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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 discography


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

3.89 | 443 ratings
Freak Out!
1966
4.09 | 371 ratings
Absolutely Free
1967
3.28 | 266 ratings
Lumpy Gravy
1968
4.15 | 461 ratings
We're Only In It For The Money
1968
2.69 | 188 ratings
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
1968
4.16 | 360 ratings
Uncle Meat
1969
4.33 | 1062 ratings
Hot Rats
1969
3.91 | 280 ratings
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
1970
3.77 | 280 ratings
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970
3.39 | 230 ratings
Chunga's Revenge
1970
3.04 | 153 ratings
200 Motels
1971
3.92 | 331 ratings
Waka / Jawaka
1972
4.31 | 597 ratings
The Grand Wazoo
1972
4.01 | 420 ratings
Over-Nite Sensation
1973
3.99 | 466 ratings
Apostrophe (')
1974
4.32 | 574 ratings
One Size Fits All
1975
3.71 | 294 ratings
Zoot Allures
1976
3.72 | 191 ratings
Studio Tan
1978
3.60 | 193 ratings
Sleep Dirt
1979
3.84 | 344 ratings
Sheik Yerbouti
1979
3.34 | 125 ratings
Orchestral Favorites
1979
4.12 | 350 ratings
Joe's Garage, Act I
1979
3.91 | 276 ratings
Joe's Garage, Acts II & III
1979
3.67 | 199 ratings
You Are What You Is
1981
3.56 | 174 ratings
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
1982
3.12 | 79 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I
1983
3.14 | 161 ratings
The Man From Utopia
1983
3.22 | 135 ratings
Them Or Us
1984
2.38 | 103 ratings
Thing-Fish
1984
2.62 | 96 ratings
Francesco Zappa
1984
3.60 | 89 ratings
The Perfect Stranger
1984
3.27 | 101 ratings
Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
1985
3.49 | 163 ratings
Jazz From Hell
1986
3.08 | 55 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. II
1987
3.77 | 92 ratings
Civilization Phaze III
1994
3.32 | 58 ratings
The Lost Episodes
1996
3.97 | 138 ratings
Läther
1996
1.97 | 45 ratings
The Mystery Disc
1998
3.42 | 29 ratings
Everything Is Healing Nicely (EIHN)
1999
1.89 | 31 ratings
Joe's Domage
2004
2.97 | 28 ratings
Joe's Corsage
2004
2.14 | 24 ratings
Joe's XMASage
2005
3.51 | 24 ratings
Feeding The Monkeys At Ma Maison
2011
4.14 | 39 ratings
Läther
2012
3.16 | 12 ratings
Joe's Camouflage
2014

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

3.22 | 114 ratings
Fillmore East, June 1971
1971
3.13 | 107 ratings
Just Another Band From L.A.
1972
4.40 | 235 ratings
Roxy & Elsewhere
1974
3.52 | 158 ratings
Bongo Fury
1975
4.20 | 186 ratings
Zappa In New York
1978
3.05 | 122 ratings
Tinsel Town Rebellion
1981
3.40 | 71 ratings
Baby Snakes
1983
3.52 | 62 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
1986
3.63 | 98 ratings
Broadway The Hard Way
1988
3.48 | 86 ratings
Guitar
1988
3.98 | 93 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1988
4.50 | 155 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
1988
3.51 | 75 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
1989
3.57 | 70 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
1991
4.32 | 145 ratings
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
1991
4.38 | 113 ratings
Make A Jazz Noise Here
1991
2.25 | 16 ratings
As An Am
1991
3.26 | 23 ratings
The Ark
1991
2.69 | 14 ratings
Freaks & Motherfuckers!
1991
2.51 | 19 ratings
Unmitigated Audacity
1991
2.19 | 19 ratings
Anyway The Wind Blows
1991
2.88 | 17 ratings
'Tis The Season To Be Jelly
1991
2.05 | 15 ratings
Saarbrucken 1978
1991
3.60 | 30 ratings
Piquantique - Stockholm 1973
1991
1.59 | 10 ratings
At The Circus
1992
2.42 | 12 ratings
Conceptual Continuity
1992
2.97 | 12 ratings
Disconnected Synapses
1992
3.63 | 13 ratings
Electric Aunt Jemima
1992
3.07 | 10 ratings
Our Man In Nirvana
1992
3.87 | 11 ratings
Swiss Cheese / Fire!
1992
2.53 | 10 ratings
Tengo Na Minchia Tanta
1992
2.91 | 36 ratings
Playground Psychotics
1992
3.63 | 63 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
1992
3.83 | 62 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
1992
3.78 | 88 ratings
The Yellow Shark
1993
3.26 | 61 ratings
Ahead Of Their Time
1993
4.14 | 41 ratings
FZ:OZ
2002
3.50 | 33 ratings
Halloween (DVD-Audio)
2003
3.53 | 48 ratings
Trance-Fusion
2006
3.87 | 54 ratings
Imaginary Diseases
2006
3.71 | 34 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
2007
4.13 | 40 ratings
Buffalo
2007
4.09 | 51 ratings
Wazoo
2007
3.58 | 33 ratings
One Shot Deal
2008
3.20 | 21 ratings
Joe's Menage
2008
4.19 | 35 ratings
Philly '76
2009
4.08 | 44 ratings
Hammersmith Odeon
2010
3.80 | 22 ratings
Carnegie Hall
2011
3.41 | 25 ratings
Finer Moments
2012
3.21 | 20 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #1
2012
4.81 | 20 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #2
2013
4.00 | 7 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013
4.46 | 11 ratings
Roxy By Proxy
2014

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

2.85 | 43 ratings
200 Motels (The Movie)
1971
3.50 | 20 ratings
Uncle Meat (Video)
1988
2.64 | 44 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
2003
4.10 | 59 ratings
Baby Snakes
2003
4.08 | 28 ratings
QuAUDIOPHILIAc (DVD-Audio)
2004
3.99 | 34 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
2005
4.10 | 10 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2005
4.17 | 33 ratings
Apostrophe (') Over-Nite Sensation
2007
4.61 | 29 ratings
Zappa In Barcelona
2007
3.63 | 8 ratings
Tratto dal filmato 'A Token Of His Extreme'
2007
4.46 | 13 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
3.79 | 10 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013

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

3.70 | 31 ratings
Mothermania: The Best Of The Mothers
1969
3.62 | 45 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
3.83 | 38 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More
1981
3.78 | 34 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
4.01 | 79 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar (The Box Set)
1982
3.57 | 7 ratings
The Old Masters, Box One
1985
2.68 | 15 ratings
We're Only In It For The Money / Lumpy Gravy
1985
3.14 | 7 ratings
The Old Masters, Box Two
1986
3.14 | 7 ratings
The Old Masters, Box Three
1987
3.53 | 90 ratings
Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III
1987
4.14 | 16 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Sampler
1988
3.60 | 10 ratings
Beat The Boots 1
1991
3.67 | 9 ratings
Beat The Boots 2
1992
3.25 | 26 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I & II
1995
3.24 | 46 ratings
Strictly Commercial
1995
3.47 | 31 ratings
Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute
1996
3.73 | 24 ratings
Strictly Genteel
1997
3.30 | 23 ratings
Have I Offended Someone?
1997
2.89 | 36 ratings
Cheap Thrills
1998
2.10 | 13 ratings
Cucamonga (1962 - 1964)
1998
2.93 | 22 ratings
Son Of Cheep Thrills
1999
4.08 | 16 ratings
Zappa Picks - By Larry LaLonde Of Primus
2002
3.82 | 14 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
3.20 | 10 ratings
For Collectors Only
2003
2.79 | 16 ratings
The Best of Frank Zappa
2004
3.33 | 30 ratings
The Making Of Freak Out! Project/Object
2006
3.36 | 17 ratings
The Lumpy Money Project/Object
2009
3.11 | 17 ratings
Greasy Love Songs
2010
3.63 | 8 ratings
Understanding America
2012

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

3.71 | 7 ratings
How Could I Be Such a Fool?
1966
3.78 | 9 ratings
Trouble Comin' Every Day
1966
3.86 | 7 ratings
It Can't Happen Here
1966
3.21 | 5 ratings
Big Leg Emma
1967
3.60 | 5 ratings
My Guitar
1969
3.45 | 17 ratings
Peaches en Regalia
1970
3.29 | 7 ratings
Tell Me You Love Me
1970
3.50 | 4 ratings
WPLJ
1970
4.00 | 6 ratings
Cletus Awreetus - Awrightus
1972
3.17 | 8 ratings
Montana
1973
2.70 | 9 ratings
Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
1974
3.00 | 5 ratings
Find Her Finer
1976
4.30 | 10 ratings
Bobby Brown
1979
4.00 | 8 ratings
Joe's Garage
1979
3.33 | 8 ratings
Dancin Fool
1979
3.83 | 11 ratings
I Don't Wanna Get Drafted 12''
1980
3.20 | 5 ratings
Stick It Out
1980
4.33 | 3 ratings
Goblin Girl (picture)
1981
2.84 | 9 ratings
Valley Girl
1981
4.50 | 2 ratings
Harder Than Your Husband
1981
2.67 | 3 ratings
Rare Meat - Early Productions Of Frank Zappa 12''
1983
3.75 | 4 ratings
Baby Take Your Teeth Out
1984
4.38 | 8 ratings
Peaches En Regalia (longpack)
1987
4.00 | 7 ratings
Montana (Whipping Floss)
1988
5.00 | 4 ratings
Zomby Woof
1988
3.17 | 7 ratings
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
1988
2.46 | 5 ratings
You Can't Do That On the Radio Anymore
1990
3.09 | 7 ratings
Stairway To Heaven 12''
1991
4.17 | 5 ratings
Clean American Version
1995
4.12 | 6 ratings
Kill Ugly Radio Some More
1995
5.00 | 1 ratings
Kill Ugly Radio
1995
5.00 | 1 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Kill Ugly Radio
1995
5.00 | 4 ratings
Zomby Woof (longpack)
1998

FRANK ZAPPA Reviews


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 Civilization Phaze III by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.77 | 92 ratings

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Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat

5 stars What I seem to find is that most Rock-in-Opposition music is so closely related to 20th Century Classical music. That is what this album is, for want of trying to describe it. This is the last album FZ was working on. In fact, he died before it's completion and release. But this type of music was the music he wanted to produce. He was a genius in the fact that he understood classical music and I think it was a constant frustration to him that so many people did not understand it. He had his contemporaries, his favorite composers if you will, that he followed just like composers of classical music were always "students" of the famous composers of their own times. Just because they learned the style and techniques doesn't mean they copied them. Usually, the best composers added to the styles, stretched them to other limits, and that is how music progresses and changes over time. FZ was only following in the footsteps of hundreds of excellent composers like himself.

So, there is a concept here. If you read the other reviews here or even look it up on Wikipedia, you'll find out that this is the 3rd phase of a concept FZ had. The 1st phase was "We're Only In It For the Money" and the 2nd phase was "Lumpy Gravy" (the re-edited version). The original title of this album was "Lumpy Gravy Phase Three" but was changed to "Civilization Phaze III" which gives some insight as to what this is all about. The concept is the vocal parts are performed by a civilization that lives inside of a piano called "piano people" and their discussions about the menacing outside world. Just to make things even more fun, these people discover pigs and ponies living in the piano with them. This is not a story per se as it is a study on thinking and society, the ideas and thoughts of these "piano people", and their relationship to their music. One of the funniest things on here is the discussion on the track "How the Pig's Music Works" and it's satirical explanation which makes fun of people who think they understand avant-garde music and try to interpret it. The discussion makes no sense but the people sitting around discussing it all act like they understand what it's about, just like the so-called "hipsters" that you still run in to even today.

The strange voices are created by several speakers talking through a piano. The timbre of the voices are created by the vibration of the piano strings inside the piano. The instrumentals on here are mostly created by the synclavier and performed and composed by FZ himself. In his later years, this was FZ's instrument of choice because it was so much easier and faster to perform this way than with an orchestra or band. The additional instruments are performed by the Ensemble Modern.

There are no guitar solos here. There is no chorus, verse, chorus form here. There is no melody here, at least not in the traditional sense. This is modern classical music and this is FZ's way of advancing music to another level. It is not easy to listen to, even knowing everything that I have just explained. But, it is hard not to admit that it is genius, a masterpiece. It takes a long time and a lot of effort to appreciate the music, but like so many other reviewers have said, it's hard to listen to but undeniably genius. Anyway, it is not entry level Frank Zappa by any means unless you are trying to get a classical professor to listen to FZ.

So, hopefully I have helped you make some sense out of this music. With understanding comes appreciation. I don't know if I will ever completely understand this album, so I will always have a hard time completely appreciating it, but I will always continue to try, because I love challenging music. But this is a long album and somewhat difficult to sit through, so it is a tough one for sure. Anyway, if you love FZ and are familiar with his many styles (because this is only 1 style of hundreds of his styles), then this is essential to understanding his discography. 5 stars. Now, if you choose to continue by listening to this, I wish you good luck!

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 Chunga's Revenge by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.39 | 230 ratings

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Chunga's Revenge
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat

4 stars Chunga's Revenge is an important album in Zappa's history for a few reasons. First, it is the 3rd solo album by Frank (the Mothers aren't mentioned in the titles). Second, it is the first album with Flo and Eddie, who would appear in many of FZ's albums in this period of his career. Flo and Eddie are not my favorite Zappa sidekicks in that some of their antics and vocals are very annoying to me and take away the focus from Zappa's real music. It's not that I don't appreciate the humor in Zappa's music, I just don't like Flo and Eddie's delivery. But I must say that whenever I hear "Happy Together" being piped through the muzak system in a retail store, while the shoppers are "rocking" along to the happy melody, I'm laughing to myself. Even though that particular joke isn't explored on this album, it will be in "Live at Fillmore East" and a few other albums.

Anyway, more about this album. It is kind of a hodgepodge of FZ music. The main style of music on this one (because it does change on each album) is more blues oriented rock. But, you actually get quite a variety of styles here from avant-garde to soul music and a few excellent high quality instrumentals along the way. There is also a combination of live and studio takes here (as there are in a lot of Zappa's albums). The editing here isn't quite as good as it would be on later albums. However, this one is a lot of fun and it is a good way to get a taste of all of FZ's styles. The other good thing about this one is, you get to hear some early jamming and Frank keeps Flo and Eddie reigned in on this album, so I feel it is one of the best from that era.

It's also fun to hear the crowd reaction to the on stage antics. It makes you want to be there to see what's going on. Most of the humor on this is music oriented, but there are some silly lyrics too. The tracks are "Transylvaina Boogie" which I feel is one of FZ's most accessible guitar solos, "Road Ladies" which features lyrics about groupies, which would become a favorite topic during this era, "Twenty Small Cigars" a short serious jazzy instrumental, "Nancy and Mary Music" which is more avant garde but also has a lot of styles throughout and even some fun scatting going on (this is where most of the musical humor is), the terrible version of "Tell Me You Love Me", followed by the fun and excellent (but short) "Would You Go All the Way", the excellent instrumental "Chunga's Revenge" featuring more great Zappa soloing, which follows directly into the short percussive solo "The Clap", and then followed with a couple average vocal tracks. It ends a little weak, but overall it is an entertaining album considering the era that it came out in.

Not the best, but a good representation of Frank's styles and an album of some significance in the history of Zappa. I enjoy it for the most part. I think it is an excellent addition to my FZ vinyl collection, at least and one of the best from the Flo and Eddie period.

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 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.56 | 174 ratings

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

Review by Isa
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3 stars |C| Prog from 82 - a good time for mockery in music... or perhaps too much of it.

This is an interesting album in the context of this time-period of the music industry, the problems of which most prog listeners are knowledgeable. In some ways there is a clear adaptation of their style to early eighties rock, often for the sake of mocking it, and sometimes in a way which is actually artistic. And as you might expect, as an album by Frank Zappa, there's plenty of blatant humor, mockery, and silliness, and a lot of really cool textures created by arranging instruments beyond the normal rock parameters. In the case of this album, the humor goes on for too long at times, often to the point where it looses its charm and becomes repetitive or even annoying. The music occasionally suffers this ailment as well, which is a bit surprising given the hefty lineup of musicians that contribute to the album.

Track Commentary: you can tell from the first few seconds of "no not now" that this is not music to take seriously, but is laden with humor and mockery, as to be expected from a Zappa album. The backup vocals are so screechy and forward sounding that there's no question that it's there to make fun some music that was popular at the time. I always thought this song would be hilarious set to a music video at a carnival with a carousel , "up and down" sort of silliness. This leads straight into the famous "Valley Girl" song with Frank Zappa's daughter Moon mocking the title's reference, and is quite hilarious. It gets a bit repetitive toward the end for sure, though, and drags out too long with the mockery. This leads straight into I Come from Nowhere, which I guess is making fun of those friendly hicks with bad teeth or something - or maybe an excuse for Frank Zappa to be self- indulgently silly, which gets a bit annoying pretty quickly, making for one of the weaker songs on the album. I'm guessing that that's Steve Vai playing the "impossible guitar parts" on this track, which is kinda cool at first, but looses its charm quickly and goes on for a bit too long in my opinion. The album title track is supposedly one of the most challenging and difficult-to-play songs that the band ever made (which fans know is saying a lot) and when you really listen to it, it's not too hard to figure out why. In fact the complex electric jam session leans on the side of being too discordant, and like other things about this album, seems to drag on too long as to sound quite self-indulgent, like a speaker rambling on too long without really saying anything substantial at all (which is not the case with instrumental jams in other albums). Envelope is an instrumental some cool keyboard settings, which combined with the other instruments makes some cool textures. As for Teenage Prostitute, I think some prudishness is in order in saying that I'm not too fond of the idea of making a joke out of something which is a sad and serious problem in the destitute realms of our culture, though I wouldn't put is past the "humor at the cost of anything" approach of Zappa, of course. That being said, the use of operatic singing and the arrangement of the instruments are both pretty cool.

While there is plenty to like about this album (much of which can be found in a lot of Zappa's albums), this one has the problem of either being way too redundant and dragged-out with the mockery and some song sections, or too heavy on the discordant rambling (mostly in the album title track). Finally, there's a general sense of frivolity and lack of depth about almost all of the music and lyrics, and even the humor itself seems contrived and forced at times. One might conclude that the musicians were trying too hard to just fill up time, rather than creating something really clever and great.

This is a decent album, and I would definitely recommend this album to Frank Zappa fans and avant-garde listeners; the former would appreciate the humor most, and the latter would probably appreciate the title track a lot more than I do.

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 Burnt Weeny Sandwich by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.91 | 280 ratings

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Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat

5 stars The humor in this one is in the music. But so is the genius. This release is mostly studio work with a little bit of live performance mixed in for good measure and to help make the entire album more concise. Even the long track "The House I Used to Live In" is mostly studio despite the audience clapping at the end of the track. The album is also a collection of some of the "Mothers of Invention" music that had not been previously released and was recorded between 1967 and 1969. What results here is a nice variety of music ranging from neo jazz/classical instrumentals all performed by the band (not an orchestra) bookended by two doo wop songs. There's your sandwich.

Speaking of sandwich, a burnt weenie sandwich is a snack that FZ used to love and it was exactly what it says it is, with a little mustard added and a Hebrew National hot dog starring as the weenie.

So, except for the 1st and last tracks, this is entirely instrumental. And it is full of meter changes and strange meter combinations that FZ was famous for. There are a few places were you can tell things were pasted together, the editing not being very clean. But that adds to the novelty of this collection. The next release that would come from the FZ discography is part 2 of the collection of previously unreleased Mothers recordings, but it is a lot more scattered and messy where this album is a lot more concise and tight, even with the somewhat sloppy editing.

I really enjoy listening to this mostly because of the variety in the collection. It never gets boring and contains a lot of themes that FZ would use in later instrumentals and live shows. Get to know these themes if you are working on becoming an FZ aficionado, and it will make things a lot easier for you to understand....and with understanding will come enjoyment. Good stuff, I wish I had it on vinyl. I have to say, in order to understand FZ's music, this is an essential recording...not quite a masterpiece though because of the uneven editing, but close enough to be a 5 star in my opinion, because of the amazing musicianship, the mixing of jazz and classical, and an honest attempt to get the masses to listen to good quality music, which was FZ's mission. The rock and humor was always added in to attract the masses to listen to the real music.

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 Buffalo by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 2007
4.13 | 40 ratings

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Buffalo
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat

4 stars A live recording of a concert in Buffalo, New York on October 25, 1980 and released posthumously, this is very well produced album with excellent sound and some great and not so great performances. In other words, it's not always consistent, however, there are enough great solos (guitar and others) that still make it worthwhile.

There are three tracks from "You Are What You Is" which is not one of my favorite studio albums from Zappa, however, one of them (The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing) is very well done. The version of Cosmik Debris is excellent with a killer guitar solo, but too short. After that, things stay kind of standard and nothing really stands out much until Frank Zappa forgets the lyrics in "Honey Don't You Want a Man Like Me" After that, the band seems to get really really tight and things get amazingly excellent all the way through two huge guitar solos and a few shorter songs. This part of the recording is very enjoyable, especially "City of Tiny Lights", which has always been a favorite of mine, but this is by far the best live rendering of the song and I always thought it provided a great base for a killer shredding guitar solo, which is exactly what happens here.

The second disc starts out with the band still in excellent form. This carries on through the gargantuan version of "The Torture Never Stops" which features many many solos from not just the guitar, but drums, keyboards etc. After this, things falter a bit with some awful versions of a couple of some normally great Sheik Yerbouti tracks. When "Andy" ends, it seems that we have come to the end of the show, but what follows are several encore performances which for the most part are well done and fun. A lot of humor here with Frank doing some naughty musings and stuff making fun of people and mating habits.

So, overall, a little inconsistent but still an excellent addition to your Zappa collection and the good parts outweigh the substandard parts, so it's worth having.

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 Broadway The Hard Way by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 1988
3.63 | 98 ratings

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Broadway The Hard Way
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat

4 stars This is part of a trilogy of albums that were released to document different facets of the live performances of FZ's lineup for the 1988 tour. The other two are "The Best Band You've Never Heard in Your Life" which features Zappa's back catalogue and some unlikely covers (including the amazing rendition of "Bolero" by Ravel), "Make a Jazz Noise Here" which features Frank's instrumental works, and this one which features Frank's newer songs and a few covers and plenty of surprises that were pertinent to the time it was released. All three of these albums are well produced and sound amazing.

Since this one is featuring new compositions, you will be hearing a lot of new and mostly unfamiliar stuff. There is plenty of regular and warped humor here, plenty of political statements and a ton of "eyebrows" which is what FZ fans love to look for in live albums. This album seems to suffer from a lack of great guitar solos, unlike "The Best Band...." but it does have a lot more interplay among the musicians as far as all around silliness. I would say this one is probably the weakest of the three in the trilogy, but it still packs a lot of great musicianship and there are a few great guitar solos, just not enough of them. A lot of the musicianship reflects the style of the day which does tend to weaken things; for example bad sax solos, dated synth, outdated subjects (though some do apply currently) and etc. But, it's Zappa, so it's still good in it's own way.

So, if you like the repartee in FZ's live shows with group and audience interaction, this is one you will appreciate, especially if you were around during that decade to appreciate the timely humor. Not the best, but a good album to have in your prog collection just to say you have it. 4 stars....mostly for production and musicianship. But there are better albums in FZ's live discography.

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 The Perfect Stranger by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.60 | 89 ratings

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The Perfect Stranger
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat

3 stars Frank Zappa has mentioned before that he does humor in music in order to help get his music heard. Those expecting to find humor here will not find it unless you are looking for humor embedded in the orchestral arrangements of which there are plenty, many of which will fly right over the heads of most listeners. But that's okay, because this album is made up of serious music, contemporary, 20th Century Classical music. Zappa was first and foremost, a composer. People discover this music through his other types of music.

Truth be told, this is rather dense music, hard for a lot of people to listen to because it takes quite a lot of concentration and many a listen to "get it". In this album, you have two types of performances of Zappa's serious compositions: orchestral and electronic. The first track is the title track and also the longest track on the album. It is exactly as the title of the album states, "The Perfect Stranger" as conducted by Pierre Boulez and performed by the InterContemporain Orchestra. There is no hidden meaning here, it is as it states, so don't expect that this is a joke by Zappa, it is exactly as it says. It is a full orchestral work of over 12 minutes and it is contemporary. I have a hard time concentrating on this track because it is very densely embedded in the contemporary style and it doesn't have any apparent returning melody that is easy to find in the many layers of notes that are present. But I keep trying to organize this particular track hoping that somehow the music penetrates my thick skull so I can make sense out of it. I don't blame the composition on this or the orchestra/performance, I blame it solely on myself. Someday, I will get it, the light bulb will come on and I will proclaim the genius of Zappa! As for now, I will continue to work on that!

The 2nd track is also dense and very much like the first, also conducted and performed by the same personnel as the 1st track. This one is also found on the Orchestral Favorites album, but the parts are a little more discernible here. However, I get the same feeling as I do with the 1st track, completely lost in attempting to "get it". But this one is a little easier to digest because it's a short work of a little over 2 minutes and more like a bite sized piece of contemporary art and not an entire entrée like the 1st track.

Track #3 is performed by The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort, or in other words, Frank Zappa on the Synclavier. This track is a mishmash of notes which again make my mind go off the train track when trying to get the point. This is probably the hardest track of all to wrap my head around and if it were performed by a group of instruments, be it orchestral or rock and roll style instruments, would probably sound a lot like "The Black Page", which is a composition by Frank Zappa available on a multitude of releases, and given that title because the manuscript is so full of notes that it is almost completely black.

Dupree's Paradise, or track 4, is once again performed by the orchestra and after that clinical exercise on the Synclavier, actually sounds very nice. This, to me, is the easiest song to understand. It has an obvious melody and seems to have the direction that is a lot more obvious to follow. I'm proud to say that I understand this one and quite enjoy it. It is still contemporary and has a lot of dissonance and atonality, but it is easy to follow.

The last three tracks are on the Synclavier again, and I enjoy both of these also. The fifth track is quite short, the sixth track is somewhat playful and the last track is dark and spooky. They go by rather quickly.

I really wish I could break this album down better, and may be able to when I understand it better. In the meantime, you have a rather shallow review here of how my head can either wrap itself around the tracks or not. Hopefully that can be of some help to you, but if not, you only wasted, what, like 10 minutes to read this. So, if you like contemporary music, love Zappa and everything he does, or want to try to understand this album, then it is an excellent addition to your collection. If you don't enjoy this, then you would consider it for collectors only. Me, I like to pretend I'm from the first group :P So I will average it out and give it a 3 star rating and tell you that I like the Orchestral Favorites album better.

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 Bongo Fury by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 1975
3.52 | 158 ratings

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Bongo Fury
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat

4 stars Since I'm not a Captain Beefheart fan, I can't compare this to other albums that he has in his discography, and I know I have a hard time listening to an entire album of him by himself, but paired with Frank Zappa during a time ( out of several) when he was doing some great output, and the great band line-up of the time, this makes for an entertaining album. Beefheart's spoken word moments here are a little strange to me, but his regular singing on this album is not to bad. There is humor aplenty on this album, though it is very off the wall, not straightforward as on Shiek Yerbouti. The guitar work on this is simply amazing and the Captain's harmonica is outstanding. For the most part, the parts all fit together nicely throughout.

The highlights here are Carolina Hard Core Ecstasy, Poofter's Froth Wyoming Plains Ahead, 200 Years Old (for the great guitar solo), Advance Romance and Muffin Man (another great guitar solo). The highlights definitely outweigh the low points of the album and it makes it easier to "open your mind" to at least a few of the Beefheart ramblings, which fortunately there are only a few here. The production here is excellent, you almost swear you are listening to a studio album all the way through. (Tracks 5 and 6 and the beginning of 9 are studio, the rest is live). Not the best place to start your exploration into Zappa, but not one to be afraid of either. All in all, this is an excellent addition to any prog rock collection.

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 Francesco Zappa by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.62 | 96 ratings

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Francesco Zappa
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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3 stars One of many weird little releases in the discog of FRANK ZAPPA comes in the tribute form of FRANCESCO ZAPPA, who was a composer who lived from 1717 - 1803, born in Italy but mostly resided in the Netherlands. He was highly regarded as a virtuoso cellist in his day but spent most of life composing, organizing concerts and teaching music. Very little of his music was known and his name caught the attention of FRANK because of the ZAPPA part I would guess. It turns out there is no relation at all but after discovering his existence FRANK went to great lengths to dig up some of his works in order to bring them to digital life after 200 years. So obscure was his music that the only place it could be found was in the Mormon library and since none of his music had been published at this point, FRANK took the liberty to do that as well.

This is baroque music from beginning to end and it's entirely performed by The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort and conducted by FRANK ZAPPA himself. Basically it's David Ocker playing synclavier for the 17 opuses that make up this album. The tracks mostly sound alike and if you ask me it sounds a lot like one of those Wendy Carlos (formerly Walter) "Switched On Bach" albums. FRANK ZAPPA did this obscure composer good by bringing his music to life after fading into oblivion. Actually I would have preferred that the music was more sophisticated with a full orchestra and some virtuoso cellist to interpret what FRANCESCO was most famous for.

I must say that this is indeed a pleasant little collection of baroque chamber music but this was one of the very last albums in the ZAPPA world that I have accumulated simply because it's not really a FRANK album at all but merely a tribute to a long lost musician from over 200 years ago. For that I salute FRANK for giving this man some deserved recognition but at the same time I understand why he didn't achieve the fame of his contemporaries like Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and the like simply because he wasn't up to that level of greatness. Still it is fun to hear one of the lesser known artists of the era and it really makes me wonder how many of the lesser known artists I like now will be unknown in 200 years. A nice anomaly of an album but obviously not an essential FRANK release.

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 We're Only In It For The Money by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1968
4.15 | 461 ratings

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

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars Sorry Frank but is this considered to be good?

The fourth Frank Zappa, or The Mothers of Invention record "We're only in it for the money" is a famous history. It was made a long time ago, in the year 1968 and seems to be made as an irony of the hippy movement. The music isn't so compicated but it's really weird. Of these thirty-nine minutes I don't find pure music on so many of them. There are a lot of conversation and noise between and behind. Among the most famous things with the album is the cover. It was inspired with Beatles masterpiece "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club band" from the year before. The title is quite provocative too. Zappa has his gang of Roy Estrada, Don Preston, Jimmy Carl Black, Ian Underwood, Euclid James Sherwood, Billy Mundi and Bunk Gardner with him and together they made this mess.

There are som pieces here and there I like with the album and I will try to tell you about them. The best song is a short song: "Take your clothes off when you dance" which despite a silly vocal style has a great and catchy melody which I praised on Zappa's revious album. Then we have "What's the ugliest part of you body?" which partially is rather amusing. "Who needs the peace corps" is an inviting and pleasant little story that I like a lot and "Absolutely free" is experimental enough but contains still a lot of music which is the same with "Let's make the water turn black" and "Mom & Dad". They're all good songs I recommend you to hear. If you want to hear intriguing instrumental passages and mighty songs this album though is not something for you. The majority of the songs feel just ironic and silly and sometimes the sound is just terrible such as some form of turture for the ears, especially "Nasal retentive callipe music" and the closing track as well. This is experimental music yes but as much as I appreciate that I dislike the feeling I get when I here it. I have heard Zappa was I genious, but he has still to convince me. I think I will find a better album by him and hear more glorious music. This was perhaps too much of a pastisch. The good parts make this a two stars album, otherwise I would have been even harder. Two stars from me!

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