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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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Road Tapes, Venue #3 [2 CD]Road Tapes, Venue #3 [2 CD]
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Road Tapes, Venue #1 [2 CD]Road Tapes, Venue #1 [2 CD]
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FRANK ZAPPA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.92 | 523 ratings
Freak Out!
1966
4.06 | 430 ratings
Absolutely Free
1967
3.22 | 313 ratings
Lumpy Gravy
1968
4.13 | 547 ratings
We're Only In It For The Money
1968
2.75 | 221 ratings
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
1968
4.08 | 424 ratings
Uncle Meat
1969
4.32 | 1285 ratings
Hot Rats
1969
3.92 | 337 ratings
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
1970
3.77 | 334 ratings
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970
3.40 | 278 ratings
Chunga's Revenge
1970
3.07 | 185 ratings
200 Motels
1971
3.94 | 399 ratings
Waka / Jawaka
1972
4.32 | 758 ratings
The Grand Wazoo
1972
4.03 | 493 ratings
Over-Nite Sensation
1973
4.01 | 545 ratings
Apostrophe (')
1974
4.31 | 733 ratings
One Size Fits All
1975
3.73 | 341 ratings
Zoot Allures
1976
3.69 | 224 ratings
Studio Tan
1978
3.60 | 223 ratings
Sleep Dirt
1979
3.86 | 403 ratings
Sheik Yerbouti
1979
3.32 | 143 ratings
Orchestral Favorites
1979
4.12 | 409 ratings
Joe's Garage, Act I
1979
3.93 | 324 ratings
Joe's Garage, Acts II & III
1979
3.65 | 224 ratings
You Are What You Is
1981
3.54 | 202 ratings
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
1982
3.13 | 95 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I
1983
3.15 | 185 ratings
The Man From Utopia
1983
3.24 | 152 ratings
Them Or Us
1984
2.42 | 125 ratings
Thing-Fish
1984
2.58 | 111 ratings
Francesco Zappa
1984
3.54 | 100 ratings
The Perfect Stranger
1984
3.24 | 116 ratings
Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
1985
3.46 | 185 ratings
Jazz From Hell
1986
2.99 | 66 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. II
1987
3.78 | 108 ratings
Civilization Phaze III
1994
3.32 | 70 ratings
The Lost Episodes
1996
3.97 | 158 ratings
Läther
1996
2.01 | 52 ratings
The Mystery Disc
1998
3.26 | 38 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
3.52 | 29 ratings
Feeding The Monkeys At Ma Maison
2011
4.09 | 58 ratings
Läther
2012
3.03 | 16 ratings
Joe's Camouflage
2014
3.93 | 40 ratings
Dance Me This
2015

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

3.19 | 132 ratings
Fillmore East, June 1971
1971
3.09 | 125 ratings
Just Another Band From L.A.
1972
4.39 | 268 ratings
Roxy & Elsewhere
1974
3.53 | 182 ratings
Bongo Fury
1975
4.23 | 213 ratings
Zappa In New York
1978
3.06 | 136 ratings
Tinsel Town Rebellion
1981
3.39 | 79 ratings
Baby Snakes
1983
3.56 | 72 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
1986
3.62 | 110 ratings
Broadway The Hard Way
1988
3.38 | 106 ratings
Guitar
1988
4.00 | 105 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1988
4.53 | 177 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
4.37 | 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
2.08 | 22 ratings
Anyway The Wind Blows
1991
2.79 | 19 ratings
'Tis The Season To Be Jelly
1991
2.31 | 18 ratings
Saarbrucken 1978
1991
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
3.87 | 101 ratings
The Yellow Shark
1993
3.24 | 68 ratings
Ahead Of Their Time
1993
3.94 | 47 ratings
FZ:OZ
2002
3.83 | 31 ratings
Halloween (DVD-Audio)
2003
3.52 | 56 ratings
Trance-Fusion
2006
3.96 | 61 ratings
Imaginary Diseases
2006
3.52 | 39 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 | 42 ratings
Philly '76
2009
4.27 | 51 ratings
Hammersmith Odeon
2010
3.81 | 28 ratings
Carnegie Hall
2011
3.35 | 31 ratings
Finer Moments
2012
3.26 | 24 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #1
2012
4.72 | 36 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #2
2013
3.81 | 16 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013
4.60 | 26 ratings
Roxy By Proxy
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Halloween In The Big Apple 1977
2015
5.00 | 1 ratings
200 Motels The Suites
2015

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

2.86 | 49 ratings
200 Motels (The Movie)
1971
3.52 | 23 ratings
Uncle Meat (Video)
1988
2.69 | 49 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
2003
4.09 | 66 ratings
Baby Snakes
2003
4.24 | 28 ratings
QuAUDIOPHILIAc (DVD-Audio)
2004
4.00 | 39 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
2005
4.00 | 16 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2005
4.19 | 38 ratings
Apostrophe (') Over-Nite Sensation
2007
4.62 | 35 ratings
Zappa In Barcelona
2007
3.63 | 8 ratings
Tratto dal filmato 'A Token Of His Extreme'
2007
4.44 | 16 ratings
The Torture Never Stops
2008
3.17 | 6 ratings
Live In Paris 1980
2008
3.21 | 10 ratings
Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention: In the 1960's
2009
4.13 | 11 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013
4.14 | 10 ratings
Roxy: The Movie
2015

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

3.67 | 33 ratings
Mothermania: The Best Of The Mothers
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
1975
3.65 | 51 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
3.90 | 45 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More
1981
3.82 | 40 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
3.93 | 88 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar (The Box Set)
1982
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Old Masters, Box One
1985
2.81 | 17 ratings
We're Only In It For The Money / Lumpy Gravy
1985
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Old Masters, Box Two
1986
3.14 | 7 ratings
The Old Masters, Box Three
1987
3.59 | 101 ratings
Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III
1987
4.13 | 18 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Sampler
1988
4.09 | 11 ratings
Beat The Boots 1
1991
3.67 | 9 ratings
Beat The Boots 2
1992
3.27 | 33 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I & II
1995
3.26 | 51 ratings
Strictly Commercial
1995
3.76 | 31 ratings
Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute
1996
4.19 | 22 ratings
Strictly Genteel
1997
3.26 | 28 ratings
Have I Offended Someone?
1997
2.89 | 39 ratings
Cheap Thrills
1998
2.07 | 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
3.73 | 11 ratings
Understanding America
2012

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

3.86 | 7 ratings
How Could I Be Such a Fool?
1966
4.25 | 8 ratings
Trouble Comin' Every Day
1966
4.00 | 7 ratings
It Can't Happen Here
1966
3.16 | 6 ratings
Big Leg Emma
1967
3.80 | 5 ratings
My Guitar
1969
3.49 | 21 ratings
Peaches en Regalia
1970
3.43 | 7 ratings
Tell Me You Love Me
1970
3.75 | 4 ratings
WPLJ
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tears Began To Fall
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Magic Fingers
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?
1972
4.14 | 7 ratings
Cletus Awreetus - Awrightus
1972
3.15 | 10 ratings
Montana
1973
2.73 | 11 ratings
Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cosmik Debris
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Du Bist Mein Sofa
1975
3.20 | 5 ratings
Find Her Finer
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Disco Boy
1976
4.00 | 12 ratings
Bobby Brown
1979
4.00 | 9 ratings
Joe's Garage
1979
3.31 | 10 ratings
Dancin Fool
1979
3.97 | 11 ratings
I Don't Wanna Get Drafted 12''
1980
3.40 | 5 ratings
Stick It Out
1980
3.75 | 4 ratings
Goblin Girl (picture)
1981
2.87 | 11 ratings
Valley Girl
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Of My Life
1981
3.67 | 3 ratings
Harder Than Your Husband
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cocaine Decisions
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Man From Utopia Meets Mary Lou
1983
2.50 | 4 ratings
Rare Meat - Early Productions Of Frank Zappa 12''
1983
3.40 | 5 ratings
Baby Take Your Teeth Out
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
True Glove
1984
4.58 | 12 ratings
Peaches En Regalia (longpack)
1987
4.33 | 9 ratings
Montana (Whipping Floss)
1988
4.50 | 6 ratings
Zomby Woof
1988
3.19 | 9 ratings
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
1988
2.09 | 3 ratings
You Can't Do That On the Radio Anymore
1990
3.06 | 8 ratings
Stairway To Heaven 12''
1991
3.91 | 3 ratings
Clean American Version
1995
3.86 | 3 ratings
Kill Ugly Radio Some More
1995
3.50 | 2 ratings
Kill Ugly Radio
1995
3.50 | 2 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Kill Ugly Radio
1995
4.40 | 5 ratings
Zomby Woof (longpack)
1998
2.00 | 2 ratings
Penguin in Bondage/The little known story of the Mothers of Invention
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
I'm The Slime
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Eat The Yellow Snow / Down In De Dew
2014
1.50 | 2 ratings
200 Motels Overture
2015

FRANK ZAPPA Reviews


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 Uncle Meat by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.08 | 424 ratings

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Uncle Meat
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

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

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

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

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

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 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.54 | 202 ratings

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

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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

Like'. TOTALLY!

More bitchin' than shopping at the Galleria in Encino

It's like finding some totally whacked out shoes

And some totally wild ass clothes

It's just like so super BITCHIN'!

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

Like so apple core-ish and all

Like how can we ignore Moon Unit in her magic moment

Like she was totally woken up from her Valley slumber when her dad totally woke her up to improvise the lyrics to the only FRANK ZAPPA top 40 hit ever!

Yeah, 'Valley Girl' is like such a beastie. It slaps you like being dressed in a leather teddy screamin' 'hurt me, hurt me!,' i am so sure!

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

You're like totally blitzed

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

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

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

Like OH MY GOD!

Can you not evolve!

I mean don't be a total space cadet!

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

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

Just listen to the title track and like WHOAH!

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

I'm sooooo sure!

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

Like OH MY GOD!

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

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

OMG!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm like so sure you won't find this totally nauseating

Otherwise you will like BARF OUT

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

I am sooooooooooooo sure

Like

Totally

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

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Roxy: The Movie
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

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

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

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 Roxy & Elsewhere by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 1974
4.39 | 268 ratings

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Roxy & Elsewhere
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

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

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

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

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

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

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 Freak Out! by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1966
3.92 | 523 ratings

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Freak Out!
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

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

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

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 The Grand Wazoo by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.32 | 758 ratings

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The Grand Wazoo
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

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

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

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 Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar (The Box Set) by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1982
3.93 | 88 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
3.54 | 202 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
3.22 | 313 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
3.87 | 101 ratings

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The Yellow Shark
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

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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