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Frank Zappa Hot Rats 1969

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Frank Zappa Hot Rats 1969


Personnel: Frank Zappa (guitar, bass, percussion); Captain Beefheart (vocals); Jean-Luc Ponty, Sugar Cane Harris (violin); Ian Underwood (clarinet, saxophone, piano, organ); Max Bennett, Shuggie Otis (bass); John Guerin, Paul Humphrey, Ron Selico (drums). Engineers include: Dick Kunc, Jack Hunt, Cilff Goldstein. Recorded from August to September 1969.

Having temporarily disbanded the Mothers Of Invention, Frank Zappa recorded this exceptional solo album. His group was renowned for musical satire, but here the artist opted to showcase his prowess on guitar. Aside from "Willie The Pimp," which features a cameo vocal by Zapppa's old friend Captain Beefheart, the set is comprised of instrumentals. The players, including Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Ian Underwood, are uniformly excellent, combining to provide a solid jazz-rock platform for Zappa's compulsive soloing. Here the guitarist relishes a freedom which, while acknowledging past achievements, prepares new territories for exploration. As such, HOT RATS was a pivotal release in Zappa's oft-misunderstood career.


Song Title

1. Peaches En Regalia
2. Willie The Pimp - (with Captain Beefheart)
3. Son Of Mr. Green Genes
4. Little Umbrellas
5. Gumbo Variations, The
6. It Must Be A Camel


Review
Rolling Stone (3/7/70, p.48) - "…If you're eager for a first taste of Beefheart or interested in the new approaches to instrumental style and improvisational technique being developed these days, this is as good a place to start as any…" Entertainment Weekly (12/17/93, p.36) - "…This album, Zappa's first without the Mothers, is his attempt to make jazz appealing to non-fans….lush instrumentals still sound up-to-the-minute. RATS also includes Captain Beefheart singing the epic 'Willie The Pimp.'…" Q (8/95, pp.150-151) - 3 Stars - Good - "Secure and melodious, this captures Zappa's art as it lost the febrile nature of the early Mothers and ossified….into easy-listening jazz-rock. Nice tunes, though." Option - Highly Recommended

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