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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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Absolutely Free (2LP)Absolutely Free (2LP)
Universal Music Enterprises 2017
Vinyl$34.98
Joe's Garage, Acts I, II, & III [2 CD]Joe's Garage, Acts I, II, & III [2 CD]
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$8.03
$14.16 (used)
Chicago '78 [2 CD]Chicago '78 [2 CD]
Zappa Records 2016
Audio CD$16.59
$16.72 (used)
The Grand WazooThe Grand Wazoo
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$5.00
$4.95 (used)
Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object [3 CD]Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object [3 CD]
Zappa Records 2016
Audio CD$14.07
$13.22 (used)
Uncle Meat [2 LP]Uncle Meat [2 LP]
Zappa Records 2013
Vinyl$27.99
$12.95 (used)
Philly '76 [2 CD]Philly '76 [2 CD]
Zappa Records 2017
Audio CD$16.56
$16.97 (used)
Hot Rats [LP]Hot Rats [LP]
Zappa Records 2016
Vinyl$18.80
$14.99 (used)
Greasy Love SongsGreasy Love Songs
Zappa Records 2017
Audio CD$8.36
$9.88 (used)
Hammersmith Odeon [3 CD]Hammersmith Odeon [3 CD]
Zappa Records 2017
Audio CD$25.95
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Frank Zappa 2 CD album (Double CD) Zappa In New York UK 0238562 ZAPPA 2012 USD $22.29 Buy It Now
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FRANK ZAPPA discography


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

3.92 | 563 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Freak Out!
1966
4.08 | 464 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Absolutely Free
1967
3.22 | 341 ratings
Lumpy Gravy
1968
4.12 | 589 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: We're Only In It For The Money
1968
2.73 | 244 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
1968
4.07 | 461 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Uncle Meat
1969
4.33 | 1400 ratings
Hot Rats
1969
3.91 | 374 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Burnt Weeny Sandwich
1970
3.77 | 368 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970
3.40 | 305 ratings
Chunga's Revenge
1970
3.06 | 202 ratings
200 Motels
1971
3.91 | 433 ratings
Waka / Jawaka
1972
4.32 | 826 ratings
The Grand Wazoo
1972
4.02 | 533 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: Over-Nite Sensation
1973
4.03 | 587 ratings
Apostrophe (')
1974
4.32 | 802 ratings
The Mothers Of Invention: One Size Fits All
1975
3.73 | 370 ratings
Zoot Allures
1976
3.69 | 244 ratings
Studio Tan
1978
3.61 | 247 ratings
Sleep Dirt
1979
3.86 | 438 ratings
Sheik Yerbouti
1979
4.12 | 453 ratings
Joe's Garage, Act I
1979
3.95 | 361 ratings
Joe's Garage, Acts II & III
1979
3.66 | 247 ratings
You Are What You Is
1981
3.53 | 222 ratings
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
1982
3.15 | 207 ratings
The Man From Utopia
1983
3.07 | 105 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I
1983
3.22 | 166 ratings
Them Or Us
1984
2.40 | 135 ratings
Thing-Fish
1984
2.57 | 121 ratings
Francesco Zappa
1984
3.51 | 110 ratings
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
1984
3.24 | 127 ratings
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
1985
3.46 | 200 ratings
Jazz From Hell
1986
2.90 | 78 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. II
1987
3.77 | 116 ratings
Civilization Phaze III
1994
3.31 | 79 ratings
The Lost Episodes
1996
3.96 | 177 ratings
Läther
1996
3.18 | 46 ratings
Everything Is Healing Nicely [aka: EIHN]
1999
2.93 | 44 ratings
Joe's Corsage
2004
1.76 | 45 ratings
Joe's Domage
2004
2.15 | 33 ratings
Joe's XMasage
2005
3.34 | 37 ratings
Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
2011
2.92 | 24 ratings
Joe's Camouflage
2014
4.04 | 53 ratings
Dance Me This
2015

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

3.20 | 141 ratings
Fillmore East, June 1971
1971
3.10 | 131 ratings
Just Another Band From L.A.
1972
4.39 | 290 ratings
Roxy & Elsewhere
1974
3.54 | 197 ratings
Bongo Fury
1975
4.24 | 229 ratings
Zappa In New York
1978
3.32 | 148 ratings
Orchestral Favorites
1979
3.07 | 143 ratings
Tinsel Town Rebellion
1981
3.39 | 88 ratings
Baby Snakes
1983
3.59 | 79 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
1986
3.62 | 120 ratings
Broadway The Hard Way
1988
3.40 | 113 ratings
Guitar
1988
4.02 | 118 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1988
4.54 | 191 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
1988
3.62 | 98 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
1989
3.54 | 90 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
1991
4.33 | 179 ratings
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
1991
4.41 | 135 ratings
Make A Jazz Noise Here
1991
3.76 | 34 ratings
Piquantique - Stockholm 1973
1991
2.34 | 24 ratings
As An Am
1991
3.40 | 23 ratings
The Ark
1991
2.64 | 21 ratings
Freaks & Motherfuckers!
1991
2.41 | 24 ratings
Unmitigated Audacity
1991
2.11 | 24 ratings
Anyway The Wind Blows
1991
2.78 | 22 ratings
'Tis The Season To Be Jelly
1991
2.35 | 22 ratings
Saarbrucken 1978
1991
1.72 | 13 ratings
At The Circus
1992
1.92 | 15 ratings
Conceptual Continuity
1992
2.86 | 43 ratings
Playground Psychotics
1992
3.66 | 79 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
1992
3.85 | 77 ratings
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
1992
2.24 | 16 ratings
Disconnected Synapses
1992
3.02 | 17 ratings
Electric Aunt Jemima
1992
3.09 | 13 ratings
Our Man In Nirvana
1992
3.97 | 13 ratings
Swiss Cheese / Fire!
1992
2.26 | 12 ratings
Tengo Na Minchia Tanta
1992
3.87 | 114 ratings
The Yellow Shark
1993
3.25 | 71 ratings
Ahead Of Their Time
1993
3.96 | 54 ratings
FZ:OZ
2002
3.84 | 35 ratings
Halloween (DVD-Audio)
2003
3.97 | 67 ratings
Imaginary Diseases
2006
3.55 | 60 ratings
Trance-Fusion
2006
4.11 | 56 ratings
Buffalo
2007
4.18 | 64 ratings
Wazoo
2007
3.60 | 43 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
2007
3.60 | 42 ratings
One Shot Deal
2008
3.13 | 28 ratings
Joe's Menage
2008
4.22 | 50 ratings
Philly '76
2009
4.30 | 61 ratings
Hammersmith Odeon
2010
3.77 | 33 ratings
Carnegie Hall
2011
3.15 | 37 ratings
Finer Moments
2012
3.33 | 30 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #1
2012
4.70 | 43 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #2
2013
4.50 | 25 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013
4.62 | 34 ratings
Roxy By Proxy
2014
2.80 | 5 ratings
200 Motels The Suites
2015
3.75 | 4 ratings
Roxy: The Sountrack
2015
3.09 | 4 ratings
Little Dots
2016
2.50 | 4 ratings
Chicago '78
2016
2.13 | 11 ratings
Road Tapes - Venue #3
2016

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

2.85 | 50 ratings
200 Motels (The Movie)
1971
3.52 | 23 ratings
Uncle Meat (Video)
1988
2.72 | 52 ratings
Does Humor Belong In Music?
2003
4.11 | 70 ratings
Baby Snakes
2003
4.26 | 30 ratings
QuAUDIOPHILIAc (DVD-Audio)
2004
4.03 | 41 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
2005
4.11 | 18 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2005
4.19 | 39 ratings
Apostrophe (') Over-Nite Sensation
2007
4.60 | 40 ratings
Zappa In Barcelona
2007
3.63 | 8 ratings
Tratto dal filmato 'A Token Of His Extreme'
2007
4.22 | 18 ratings
The Torture Never Stops
2008
3.50 | 6 ratings
Live In Paris 1980
2008
3.21 | 10 ratings
Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention: In the 1960's
2009
4.11 | 15 ratings
A Token Of His Extreme
2013
4.06 | 13 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
2.00 | 1 ratings
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
1975
3.68 | 54 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
3.92 | 49 ratings
Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More
1981
3.85 | 43 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1981
3.94 | 94 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
3.60 | 105 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
3.25 | 34 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I & II
1995
3.27 | 52 ratings
Strictly Commercial
1995
3.74 | 31 ratings
Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute
1996
4.24 | 24 ratings
Strictly Genteel
1997
3.28 | 29 ratings
Have I Offended Someone?
1997
2.90 | 42 ratings
Cheap Thrills
1998
2.01 | 52 ratings
The Mystery Disc
1998
2.08 | 16 ratings
Cucamonga (1962 - 1964)
1998
2.97 | 27 ratings
Son Of Cheep Thrills
1999
4.53 | 10 ratings
Zappa Picks - By Larry LaLonde Of Primus
2002
3.92 | 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
2.82 | 19 ratings
The Best of Frank Zappa
2004
3.38 | 34 ratings
The Making Of Freak Out! Project/Object
2006
3.55 | 21 ratings
The Lumpy Money Project/Object
2009
3.12 | 19 ratings
Greasy Love Songs
2010
3.75 | 12 ratings
Understanding America
2012
3.82 | 9 ratings
The Crux Of The Biscuit
2016
3.73 | 7 ratings
Frank Zappa For President
2016

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
4.22 | 9 ratings
Trouble Comin' Every Day
1966
3.88 | 8 ratings
It Can't Happen Here
1966
3.12 | 7 ratings
Big Leg Emma
1967
3.80 | 5 ratings
My Guitar
1969
3.52 | 22 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
3.92 | 13 ratings
Bobby Brown
1979
4.00 | 10 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
4.62 | 13 ratings
Peaches En Regalia (longpack)
1987
4.45 | 11 ratings
Montana (Whipping Floss)
1988
4.57 | 7 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
3.87 | 4 ratings
Kill Ugly Radio Some More
1995
3.67 | 3 ratings
Kill Ugly Radio
1995
3.33 | 3 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Kill Ugly Radio
1995
4.40 | 5 ratings
Zomby Woof (longpack)
1998
2.33 | 3 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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 A Token Of His Extreme by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover DVD/Video, 2013
4.11 | 15 ratings

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A Token Of His Extreme
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars Frank was proud to say that he made this TV performance with his own money and added that it's the best DVD that has been made! You can't be more humble than this! This is a 1974 performance with the Mothers of Invention that was refused by American TV for obvious reason but was accepted by the more open French and Switzerland TV. It's only 73 minutes of great music and funny stuff with some strange animations that can only come from the mind of Frank or maybe a band like Tool... The song "Room Suite" is an improvisation between Frank and his partner Napoleon Murphy Brock about someone who orders something to eat in his hotel. It's just cool to see Frank laugh many times during this. As usual with Frank's music, the percussion side is always amazing with Ruth Underwood. Being filmed in the 70's this video is not comparable to today's standards but who watch this for the picture? Don't miss the great interview and performance on the Mike Douglas Show who Frank talk about the music artists he listens.
 The Torture Never Stops by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover DVD/Video, 2008
4.22 | 18 ratings

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The Torture Never Stops
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars There's only one Frank Zappa and only one that can do this kind of music! This concert made in Halloween presents the late 70's and early 80's music of Frank with many songs that could have been even shorter if they did not include the usual Frank guitar solo. My mind is drifting away when I hear his guitar solo. I prefer to see him conduct his musicians and hear the funny lyrics and music when it's going in his unpredictable direction. The songs are flowing smoothly into each other so that you can see the show as one long song. It is impossible to enjoy everything the man has done in his career because he has played too many styles with the Mothers of Invention or with his synclavier albums, but everyone can see how original was his music and the man who have always stick with his views on many subjects with satire and cynism. This DVD is a great place to start for someone who can be disturbed by the experimental nature of some others videos he has done. This one shows you how the musicians are perfectly synchronized to play this complex music the Zappa way. I just imagine how much more albums he would have done if he was still alive...
 The Mothers Of Invention: Over-Nite Sensation by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.02 | 533 ratings

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The Mothers Of Invention: Over-Nite Sensation
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Are you ready to whip up some dragon lotion? Are you feeling just about as evil as a boogey-man can be?

If the answer to either is "yes", then you're ready to enjoy this immediately enjoyable and accessible Frank Zappa release. Over-Nite Sensation is deservedly one of Frank's most radio-friendly works, and one of his few albums you could play in the background at a party and not have people leave the room. These songs are light-hearted, fun, and have a great blend of fusion grooves and hard rockin' jams. What they are not, is impeccably composed or varied as most other Zappa music. Over-Nite Sensation will make you smile throughout, but you may not reach for it when the mood for Zappa strikes you.

That being said, anytime one of its songs comes on, you won't regret it. "Camarillo Brillo" bounces along playfully as tongue-in-cheek opener, while "I'm the Slime" drips with thick, greasy blues and monster guitar licks. Great stuff. Meanwhile, "Fifty-Fifty" and "Montana" sort of just become noise (for the former), or shoulder shrugging (for the latter). One thing that must be acknowledged though, is Over-Nite's Sensation outstanding guitar work. Frank is on his "A" game here, cranking out soloing that is frenetic, complex, and captivating. This is proverbial "mic drop" for guitar posers.

Great stuff overall, and perfect for some skewed, toe-tapping, sarcastic jamming. A worthy purchase for Zappa newcomers and fans alike, but there are even better gems of his out there to enjoy.

Songwriting: 2 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

 Wazoo by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Live, 2007
4.18 | 64 ratings

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Wazoo
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Instrumental Greggery Peccary!

This is the Zappa archival release we have been waiting for. Live concert from the 'Little' Wazoo band tour, it contains great versions of a number of Zappa tunes. For those of us (including me) that do not like the high-pitch munchkin voice-over on the original Greggery Peccary suite (from 'Studio Tan'), here is an instrumental version with some interesting differences from the Studio Tan version. This alone is worth the price of the disc. The versions of Processional March and Penis Dimension are also quite good here, and Approximate is decent too. But the very best track is the version of Big Swifty, which is MUCH better than the version on Waka/Jawaka. (On the other hand, while good, the version of Grand Wazoo here is not as good as the original version). The sound quality is very good too, and there are some interesting solos. Altogether, this is up there with Grand Wazoo, really it is the missing companion to that album. If you liked Grand Wazoo, or any of Zappa's all-instrumental jazz or classical albums, you will really like this. I rate it 8.1 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

 Thing-Fish by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.40 | 135 ratings

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Thing-Fish
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Walkscore

2 stars Only for the Hard-Core Fan.

Up there among the most bizarre albums ever made (yes, even more strange than Trout Mask Replica), 'Thing Fish' sees Zappa make a play about a fictitious US government-military (or is it the Brown Moses?) plot to wipe out whole groups (African Americans, creatives, gays, etc) that represent opposition to conservative Republican-party ideals. The plot creates a Thing-Fish (played by Ike Willis) who goes on stage and gets pseudo-audience members involved in his story (the album is a faux broadway play). The libretto is bizarre for sure. I actually like Ike Willis' performance here, and some of the story 'can be' quite funny (certainly not everyone will think so - to be honest, I only find about a third of the lines funny). The big problem is that there is very little music here. Zappa has the characters voicing their lines over his own great compositions, but he has turned down the volume on the music so much you can hardly hear it, while turning up the voices. There are very few instrumental sections, so few breaks that make you remember why you love listening to Zappa albums. Instead the focus is all on the story, and while each of us might like the story a bit less or a bit more, it is not very likely you will want to ever listen to it again once you heard it once - each of us only has one life to live, and this album takes a long time to get through! And, a musical album this is not. So, I would say this is only for hard-core fans who love the bizarre side of Zappa's sense of humour and don't mind sitting through 90 minutes of very strange faux broadway play. If you like the music here, I would instead recommend you get the first and fourth volumes of Zappa's 'You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore' live compilations. Volume 1 has a live version of the Mammy Anthem without any voice-overs. Volume four has live versions of the two other best songs on this album, "Brown Moses" and "The Evil Prince", again without the characters lines over top. These are much better versions of these three tunes, which are the best songs on the album. For this album itself, I rate it 2.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale. Only for the hard-core fan who has tons of time in retirement.

 You Are What You Is by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.66 | 247 ratings

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You Are What You Is
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Essential Zappa.

One of Zappa's most accomplished and high quality albums. While not the best period in Zappa's career, this album stands out for being very musical and containing very clever lyrics, here with a few strong political and social statements. Across the entire album, every song effortlessly segues into the next, creating one continuous musical experience. My favourite side of this four-sided vinyl album is the one with Society Pages/I'm A Beautiful Guy/Beauty Knows no Pain/Charlie's Enormous Mouth/Any Downers. This group of songs acts like one larger social statement, with the main points of each song becoming the starting point for the next one. In addition to containing some of Zappa's most biting and insightful lyrics (namely about the meaning and stupidity of vanity, peer pressure, and conformity), it also is one of Zappa's most musical medleys. Side 3 also contains a great cluster of tunes in The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing/Dumb All Over/Heavenly Bank Account, which involves some of Zappa's strongest social and political critique (in this case, of the televangelical-religion industry). The twinned closers (If Only She Woulda/Drafted Again) also provide some great lyrics and strong critiques (this time of US foreign policy). Very rarely has impeccable production, quality complex music, and social/political critique come together so well. The first side, while lighter and meant more for their humour, also has some tracks that are quite musical. Why not five stars? Well, like many Zappa albums, he had to include a few crass joke tunes which are less musical and break up the flow of the music. Some of these I can't even listen to, like "Goblin Girl" and "Mudd Club" (although harmless) and "Jumbo Go Away" (less harmless, very off-putting), which detract from the great music here. If he just had kept to the highest-quality songs, this would have been a five-star album, and really the highlights are some of the most essential Zappa. As it is, warts and all, I still give it 8.2 out of 10 on my 10 point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

 Sheik Yerbouti by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.86 | 438 ratings

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Sheik Yerbouti
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars Mix of Brilliance and Bad Taste.

For his first album in his own label, Zappa felt able to say what he wanted and it seems he was mostly in a snipey mood, probably a result of his long battle with Warner Bros records. This albums contains among his most querulous, disparaging, and demeaning lyrics of his career, even (or especially) when he is being funny. While not every song is like this, there are enough that it taints the listening experience. The album starts off with a tune ("I have been in you") that sends-up Peter Frampton's then-hit (who remembers it now?) "I'm In You", which segues into one of the best tunes on the album, the hilarious "Flakes" (making fun of both Californians and Bob Dylan). The hit single "Dancin' Fool" is also one of the best tunes on the album, which despite its commercial appeal is very clever and musical. "Broken Hearts" is classic Zappa, with the lyrics partly riffing off the opener, but I think he takes the lyrics too far with this one. As he does in "Bobby Brown Goes Down" which, implausibly, became a big hit in Europe where they didn't understand the words (if they did, the song would likely have been banned rather than played on the radio. Zappa is/was definitely getting the last laugh with that one!). Yo Mama is great music, but the lyrics again are too mean for my taste (perhaps he is getting back at WB executives with these songs?). This being the beginning of the punk scene, the album contains some good punk send-ups too, like "I'm So Cute" and "Tryin' to Grow a Chin", while "Baby Snakes" is more like "Let Me Take you To the Beach" from Studio Tan. Other tracks include the purposefully provocative (but why?) "Jewish Princess", the unmemorable "Wild Love", and a number of filler guitar solos and musique concrete. But the real stars of the album are the ones that Adrian Belew (who Zappa discovered playing in a Nashville club, and who left Zappa to play with David Bowie, before joining King Crimson) sings and plays on. This includes the aformentioned "Flakes" (Adrian does the great Dylan impersonation), "Jones Crusher", and "City of Tiny Lites". These are brilliant. But their brilliance is tarnished by the decidedly down-feeling on some of the other tunes, creating a very mixed bag. Taken as a whole, I give this album 6.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 3 PA stars.

 The Mothers Of Invention: Absolutely Free by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1967
4.08 | 464 ratings

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The Mothers Of Invention: Absolutely Free
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Walkscore

5 stars The First Brilliant Zappa/Mothers Social Critique.

Zappa recorded this while in New York, and that city's influence is felt here. He delves into social commentary, and is more direct and sincere on this album (and 'We're Only In it'...) than on any of his 70s albums (until 'You Are What You Is', that is). Even more than on 'Freak Out', Zappa's (and the rest of the Mothers') quirky humour is in evidence here. It all begins with 'Plastic People', a track that simultaneously combines a social critique of a materialistic mainstream culture, of rock and roll (Louie Louie), and of conservative sexual norms, while being rapturously funny. Following this is "Duke of Prunes", a hilarious send-up of 50's love ballads (in which the word "cheese" is substituted for where 'love' would normally be found). "Call Any Vegetable" is Zappa's critique of 60s youth, including the counter-culture youth who turned to drugs instead of critical thought (and which would re-appear in different musical guise on "Just Another Band From LA"). Side 2 is wrapped within the "America drinks/ America drinks and goes home" theme, which again involves social critique of those (namely older adults now) who spend their time drinking instead of critically thinking about their lives. "Status Back Baby", "Uncle Bernies Farm" and "Suzie Creme Cheese" all relate to these social critiques (with the latter riffing again off Louie Louie/Plastic People). The longer finale "Brown Shoes Don't Make It", is still today one of Zappa's insightful and hardest hitting, and most difficult to listen to, social critiques, depicting a white collar office worker who, confined to his routine job day dreams not of his boring trophy wife but instead deviant and potentially illegal sexual acts (but then who goes home to his wife and drinks). Highly intellectual, yet also funny, and very catchy music. Brilliant! I give this album 9.1 out of 10 on my 10-point scale. Definitely 5 PA stars.

 Apostrophe (') by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.03 | 587 ratings

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Apostrophe (')
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars The family-friend Zappa: 10/10

I first listened to Serj Takian's cover of Don't Eat the Yellow Snow and upon researching, discovered this "Frank Zappa" was its original composer. So I listened to the original version and found it absolutely great (who doesn't? I think Yellow Snowis one of Zappa's classics), along Nanuuk Rubs It. I listened to the suite but wasn't really fond of St. Alphonzo's act.

And as time progresses, I discovered Apostrophe (') Zappa's most commercially successful work - homes the awesome Yellow Snow suite, and after an underwhelming experience with HOT RATS - which everyone claimed to be a sparkling brilliant Zappa masterpiece; although it was very good, it was repetitive and not nearly as innovative as expected... I guess the hype killed it - I decided to give Zappa another shot because he HAD to be good.

He had to be good, right?

Well, is he good? Is he avant-garde-ish? Is he progressive?

Oh boy.

If you're unfamiliar with ZAPPA or the avant-garde "genre" as a whole, know that there's no such thing as "labeling". In fact, avant-garde is many times used as an interchangeable term with "labelless" mostly because there are so many musical genres in different songs you can't simply just call it A or B. Normally, there's a horseload of experimental and uncommon elements to compose the songs, but ZAPPA here prefers to stay out of the experimentality and stick to labelless tracks. However, if you're desperate for something to grab and know what you're giving here, I would suppose that the common ground among all songs is a jazz influence. But that's it: influence.

ZAPPA put the first side of the album surrounding the slightly conceptual Nanuuk/St. Alphonzo Parish act, while the second are a bunch of unrelated songs. To prove the point of ZAPPA's genre mixture, the first two tracks about Nanuuk are jazzy and chilly, while the next two are energetic xylophone 'n' keyboard frenzied pancake breakfast parish storytelling.

Speaking of storytelling, one of ZAPPA's strongest point besides his musical creativity is his captivating lyrics and narrative. Often using comedic ways, his lyrics seldom doesn't please the listener. You can laugh with some lyrics, while others, such as Nanuuk Rubs it, you get immersed. You can get offended too; Zappa loves to piss people off with a burning passion. Worth mentioning too is the musician's versatile and unmistakable, delicious voice.

Another unique point about ZAPPA's storytelling is something his fans have always thrived upon while newcomers were clueless about: a thing cited - ironically - in Stink-Foot by our most beloved slippers-muncher poodle pal Fido, is the conceptual continuity. ZAPPA is one hell of a funny guy, and he likes to "connect" his albums and songs into some sort of Grand Scheme of things. A better "explanation" is found at Lumpy Gravy Pt. 2, where he talks about "THE BIG NOTE" in an allusion to the Big Bang and some other stuff. However, you shouldn't see this conceptual continuity as anything but... running gags.

1. "Here Fido" can be heard on Nanuuk Rubs It's "Circular Motion" solo, in reference to Fido from Stink-Foot;

2. "The Grand Wazoo", a fellatio joke ("The price of meat has just gone up/An' yer ol' lady has just gone down . . . ") and the reference to the song Camarillo Brillo from OVER-NITE SENSATION "(Now is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?)";

3. "Arf! Arf! Arf" as spoken by Fido, and the piece "THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES/THE POODLE CHEWS IT", both in Stink-Foot;

Among others, I'm too lazy to search for.

Zappa is known to be demanding of his musicians, expecting virtuosity and superb quality on each track. I believe this has been reached on this album, each musician truly seems to give his best. I can claim the keyboards, which are SO VARIED, the distorted and virtuoso guitar, and the appallingly nimble drums as the album's highlights. And for those fond of technical prowess, this album has lots of it. In fact, Zappa manages to make odd time signatures - such as Don't Eat the Yellow Snow's 7/4 or St. Alphonzo's Pancake Breakfast's 9/8 - sound as natural as 4/4.

Regarding creativity, Zappa is a fountain beyond endless. Even though the first songs are loosely connected they are still unique on their own manners, each with characteristics and compositions singular to themselves. Not to mention each individual song concept: an Eskimo being told not to eat whatever the hell is an yellow snow; a fur trapper using a lead filled snowshoe, an Eskimo legend which orders you to trudge across the tundra mile after mile to a Parish, a mystery man doing offers way too great to believe.

This is even more flabbergasting when you put in perspective this is ZAPPA's fifteenth album, and even after twelve years of career, he has the mind to create such things. Besides, the whole idea of making your entire discography interconnected through jokes is genial, to say the least.

In the end, APOSTROPHE (') is a delicious, gay (on the lighthearted sense) and unpredictable masterpiece of this immemorial master that is Frank Zappa. For those new to avant-garde, look no further - there's no introduction like the best introduction.

 Joe's Camouflage by ZAPPA, FRANK album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.92 | 24 ratings

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Joe's Camouflage
Frank Zappa RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Alucard
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The Crux of the biscuit # 3

The tracks for 'Joe's Camouflage' were recorded during rehearsals in the summer of 1975 on a 4 track recorder by Denny Walley.

In the summer of 1975 Zappa was looking for musicians for a forthcoming world tour. For these rehearsals he kept Napoleon Murphy Brook, Terry Bozzio, Denny Walley and added Andre Lewis on keyboards and vocals, Novi Novag on viola, keyboards and vocals, Robert Camarena on guitar and vocals and former Mothers member Roy Estrada on bass and vocals. This would be in majority also the band going on the 75/76 world tour.

Knowing that it would be impossible for new musicians to learn the highly complex music of the former Mothers, Zappa moved on and for one simplified his music and put himself more on the forefront as a soloist.

The new compositions, he rehearsed in the summer of 75 were to a large extent short modal pieces that could serve as a foil for extended solos, 'Black Napkins' becoming the most well known, which makes here its first appearance.

So what's on the menu :

Two older tracks 'T'mershi Duween', one of the staples of the former Mothers shows which would not remain on the concert list and 'Take your clothes off' in a reggae version. Maybe a coincidence, but 1975 was also the year that Bob Marley was becoming popular and Zappa would use quite often reggae versions of his songs from now on.

Two new social commentary songs that would remain for quite a long time in the live repertory: 'Honey, Honey' and 'The Illinois Enema Bandit'. The versions here are basic, but the lyrics are already definitive.

As already mentioned the main dish on this record is 'Black Napkins' in a nearly finished version with a great solo and good viola work by Novag.

'Phyniox' is an interesting overture in form of a march that Zappa would never use again.

'Reeny Ra' sounds a bit like an older Pachuco influenced track maybe with the idea to feature Roy Estrada on vocals. This version without lyrics and only Zappa style vocalizing gives way to a great Zappa solo including a citation of 'T'mershi Duween'. From some studio chatter one could guess that Zappa wanted to combine both pieces. 'Sleep Dirt', the track that would appear as a acoustic guitar duet on 'Sleep Dirt' appears here with Zappa double tracking on acoustic guitar plus viola and some bass.

'Any Downers' is build around a riff and serves as background track for a dialogue improvisation between Zappa and Napoleon (like 'Room Service') about drug users and some Pachuco vocals by Estrada including also a great Zappa solo. This track would also not appear elsewhere.

All in all an interesting document, seen that half of the tracks have never appeared elsewhere and that the musicians have never played again in that combination. The sound is good even so the balance between the instruments is not perfect.

The two records that would make a good complementary listen are 'Zoot Allures' (studio) and FZ: OZ (from the early 76 Australia tour)

4,0 Stars for Zappa fans

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