 | 42 ratings
Dance Me This
2015

FRANK ZAPPA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.19 | 134 ratings
Fillmore East, June 1971
1971
3.09 | 126 ratings
Just Another Band From L.A.
1972
4.39 | 276 ratings
Roxy & Elsewhere
1974
3.53 | 187 ratings
Bongo Fury
1975
4.23 | 217 ratings
Zappa In New York
1978
3.32 | 145 ratings
Orchestral Favorites
1979
3.06 | 138 ratings
Tinsel Town Rebellion
1981
3.39 | 81 ratings
Baby Snakes
1983
3.57 | 73 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
1986
3.62 | 114 ratings
Broadway The Hard Way
1988
3.39 | 109 ratings
Guitar
1988
4.00 | 108 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1988
4.54 | 180 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
1988
3.61 | 90 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
1989
3.51 | 84 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
1991
4.34 | 166 ratings
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
1991
4.36 | 127 ratings
Make A Jazz Noise Here
1991
3.75 | 30 ratings
Piquantique - Stockholm 1973
1991
2.31 | 21 ratings
As An Am
1991
3.38 | 21 ratings
The Ark
1991
2.63 | 18 ratings
Freaks & Motherfuckers!
1991
2.40 | 22 ratings
Unmitigated Audacity
1991
2.10 | 23 ratings
Anyway The Wind Blows
1991
2.79 | 20 ratings
'Tis The Season To Be Jelly
1991
2.32 | 19 ratings
Saarbrucken 1978
1991
1.65 | 12 ratings
At The Circus
1992
1.88 | 14 ratings
Conceptual Continuity
1992
2.84 | 41 ratings
Playground Psychotics
1992
3.68 | 72 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
1992
3.85 | 72 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
1992
2.49 | 13 ratings
Disconnected Synapses
1992
3.23 | 15 ratings
Electric Aunt Jemima
1992
3.07 | 11 ratings
Our Man In Nirvana
1992
3.87 | 12 ratings
Swiss Cheese / Fire!
1992
2.22 | 11 ratings
Tengo Na Minchia Tanta
1992
3.87 | 104 ratings
The Yellow Shark
1993
3.24 | 68 ratings
Ahead Of Their Time
1993
3.95 | 48 ratings
FZ:OZ
2002
3.83 | 33 ratings
Halloween (DVD-Audio)
2003
3.96 | 62 ratings
Imaginary Diseases
2006
3.53 | 58 ratings
Trance-Fusion
2006
4.08 | 52 ratings
Buffalo
2007
4.18 | 60 ratings
Wazoo
2007
3.54 | 40 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
2007
3.57 | 39 ratings
One Shot Deal
2008
3.11 | 25 ratings
Joe's Menage
2008
4.17 | 45 ratings
Philly '76
2009
4.29 | 53 ratings
Hammersmith Odeon
2010
3.78 | 30 ratings
Carnegie Hall
2011
3.36 | 32 ratings
Finer Moments
2012
3.31 | 26 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #1
2012
4.71 | 37 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #2
2013
4.06 | 16 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013
4.59 | 29 ratings
Roxy By Proxy
2014
3.33 | 3 ratings
200 Motels The Suites
2015
1.96 | 4 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #3
2016

FRANK ZAPPA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.86 | 49 ratings
200 Motels (The Movie)
1971
3.52 | 23 ratings
Uncle Meat (Video)
1988
2.70 | 50 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
2003
4.09 | 67 ratings
Baby Snakes
2003
4.24 | 29 ratings
QuAUDIOPHILIAc (DVD-Audio)
2004
4.01 | 40 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
2005
4.06 | 17 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2005
4.19 | 38 ratings
Apostrophe (') Over-Nite Sensation
2007
4.62 | 37 ratings
Zappa In Barcelona
2007
3.63 | 8 ratings
Tratto dal filmato 'A Token Of His Extreme'
2007
4.47 | 17 ratings
The Torture Never Stops
2008
3.50 | 6 ratings
Live In Paris 1980
2008
3.21 | 10 ratings
Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention: In the 1960's
2009
4.16 | 12 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013
4.17 | 11 ratings
Roxy: The Movie
2015

FRANK ZAPPA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.67 | 33 ratings
Mothermania: The Best Of The Mothers
1969
2.00 | 1 ratings
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
1975
3.68 | 53 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
3.92 | 48 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More
1981
3.85 | 42 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
3.94 | 91 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar (The Box Set)
1982
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Old Masters, Box One
1985
2.81 | 17 ratings
We're Only In It For The Money / Lumpy Gravy
1985
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Old Masters, Box Two
1986
3.14 | 7 ratings
The Old Masters, Box Three
1987
3.59 | 102 ratings
Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III
1987
4.13 | 18 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Sampler
1988
4.09 | 11 ratings
Beat The Boots 1
1991
3.67 | 9 ratings
Beat The Boots 2
1992
3.25 | 34 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I & II
1995
3.27 | 52 ratings
Strictly Commercial
1995
3.76 | 31 ratings
Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute
1996
4.22 | 23 ratings
Strictly Genteel
1997
3.28 | 29 ratings
Have I Offended Someone?
1997
2.89 | 39 ratings
Cheap Thrills
1998
2.01 | 52 ratings
The Mystery Disc
1998
2.08 | 16 ratings
Cucamonga (1962 - 1964)
1998
2.97 | 26 ratings
Son Of Cheep Thrills
1999
4.08 | 16 ratings
Zappa Picks - By Larry LaLonde Of Primus
2002
3.90 | 10 ratings
Zappa Picks - By Jonathan Fishman Of Phish
2002
4.03 | 18 ratings
Threesome No. 1
2002
4.20 | 18 ratings
Threesome No. 2
2002
2.38 | 8 ratings
For Collectors Only
2003
2.81 | 18 ratings
The Best of Frank Zappa
2004
3.35 | 33 ratings
The Making Of Freak Out! Project/Object
2006
3.54 | 20 ratings
The Lumpy Money Project/Object
2009
3.12 | 19 ratings
Greasy Love Songs
2010
3.75 | 12 ratings
Understanding America
2012
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Crux Of The Biscuit
2016
3.95 | 3 ratings
Frank Zappa For President
2016

FRANK ZAPPA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.86 | 7 ratings
How Could I Be Such a Fool?
1966
4.25 | 8 ratings
Trouble Comin' Every Day
1966
4.00 | 7 ratings
It Can't Happen Here
1966
3.16 | 6 ratings
Big Leg Emma
1967
3.80 | 5 ratings
My Guitar
1969
3.49 | 21 ratings
Peaches en Regalia
1970
3.43 | 7 ratings
Tell Me You Love Me
1970
3.75 | 4 ratings
WPLJ
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tears Began To Fall
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Magic Fingers
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?
1972
4.14 | 7 ratings
Cletus Awreetus - Awrightus
1972
3.15 | 10 ratings
Montana
1973
2.73 | 11 ratings
Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cosmik Debris
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Du Bist Mein Sofa
1975
3.20 | 5 ratings
Find Her Finer
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Disco Boy
1976
4.00 | 12 ratings
Bobby Brown
1979
4.00 | 9 ratings
Joe's Garage
1979
3.31 | 10 ratings
Dancin Fool
1979
3.97 | 11 ratings
I Don't Wanna Get Drafted 12''
1980
3.40 | 5 ratings
Stick It Out
1980
3.75 | 4 ratings
Goblin Girl (picture)
1981
2.87 | 11 ratings
Valley Girl
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Of My Life
1981
3.67 | 3 ratings
Harder Than Your Husband
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cocaine Decisions
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Man From Utopia Meets Mary Lou
1983
2.50 | 4 ratings
Rare Meat - Early Productions Of Frank Zappa 12''
1983
3.40 | 5 ratings
Baby Take Your Teeth Out
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
True Glove
1984
4.58 | 12 ratings
Peaches En Regalia (longpack)
1987
4.33 | 9 ratings
Montana (Whipping Floss)
1988
4.50 | 6 ratings
Zomby Woof
1988
3.19 | 9 ratings
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
1988
2.09 | 3 ratings
You Can't Do That On the Radio Anymore
1990
3.06 | 8 ratings
Stairway To Heaven 12''
1991
3.91 | 3 ratings
Clean American Version
1995
3.86 | 3 ratings
Kill Ugly Radio Some More
1995
3.50 | 2 ratings
Kill Ugly Radio
1995
3.50 | 2 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Kill Ugly Radio
1995
4.40 | 5 ratings
Zomby Woof (longpack)
1998
2.33 | 3 ratings
Penguin in Bondage/The little known story of the Mothers of Invention
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
I'm The Slime
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Eat The Yellow Snow / Down In De Dew
2014
1.50 | 2 ratings
200 Motels Overture
2015

FRANK ZAPPA Reviews


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 Frank Zappa For President by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
3.95 | 3 ratings

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Frank Zappa For President
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars It is my opinion, now 23 years after his untimely death, that any newly released Frank Zappa music is a very good thing. But since (supposedly) all of the albums Mr. Zappa himself prepared for his family to release have been issued, there can only be a dwindling amount of fresh material to be found.

This album is a collection timed to coincide with the 2016 US Presidential election (I won't get into my personal feelings about the process here).

The collection consists of three previously unreleased (I think) Synclavier tracks, one FZ interview piece backed by some Synclavier accents, one remix/re-edit of a very classic track, and two live tracks from the '88 tour.

Let's start with the Synclavier music, as these pieces are the best reason to purchase the album. "Overture To "Uncle Sam"" is easily the most outstanding work. It's a Stravinsky tinged opus that sounds to me like it was meant to be a guitar concerto. That the synth guitar lines would probably confound nearly every guitarist on the planet is a moot point. I would love to hear what a group like Ensemble Moderne could do with this.

"Amnerica" is a Synclavier piece that I believe appeared in orchestral arrangement as "Questi Cazzi Di Piccione" on "The Yellow Shark". This one has lyrics sung by Napoleon Murphy Brock, and is quite hypnotic. Although this is nice, there is a 10 minute live version on Youtube performed by the Ensemble Moderne that is far better than either this one or the Yellow Shark version.

"Medieval Ensemble" I do not believe has been released elsewhere. It's nice, but sounds like many of FZ's Synclavier works, meaning just a little too formless for me to listen to repeatedly. "If I Was President" is FZ in an interview speaking about what he would do if he was President, with synth noises behind him, similar to what he did to the politicians bloviating on "Meets The Mothers Of Prevention".

"Brown Shoes Don't Make It" is a slightly different edit and mix of the original "Absolutely Free" version. Ears familiar with the original will hear the differences.

"Finally, there are two tracks from the '88 tour. "When The Lie's So Big" is not very different from the "Broadway The Hard way" version, and just as dated by the topical references in the lyrics, and "America The Beautiful", played gospel style, with a fantastic FZ solo.

 The Crux Of The Biscuit by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.00 | 4 ratings

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The Crux Of The Biscuit
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars You may notice that the cover of this album is similar to the cover of "Apostrophe", and that is intended. This is the "audio documentary" of Frank Zappa's highest charted album, following releases like "MOFO" (the making of Freak Out), "Lumpy Money" and "Greasy Love Songs".

Here, they don't waste our time (or precious dollars) providing the original album. The ZFT presumes that we all have that by now. This is a concise disk, containing alternate takes and mixes and a live track.

The album begins with a recreation of Zappa's original vision of side one of the album, in order.

"Cosmic Debris" is a different edit and mix. There is an intro edited out of the released version, as well as a few other sections that were also cut. And Tina Turner & The Ikettes are mixed a little louder.

Next is an outtake of Uncle Remus. It's great to hear it played differently by George Duke, but I like the original released version a bit better.

"Down In De Dew", first released on "Lather" is next, and paired with "Apostrophe" the songs were intended to be paired together as "Energy Frontier". Notable here is that both tracks feature Jack Bruce on bass. "Apostrophe" on this disk is the original version, unedited, and allows us to hear Zappa and Bruce together in all their splendor for much longer. The liner notes describe Zappa as being annoyed by Bruce's style of playing all over the place, leaving little room for the guitar, but still, this is a joy to hear.

"Don't Eat Yellow Snow" is an early live version, with Jean-Luc Ponty, with a few eyebrows I don't recognize from other released performances of the piece. The jewel of this one is where Zappa leads the group into a blindingly fast refrain of "St. Alphonzo's Pancake Breakfast".

Then there are two versions of the "Down In De Dew" section of "Energy Frontier" (the second is much better), and the "bridge" (I wonder if that was a nod to Cream), which features another long Bruce/Zappa jam.

Then a few more outtakes and alternate mixes.

Surprisingly, "Stink Foot", from which the title is culled, does not appear here. Maybe there are no other recordings of it.

The liner notes are fantastic, offering much insight into what Zappa was aiming for with "Apostrophe", and some of the meaning behind the songs.

Just wonderful.

 Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1975
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

— First review of this album —
2 stars Back in the mid-to-late 1970s, the Verve Mothers Of Invention albums were very hard to come by. Verve, for some reason, probably a difference of opinion with Frank, had stopped distributing all of the MOI album they controlled. Having been introduced to Mr. Zappa's music around 1975, I began scouring the record stores, both new and used album sellers, for all of his music. I was able to find new copies of "Freak Out" (one of the last in the area) and an import copy of "Lumpy Gravy". As for the rest, it took many years to locate them all.

In the meantime, Verve, in 1975, released a series of cheaply packaged albums, collections from their most popular artists, all with similar album covers, with the artist's picture in what looks like a slide frame (ask your grandparents if you don't know what that is), with the band name scribbled in marker. These were often referred to a the "Transparency" collections.

The album gave me a taste of the wonderful music on the albums I still didn't own, but a few items make this album only for collectors. On the plus side, strings of songs are kept in the proper order from "We're Only In It For The Money", preserving the flow of these classics. But on the down side, Verve used their horribly edited versions of the songs. For some reason they spliced out of "Let's Make The water Turn Black", the line: "I still remember Mama with her apron and her pad, feeding all the boys at Ed's Café" (unless these dense record company execs had no idea that waitresses carried note pads to keep track of their orders, there is nothing offensive about this). The live was just chopped out, ruining the meter of the song. And in "Absolutely Free", the exclamation "Flower power sucks!" was also amputated in a similarly clumsy fashion.

Since then, all of the music has been rereleased in the proper format, both on record (The Old Masters sets) and on CD. Therefore, I cannot recommend this one, except as a testament to how foolish executives can be.

 Road Tapes - Venue #3 by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 2016
1.96 | 4 ratings

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Road Tapes - Venue #3
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

2 stars This is the third entry in the "Road Tapes" series (I bet you didn't figure that out by the title), on the ZFT's "Vaulternative" label, seeming to be reserved for historically important (in the Frank Zappa sense) but less than technically stellar performances.

This recording documents two shows from a single night, very early in the "Flo & Eddie" era of The Mothers of Invention.

Joe Travers explains in the liner notes that for quite a bit of the first show, one track of the stereo reel-to-reel tape had been recorded over, so the other channel was used, and digitally separated into simulated stereo. This does create some weakness in the sound, and when the album switches into true stereo, the change is drastic, but also a great relief.

Aside from that major sound issue extending through the first few tracks, the rest of the sound is fair. The instruments can all be heard, and the only unwanted distortion comes from Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan's shrill falsetto vocals (I'll gat into that later). Also, Frank's dialogue in between songs is barely audible.

The set lists, where only two songs were played in both shows, are heavily culled from "We're Only In It For The Money" and "Uncle Meat". There are arrangements that are obviously in transition between their original versions and the more familiar Flo & Eddie/Mothers material previously released by FZ.

Historically, this shows Frank in the process of working Volman & Kaylan's unique vocal style into his music, before giving way to the hit or miss comedy band that they became in that period. There is little on this album I haven't heard previously by this group, but I do like the "Call Any Vegetables" sounding closer to the original version, and more than once, Zappa can be heard developing what was to become the "Inca Roads" guitar solo.

I can't say I hate the Flo & Eddie Mothers ("Just Another Band From LA" holds a special place in my heart), but This group always sounded sloppier than any other of Zappa's groups. But just because you have a very high falsetto voice does not mean you should use it on almost every song. And on an unrefined recording like this one, the tone gets downright irritating at times.

I have to admit, that as a Zappa collector, I find it valuable, but for the prog fan, I would recommend nearly every other (save the "Beat The Boots" releases) album over this one.

 The Mothers Of Invention: We're Only In It For The Money by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1968
4.13 | 555 ratings

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The Mothers Of Invention: We're Only In It For The Money
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by SteveG

3 stars "Are You hung up?"

No, not too much on this album, unfortunately.

We're Only In It For The Money was Zappa's satirical attack and put down of the so called 60's counter culture with hippies being the main target. Are You Hung Up is the album's first track where The Mothers perform another mishmash of Doo Wop, US pop, Beach Boys motifs, etc., combined with tape effects and whispering between the first few opening tracks, to bring the familiar but artful satire of the Mothers' music.

The hypercritical stab at the hippie culture get's old fast but Frank does have some witty commentaries on police brutality, which still reverberates today, as well as revealing lyrically that the ugliest part of someone's body, in a mock love ballad, is not a nose or a face but some people's minds. Clever stuff that's immediately mixed with absurdum in a song cycle of 18 brief songs that occasionally goes into musique concrete before quickly returning to the Zappa and the Mother's style of mixed musical influences that was featured on their first album from 1966 titled Freak Out!

The closing track titled The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny is an avant-garde tape effects collage that, while effective, seems as if it had been tacked on to the end of the album.

In retrospect, it seems that Zappa spent a lot of effort knocking down what he perceived as sheep following a new master, as hippiedum was over almost as fast as it started. The following year (1969), Zappa would be telling students at a British college that the new hype of street fighting in the UK was nothing more than "last year's flower power." That's was how fast music and society changed in those days, and obviously this is what dates We're Only In It For The Money the same way as it dates the album that the cover of We're Only In It For The money parodies hilariously, the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Loney Hearts Club Band.

We're Only In It For The Money is certainly essential for Zappaholics, but to the rest of the prog and rock listening public, Freak Out! remains strangely undated, and thus, far more enjoyable.

 Waka / Jawaka by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.91 | 407 ratings

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Waka / Jawaka
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This brassy, flashy, and playful Zappa release mixes the largely instrumental jams heard on the excellent Hot Rats with the full on jazz orchestra sound from Grand Wazoo. As such, it's an album in transition which is a little fluffy in terms of content to sink one's teeth into, but is never the less a lot of fun.

The big draws of Waka/Jawaja are the extended instrumental works, "Big Swifty" and "Waka/Jawaka". "Big Swifty" especially offers up tasty grooves, heavy brass hits, complex time signature changes, and non-stop soloing that interweaves its way through a rich palette of sounds. A genuinely great fusion song, and very likable thanks to the outstanding playing by the diverse band. "Waka/Jawaka" is a bit tighter in its composition, and has more Zappa guitar work. Despite having a shorter running length, it seems to get more done than "Big Swifty," probably because there's less open-endlessness to the soloing. Fans of rhythm section work are in for a treat.

The shorter songs are largely diversions that tickle the funny bone but don't stand up to the same scrutiny or repeated listens as the jams. Zappa doesn't hit it out of the park with Waka/Jawaka, but adds another solid record to his extensive library. A worthy release for fans of the mustached one's orchestra work.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

 Joe's Garage, Acts II & III by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.95 | 334 ratings

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Joe's Garage, Acts II & III
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by A_Flower

5 stars The story continues...

Act II starts with A Token of My Extreme. Joe goes to a new church called "The first church of applientology." This is making fun of new religions. In this religion, they believe humans should have sexual relations with appliances. The spiritual leader tells Joe he needs to learn German and find an appliance in a club called "The Closet." The song is very psychedelic sounding and has a lot of cool melodies. The mystical advisers voice has a special effect that makes him sound like a God. A funny and cool song!

Stick it Out is the next song. In this, Joe is falling in love with an appliance. The song starts in German but the melodies are so catchy and it's fun to sing along to (at least in German). The appliance, whose name is Sy Borg, yells to Joe "Pick me! I'm clean!" Joe then sings the song in German which, you then find, has pretty crude lyrics. The end of the song makes reference to Sheik Yerbouti with "What's a girl like you doing in a place like this..." Joe and Sy Borg then leave to have some fun.

Then we have probably the weirdest song on the album "Sy Borg". Joe sings a love song for Sy Borg set to a reggae beat simular to that in Lucille. This song though has more synthesizers which makes it more progressive. It's weird when Sy Borg speaks in it's robot voice to Joe. Sy Borg also shares with a Joe a modified gay Bob doll. However, in the end, Joe accidentally kills Sy Borg. The Central Scrutinized immediately arrives in the present tense and places Joe under arrest.

I love the very beginning of Dong Work for Yuda, where the Central Scrutinized whispers "Hello there..." but that's really the only good thing about this track. This is the weakest one. Joe goes to prison and meets Bald Headed John, who speaks a lot through this song. Prisoners at this prison do oral sex and Joe must avoid this as much as possible.

Keep it Greasy continues the same plot as Yuda, but this is one of the best songs on the album. It is long and intense. The middle has a cool section where after ever line in the song is a weird sound effect or vocal, the last one is an awesome and extended one. You think after this is the end because if slows down, but no! It's a false ending. Because the last five minutes are guitar playing. The guitar is outstanding, but we also have keyboard occasionally heard distantly. And the best part is the bass line. It is the quintessential bass line of prog rock showing off. This song is a prog rock masterpiece!

But it gets even better with Outside Now. The bass line in Keep it Greasy slows down and the album becomes more atmospheric. Joe starts singing about how awful life in prison is. He starts playing an imaginary guitar wishing his inmates could hear him. The song repeats "I can't wait to see what it's like on the outside now" and the ending is a guitar solo. It is progressive and so perfect in every way.

Act III starts with He Used to Cut the Grass. Joe is released from prison, but The Central Scrutinizer had taken over the world. Music had become illegal. Joe starts playing his imaginary guitar. In the end, you can hear the neighbors complaining like the how the album started with "He used to cut my grass he was a very nice boy."

The Central Scrutinizer tells us that Joe was going so crazy that he was writing imaginary songs that were being reviewed by imaginary critics! This is an excuse Zappa uses on the album to have the next song be about his own thoughts on critics. And let's just say it's a strong track. "Packard Goose". It starts kind of happy sounding with an almost marimba xylophone. Then it turns into an angry track with many changes. After about three minutes the song changes tempo and gets quiet with the sounds of triangles and bells. In this section, Joe's ex-girlfriend Mary returns and gives philosophy on how love is not music, and music is the best. Suddenly the song picks up and goes into the wildest guitar/drum solo ever. It's so intense it can occasionally be a bit hard to listen to-but that makes the song better! The ending first reprises the start but then becomes very marimba like and really weird. It fades out, leaving you confused (this is a compliment towards the track).

The story comes to an end at Watermelon in Easter Hay. Joe notices there is nothing he can do, and just decides to do one imaginary guitar solo before moving on. This guitar solo is Frank Zappa's swan song. It has a bitter sweet riff, and slightly builds still maintaining its melancholic atmosphere. Frank Zappa once said this is the most favorite song he has ever written. I can see why.

Watermelon may be the end of the story, but the album ends with A Little Green Rosseta. The thing is, Zappa won't allow himself to end an album bitter sweet. The whole story is a prequel to Muffin Man! The whole band sings on this just about a little green rosseta (and a green rossiti too!) It's funny, and Zappa tells us how to make your own green Rosetta, and what to do if your record player is running out of power. He needed filler, and this does a good job.

Joe's Garage is a great album. I listened to it over and over again after I first got it. There is something just really great on it, it has a really special place for me. You also can't just listen to one act though, the whole thing together is where it's at. I highly recommend this album because, well, as Zappa says "You'll love it! It's a way of life!"

 Joe's Garage, Act I by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.13 | 422 ratings

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Joe's Garage, Act I
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by A_Flower

5 stars Probably one of the most overlooked albums of all time.

Joe's Garage is amazing! And not just act one, I'm talking about 1,2, and even 3. This is his second best album behind One Size Fits All. It's funny, progressive, a d the story isn't that hard to follow. Sure, it may get a bit crude sometimes but when you are used to Zappa's dirty humour you can just pay attention to the perfect album.

The album kicks off with a drum beat and a voice saying "This is the Central Scrutinized". It is Zappa whispering into a projecter. The Central Scrutizer works for the government. He is the narrator and the antagonist in the story (He is also my favorite character). He thinks he is very smart and knows all these effects and consequences of life. What he hates most of all is music. Right after he brings up the subject of music we get a an awesome little xylophone melody. He then goes on about music and gives the first of many loading announcements-these are repeated throughout the album.

The next song is the title track. It is the most radio friendly but is just as progressive. Frank Zappa puts in a lot of funny effects describing lyrics after stanzas. Like when he says the girls come dancing, they dance like BOOM, BAM! BOOM BAM BUM! BOOM, BAM! BOOM BAM BUM! The song slowly builds up more and fades out in the end with angry neighbors yelling at Joe and his band.

After the Central Scrutinizer introduces Joe's girlfriend Mary to the story, we get Catholic Girls. This is a stereotypical but funny song. It has good guitar in the middle. It took me a few listens but can be pretty good. The Central Scrutinized, in the end, keeps the story going when he tells us that Mary, one day decided to do something different described in the next song.

Crew Slut is the next song on the album. Mary becomes a groupie for another rock band, or as Zappa describes it, a "Crew Slug." The song is funny when the rock band people start taking to Mary and saying things like "Hey I'll buy you a pizza". In the middle we get a guitar solo. Then end of the song changes the melody, and has Mary talking to the rock group members.

The next song is Wet T-Shirt Night AKA Fembot in a Wet T-Shirt. It starts with lyrics talking about a Wet T-Shirt Night, which I didn't know still existed until my sister went to one last March. The song has a xylophone solo and the first part is pretty good. We then go into a spoken word interview between Mary, who is completing and an Game Show Host. The conversation is funny, but like I said earlier, you have to be used to Zappa's crude humour to get it. Anyway, Mary competes and the boy love her.

Joe, however, somehow finds out about Mary. This song is On the Bus, but on the original LP I guess it was pinned as Toad 'O Line. It is overall a guitar solo until The Central Scrutinized makes an important announcement in the middle. He tells us that Joe went to search for Mary but found another girl named Lucille who works at a Jack in the Box. Lucille and him get it on, but she gives him VD described in the next song.

The next song is "Why Does it Hurt When I Pee?". Yes, the title says it all. It is a crude one, but has some very progressive chord change. Therefore, it is a love/hate prog rock song.

Finally, we get Lucille has Messed my Mind Up. This is the most relaxed song on the album. It's a reggee ballad about how Lucille broke Joe's heart. It may go on a bit and seems to be somewhat of a filler, but it's not horrible. The ending is the Scrutinized Postlude. The Central Scrutinized ends this act off by saying that Joe's problems are not from different things happening but Music itself! Joe then decided to turn to religion to solve his problems, but we hear about that in Act 2. Stay tuned for more on Joe's Garage!.

 The Mothers Of Invention: Uncle Meat by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.08 | 432 ratings

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The Mothers Of Invention: Uncle Meat
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Part Zappa-style orchestration, part Zappa-style improvisation, and part Zappa-style documentary, Uncle Meat is an odd combination of pleasures that entertains but seldom impresses. In a way, it's a reflective work by Zappa and the Mothers' musical career up to that point; here the noodling outnumbers the music, which when present is great, but you'll have to do a ton of bushwhacking through comedic or psychedelic or meditative scat to get there.

Uncle Meat opens with a bouncy and jaunty instrumental composition, indicative of Zappa's ambition as composer. It's a highlight, as is the extended and personality filled jamming of "Nine Types of Industrial Pollution," where Zappa's acoustic guitar just doesn't quit. "Dog Breath" is bottom heavy and playful, while "Golden Arches" is another showcase of precision and complex arrangement. Beyond that the tunes are fun but nothing outstanding. Scattered throughout are 10 - 15 minutes of recorded dialogue, on stage antics, and general Zappa weirdness. It's usually interesting but doesn't encourage the same kind of replay-ability that you'll get in other releases.

Bottom line, for me Uncle Meat is a lot of fun, but not an essential Zappa album. Start with something more musical, but definitely find your way here if you enjoy the Mothers' sound.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.55 | 207 ratings

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Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Like, OH MY GOD! This album is sooooo bitchin'

Like?. TOTALLY!

More bitchin' than shopping at the Galleria in Encino

It's like finding some totally whacked out shoes

And some totally wild ass clothes

It's just like so super BITCHIN'!

It's like, yeah i know "No Not Now" sounds like Alvin & The Chipmunks meets The Turtles with a super S&M bass line slappin' my ass but OH MY GOD! It's so ear wormy!

Like so apple core-ish and all

Like how can we ignore Moon Unit in her magic moment

Like she was totally woken up from her Valley slumber when her dad totally woke her up to improvise the lyrics to the only FRANK ZAPPA top 40 hit ever! It's tubular, ya know

Yeah, "Valley Girl" is like such a beastie. It slaps you like being dressed in a leather teddy screamin' "hurt me, hurt me!," i am so sure! But so freakin' wild and uncharted territory!

If you don't see the brilliance in this i am so sure that you need to like bag yer face!

You're like totally blitzed

Stop being Lord God King BU-FU and stop playing with your rings

If you think "I Come From Nowhere" with this review you can like totally bag your toenails which are totally gross cuz i like totally dig the strange time sigs that fit the music like a nice pair of jeans fit my freaky butt

No it's not grody to the max, this is some cool 80s meets 70s freakiness that just begs the open minded listener to readjust their expectations

Like OH MY GOD!

Can you not evolve!

I mean don't be a total space cadet!

You don't have to wash the dishes and clean the cat box to move on!

This isn't "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" world anymore!

Like don't totally diss this album as 80s swill

Just listen to the title track and like WHOAH!

It's like totally tubular with everything Zappa-esque like totally freaking me out TOTALLY!

I'm sooooo sure!

It's like totally progressive and catchy at the same time

Like OH MY GOD!

It's the ultimate anti-BARF ME OUT and gag me with a spoon!

Maybe not as clean as playing Pac-Man but i'm def

On this album there are "Envelopes," you know, the totally cool things that they used to put letters in and OMG! it like totally turns into "Teenage Prostitute" which has like major diva action just making me feel like an opera has blossomed from the avant-rock catalog

This is just one wickedly cool spin that never makes me feel like i've just gone to the orthodontist and like never leaves me totally bummed!

It like so makes me feel so BITCHIN' and never makes me feel like i'm cleaning someone's food off the plates with someone else's saliva sticking to the utensils but no biggie really

It's like getting my braces off but it's like NEVER grodie to the max, it's never as ugly as my smile and it like totally never makes me wanna scream "GAG ME WITH A SPOON!"

SHIP ARRIVING TOO LATE TO SAVE A DROWING WITCH like totally rocks my world!

If taken in the perspective of ZAPPA evolution then this is like bitchin' waaaaaay cool

For those stuck in jazz-fusion territory then like no way :o

You will totally find this like such a total bummer like that stuff that totally sticks to the plates

If you are totally open-minded and have no connections to the ZAPPA past

I'm like so sure you won't find this totally nauseating in like a totally good way!

Otherwise you will like BARF OUT

And gag yourself with a spoon which is like totally gross!

I am sooooooooooooo sure

Like

Totally

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