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Old 12-03-2006, 09:13 AM   #1
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Frank Zappa

I know I started a thread about him before, but I couldn't find it anymore

anyhow, post your 5 favourite albums
(since he released over 70 albums, 5 would be the absolute minimum)


sort of in order:
1. Burnt weeny sandwich
2. Hot Rates
3. Läther
4. We're only on it for the money
5. Weasels ripped my flesh
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Old 12-03-2006, 01:05 PM   #2
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gah, I managed to typo Hot Rats

and I feel bad that "The best band you never heard in your life", "Guitar" and "Uncle meat" didn't make the list
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I've heard lots ABOUT Zappa. Maybe I should actually hear something for myself. Recommend songs/albums to me.
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Willy the Pimp is my favourite guitar solo of all time. Frank is amazing.
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Old 12-03-2006, 07:29 PM   #5
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well, I'd start with his Strictly Commercial album
then check out Hot Rats, You are what you is and We're only in it for the money

from there on you can sort of decide what sort of Zappa you like

the man has too much work to really make a decent recommendation
but I'd go from there
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1) Hot Rats
2) Burnt Weeny Sammich
3) We're Only In It For The Money
4) The Yellow Shark
5) Shut Up 'N' Play Yer Guitar
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...although conventional wisdom seems to insist that everybody love '. Personally, I never thought it was all that great of an album. It's dece, to be sure...but hardly one of his best.
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I listened to a fair bit of Zappa in my first year at uni. My hippie mate adored him. Had a fair few weed sessions playing his music in the background

anyway, can't say i particularly liked his music but if you like 'bonkers' music then it'll be right up your alley.
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lol, I guess "bonkers" is one way to look at it
there really is method behind the madness though

(-he was acknowledged by John Lennon as being "the real thing" while not having the same success as the Beatles
-Jimi Hendrix reckoned Zappa was a better guitar player than him
-he even managed to get some acclaim in the classical world for his more serious compositions)

I wouldn't recommend anyone to start getting into Zappa with, let's say, Weasels ripped my flesh or The yellow shark, but when you adapt a little bit to his way of composing you can only admire the guy really

well, that's what I think
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well, I'd start with his Strictly Commercial album
then check out Hot Rats, You are what you is and We're only in it for the money

from there on you can sort of decide what sort of Zappa you like

the man has too much work to really make a decent recommendation
but I'd go from there
Thanks. His body of work is certainly daunting when you're just a bit curious and haven't heard anything before.
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Thanks. His body of work is certainly daunting when you're just a bit curious and haven't heard anything before.
It's VERY daunting. I discovered Hot Rats' awesome jazz/rock fusion by chance but some of the pieces on there are among my favourite songs now.
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