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

3.90 | 509 ratings
Freak Out!
1966
4.06 | 418 ratings
Absolutely Free
1967
3.21 | 307 ratings
Lumpy Gravy
1968
4.14 | 532 ratings
We're Only In It For The Money
1968
2.71 | 216 ratings
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
1968
4.11 | 412 ratings
Uncle Meat
1969
4.32 | 1247 ratings
Hot Rats
1969
3.92 | 327 ratings
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
1970
3.76 | 324 ratings
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970
3.41 | 272 ratings
Chunga's Revenge
1970
3.00 | 180 ratings
200 Motels
1971
3.93 | 384 ratings
Waka / Jawaka
1972
4.31 | 729 ratings
The Grand Wazoo
1972
4.03 | 479 ratings
Over-Nite Sensation
1973
4.00 | 527 ratings
Apostrophe (')
1974
4.31 | 711 ratings
One Size Fits All
1975
3.73 | 330 ratings
Zoot Allures
1976
3.70 | 218 ratings
Studio Tan
1978
3.60 | 218 ratings
Sleep Dirt
1979
3.86 | 396 ratings
Sheik Yerbouti
1979
3.32 | 141 ratings
Orchestral Favorites
1979
4.13 | 397 ratings
Joe's Garage, Act I
1979
3.93 | 318 ratings
Joe's Garage, Acts II & III
1979
3.64 | 220 ratings
You Are What You Is
1981
3.52 | 197 ratings
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
1982
3.09 | 92 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I
1983
3.14 | 183 ratings
The Man From Utopia
1983
3.22 | 149 ratings
Them Or Us
1984
2.40 | 121 ratings
Thing-Fish
1984
2.58 | 110 ratings
Francesco Zappa
1984
3.54 | 99 ratings
The Perfect Stranger
1984
3.24 | 115 ratings
Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
1985
3.46 | 181 ratings
Jazz From Hell
1986
2.96 | 65 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. II
1987
3.77 | 106 ratings
Civilization Phaze III
1994
3.32 | 70 ratings
The Lost Episodes
1996
3.97 | 157 ratings
Läther
1996
1.98 | 51 ratings
The Mystery Disc
1998
3.23 | 36 ratings
Everything Is Healing Nicely (EIHN)
1999
1.73 | 37 ratings
Joe's Domage
2004
2.97 | 36 ratings
Joe's Corsage
2004
2.15 | 27 ratings
Joe's XMASage
2005
3.49 | 28 ratings
Feeding The Monkeys At Ma Maison
2011
4.16 | 56 ratings
Läther
2012
3.03 | 16 ratings
Joe's Camouflage
2014
4.07 | 35 ratings
Dance Me This
2015

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

3.18 | 130 ratings
Fillmore East, June 1971
1971
3.08 | 124 ratings
Just Another Band From L.A.
1972
4.40 | 262 ratings
Roxy & Elsewhere
1974
3.53 | 181 ratings
Bongo Fury
1975
4.23 | 210 ratings
Zappa In New York
1978
3.05 | 134 ratings
Tinsel Town Rebellion
1981
3.39 | 79 ratings
Baby Snakes
1983
3.56 | 72 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
1986
3.61 | 110 ratings
Broadway The Hard Way
1988
3.37 | 103 ratings
Guitar
1988
4.00 | 105 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1988
4.52 | 176 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 | 162 ratings
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
1991
4.36 | 123 ratings
Make A Jazz Noise Here
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
2.05 | 21 ratings
Anyway The Wind Blows
1991
2.79 | 19 ratings
'Tis The Season To Be Jelly
1991
2.31 | 18 ratings
Saarbrucken 1978
1991
3.74 | 29 ratings
Piquantique - Stockholm 1973
1991
1.63 | 11 ratings
At The Circus
1992
2.07 | 13 ratings
Conceptual Continuity
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
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
3.86 | 102 ratings
The Yellow Shark
1993
3.24 | 68 ratings
Ahead Of Their Time
1993
3.94 | 46 ratings
FZ:OZ
2002
3.83 | 31 ratings
Halloween (DVD-Audio)
2003
3.52 | 54 ratings
Trance-Fusion
2006
3.97 | 61 ratings
Imaginary Diseases
2006
3.49 | 38 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
2007
4.06 | 48 ratings
Buffalo
2007
4.17 | 58 ratings
Wazoo
2007
3.56 | 37 ratings
One Shot Deal
2008
3.12 | 24 ratings
Joe's Menage
2008
4.15 | 41 ratings
Philly '76
2009
4.31 | 50 ratings
Hammersmith Odeon
2010
3.81 | 28 ratings
Carnegie Hall
2011
3.35 | 31 ratings
Finer Moments
2012
3.26 | 23 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #1
2012
4.67 | 32 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #2
2013
3.81 | 16 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013
4.54 | 25 ratings
Roxy By Proxy
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Halloween In The Big Apple 1977
2015

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

2.85 | 48 ratings
200 Motels (The Movie)
1971
3.48 | 21 ratings
Uncle Meat (Video)
1988
2.67 | 48 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
2003
4.10 | 63 ratings
Baby Snakes
2003
4.22 | 27 ratings
QuAUDIOPHILIAc (DVD-Audio)
2004
3.99 | 38 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
2005
3.93 | 15 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2005
4.16 | 36 ratings
Apostrophe (') Over-Nite Sensation
2007
4.61 | 34 ratings
Zappa In Barcelona
2007
3.63 | 8 ratings
Tratto dal filmato 'A Token Of His Extreme'
2007
4.40 | 15 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
4.00 | 11 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013
4.22 | 9 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
3.65 | 50 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
3.90 | 44 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More
1981
3.83 | 40 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
3.94 | 87 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar (The Box Set)
1982
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Old Masters, Box One
1985
2.74 | 16 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 | 99 ratings
Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III
1987
4.13 | 18 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Sampler
1988
4.00 | 10 ratings
Beat The Boots 1
1991
3.67 | 9 ratings
Beat The Boots 2
1992
3.22 | 30 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I & II
1995
3.26 | 50 ratings
Strictly Commercial
1995
3.76 | 31 ratings
Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute
1996
4.17 | 21 ratings
Strictly Genteel
1997
3.26 | 28 ratings
Have I Offended Someone?
1997
2.89 | 39 ratings
Cheap Thrills
1998
2.07 | 15 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
3.60 | 10 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
3.48 | 20 ratings
Peaches en Regalia
1970
3.43 | 7 ratings
Tell Me You Love Me
1970
3.75 | 4 ratings
WPLJ
1970
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
3.20 | 5 ratings
Find Her Finer
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
3.67 | 3 ratings
Harder Than Your Husband
1981
2.50 | 4 ratings
Rare Meat - Early Productions Of Frank Zappa 12''
1983
3.40 | 5 ratings
Baby Take Your Teeth Out
1984
4.55 | 11 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
2.00 | 2 ratings
Penguin in Bondage/The little known story of the Mothers of Invention
2011
1.50 | 2 ratings
200 Motels Overture
2015

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 Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar (The Box Set) by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1982
3.94 | 87 ratings

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Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar (The Box Set)
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Three discs of Zappa guitar jams is pretty much the definition of excess... perfectly performed and enjoyable instrumental excess. Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar is a compilation of mostly improvised performances that shows off Zappa's skill as a instrumentalist, whose guitar virtuosity is as scattershot and weird as his work as composer.

Because the songs on this release aren't so much songs as they are jams, Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar is a challenging album unless one is who either A) already a Zappa fan, or B) are a fan of instrumental rock in general. Because it's Zappa, the songs don't have hooks, choruses, or even melodies in most cases. These tunes are pure jams, but convey style and mood and creativity at pretty much every moment. Zappa and his varied assortment of supporting players (much of whom are recorded with him live), do a great job of catching the ear with their musical interplay.

The first disc is mostly noodling, and honestly gets old fairly quickly. Discs two and three build momentum, creating more cohesive sounding cuts that feel improvised, but also more like songs. The third disc especially has tracks that show off Zappa jamming at his best in a very appealing tone. This is not the bouncy, playful Zappa we hear in the early '70's; this is electric and cool and tasty.

A great purchase from the Zappa vaults, made especially more interesting because of its improvised and instrumental focus.

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

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 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.52 | 197 ratings

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

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch is a good, but not great, example of one of art-rock's grand masters transitioning into the '80's (a turbulent decade for prog rock). Here Zappa blends his typical blend of sarcasm and musical wizardry with the highly produced and polished tone of the then modern sound. The effect is an enjoyable one, which while not as powerful (or entertaining) as his classics, remains a fun listen and good example of one of the music industry's most subversive figures.

The first half is upbeat, bottom heavy, driving, and intense. The lyrics are nonsensical and superficial, but the playing is energetic and exciting. There's a bombastic sarcasm in each of these songs, and while they may go on a little longer than needed, are great when taken individually. A lot of fun even if they don't have an especially deep level of complexity thanks to the fine instrumental performances.

The second half is more in vein of the classic and quirky Zappa sound, but the set piece "Drowning Witch" loses its melodic focus quickly to become a 9-minute guitar noodling extravaganza. It would be crazy to complain about Zappa's guitar work, but one can skip through most of this track and hear almost the same sounding licks and effects. Really, the only thing that makes this qualify as a song is the excellent work by the rhythm section, which keeps things in key and moving forward interestingly. "Envelopes" and "Teen-Age Prostitute" are more bite sized and easier to digest, "Teen-Age Prostitute" especially. This track is great because it takes the trademark bounce of Zappa's enjoyable instrumentals and kicks them into overdrive. Heavy guitars and dynamic bass lines make for a rip-roaring close. It should be noted that the second half of the album is recorded live, adding an interesting tone.

A worthy album for fans introduced to Zappa through his other, more engaging work, or those ready for a tongue-in- cheek collection of weird '80's hard rock.

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

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 Lumpy Gravy by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.21 | 307 ratings

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Lumpy Gravy
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

2 stars This early release by Zappa is a combination of quirky instrumentals, usually cycling between bright bouncy rhythms, and jarring textural pieces that are moody or dark. Instrumentation favors strings and horns and percussion, such as vibraphone. In addition, nearly half of the album is made of bizarre conversation snippets that are sometimes banal, sometimes funny, or sometimes crazy.

The music is totally scattershot; there is no structure, no sense of individual "song," and no real direction. Lumpy Gravy is like stream of conscious weirdness that transitions every minute or so. Since each part is 15 minutes, you can see that this makes for a ton of variety, and that it will also kill any chance that you'd want to play Lumpy Gravy when you have company over. Sometimes sections are played at increased speeds, backwards, upside down, and every other weird way that Zappa and his production group could imagine.

Part 1 begins with this combination of elements, giving way to a fast paced and dramatic pacing at the half-way point, sounding sort of like the score to a dramatic sound track. We then transition into a conversation about a guy working at a gas station, snorting sounds, a lush string arrangement, then a murder-mystery style score.

Part 2 gives us four minutes of more bizarre dialogue, moving to scary string textures, woodwind wanderings, a discussion about the music of pigs and horse manes, and a preview of "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance," to be heard on Zappa's next release.

So what to make of all this? While it would be unfair to judge Lumpy Gravy as being a poor release, I do think that this level of weirdness doesn't help create a memorable or exciting album. We're Only In It For The Money is weird, and I gave it 5 stars. Lumpy Gravy comes across as being weird more for weirdness' sake. The end result isn't captivating enough to draw the listener in as anything more than a novelty. It entertains, but not in the long term, because none of the musical moments or compositions are given breathing room or hooks or riffs or anything really, to help them stick with you. It's a fine snapshot of '60's avant garde, but is probably not going to change your life.

This makes Lumpy Gravy entertaining in the short term, and probably very important to Zappa's development, but not an album that will receive much play in your collection. It's important to note that Zappa doesn't sing or play on the album, which may disappoint or surprise those coming from his more approachable albums. This is the kind of album that will make your girl-friend or wife leave the room. Sometimes that may not be such a bad thing after all.

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

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 The Yellow Shark by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 1993
3.86 | 102 ratings

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The Yellow Shark
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars These white-tie and tail adaptations of Frank Zappa's music by a 21-piece chamber orchestra might be an acquired taste for even the most hardcore avant-progger. But the CD itself is still essential listening, as the last new recording heard in Zappa's lifetime, released only one month before his untimely death from prostate cancer.

The melancholy portrait of the artist on the CD cover speaks volumes. Zappa hadn't even reached the age of 52 when he passed away in 1993, but will forever regard us here with the haggard gaze of a man looking 20-years older. And yet, despite both his failing health and the highbrow formality of the occasion, he never lost his subversive wit, best heard in the tongue-in-cheek opening announcements (so what was the secret word for the night, anyway?), and in the bureaucratic satire "Welcome to the United States", read aloud from an actual Dept. of Immigration form.

The program kicks off on an easygoing note with a relatively straightforward, brassy performance of the Uncle Meat "Dog Breath Variations". But the music gets more esoteric very quickly, leading to a brave arrangement of the near-impossible-to-perform "G-Spot Tornado", from the 1986 "Jazz From Hell" album: proof that a Synclavier is no substitution for living, breathing musicians.

This parting gig would see the last, full blooming of Zappa's lifelong passion for modern classical notation. Avant-garde dissonance was his first true musical love, outlasting even a youthful crush on Doo-Wop and R&B. By the end of his life he'd traveled down many roads, but at heart was still the same awkward kid improvising musique concrète on a bicycle frame alongside a bemused Steve Allen. Visibly older, a good deal wiser, and fatally ill, Frank Zappa's long career had come full circle, in what must have seemed a blink of an eye.

A bittersweet experience, beautifully realized.

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 We're Only In It For The Money by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1968
4.14 | 532 ratings

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

Review by marcobrusa

5 stars Incommensurable socio-cultural value. What an album! If music has the potential to revolutionize, this should be the best example. Satirical concept plus memorable music make this album a masterpiece. Sometimes artists focus too little in composing good lyrics. In this case this are not just good lyrics, they are based on REALITY!!!!!!!! It's so healthy to focus on reality, real situations, real social facts (or at least interpretations about these real social issues). This is maybe the most representative vision Zappa had in all his career. The music... well, if you don't know Zappa i cannot explain... the music is catchy yet changeable with funny vocal arrangements; the production is outstanding. 5/5 ONLY FOR PEOPLE WITH SENSE OF HUMOUR WHO CAN APPRECIATE GENIUS BEYOND SENTIMENTALISMS.

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 Freak Out! by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1966
3.90 | 509 ratings

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Freak Out!
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by SteveG

4 stars Help! I'm a rock! Help! I'm a rock!

I'm so tired of reading things like this album "must have been a blast when it came out" so, as one who was actually around at the time Freak Out! was released, I'll give you my thoughts as well as the thoughts of others at that time. Freak Out! is without a doubt a product of it's time but I'm afraid that Frank's love/hate relationship with fifties Doo Wop music would make little sense to anyone born after this album was released. While the Zappa/MOI's Doo Wop meets Cheech and Chong outings seem strangely familiar to modern audiences, it's real impact was geared at the fifties 'baby boomers' who were desperately trying to disengage themselves not only from the plastic mores of the nineteen fifties, but also any pop culture references of those plastic times. And Frank was trying not to let these free spirited hippies run too far from where they came from.

The fact that Zappa saw the burgeoning American counter culture as a substitute for the plastic culture that they were fleeing from is the starting point of Zappa's social commentaries for the nineteen sixties. The MOI use a scattergun approach to verbal humor on Freak Out! that works well one second and falls flat the next. But it was innovative at the time and the absence of profanity in the lyrics would strike most latter FZ album listeners as quite strange and censored. But the individual is what Frank preached and it come out well in songs like Hungry Freaks and Who Are The Brain Police?

Doo Wop pastiches such as How Could I be Such A Fool and Wowie Zowie are trite and add up to little than album filler as there's not much musically exciting going on until we get to the end of this double album. Trouble Everyday is a timeless social reflection of race relations in the US that is still, unsurprisingly, relevant in the 21st century while Help, I'm a Rock is a wonderful slice of absurdum mixed with avant gard vocalizations that's still a blast to listen to this day.

The twelve minute album closer The Return of The Son Of Monster Magnet is pure sixties studio manipulated psychedelia that's every bit the equal of any Beatles studio concoction found on the Revolver album from the same year. It's 'Magnet' that shows off Zappa's early mastering of studio trickery that includes numerous overdubs, speeded up tapes and his penchant for mastering the meter and tempos of vocals the same way a musician would when playing an instrument. It's hard to believe that people tripped to this recording while Zappa was denouncing drug use, but so it was.

Freak Out! is the prototype for many Zappa/MOI albums to come and would ultimately improve on. But as a double album debut release that was single handedly composed and produced by the great auteur in the draconian recording era of 1966, it remains a true American classic. Just like it's highly regarded creator. 4 stars.

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 Dance Me This by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.07 | 35 ratings

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Dance Me This
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

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

5 stars This is a bitter-sweet album from Frank Zappa. It is poignant in that, according to the liner notes, this "is the last album Frank Zappa completed before his death". It is sweet because, even twenty- two years after his all-too-early death, we still have "new" Frank Zappa music. Unlike many other artists whose posthumous releases have been pieced together decades after their demise from left overs, out-takes and unfinished sessions, Frank was well aware of his fate for some time, and created a number of finished albums for his family to publish for years to come.

Also of note, the opening track has an all too brief (only 10 to 15 seconds long) guitar solo from Frank himself, and again from the liner notes: "As far as we know that was the last time he played guitar". This title track is actually the closest thing to a rock song on the album. Although completely sequenced on his Synclavier (with assistance from Todd Yvega) , Frank has created a piece similar to those that he often used to open his shows, a light vamp with space for solos. This space in this case is mostly filled with the eerie sound of a trio of Tuvan throatsingers, who appear in a number of tracks on this album.

The second track, "Pachuco Gavotte"' while played on the Synclavier, has the feel of Zappa's classic "Black Page", and sounds somewhat organic.

The centerpiece of the album is the half-hour long, six-part exploration, "Wolf Harbor". This is an amazing work, an extension of the work of Edgard Varese, whom Zappa has quoted and imitated often through the years. While Varese was limited to analog tape effect to create his unearthly sounds, Zappa has, of course, his Synclavier to expand the palette extensively. Although Zappa was known for musical excess, here he uses restraint to give the percussion and sounds room to come to life.

The closing track, "Calculus"' is notable as it contains a process invented by Yvega dubbed by Frank as "burglar music". Burglar music uses an algorithm to take a number of short sequences and play each one concurrently at different time intervals. This Yvega would use to give possible intruders the impression that someone was in the studio working. On "Calculus" the track was finished with the Tuvans singing over the results. The track is actually astounding.

I will admit that this album is not for everyone. The album is adventurous, sublime, and also beautiful, but the experimental nature may scare some listeners away. Scaring listeners away was never a deterrence to the incredible Mr. Zappa.

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 Just Another Band From L.A. by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 1972
3.08 | 124 ratings

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Just Another Band From L.A.
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

2 stars This is basically the 2nd part of the Fillmore East album for those of you who are Flo and Eddie fans. Personally, I think most of their shenanigans are obnoxious and I don't like most of the albums that they are involved with. This one probably has a little better quality recording than Filmore East did, but it's still very annoying, even more so. This album is loaded with humor and vocals, not much in the way of solos or instrumentals, though Frank does go into a short guitar solo in the middle of "Call Any Vegetable".

The opener on this is the 24 minute epic that was not recorded on any official album before this point. It is FZ satirical take on the rock opera trend that was popular at the time. It's a funny enough skit, but most of it is goofing around and spoken word with very little to offer musically. It takes up an entire side of this album, and after the first listen, kind of loses it's impact. The other tracks on the B-side don't get much better either. It's just full of a lot of Flo and Eddie hijinx and some of it is original to this album and most of it is Flo and Eddie's takes on past Mother's tracks.

If you are a fan of the era in FZ's history, then you will enjoy this. Personally, I would rather listen to almost any other era in FZ's discography than anything with Flo and Eddie in it, and this album does nothing to win me over either. Not that great for me.

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 Joe's Domage  by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 2004
1.73 | 37 ratings

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Joe's Domage
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

1 stars This one is definitely only for hard core FZ fans. This was recorded during rehearsals for the Waka/Jawaka and the Wazoo sessions. It is a very interesting insight into the rehearsals of FZ and his band, and helps to show that Zappa's music wasn't just a bunch of sounds thrown together, but that the very technically difficult parts of his music were not just accidents, but were structured and well composed pieces.

On the second track, we have mostly a rehearsal of "Little Brown Clouds" which somehow got a snippet of "Big Swifty" in there. When it hits that spot, it sounds almost like a bad edit in there, so I question as that was one specific session or not. The third track (all 17 minutes of it) is the band trying to rehearse the very challenging section of "One Shot Deal" from "Waka/Jawaka". This is the section that bookends the instrumental section of that song, and if you are familiar with it, you know the strange section I'm talking about, the part that is unbelievable that the musicians were able to ever play together. For those not familiar with this material, this will mean nothing, and this is why this is a recording only for completionists, because it won't make sense to anyone that isn't extremely familiar with Zappa's music, or only of interest to a musician who understands some theory or who has had to deal with rehearsals and know what the band is going though. The entire 55 minute run time of this album is only rehearsals all the way through. Don't expect to hear any full run thru's at all, it's all about Frank coaching his band how to play his difficult music and them practicing over and over those difficult sections in the music that was created during this time period.

This period of FZ's career is one of my favorite periods, but that doesn't help this recording. You must get the original studio albums "Waka/Jawaka" or "The Grand Wazoo" to know how excellent this era in his career really way, but "Joe's Domage' is not the way to listen to this era unless you are already familiar with it, and even then, it is not entertainment as it is a curiosity for completionists. Acoording to Gail Zappa, these recordings were all taken off of a rehearsal tape that FZ carried around with him during the tours supporting this part of his history. The recording is bad, the subject matter is only good for occasional interest and not for entertainment so to speak. 1 star.

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 Joe's Corsage  by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.97 | 36 ratings

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Joe's Corsage
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Released posthumously in 2004, this is a collection of very early Mothers of Invention tracks, probably recorded mostly before the Mothers was even the name of the band. These tracks are early versions of tracks from "Freak Out!", "Absolutely Free" and "We're Only in it For the Money". Some have different names. There are also a few covers that don't appear on other albums.

This is a rather valuable collection for the Zappa fan and also a good collection for lovers of Doo Wop/R&B music from the 50s and 60s. The recordings are pretty decent, but there is nothing prog about any of this music. There are also some interview clips included here from a radio show (Canadian I think).

"pretty pat" is a short interview clip about how the band came up with the name "Mothers of Invention". Tracks 2 - 5 are demos from 1965 and are all songs that should be recognized from the early albums, but these are versions that you probably haven't heard, mostly with different lyrics.. For example, "Motherly Love"'s lyrics are more specific when talking about specific members of the band instead of the group in general. "Plastic People" includes lyrics that were probably too questionable for the time it was released officialy for the album.

Tracks 6 - 8 are taken from a live performance possible in California sometime around 1964 or 65. The first snippet from track 6 is from an interview, but it flows into the performance of "My Babe" which is a cover of an old Righteous Brothers song. Next is a short instrumental and after that is "Hitch Hike" which is unique to this collection.

Tracks 9 - 11 are more demos from before the Freak Out! album and include more songs that made some of the early albums. Again, these are rare recordings that were not available previously. The last track is a 5 minute spoken word taken from the interview again where Frank talks about the early history of the group and how tough it was. There are some interesting tidbits here for sure.

There have been other collections from these early years, but these tracks are all pretty much unique to this collection as far as early demo versions mostly. Probably not a lot here to interest the casual listener, but for those interested in the Mother's early history, this is a great collection. No prog though, so don't go looking for it here. 3 stars.

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