Just Another Band from L.A. is a live album by The Mothers, released in 1972. It was recorded live on August 7, 1971 in Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles. A notable inclusion on this album is Billy the Mountain, Zappa’s long, narrative parody of rock operas, which were gaining popularityContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #33 Just Another Band From L.A.”
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”
The wife and I have taken up woodworking classes.One of the neighbours said “I didn’t know you were carpenters”.I said “We’ve only just begun”. Frank Zappa’s final tour, the infamous 1988 World tour that was cut short due to internal band strife, yielded several albums, with Make A Jazz Noise Here being the ‘weakest’ ofContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #46 Make A Jazz Noise Here.”
Police are issuing an appeal after recieving complaints from farmers that their cows are being stolen during the night.Apparently they’re looking for someone with a huge moo-stash. Today’s Frank Zappa album sees us with the 1983 album, The Man From Utopia with its iconic album cover art that features the work of Tanino Liberatore. ItContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #50 The Man From Utopia”
Whilst Fred Astaire danced down the steps, his brother Stan just slowly carried an old woman up them. Jazz From Hell is an instrumental album whose selections were all composed and recorded by American musician Frank Zappa. It was released on November 15, 1986 by Barking Pumpkin Records on vinyl and cassette, and in 1987Continue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #52 Jazz From Hell.”
As a self-taught composer and performer, Zappa’s diverse musical influences led him to create music that was sometimes difficult to categorize. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical modernism, African-American rhythm and blues, and doo-wop music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drumsContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #53 & #52”
Welcome to the first of many posts where I attempt to rank the albums recorded by Frank Zappa, featuring the Mothers of Invention albums and his solo work. A daunting task to rank over 100+ albums to say the least, but I do have a few guidelines: only albums released whilst Frank was alive willContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums. #55 Francesco Zappa 1984”
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