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Frank Zappa



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5 stars I think plenty has been said about this album already (just look at the many reviews). My review will consist explaining that there are 2 versions of this album, and if you like Zappa enough, you will want both.

The original vinyl release and the newest CDs, released by Universal (UMe) in 2012, consist of the analog recording, and then there is the 1987 remix (done by Frank himself), which is a completely different mix. Certain harmonies can be heard on the remix, and vis versa, or some are missing on the remix and vis versa. The drums sound different on the remix, and has a fuller sound than the analog recording, but there is no better or worse version.

Both versions of Hot Rats are essential, and are like 2 different albums, because of how different the mixes are. However, if you're one that doesn't like the revisionist work Frank did to some of his older albums, then make sure you get the vinyl, or the CD version released in 2012 by Universal. The 1987 version is from RYKO. Just keep in mind, that the remix has more music on it than the original (The Gumbo Variations is about 4 minutes longer on the remix)

I grew up on the remix, so I prefer that one, but the analog version is drier, and fits more with the time it was released. But both are very good and worth owning. By the way, the music on Hot Rats is awesome, ahead of its time, great early jazz-rock fusion, and man does it ROCK. It's also got Peaches En Regalia, one of the best progressive rock songs ever written.

darkshade | 5/5 |


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