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Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #34 Chunga’s Revenge

Lol, my boss just called me into his office and told me I’ve been spending too much time on Twitter. Hold on he’s saying something else now…. Chunga’s Revenge is the third solo album by Frank Zappa, released on October 23, 1970. Zappa’s first effort of the 1970s marks the first appearance of former TurtlesContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #34 Chunga’s Revenge”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #35 Broadway The Hard Way

I started a pessimism jar – kind of like a swear jar where you put money in if you have negative thoughts. It’s already half empty. Broadway the Hard Way is a live album recorded at various performances from Zappa’s troubled final 1988 world tour. It was first released as a 9-track vinyl album throughContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #35 Broadway The Hard Way”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums # 36 Them Or Us

Them or Us is a double album by Frank Zappa that was released in October 1984 by Barking Pumpkin Records. As with other Zappa rock albums of this era, many of the tracks are sourced from live recordings and later on studio overdubs were liberally applied, although there is no mention of these overdubs inContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums # 36 Them Or Us”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #37 You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4

In 1988 Frank Zappa decided to release his six-volume, 12-CD set, You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, a large collection of live Zappa performances through the years from various tours and incarnations of the band. YCDTOSA Vol. 4 is a two-CD set of live recordings recorded between 1969 and 1988, with the majority ofContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #37 You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #38 Orchestral Favorites

Orchestral Favorites is an album by Frank Zappa first released in May 1979 on his own DiscReet Records label. The album is entirely instrumental and features music performed by the 37-piece Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra and were sourced from performances recorded September 17-19, 1975 at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus with conductor MichaelContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #38 Orchestral Favorites”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #39 The Yellow Shark

Released in November 1993 The Yellow Shark, was the last Frank Zappa album to appear in his lifetime, almost exactly a month before he died of the cancer from which he had suffered for several years. It features live recordings from the Ensemble Modern’s 1992 performances of Zappa’s compositions. In the album’s notes, Zappa describesContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #39 The Yellow Shark”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #40 Meets The Mothers of Prevention

Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention is a 1985 album released in two slightly different versions in the US and Europe. The album’s title is a reference to the lobby group, the PMRC, who were campaigning to require record companies to put warning stickers on albums they considered offensive, and to Zappa’s former band, theContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #40 Meets The Mothers of Prevention”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #41 Cruising With Rueben & The Jets

Cruising With Rueben & The Jets is the fourth Mothers of Invention album, the cover, by Cal Schenkel, depicts the band as anthropomorphic dogs and this is apparently a concept album, influenced by 1950s doo wop and rock and roll. I don’t really see the ‘concept’ here except for the fact that the band lovedContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #41 Cruising With Rueben & The Jets”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #42 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch.

My friend said that when lockdown ends we can go camping so I am making a list of everything I need. 1.New friends.

It Might Just Be A One-Shot Deal

I didn’t realise that I needed an hour long version of this song, with the steel guitar solo looped. But surprisingly, thanks to YouTube nailheadparty and an edit by Tom dissonance, I found out that I did! Released on Frank Zappa’s 1972 Waka Jawaka, IMJBAOSD features the steel guitar playing of Peter “Sneaky Pete” KleinowContinue reading “It Might Just Be A One-Shot Deal”