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September 8, 2013

Album 0342: Frank Zappa – Apostrophe (‘)

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Release Date: 1974
Genre: Progressive Rock/Jazz Fusion

Tracklisting:

1. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow (02:05)
2. Nanook Rubs It (04:38)
3. St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast (01:51)
4. Father O’Blivion (02:18)
5. Cosmik Debris (04:18)
6. Excentrifugal Forz (01:33)
7. Apostrophe’ (05:50)
8. Uncle Remus (02:50)
9. Stink-Foot (06:38)

Total Length: 32:00

Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow is funky and just super fun to sing along to. It’s pure, classic Zappa. Nanook Rubs It takes things further, with more oddities like random bits of percussion and vocals. The music is mostly slower and even funkier. I could say that the song goes on just a tad long, but it’s not a large issue. St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast is super fun, an ecstatic, random Zappa track.

The song flows right into Father O’Blivion, completing the suite/story of songs that start off the album. This is my favorite track of the four, it’s just so much fun and I wish it didn’t fade out. Cosmik Debris is even funkier than the other tracks, and kind of funny. Excentrifugal Forz is a neat little piece, very jazz fusiony. Apostrophe’ is a big jam that is fairly cool but it’s usually not my favorite part of Zappa albums.

Uncle Remus is amazing, the track screams that it’s from the 70s and it’s amazing. I love the atmosphere and its lyrics. Stink-Foot is big and strange and about a man with a stink-foot. It’s an odd ending track but pretty fun. This album kind of breezes by and has the right amount of songs where they are memorable and fun.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

December 11, 2012

Album 0189: Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage

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Release Date: 1979
Genre: Progressive Rock/Rock Opera

Tracklisting:

ACT I

1. The Central Scrutinizer (03:28)
2. Joe’s Garage (06:10)
3. Catholic Girls (04:20)
4. Crew Slut (06:38)
5. Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt (04:45)
6. On The Bus (04:32)
7. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? (02:23)
8. Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up (05:43)
9. Scrutinizer Postlude (01:35)

ACT II

1. A Token Of My Extreme (05:30)
2. Stick It Out (04:34)
3. Sy Borg (08:56)
4. Dong Work For Yuda (05:04)
5. Keep It Greasey (08:22)
6. Outside Now (05:50)

ACT III

1. He Used To Cut The Grass (08:35)
2. Packard Goose (11:31)
3. Watermelon In Easter Hay (09:05)
4. A Little Green Rosetta (08:15)

Total Length: 01:55:14

The Central Scrutinizer serves as the intro to this huge album, setting the stage, tone, and story for the album. It has some neat instrumental bits, but I tend to ignore it when I want to hear this album. Joe’s Garage is the first actual song, and it is fantastic. The story it tells is good, and the music is fantastic. I love the little melody they keep repeating on various instruments, the “song that goes like…”. Just a fantastic start to the album. Catholic Girls is just plain classic Zappa, with ‘shocking’ lyrics and incredibly fun melodie, rhythms, and vocals that just make you want to put the song on repeat.

Crew Slut is kind of blues-y and also contains a ton of fun vocals. The song goes on just a tad bit long for my taste, but it’s still a really great song. Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt is mostly a pretty fun song, but I tend to usually skip to the next track once the actual wet t-shirt part starts. It’s not terrible, I would just rather get back to the music. On The Bus is a pretty good instrumental, not my favorite on the album though. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? is actually pretty funny, and I enjoy the hell out of it. Just a very cool short song.

Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up is in a reggae flavor, and pretty emotional and just a very cool song. Scrutinizer Postlude concludes Act I, and again is something I tend to skip usually. It’s just the Scrutinizer talking for 95 seconds. Act II starts with the brilliant A Token Of My Extreme, which is not only incredibly fun musically, but the lyrics are a wonderful parody of Scientology. Stick It Out is also great, and wonderfully vulgar. I just love how upbeat this song is.

Sy Borg is a funky song that I’m just okay with. There is a reggae element that Lucille did better, and the extended instrumental section isn’t as good as others on this album, so I just kind of get tired of the song after a point. Dong Work For Yuda has a prison vibe and is a pretty cool song, though a tad bit forgettable. Keep It Greasey starts off pretty fun, but I am most definitely tired of the song by its end. Outside Now is a neat idea of a song, but I don’t really like the execution past the beginning.

Act III begins by way of He Used To Cut The Grass which is an extended instrumental that honestly does nothing for me. It’s done way better in two songs. Packard Goose is classic Zappa, a pretty much perfect song, I never mind the length of it. Watermelon In Easter Hay is also incredible. Essentially a 9-minute guitar solo, it’s still one of the best tracks on here, just incredibly emotional and fulfilling. A Little Green Rosetta is a fun ending track, it kind of gets up its own ass, but no biggie. I really do love this album, it’s a brilliant work with only a few points I don’t entirely care for. Seriously, go listen to it.

Final Rating: 9/10

November 20, 2012

Album 0168: Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

Release Date: 1969
Genre: Jazz Fusion/Progressive Rock

Tracklisting:

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)

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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