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The Conceptual Continuity of Frank Zappa. ( list 1 of 2 )

  • Oct 13, 2009
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Freak Out
1966. The first album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. All written, composed, produced and concieved by Zappa himself. A masterful blend af R&B, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Balkan, Indian and Modern Classical Music, all Fused together in a totally unique style. Zappa was a true Genius and his mastery of musical styles and techniques was legendary. In his lyrics he made a mockery of the human condition and sarcastically lampooned society and it´s silly rules with wonderfull irony and cynicism. Zappa was truly a unique individual who created Music that sounds like nothing else and with his death we have lost a very special and idiosyncratic voice.

Here is a video of his album covers.


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Absolutely Free
1967. On Absolutely Free, Zappa continuous to mock the values of middle class America and the phonies and fakes and Plastic people everywhere. The music is a brilliant blend of Rock and comical jazz, peppered with avant guard modern classical. Here we have in abundance the fabulous creativity that came from Zappa´s brain, wonderfuly caustic and sarcastic commentaries on human folly and idiocy and all in a musical style that´s so unusual, Great melodies with jucy chords floating over odd meters spiced with wonderful Polyrhythms, something that was only going to increase and get even better during his long and highly productive career.
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We're Only in It for the Money
1968. - "ALL YOUR CHILDREN ARE POOR UNFORTUNATE VICTIMS OF LIES YOU BELIEVE A PLAGUE UPON YOUR IGNORANCE THAT KEEPS THE YOUNG FROM THE TRUTH THEY DESERVE." So sing Zappa in this fantastic Masterpiece, the melodies are good, the production fantastic, the album is full af Brilliant Ideas both in the music and the words. Zappa pokes fun and cynically criticises both middle class traditional values and also some of the naive idealism of the hippie genaration, in short he lampoons stupidity where ever it is. Zappa once said " Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe. " One of the songs on We´re. . is called What´s the ugliest part of your body and here is a small part from that song which is so good and is typical for his outlook. "What's the ugliest Part of your body? Some say your nose, Some say your toes But I think it's YOUR MIND I think it's your mind, woo woo"
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Uncle Meat, Frank Zappa
1969
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Hot Rats is the second solo album by Frank Zappa.
1969
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200 Motels
1971
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bongo fury
1975
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Studio Tan
1978
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Sleep Dirt
1979
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October 13, 2009
Oh, wow, I didn't realize that Frank Zappa had so many works and that you'd be able to create two full list of albums!  I'd love to read your thoughts about the albums, too :)  Thanks for sharing, Orn!
October 13, 2009
Yes Zappa was a very disiplined workaholic, his normal working hours were 18 hours a day. I will add notes to all the albums gradually, it´s going to take a while. I´m not as dilligent as Zappa was
October 13, 2009
Yes, he really was. He even worked through his cancer for several years, which I can't even imagine.
 
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Örn Leifsson ()
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I have a BA in Philosophy but my main interest is Music. I play the piano andI have also learned a little to play the Guitar, Violin, Drum Set and the Djembe.   The Music I love the most is … more
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