Post by memfis on Aug 23, 2018 6:32:57 GMT -5
Started listening to Frank Zappa since Doomkid talks about him all the time. Some album impressions:
Hot Rats: very good. Like Doomkid said, Willie The Pimp sounds quite advanced for the time, but the real highlight for me is The Gumbo Variations. It's an incredible jazz improvisation recording that keeps surprising you with more and more cool moments.
Roxy & Elsewhere: without a doubt, my favorite so far. It features hilarious joke songs (Dummy Up, Cheepnis), a nice romantic composition (Village Of The Sun), great pieces which are very difficult to play (Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?, Be-Bop Tango), and, of course, Frank's charismatic speeches. His stories and interactions with the crowd are wonderful, and they really bring the whole thing together. Fantastic album performed by incredibly skilled musicians.
One Size Fits All: ok, Inca Roads belongs to like my top 3 Zappa compositions. It's an excellent musical journey full of unusual time signatures and his trademark humor. Thumbs up for Po-Jama People and Florentine Pogen too. The other songs didn't stick in my mind but I'll definitely return to them one day.
The Man From Utopia: not sure about this one yet, seems surprisingly simple music-wise. I guess this time the focus was more on the lyrics? I might try it again at some point...
Jazz From Hell: amusing for sure. Some tracks seem almost unlistenable at first, but once you get used to the weird harmonies you can have good fun with them. Obviously G-Spot Tornado is the king here, but I also love St. Etienne (probably the most "normal" song on the album), Night School, and Massaggio Galore.
Overall I've been really enjoying Zappa so far, I'm definitely going to continue exploring his art, and I can certainly see why Doomkid is so fascinated with him. Frank had amazing musical skills, excellent sense of humor that he wasn't afraid to include in his works, and and admirable love for all sorts of experimentation. And I haven't even got to watching his interviews yet...