I have a big hole in my music collection (well towards the back) that is Frank Zappa. The trouble is I've heard plenty in the past, but only really know Sheik Yerbouti and Baby Snakes. Having had a quick look at his discography on Wikipedia I realised that there's quite a lot of material out there to chose from - to say the least.
So, does anyone one have any recommendations as to the "classic" or "must have" albums?
You Are What You Is
or The Mothers Live at The Fillmore for the BEST version of The Turtles "Happy Together"
for us die hard Zappa fans it's difficult to leave anything out and don't forget he was an outstanding technical guitarist as well.
My advice, get yourself a lovely pot of magic mushroom tea, lock yourself away and watch 200 motels.
I did this very thing in my younger days and man, that was trippy.
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"Broadway the hard way" is very funny too.
Hot Rats, Chungas Revenge, 200 Motels for starters.....
'Overnight Sensation' - my favourite album of all time.
As for the Mothers, Absolutely Free is a killer.
Great suggestions from everyone here!
Were only in it for the money.
Anotherfor yellow shark
Try the 'You can't do that on stage anymore' albums,
all double discs and a good varied mix of Zappa styles
Fot the full sweep.
Absolutely free - Mothers -1967
Weasels ripped my flesh - Zappa -1970
Over-nite sensation - Zappa -1973
Sheik Yerbouti - Zappa -1979
Jazz from hell - Zappa -1986
Take you from the hippy(ish) period to the early experimental, onto the 'humoristic' period and then the Jazz. I do have a soft spot for Bongo Fury though. All of the above you could interchange with 1 or 2 others.
And if after all that youre still unsatiated theres always the good captain beefheart.
I dabbled with Zappa ages ago and the only album I ever listen to now is 'The Best Band You Never Heard in Your life' a double live album from about 1990. Doubtless I'll get derided by the Mothers fans but its pretty accessible.
Trout Mask Replica is my favourite .....Probably yours too ?
Actually if you want something really great check out Zappa Radio. Streams everything, live shows, studio - very cool
I'll restrict myself to 10.
We're only in it for the money/Lumpy gravy
The Grand Wazoo
One size fits all
You can't do that on stage any more Vol.2 (The Helsinki Concert, imho the best live album ever)
Ship arriving too late to save a drowning witch
Them or us
'Overnight Sensation' - is the easiest favorite album to get into for Zappa virgins.
Build from there - he was and still is a legend & is a must in anyones collection...
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