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Apostrophe Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, April 18, 1995
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Audio CD.

Thanks to the surprise radio airplay of "Don't Eat that Yellow Snow," Apostrophe introduced a whole new audience to the music of Frank Zappa in the early '70s. Like its companion set, Over-Nite Sensation, this album found Zappa producing highly polished jazz-rock, mixing tales of absurd characters with musical showmanship and snarling guitar work. The first half of the album is a sort of mini-concept album, relating the adventures of an Eskimo named Nanook, and the second half features such Zappa classics as "Cosmik Debris" and "Stink-Foot." --Andrew Boscardin

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1. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
2. Nanook Rubs It
3. St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast
4. Father O'Blivion
5. Cosmik Debris
6. Excentrifugal Forz
7. Apostrophe
8. Uncle Remus
9. Stink-Foot

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 18, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • ASIN: B0000009SI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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166 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Nunyuz on November 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Whenever anybody asks me what the best album to buy as a first Zappa album, I tell them either "We're Only In It For The Money" or this one, and I usually give this one a little higher boost.
Why? Because this is the album that got me into FZ at the tender age of 11 years old. By accident....
One balmy spring day in early '75, my (then) uptight, Catholic, ex-John Birch Society mother came home with a stack of records from the local Ridgecrest library that she thought looked appropriate for kids. My sister and I looked through the stack until.....Apostrophe! We looked at each other in shock: Mom brought home a ZAPPA record! At that time, only kids with hipster bros & sis's had heard his records. We knew the rumours: he talked about "naughty" things on his records! Was mom "letting her hair down"? No. She just thought that "the guy on the record cover looks like a jazz musician with a sense of humor", and "the song titles are funny".
Cool! Diane & I ran to the record player & were therein initiated into the universe of Frank Zappa. Of course we giggled through the obligatory scatology of "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow" & the adventures of Nanook, but there were other songs here that made some slowly emerging gears in my 11 year old head start to turn. What was so important about "St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast"? What was "Cosmik Debris", and why was the man "jiving" him with it? Why did I like the instrumental "Apostrophe", and why did I feel in my gut that it was different somehow that other rock solos? Why did the man have the argument with the dog after the discussion of the importance of personal hygene in "Stink Foot"? My pre-adolescent brain began to burn with one of the most subversive things that rock n' roll ever did to kids. Sex? No (well, okay, maybe a little..). Drugs?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Patrik Lemberg on March 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Zappa took a compositional turn with this album. It's in the genre of "Over-Nite Sensation," but further developed towards whatever it is musicians think of when they hear "Zappa," and there was more like this and even further developed material to come. This album has a definitive main thread, even though it features four different drummers and four different bass players, because it's very bluesy. Even if the songs aren't played with typical blues progressions --with the exception of "Cosmik Debris"-- there's a bluesy feeling pretty much throughout, which mainly the guitar solos lend. But there's more than a feeling of blues to this album; the songs are complex to an unusual (yet not extreme) degree, but make sense, and are very well performed. "Apostrophe (')" is, in a way, an album in a genre of it's own - mainly for the highly individual compositions "St. Alfonzo" and "Father O'Blivion," but also much because of "Uncle Remus" with its feeling of soul and gospel that isn't much heard anywhere else in Zappa's discography. Many think that "Stink-Foot" is not a highlight, and while I understand that point of view (since it fills a fifth of this 32-minute album and doesn't have a compositional quality like the other songs) I still find it highly entertaining and needed because of its groove. Don't let the length of the album scare you, btw - the material on it is worth the money. 4 1/2 stars.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mark VINE VOICE on August 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Look, I have to be objective here. I'm a big Zappa fan. I especially love his work with the original Mothers (ALL of it) and the work he did with his big band (Waka Jawaka, Grand Wazoo, Imaginary Diseases) as well as the Roxy and Elsewhere band. All of those aforementioned CDs get 5 stars in my reviews - some I would give 100 stars if I could. The ONLY reason I'm not giving Apostrophe (') 4.5 stars is it just isn't as good as the aforementioned material... but it IS good and worth adding to your collection.

Apostrophe (') is good fun and there is some great music here. But let's be honest, this release was used to finance more serious works by Zappa.

Yellow Snow and Nanook Rubs it are funny the first couple of listens.

St Alphonzo and Father Oblivion is at once humorous and very good music

Excentrifugal Forz is one of the high-lites but it is very short

Apostrophe (') is a great jam with Jack Bruce but it's just a jam, there's no serious writing here.

Cosmik Debris is another favorite and a indictment of new age mumbo jumbo.

Uncle Remis is a great commentary on the loss of focus and priorities when it comes to civil rights (whoa, are we movin' to slow? I can't wait 'til my 'fro is full grown - and so on and so forth)

Stink Foot falls into the same category as Yellow Snow and Nanook.

So yeah, this is a good Zappa CD. Is it essential? I guess that depends on what you are looking for in a Zappa release. It's good fun but the music simply isn't as good as that found on Roxy and Elsewhere, Waka Jawaka, Uncle Meat, Freak Out! and so on and so forth.

4.5 stars

BY THE WAY: Dweezil's Zappa Plays Zappa band is playing material from this release.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Kroposky on January 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Frank Zappa produced some of the most interesting and musical recordings in Rock. Apostrophe(') is quite possibly one of Franks finest. The album opens with "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow/Nanook Rubs it". The titles are separated on the jacket, with different times listed for each, but in typical Zappa style there is no dead air between any of the tracks. This CD leans less toward the protracted jazz/rockish type of song writing of the mothers and leans more toward the more compact rock/pop song writing that characterized his later recordings. The disc continues on with "St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast," which melts into "Father O'Blivion." One can't help but wonder where his inspiration came from for any of his music, and this is no exception. Then again, with song writing this brilliant, who cares? The music is funky enough to make you tap your foot, with hooks the will have you humming all day at work. Your going to want to run home and listen to this cd all the time. Words can't really do the music justice, but if you could imagine blues and funk mixed with jazz and given a good stiff does of sometimes brash irony, you'd begin to get an understanding. Of course Zappa is constantly experimenting with sounds and arrangements, and this disc is no exception. Unlike some of his other recordings, however, he seems to sticks a little closer to a more traditional vein. Well...traditional for him, anyhow. The CD continues on with "Cosmic Debris," a short, funny, R&B inspired tune about a "mystery man" that is classic Zappa.Read more ›
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