Album 0168: Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

Release Date: 1969
Genre: Jazz Fusion/Progressive Rock


1. Peaches En Regalia (03:39)
2. Willie The Pimp (09:17)
3. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (09:00)
4. Little Umbrellas (03:04)
5. The Gumbo Variations (16:57)
6. It Must Be A Camel (05:16)

Total Length:

Peaches En Regalia is a fantastic start to the album, with Zappa’s flair for interesting instrumentation and fanciful melodies. It’s short and catches your attention and I don’t see how anyone could dislike it. Willie The Pimp has more of a blues rock style, and is the only track on here with vocals. They are pretty fantastic and fitting vocals too, and I love the use of violin. Son Of Mr. Green Genes has some really great instrumentation and arrangements throughout its whole run and is just a joy to listen to.

Little Umbrellas is a bit more laid back, same high points with the arrangement and such. The Gumbo Variations is a big long jam that was edited to be placed on here. I honestly kind of zone out during it, but it’s not a bad track. It Must Be A Camel is actually kind of the weirdest one on here. It has some really intricate melodies that aren’t entirely pleasing, but it’s still fairly pleasing to listen to. This is definitely a pretty important album in a couple ways. It was a change of pace for Zappa, and was one of the first to be recorded on 16-track. I still can’t say it’s one of my favorites but I do really enjoy some of the tracks.

Final Rating: 8/10


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