When Hot Rats came out in October 1969, it showed a new side of Zappa’s music. It wasn’t poking fun at trends or mixing genres in a blender. It highlights his compositions and skill in both writing memorable songs and as a guitar hero. The lengthy guitar solos showed him emerging as more than just the scruffy leader of the Mothers of Invention, while the musicians he surrounded himself with – from session players to heavyweights like Jean-Luc Ponty – pointed to his ambitions as a musician. But when compared to the material within this box, it also shows Zappa as producer, too.
Category: Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa :: Zappa/Erie (Live)
Located roughly halfway between Cleveland and Buffalo in the country side off the 1-90, Erie, Pennsylvania isn’t exactly the first place you’d go looking for rock music. But if you’re looking for Zappa? Well then, Erie has plenty for you on that front. Earlier this year, the Zappa estate released a six-CD box set of live material all recorded in the area within a three-year span: a show from May 1974, another from November 1974, and one from November 1976. All three are from Zappa’s mid-’70s prime, and two of them are great examples of bands that get short shrift in his massive discography.
Frank Zappa :: The Mothers 1971
Though the latest Frank Zappa archives box set The Mothers 1971 covers familiar ground, make no mistake: it’s a doozy. Offering another look at his Flo and Eddie-era band—like the Mothers 1970 set before it—this one is largely drawn from shows that were previously released, but are presented here in their entirety. This deep focus draws out new details and wrinkles, not to mention some choice cuts.
Frank Zappa :: Little Dots (A Sequel To 2005’s Imaginary Diseases)
In Frank Zappa lore, 1972 is often shortchanged. The year before he toured with Flo and Eddie , witnessed a venue in Montreux burn to the ground during a gig, and closed out the year by being pushed off a London stage. In […]
Frank Zappa :: CNN Crossfire, 1986
Twenty-two and a half years ago, Frank Zappa sat down in a chair on a television set for a political debate show on a cable news network that was still fighting to be […]