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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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The Crux Of The BiscuitThe Crux Of The Biscuit
Zappa Records 2016
Audio CD$12.62
Frank Zappa For PresidentFrank Zappa For President
Zappa Records 2016
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Road Tapes, Venue #3 [2 CD]Road Tapes, Venue #3 [2 CD]
Zappa Records 2016
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Dutch CourageDutch Courage
Hobo 2016
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Road Tapes, Venue #2 [2 CD]Road Tapes, Venue #2 [2 CD]
Zappa Records 2016
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Freak Out!Freak Out!
Zappa Records 2012
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Apostrophe (')Apostrophe (')
Zappa Records 2012
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Road Tapes, Venue #1 [2 CD]Road Tapes, Venue #1 [2 CD]
Zappa Records 2016
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Lumpy Money Project/Object [3 CD]Lumpy Money Project/Object [3 CD]
Zappa Records 2016
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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 | 527 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Freak Out!
1966
4.06 | 434 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Absolutely Free
1967
3.22 | 315 ratings
Lumpy Gravy
1968
4.12 | 552 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: We're Only In It For The Money
1968
2.75 | 222 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
1968
4.08 | 429 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Uncle Meat
1969
4.32 | 1293 ratings
Hot Rats
1969
3.92 | 342 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Burnt Weeny Sandwich
1970
3.77 | 338 ratings
The Mothes Of Invention: Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970
3.40 | 282 ratings
Chunga's Revenge
1970
3.07 | 186 ratings
200 Motels
1971
3.91 | 403 ratings
Waka / Jawaka
1972
4.32 | 763 ratings
The Grand Wazoo
1972
4.03 | 497 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Over-Nite Sensation
1973
4.01 | 548 ratings
Apostrophe (')
1974
4.32 | 738 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: One Size Fits All
1975
3.73 | 343 ratings
Zoot Allures
1976
3.70 | 225 ratings
Studio Tan
1978
3.61 | 224 ratings
Sleep Dirt
1979
3.86 | 408 ratings
Sheik Yerbouti
1979
4.13 | 415 ratings
Joe's Garage, Act I
1979
3.95 | 330 ratings
Joe's Garage, Acts II & III
1979
3.65 | 226 ratings
You Are What You Is
1981
3.55 | 205 ratings
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
1982
3.15 | 186 ratings
The Man From Utopia
1983
3.12 | 96 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I
1983
3.24 | 153 ratings
Them Or Us
1984
2.42 | 125 ratings
Thing-Fish
1984
2.58 | 111 ratings
Francesco Zappa
1984
3.54 | 100 ratings
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
1984
3.25 | 116 ratings
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
1985
3.47 | 186 ratings
Jazz From Hell
1986
2.98 | 67 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. II
1987
3.78 | 108 ratings
Civilization Phaze III
1994
3.32 | 70 ratings
The Lost Episodes
1996
3.98 | 160 ratings
Läther
1996
3.26 | 39 ratings
Everything Is Healing Nicely [aka: EIHN]
1999
2.97 | 36 ratings
Joe's Corsage
2004
1.73 | 37 ratings
Joe's Domage
2004
2.15 | 27 ratings
Joe's XMasage
2005
3.52 | 29 ratings
Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
2011
4.09 | 61 ratings
Läther
2012
3.03 | 16 ratings
Joe's Camouflage
2014
3.93 | 40 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 | 270 ratings
Roxy & Elsewhere
1974
3.53 | 184 ratings
Bongo Fury
1975
4.23 | 214 ratings
Zappa In New York
1978
3.33 | 143 ratings
Orchestral Favorites
1979
3.06 | 137 ratings
Tinsel Town Rebellion
1981
3.39 | 79 ratings
Baby Snakes
1983
3.56 | 72 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
1986
3.62 | 111 ratings
Broadway The Hard Way
1988
3.38 | 108 ratings
Guitar
1988
3.99 | 106 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1988
4.53 | 178 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
1988
3.58 | 88 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
1989
3.49 | 83 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
1991
4.33 | 163 ratings
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
1991
4.36 | 125 ratings
Make A Jazz Noise Here
1991
3.75 | 29 ratings
Piquantique - Stockholm 1973
1991
2.27 | 18 ratings
As An Am
1991
3.39 | 20 ratings
The Ark
1991
2.61 | 16 ratings
Freaks & Motherfuckers!
1991
2.40 | 21 ratings
Unmitigated Audacity
1991
2.08 | 22 ratings
Anyway The Wind Blows
1991
2.79 | 19 ratings
'Tis The Season To Be Jelly
1991
2.31 | 18 ratings
Saarbrucken 1978
1991
1.63 | 11 ratings
At The Circus
1992
1.88 | 14 ratings
Conceptual Continuity
1992
2.84 | 41 ratings
Playground Psychotics
1992
3.65 | 71 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
1992
3.84 | 70 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 | 102 ratings
The Yellow Shark
1993
3.24 | 68 ratings
Ahead Of Their Time
1993
3.94 | 47 ratings
FZ:OZ
2002
3.83 | 32 ratings
Halloween (DVD-Audio)
2003
3.96 | 61 ratings
Imaginary Diseases
2006
3.52 | 57 ratings
Trance-Fusion
2006
4.07 | 50 ratings
Buffalo
2007
4.17 | 58 ratings
Wazoo
2007
3.52 | 39 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
2007
3.56 | 38 ratings
One Shot Deal
2008
3.12 | 24 ratings
Joe's Menage
2008
4.16 | 44 ratings
Philly '76
2009
4.28 | 52 ratings
Hammersmith Odeon
2010
3.79 | 29 ratings
Carnegie Hall
2011
3.35 | 31 ratings
Finer Moments
2012
3.30 | 25 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #1
2012
4.72 | 36 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #2
2013
3.81 | 16 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013
4.59 | 28 ratings
Roxy By Proxy
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Halloween In The Big Apple 1977
2015
3.50 | 2 ratings
200 Motels The Suites
2015

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
2.69 | 49 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
2003
4.09 | 66 ratings
Baby Snakes
2003
4.24 | 28 ratings
QuAUDIOPHILIAc (DVD-Audio)
2004
4.00 | 39 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
2005
4.00 | 16 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2005
4.19 | 38 ratings
Apostrophe (') Over-Nite Sensation
2007
4.62 | 35 ratings
Zappa In Barcelona
2007
3.63 | 8 ratings
Tratto dal filmato 'A Token Of His Extreme'
2007
4.44 | 16 ratings
The Torture Never Stops
2008
3.17 | 6 ratings
Live In Paris 1980
2008
3.21 | 10 ratings
Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention: In the 1960's
2009
4.13 | 11 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013
4.14 | 10 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
1975
3.67 | 52 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
3.91 | 47 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More
1981
3.84 | 41 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
3.93 | 90 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
3.26 | 51 ratings
Strictly Commercial
1995
3.76 | 31 ratings
Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute
1996
4.19 | 22 ratings
Strictly Genteel
1997
3.26 | 28 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
2.80 | 17 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
3.73 | 11 ratings
Understanding America
2012

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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 The Mothers Of Invention: We're Only In It For The Money by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1968
4.12 | 552 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 | 403 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 | 330 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 | 415 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 | 429 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 | 205 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 Turltes 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!

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!

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!

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

OMG!

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

It's like getting my braces off but it's like NEVER grodie to the max, it's never as ugly as my smile it 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 waaaaaay cool

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

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

Otherwise you will like BARF OUT

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

I am sooooooooooooo sure

Like

Totally

 Roxy: The Movie by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover DVD/Video, 2015
4.14 | 10 ratings

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Roxy: The Movie
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars It took a lot of work to synchronize the audio and the video of those concerts from those 3 nights at the Roxy in 1973. Don't expect a very clear picture, but who really cares when you can have a Zappa performance on video from the 70's. There is no big visuals effects on a Zappa concert. The music is what it counts. It's kind of funny to see Tom Fowler with a big cigar in the mouth for a long period of time and Frank smoking his cigarette sitting on a chair when he is not busy. The rhythm section with 3 musicians is solid including the young Chester Thompson. They play a important role in the show. As usual no music of Frank Zappa can be without flute, trumpet and xylophone. It is always impressive to hear how much the music here was original with some adventurous time signatures mixing prog, jazz and avant-garde.

But i personally never enjoyed the Zappa guitar's solo and at the end of the show when Frank invites people from the crowd on stage to dance during some insane improvised music. It was maybe fun for the audience, but watch this for 20 minutes on video is not my kind of thing. The editing of those shows was made to keep the cameras long enough on each members to enjoy the solos. The audio is nice for a concert that took place 40 year ago and acceptable considering the technical issues they had to overcome. This is not a perfect product, but a rare and precious thing to have in your prog collection. It comes with a single cd that contains 6 of the 11 songs on video.

 Roxy & Elsewhere by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 1974
4.39 | 270 ratings

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Roxy & Elsewhere
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Until recently, the only album that I have listened to from FRANK ZAPPA was to "Joe's Garage, Act 1" (1979), an album which maybe I only listened to twice many years ago. That album has some interesting moments and some funny moments too. Then, in late 1993 one TV channel in my city broadcasted one of his concerts (I can't remember now the place or the name of the concert). I found the music to be very complicated for my taste. But also many years ago (maybe in 1980- 1981) I saw this "Roxy and Elsewhere" album in several record shops in my city. I never bought it.

This album was recorded in December 1973 and in May 1974.

Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to this album. And this album is in fact very good. The music is sometimes very complicated, but it shows how good were Zappa and the musicians of his band . Some parts of the music really made me think that maybe this band really had to rehearse the songs a lot, because there are a lot of tempo changes which had to be played together by the members of the band without losing a beat or a note because if this happened the songs really could fall in chaos. Maybe some of the most complicated parts are the parts played by the drummers (Chester Thompson and Ralph Humphrey) plus percussionist Ruth Underwood. So, maybe every musician in the band had to write and / or read their parts in scores to learn them and to rehearse them alone and with the other members of the band. Also, humor is very present despite the complicated musical parts, with Zappa chatting a lot with the audience and with the other musicians, telling jokes and funny stories while the band don't play or while the band plays. Zappa also tended to have some funny titles for some of his songs or albums. So, sometimes one really laughs while listening to him telling these stories and jokes or while he chats or even while reading some of the tiles of his albums and songs. Some of the cover designs are also funny.

The best songs in this album are (for me): "Echidna's Arf (Of You)", "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?", "Cheepnis", "Son of Orange County " and "More Trouble Every Day" . All the songs in this album have a mixture of Jazz-Rock, Blues, Rock, Prog Rock and Avant -Garde music. Zappa's music is maybe not very accessible for everybody. But I liked thiis album. Very well played and funny. His discography is very long, like the list of the very good musicians who played with him.

Chester Thompson became the tour drummer for GENESIS in late 1976 after Phil Collins listened to him playing in this album, and asked him to join the band, without even doing an audition! (As he said in some interviews). His talent made him play with the band on their tours from 1977 until 1992, and also in their last tour in 2007. He also has played with Collins on tours, with Steve Hackett on albums and tours, and also with Tony Banks and a lot of musicians. He is a very good session drummer. One of the best drummers I have listened to.

 The Mothers Of Invention: Freak Out! by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1966
3.92 | 527 ratings

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The Mothers Of Invention: Freak Out!
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team

5 stars How people can rate this masterpiece of social satire disguised in the form of tongue-in-cheek song style imitations less than four stars is beyond me! The chameleonic versatility alone is worthy of high marks and recommendations to others. But then throw in the outstanding musicianship, the on-point renderings of a multitude of "pop" styles and the fact that this was a double-length (4-sided) concept album (one of pop/prog's first) qualifies it for superlatives accorded to sheer genius! Plus, it is a highly entertaining, highly enjoyable and consistently surprising collection of high quality music. And Frank's humor has not (yet) slid into the realms of silly, sophomoric potty humor--but his cutting, literate satire is unmistakable. Plus he's got some great, memorable melodies! There's even a 12-minute "epic"! Come on people! This is a masterpiece of music--of what music is capable of doing--with every moment of it intentional and full of intention. We call it progressive because like so many others (yet to come) he was using music to express and explore ideas on a non-pop way for an intellectual anti-establishment audience. (Himself).
 The Grand Wazoo by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.32 | 763 ratings

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The Grand Wazoo
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team

5 stars This is by far my favorite Frank Zappa album that I've yet heard as it avoids much of the sophomoric humor that make other songs and albums "old" and abrasive after one or two listens (this despite the underlying compositional genius and instrumental prowess of FZ and his always highly skilled bandmates). The Grand Wazoo feels like FZ proudly and simply putting on display his admirable songwriting/conducting genius, even showing a little more of his "humane" side with ample freedom for expression (improvisation) given to the contributions of his bandmates. This is an album that I enjoy returning to time and again. There is brilliance and astounding sophistication in FZ's music and yet it is so often trumped by the lyrical jokes. On The Grand Wazoo you get all of the former, front and center, and yet there is still plenty of joy and humor in the music itself--especially in the Cleetus and Calvin songs. Though I love hearing Frank shred on the guitar, and this album on puts that side of him on display on one song ("Eat that Question"), I so much prefer this type of music from the Mothers ensemble that I'll gladly sacrifice some of Frank's instrumental flare for the collective masterpiece of songs that he's produced for us here. As my journey into Frank's world continues to unfold I hope to find much more music like this, for that is what it will take to make me a fan.
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