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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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3.89 | 434 ratings
Freak Out!
1966
4.10 | 365 ratings
Absolutely Free
1967
3.28 | 261 ratings
Lumpy Gravy
1968
4.15 | 454 ratings
We're Only In It For The Money
1968
2.69 | 184 ratings
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
1968
4.16 | 355 ratings
Uncle Meat
1969
4.33 | 1052 ratings
Hot Rats
1969
3.89 | 272 ratings
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
1970
3.77 | 273 ratings
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970
3.38 | 221 ratings
Chunga's Revenge
1970
3.04 | 149 ratings
200 Motels
1971
3.92 | 325 ratings
Waka / Jawaka
1972
4.31 | 588 ratings
The Grand Wazoo
1972
4.01 | 410 ratings
Over-Nite Sensation
1973
3.99 | 458 ratings
Apostrophe (')
1974
4.32 | 563 ratings
One Size Fits All
1975
3.72 | 289 ratings
Zoot Allures
1976
3.72 | 187 ratings
Studio Tan
1978
3.60 | 188 ratings
Sleep Dirt
1979
3.84 | 334 ratings
Sheik Yerbouti
1979
3.35 | 121 ratings
Orchestral Favorites
1979
4.14 | 340 ratings
Joe's Garage, Act I
1979
3.91 | 266 ratings
Joe's Garage, Acts II & III
1979
3.67 | 193 ratings
You Are What You Is
1981
3.60 | 170 ratings
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
1982
3.12 | 79 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I
1983
3.15 | 158 ratings
The Man From Utopia
1983
3.22 | 132 ratings
Them Or Us
1984
2.39 | 101 ratings
Thing-Fish
1984
2.62 | 94 ratings
Francesco Zappa
1984
3.63 | 86 ratings
The Perfect Stranger
1984
3.29 | 97 ratings
Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
1985
3.49 | 159 ratings
Jazz From Hell
1986
3.07 | 54 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. II
1987
3.72 | 90 ratings
Civilization Phaze III
1994
3.32 | 58 ratings
The Lost Episodes
1996
3.96 | 134 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
4.18 | 38 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 | 112 ratings
Fillmore East, June 1971
1971
3.13 | 104 ratings
Just Another Band From L.A.
1972
4.40 | 231 ratings
Roxy & Elsewhere
1974
3.51 | 155 ratings
Bongo Fury
1975
4.20 | 181 ratings
Zappa In New York
1978
3.04 | 120 ratings
Tinsel Town Rebellion
1981
3.40 | 71 ratings
Baby Snakes
1983
3.52 | 62 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
1986
3.61 | 91 ratings
Broadway The Hard Way
1988
3.48 | 85 ratings
Guitar
1988
3.98 | 91 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1988
4.50 | 153 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
1988
3.51 | 73 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
1989
3.57 | 68 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
1991
4.33 | 143 ratings
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
1991
4.38 | 112 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 | 61 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
1992
3.68 | 66 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
1992
3.71 | 93 ratings
The Yellow Shark
1993
3.26 | 61 ratings
Ahead Of Their Time
1993
4.14 | 40 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
4.14 | 37 ratings
Buffalo
2007
4.10 | 50 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 | 43 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

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 Francesco Zappa by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.62 | 94 ratings

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Francesco Zappa
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Prog Reviewer

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 | 454 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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 Lumpy Gravy by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.28 | 261 ratings

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Lumpy Gravy
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars "Lumpy Gravy" by Frank Zappa was a weird record which I both liked and disliked. It is Frank Zappa's third record and it was released 1967. It is a short record, made as two fifteen minutes parts of experimental music. We see a big picture of the musicians himself on the cover and on the record information we can read that it was a long range of musicians that made this unite. Zappa's records, those I have heard, haven't yet given me full satisfaction. They're too mixed with dumb things and beauty.

On "Lumpy Grave" I like the first half. I enjoyed its experiments and thought it was something different from everything else. It started with some form of fast cowboy-rock, which I liked very much, later it came some big band jazz and very beautiful instrumental passages and themes. In the end we have the opportunity to hear some wonderful blow instrument parts with echoes of Stravinskij. This part though is also filled with talking and conversation. Next part is even more woozy with a lot of talking and very experimental and crazy music. To be honest I just like the fast and melodic ending of this second movement. I remember this melody from another Zappa' song, one of those I like. Here it's called "Take your clothes off".

The total result of "Lumpy Gravy" is so messy that I think it's really too much. But I think that's the thing with Zappa, he was the opposite to moderate. I understand why people appreciate this record and it is not bad, but I have hard to really enjoy it. Two stars will I give it but I still think the record could be considered important.

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 Absolutely Free by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1967
4.10 | 365 ratings

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Absolutely Free
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars I am ready to continue my examination of Frank Zappa's work beacuse I won't believe he is overrated. He seems to have inspired so many musicians that he must have something important to show me too. He was born 1940 and on this, his second record "Absolutely Free" from 1967 was he 27 years old. It is a "Mothers of invention"-record but the big Zappa portrait indicates he's the main brain. On these 44 minutes Zappa plays guitar and sings, Ray Collins sings, Roy Estrada plays bass, Don Preston plays keyboards, Bunk Gardner plays saxophone, Jimmy Carl Black plays drums and Bill Mundi plays drums.

1967 was before prog but in the midst of the psychedelic era. This music though isn't psychedelic but it is even more crazy. For me the confusion is not very pleasant. In one way it feels like the album is very artistic and I guess there are deep thoughts about all this stuff but for me it just feels whimpsy and obscene. I feel that it is very interesting music and there are a lot of moments when I hear the music is true professional. The best track for me is "Invocation and Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin"(8/10) which starts with a beautiful Rimskij-Korsakov-theme. I also like the professionality in "Status back baby"(8/10). Zappa had a funny voice and his playful texts are clear in "The duke of prunes"(7/10) for example or"Call any vegetables"(7/10) and "Uncle Bernie's Farm"(7/10). Though do many of the greatest thoughts here drown in the loud mess of confusion.

When you think about that this was a very long time ago you understand Frank Zappa and his mothers were doing something really new. It's fair to call it revolutionary. I would though like more music and less chatting. Some tracks are just annoying. This is interesting but not in my taste, three stars!

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 Fillmore East, June 1971 by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 1971
3.22 | 112 ratings

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Fillmore East, June 1971
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Dax52

2 stars It had too many Flo & Eddie jokes about "The Road" and "Crew Sluts" to be anything appealing past the age of say 15? I first bought this LP back in the mid 70's when I was 15 and thought it was the best album he ever did. Now, after hearing this as a middle aged adult, and got past the Woo Hoo stuff that was sooooo funny back then, I listened to it to hear it on just it's musical merits. Only two tracks really jumped out one being "Loneome Electric Turkey", and Peaches. The rest I call forgettable.

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 Absolutely Free by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1967
4.10 | 365 ratings

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Absolutely Free
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Dobermensch

2 stars An infantile album that sounds as though it's been recorded by a bunch of drunk American 15 year olds in their dads garage.

I've actually got a lot of time for Zappa. He was a very good speaker and seemed like a nice guy.

This recording really irritates me though. The most ridiculous double entendres run rampant throughout this daft album that means and says nothing whatsoever which is incredible considering how vocal heavy it is. To my ears it sounds really straight down the line with very little creativity. I'm sure back in '68 things were viewed very differently - but today this just sounds hopelessly dated and outmoded.

I wish he'd stop rolling those 'Rrrr' letters and singing about goddamn vegetables. I've got better things to do with my life than to listen to this. Even the wonderfully titled 'Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin' fails to impress with a highly disagreeable jam that can be found on a multitude of recordings from this era.

'Big Leg Emma' is the kind of track Beefheart could have made a proper stab at rather than this half hearted limp effort. I don't know what it is with me and Zappa - something just doesn't click. I guess I just dislike that American late 60's sound full stop. The Doo-wop singing simply bursts my head and the less said about the horns the better. This just sounds alien to me. One step from the Beach Boys.

And I have to say I get very uneasy listening to 'Brown Shoes Don't Make It' - in particular that part with the young girl. - 'If she were my daughter I'd...' 'What would you do daddy?'

Not good.

Give me Wild Man Fischer any day.

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 FZ:OZ by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 2002
4.14 | 40 ratings

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FZ:OZ
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Suedevanshoe

5 stars The sound quality may not be pristine, but this 1976 recording in Sydney pulls out all of Frank's tricks. In addition, this small five piece band is not properly documented live until this particular 2 CD set. Many of the old favorites are here, but the real highlights are the as yet unreleased tunes like "Canard du Jour" and "The Torture Never Stops". Lengthy versions of "Black Napkins" "Chunga's Revenge" and "Zoot Allures" stop the show. This is the definitive live version I've heard of Chunga's Revenge. Roy Estrada shows up on bass, and several early Mothers songs make an appearance. Tight playing and extreme audience energy ramps up the voltage. It's great to hear Roy on bass, and Napoleon Murphy Brock is always a treat. A fine entry into the Zappa catalog.

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 Freak Out! by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1966
3.89 | 434 ratings

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Freak Out!
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars With this I will begin to explore the musical world of the American musicians Frank Zappa and his Mothers of Invention. Frank Zappa made a lot of interesting stuff and back in 1966 his band "The Mothers of Invention" made their first record "Freak out!". Fourty-eight years have passed since they recorded this and you understand quite fast how innovative these pioneers were. 1966 was some years before progressive rock was a known phenomenon. Though is this too intelligent and too weird to be a hippie record.

Frank Zappa plays guitar, harmonica, cymbals, tambourine, sings and orchestrates, Plas Johnson plays saxophone, Jimmy Carl Black percussion and drums, Ray Collins plays guitar, harmonica, cymbals, sound effects, tambourine, sings and plays finger cymbals, Gene Estes plays percussion, Roy Estrada plays bass, guitarron and sings, Elliot Ingber plays guitar, Carol Kaye plays bass and Ruth Komanoff and John Rotella plays percussion. Those were the musicians present on the record and probably they were satisfied with what they did.

The Mothers of Invention here plays music of many forms. One big input is a typical rock'n'roll form which is an ingredient here. Many songs are simple rock songs with a rich and stupid clothing. "Hungry Freaks, Daddy" sounds a little like "The Rolling Stones" but they joke a lot too(7/10). "I ain't got no heart" starts in a typical sixties sound, a powerful feeling too (7/10). "Who are the brain Police?" then is a dark and experimental spaced track(6/10) and "Go cry on somebody else's shoulder" is like a fifties pop song, with parodic sound effects(6/10). "Motherly love" is a rough rock song(6/10) and "How could I be such a fool" is a fine little poetic song(7/10). "Wowie Zowie" has a funny touch a funny little text but the song as whole is a little weird(6/10) and You didn't try to call me" has quite beautiful passages and inspirations from different locations(7/10) and "Anyway the wind blows" is catchy and perhaps the finest track on this record, I like it(8/10). "I'm not satisfied" continues quite average(6/10) and "You're probably wondering why I'm here" is a funny song with a glad abnd weird melody that I like(7/10). "Trouble every day" then is a bit boring but tough(5/10) and then come the experimental parts without bit interest for me. "Help, I'm a rock" feels quite improvised(3/10) just as "It can't happen here" with a lot of sound effects which I'm not very interested in(3/10) and the same is easy to hear in the last track "The Return of the son of monster Magnet" which is very experimental and kind of contains too much to be enjoyable. The sounds do not make me feel comfortable at at(2/10).

Over all is the record an interesting statement in a historical time and many songs are enjoyable even if I had heard to pick personal favourites. But it's a good debut album by Frank Zappa where you at least will find parts interesting. Three stars!

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 Roxy By Proxy by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 2014
4.46 | 11 ratings

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Roxy By Proxy
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

4 stars "Roxy & Elsewhere" remains my fave Zappa live release of all times. The line-up represents perhaps the most skilled crew of hired hands with great abilities Zappa has ever assembled. This follow up release contains elements of the original album with a markedly different song selection. Tunes that are not generally easy to absorb played quite well here, but in reality, wouldn't be missed. It's more of curiosity value than a long lost masterpiece.

When Frank plays his distorted electric guitar, it's as good as on the original work, yet this appears to be dominated by George Duke's delightfully jazzy synths contributions.

Most of the previously unreleased numbers are pretty much "structured" jamming that leave me between hot and cold. Even Tom Fowler is permitted to play a mediocre solo on his Fender bass. Altogether, pretty good work, but hardly equal to the original piece.

If you are after a great rendition of tunes from Roxy and the best bits Frank has ever recorded, do check out Dweezil Zappa's "Zappa Plays Zappa" instead. That will blow your mind in place of light entertainment presented here. Some parts of this piece would serve selectively well as additional material to the original "Roxy", but altogether remain a poor cousin to that work.

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 Chunga's Revenge by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.38 | 221 ratings

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Chunga's Revenge
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

4 stars To say that you don't like Frank Zappa is like saying you don't like food. There are thousands, millions of dishes to eat (or try) world wide and there are a plethora of musical styles to discover when it comes to Zappa. Never standing still too long on the same spot, ever moving, ever progressing. With that said, I need to point out that not all Zappa, as with food, is to your taste or personal preference. However, I am of the most certain mind when saying that anyone into prog is able to find at least one album to love and enjoy. That is the case for me. I cannot claim to love all of Zappas enormous production. I cannot even claim to love half of it. I care for only a fragment of all these albums on the market.The best of these fragments is the underrated (in my opinion) Chunga's revenge.

Funnily enough, this album was the first I bought. When I decided to explore Zappa back in the 1990's I decided upon this one. I knew there were other albums proclaimed to be his masterworks but I chanced on this one, giggling at the cover and that odd title. I could not have picked a better album to start off with at that particular time and Chunga's revenge is still my favorite, both by musical standards aswell as nostalgic reasons.

It must be said, that Chunga's revenge probably is one of Zappas most accessible albums. There are very few hard nuts to crack. It is, basically, a collection of great semi-progressive tunes leaning towards an array of styles. Anything from jazz and eastern moods to ballads and hard rock. Though being a highly varied album it never looses the focus and the result is a very tight and cohesive record. It has some loose and laidback grooves, reminding me of the late 1960's jamming found on many an album. It is inspired and groovy, played with a lot of joy and love of music.

I think that the best songs are the eastern flavored "Transylvania boogie", the hard rock of "Tell me you love me" and the concluding "Sharleena". The tracks in between are very enjoyable as well and provides a wonderful template of moods and styles. This album proves that Zappa really could take a bite off of anything and create the most extraordinary music.

One often reads about the guitar of Frank Zappa and on Chunga's revenge it is ever so wonderful. He manages to be both masterful and raucious, a combination not always found in guitar wizards.

All in all, Chunga's revenge is a wonderful rock album with progressive leanings. It is not overly complex. Instead it is a collection of quite easily digestable and enjoyable songs with great variation. It is still my favorite and if you want to find a starting point where the humour, irony and craziness is a bit subdued in favor of musical seriousness (without being boring, naturally) this might be a good place to start.

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