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Frank Zappa's first solo album, Hot Rats is a far-cry from the da-da adventures and audio collages of the original Mothers of Invention. Mostly instrumental and filled with long jams between Zappa, Jean-Luc Ponty and Ian Underwood, this slickly-produced album--one of the first 16 track recordings made--is filled with hummable tunes. The opening track, "Peaches en Regalia," is one of Zappa's most enduring songs and the album's only vocal track, "Willie the Pimp," is by Zappa's long-time friend Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart. --Andrew Boscardin
This is probably the first FZ album that Most-Folks-Who-Don't-Even-Like-Frank Zappa ever bought, and the one that began to establish him as a virtuoso musician and composer. Mostly instrumental with Captain Beefheart providing off-color commentary on Willie The Pimp's "twenny dollah bill."
After dropping a few hints on UNCLE MEAT, this was where FZ began to pursue jazz/rock composition in earnest; and "Peaches En Regalia" remains a strong contender for the catchiest tune in his whole catalogue. Backed by the impressive likes of Sugarcane Harris and Jean-Luc Ponty, he delivers the first full-scale demonstrations of his guitar prowess. Of special interest: "The Gumbo Variations" originally had to be edited to fit on a vinyl record; and is now restored to its 17-minute entirety.
|1. Peaches En Regalia|
|2. Willie The Pimp|
|3. Son Of Mr. Green Genes|
|4. Little Umbrellas|
|5. The Gumbo Variations|
|6. It Must Be A Camel|
Music is the Best and Zappa had the best Music! Zappa had to leave the Mothers behind him so that his sound and compositions could progress. Read morePublished 23 days ago by William Waldecker 3
One of his best!!!! Instrumental genius.Track 2 is killer!Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Etheridge
I revisited what i think of as classic……40 ish years later?
In the process of mourning the loss of my brother who introduced me to Frank Zappa and this album……It holds up to... Read more
Zappa and his team just doing it the right way , brilliant musicianship!!Published 3 months ago by Mahadev Shunmugam
I discovered this album at college in 1976. It is one of my favorite 1960s albums. I already owned Apostrophe, but quickly got bored with Frank's humor. Hot Rats was a revelation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Lindsay
If you like Frank Zappa, this is a most special production. Few lyrics to distract one from virtuoso musical talent. One of my top 5 picks of all time.Published 6 months ago by Neal Hoesing
What crap. I can't wrap my head around it why THIS is considered to be a classic album in contemporary music!? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Movie Freak