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Frank Zappa



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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I know when it comes to compilations 2 or 3 stars is usually the right rating, but there is something very special about hearing such a variety of excellent music that spans some 22 years. This may sound silly but I feel so proud listening to this record, this would be the perfect Zappa album to give to someone who you think might be swayed over to the dark side.

"Over-Nite Sensation" is dipped into the most here, but it opens with "Peaches En Regalia" from "Hot Rats". What an airy and beautiful instrumental to start off with. "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow" features that most feared of weapons the dog-doo snow cone. And then we get Frank making fun of the disco crowd in "Dancin' Fool" and "Disco Boy", and then it's those caught up in mystic ways who are mocked in "Cosmik Debris".

"Trouble Every Day" from his debut has those meaningful words that were inspired from race riots that were going on at the time. He shouts "I'm not black, but there's a whole lots of times I wish I wasn't white." "Sexual Harassment In The Workplace" is a great instrumental that I can listen to over and over again. "Montana" is one of my favs that starts off with that slowly sung line "I might be moving to Montana soon". Yeah he's going off to grow some dental floss. "Muffin Man" always makes me laugh when Frank starts laughing. Some great guitar follows.

So yeah this is an excellent addition to your prog collection, and it will also make you want to break out some of his albums you haven't heard in a while.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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