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Hot Rats

Frank Zappa

1969

Hot Rats

Album Summary

Hot Rats is the second solo album by Frank Zappa, released in October 1969. It was Zappa's first recording project after the dissolution of the original version of the Mothers of Invention. Five of the six songs are instrumental; while "Willie the Pimp", features vocals by Captain Beefheart. In his original sleeve notes, Zappa described the album as "a movie for your ears".

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Rating

3.39

Votes

5473

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Not my personal favorite Zappa album but it may be his best in many ways. Certainly the most listenable. Peaches en Regalia is like the theme to a TV show I'd want to watch. The track with Captain Beefheart is a fucking ripper. Zappa's a true iconoclast and this album proves his versatility. Motherfucker could do anything he wanted it seems, especially play the electric guitar - holy shit. He's largely underrated in that regard. I wish he went more in this general direction over the years but this album sort of stands out in his catalog. Nice balance of exploration and focus.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

It feels like I'm in a very hip '60/'70s film and I'm into it. Actually was jamming hard enough that I put the record on from the top after I finished it the first time. And with this 5 stars I am officially my father's daughter.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

oh they're groovin!!!!!! they are groovin, absolutely swinging on the dancefloor! look at em go, they're just vibing!!!!! they're groovin!!!

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Proof that with Zappa, jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

I don't listen to Zappa that much, but when I do it's usually Hot Rats. Zappa's discography is like the Cheesecake Factory menu. There are so many options to pick from, yet you know damn well you're going to pick the same thing you're used to having. That's what Hot Rats is for me. Incredibly fun to listen to and masterfully performed.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

It's been such a long time since I listened to Hot Rats that I forgot most of it. It's such a playfully groovy trip of an album with crazily long and diverse songs. I really like Son Of Mr. Green Genes & The Gumbo Variations, and It Must Be A Camel is a smooth culmination of such a fascinating album of instrumentation. Gonna have to grab it on LP. I can only imagine spinning this in the Shelter. Groove on!

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Mon Nov 02 2020
5

hot rats hot rats hot rats

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Fri Sep 25 2020
5

9/10. the 18 minute track is a bit much but the first half of this is pure fucking quality. Peaches en Regalia is blissful, the guitar textures on Willie the Pimp are insane, and Son of Mr. Green Genes is just a really fun time the whole way through. after that it loses a bit of steam, but not that much. it's super psychedelic and just a really good time? glad it's instrumental too

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

This is a jazz fusion masterpiece. The guitar work on this is superb and the instrumentation is just sublime. I can listen to this record over and over. I don’t have much else to say really. Favorite song: Willie The Pimp and Peaches En Regalia Least favorite song: None boy

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Familiarity: 6/10 Frank Zappa's Hot Rats remains one of his most well known albums, and as one of the greatest rock albums of all time. This album carries it's 43min runtime through only 6 songs. Starting off with beautiful guitar composition in Peaches, to a driven jam instrumental in Willie the Pimp. The album then leads into the light hearted Zappa composition, Son of Mr. Green Genes, and continues on into the soothing jazz bass line of Little Umbrellas. Finally the album closes out with the intense rock epic The Gumbo Variations and the album closer, It Must Be A Camel. Favorite Tracks: (All of it, obviously... but the stand-outs) - Peaches en Regalia - phenomenal solo work - The Gumbo Variations - that bass tho

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Sun Mar 07 2021
5

Awesome album, not really for the faint hearted but fantastic musicianship

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Instrumental and long songs (only 6 songs) so good for background whilst working

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Mon May 03 2021
5

loved it

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Je résumerais l'album ainsi: Frank Zappa superpose des sons sans aucune cohérence et demande à nos oreilles de se démerder avec le résultat.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
3

envie de jouer au solitaire en ligne

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Thu May 27 2021
2

I wouldn't describe myself a full-fledged Zappa fan. I gravitate to either his classical avant guarde phase (e.g. The Yellow Shark) or his very short prog phase (Roxy & Elsewhere). Most folks consider Hot Rats an example of the latter. Opener Peaches En Regalia has a complex structure, memorable melodies, and an elaborate and detailed arrangement. It has some rock/R&B feel, but frankly, the genre is impossible to peg. Too bad I don't like it more. Some of the sonorities feel awkward to me, and the humorous elements are unwelcome. But this is purely a matter of taste. It's certainly a competent piece of music. Willie The Pimp is another matter. I've always found Captain Beefheart's Howling Wolf impersonation irritating, certainly in a blues/rock context, like here. The rhythm section is fine, but how much you enjoy this tune will depend on your tolerance for the lengthy solos. I've never found Frank Zappa's guitar playing especially interesting. He just drones on and on with permutations of standard blues and rock licks. His tone is okay, I guess. I just can't get very enthusiastic about it. Son of Mr. Green Jeans is of the same ilk as Peaches En Regalia. If you enjoyed that, you will likely enjoy this. There's also another extended guitar solo from Frank. Sigh. I find Little Umbrellas more appealing compositionally with it's gently insinuating melody and non-standard modal content. Ruth Underwood has the solo spots here, which helps. She's a monster player. And I like the bassist on this number, too. His bass tone is fat and his note choices are tasty. The Gumbo Variations is another standard blues riff extended to over 12 minutes! I don't hate the sax player, maybe because he brings some welcome skronk to the proceedings, but 12 minutes is a long time for this sort of thing. Once again, the rhythm players do a great job of maintaining interest, but there's only so much they can do. With Don Sugarcane Harris' extended violin solo, he proves he can be just as tedious as Zappa. Thankfully, the album closes with It Must Be A Camel, which has the sort of thoroughly unconventional melodies and harmonies that I've only heard from Zappa. Drummer John Guerin has a major role here. He's by far the most tasteful and imaginative soloist on this date. Too bad the rest of the album isn't this good. Interestingly, Jean Luc Ponty put out an album of Frank Zappa compositions called King Kong the same year Hot Rats came out, which Frank also arranged, and I adore that. Go figure. How to rate? Well, the session players are fine. The three through-composed tunes (as opposed to the jam sessions) are competent and show some creativity. The engineering is first-rate. But the solos bore the shit out of me. Ditto the jam tunes. 2.5/5

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

This album started out SO GOOD. Then (apparently) the drugs kicked in, the saxophone came out, and everything started falling apart until, by the end, the tracks were reduced to atonal, tempo-agnostic, guitar "solos" and random horn bleating. I tried so hard to give it the benefit of the doubt (after the mandatory 1-star subtraction for saxophone solos) but it just never recovered itself. By the time the last track wrapped I was legitimately angry at Zappa for putting this nonsense out into the universe.

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Wed May 18 2022
2

lukewarm mice

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Tue Jun 01 2021

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Excellent album

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Tue Dec 22 2020
5

Good jazz fusion, maybe even a little bit of proto-prog. Some crazy instrumentation on this, sometimes to its detriment like on the opener, not in love with the weird accordion sounds, but it’s fun, it’s groovy, jazzy, and the playing is awesome

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

god... keep the prog coming

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

I remember Burt sharing this record in early 2000s and I listened to Peaches En Regalia a ton but neglected the rest of it. Solid jams, lots of extended instrumental bits and even a whacked out saxophone solo!

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Fire

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Sun Apr 11 2021
5

Great tunes. Innovative and interesting. Lots to listen to.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

Natürlich bekannt, schon viel zu lange nicht mehr ganz gehört. Nach dem ganzen Schrott in den vergangenen 2 Wochen eine wahre Wohltat.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

All killer, no filler.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

An absolute banger, Zappa has an album of pure gold with wild sections of oddball stuff that always works. These are some real Hot Rats.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Finger licking good. Fav track: Nº3

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

A must listen

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

I love Zappa, Hot Rats is great because it shows his great skills as a guitarist and bandleader.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Brilliant

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

I have a weird relationship with Zappa - a lot of his music is deeply unpleasant, absolutely devoid of charity, warmth or human spirit, and not half as funny as his aficionados would lead you to believe. Yet, now and again, he would rise to the occasion and deliver something utterly sublime. Hot Rats is one of those moments - I love the grinding violin riff to 'Willie The Pimp' whilst 'Peaches En Regalia' might be his most focused and accomplished instrumental in the rock idiom. I don't chuck the word 'genius' around much, and I don't think it applies to Zappa ultimately, but when firing on all eight he came damn close.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Kein Wunder das alles den Bach runter geht wie high kann man denn gewesen sein beim komponieren und hören. The Gumbo Variations Großartig während dem Fahrradfahren gehört habe mich gefühlt wie in der Auflösung der zweiten Wendung in einem heist movie

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Peak Zappa - incredible guitar work and full of absolute tunes. Second only to Overnite Sensation in my opinion!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Good start. Of course, heard this one many times. Bitchin' album start to finish.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Занимательно, волнующе, качественно

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Orchestral rock, and groovy rock it is.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Genius

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Virtuoso magic. Great sounds and a great mind. Classic fusion.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

Amazing mixture of sounds

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Thu May 06 2021
5

its actually really good to listen to nowadays... its so good couple good song some are too long

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Mon May 17 2021
5

10/10. Taught me a lot about science.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Incredible funky nice vibes

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

I never know what to take from a Zappa album honestly. I always try to make a few listens, and sometimes I feel like I get it. I don't. It's like being stoned, having the best idea in the world. And then you sober up, and it's sorta just gone forever. That's how I feel When listening to Zappa. Maybe I get it in the moment, but afterwards I don't have anything. Not a clue, It's just a ride, and a fucking good one at that.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Typical fun Zappa jam session. Groovin. Diggin the funky horns!

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

Holy fucken shit

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

All of the time great. Peaches. En regalia.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
5

what a surprise, loved this

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

Awesome out there album, musically sound

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Sat Sep 04 2021
5

9/10. Actually I really enjoyed parts of this while sitting in traffic, it must be solid.

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Sat Sep 04 2021
5

Pretty great beats actually, so much more fun than I was expecting. Listened to it twice because Spotify un-downloaded all my music. 9/10

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

Very captivating listen. Favorite tracks are Willie the Pimp and The Gumbo Variations.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Not a bad track on the album. 5 stars.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

I’m biased as a zappa fan, but this iconic album has the perfect combination of jazz fusion and rock n roll shreddiness. Nobody does what zappa does, 5 stars.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

1969 - Artful Jazz & Rock

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Absolutely cracking album! Even bough the vinyl after listening to this!

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Sun Nov 07 2021
5

Being the jazz-rock classic that it is, Hot Rats was the album that got me into Zappa. Peaches en Regalia has always been one of my favourite tracks, but perhaps I have been ignoring the other songs too often, because this time around I noticed some pretty amazing stuff across the whole album. Zappa has such a unique guitar playing style, and stands out when it come to composition and arrangement. The wild improvisations in the longer tracks do not always work perfectly, but the excellent musicianship and the energy and excitement that the album breathes makes it easy to get past the iffier parts.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
5

Guitarra de Zappa. Brutal.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

besser geht nicht

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

I greatly enjoyed listening to this album. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed all the songs, as I don't think there's a single one I dislike.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Probably my favorite frank Zappa. album. Awesome stuff. Peaches in regalia.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

What a legend.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

flaming genius, fabulously intense - not one for listening to every day, but like many great LPs, there is an itch that only Hot Rats can scratch.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Wow - Haven't listened to this before and was pleasantly surprised!!!

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

There is no way of dieing without listening this.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Brilliant fusion of jazz and rock. One of Zappa's very best

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Shocking, considering how insufferable I found "Freak Out!", that I would be so taken by this album. Zappa works a lot better without words for me.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

It's amazing, for a guitarist, how much saxophone is in this album. The first time I heard this album, it did not become one of my favorites. But still, it has some great songs. "Peaches" is probably one of his greatest works. Listening to that piece today I really tuned in to the drums and marveled at how well-constructed they were. "Son of Mr. Green Genes" I had heard as a live performance, with lyrics. Surprising that it was originally just an instrumental. I have the Hot Rats Session box set. I need to listen to that at some point. The album itself is important as it is listed as "Frank Zappa" and not "Frank Zappa and the Mothers". I tend to gravitate to his Grand Wazoo era and Waka / Jawaka. But as a Zappa fan, I should listen to this one more often. Great stuff here.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

This is the album to introduce people to Frank Zappa with. Especially when you're a rocker and a bit into jazz this is where you start before you dive into the man's immense back catalogue. If you're into instrumental solo's, whether guitar, clarinet, bass, violin, drums, this is the album for you. This album got it all and is likely one of the best Zappa has released.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

great album, I’m always in the mood for some jazz-rock - 10/10

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

Probably the album i've listened to the most. Absolute banger. The one i always recommend to people who wanna check out Zappa but might be apprehensive due to all the yellow snow, tower of powers, and cum. The perfect way to ease them into the weirdness.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Zappa is an acquired taste, I enjoyed it

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

I've listen this album 100s of times. It's arguably the first true Jazz rock album and is still a masterpiece. Peaces is a Zappa standard and excellent example of Jazz Fusion. Willie the Pimp with Sugarcane Harris's and Franks blistering solos laid the groundwork for Jazz Rock, just listen Mahavishnu Orchestra.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

I've heard Frank Zappa's name for most of my life. When this popped up, I realized that I had no idea what kind of music he made. I must have heard some of his music somewhere along the way but I had not idea what that might be. I put this on and fell instantly in love with "Peaches in Regalia." It's catchy as hell, the arrangements are full of surprises - I love it! Even though I didn't know what to expect this was totally unexpected! "Willie The Pimp" changes the tone quite a bit with gritty vocals and guitars and a very long and groovy jam. Really enjoyed this too. "Son Of Mr. Green Genes" I guess is not about the recurring Captain Kangaroo character... but I love it so much! It's groovy, jazzy, and so cool and unique. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a most groovy dribble to work! A lot of this music is what the nondescript instrumental rock-and-roll the kids on the Brady Bunch played was based upon, only orders of magnitude better. I have no idea why an album like this has existed for my entire life and I haven't run into it before. This is one of my favorite new musical discoveries - I'm definitely going to be checking out more from Frank Zappa!

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

LP

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Guitarra de Zappa. Brutal. Vinilo.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

Meni najdraži zappin album

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Brilliant

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

nice, love frank! 100\5

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

My first Zappa album and I absolutely loved this. One of the best jazz fusion albums Iv heard.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Vitttuuuuu miten kova! 5/5 ainoot laulutkin taitaa olla Beefheartin eikä Zappan suusta

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Holy fuck, come let’s get lost in music. A fascinating and exhilarating listen

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Great tunes. Total flash

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

the nuts

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Zappa is an artist I just have never listened to. I dunno why. I should listen to him since everything about him is what I like, but yet I never have. I think this was a fantastic entry into his - very extensive - discography.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Absolutely amazing find. Great instrumentals. Cosmic rock mixed with jazz.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Didn't realize that this is Zappa. Intricate and widely varied.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Fire shit

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Jazz, blues, rock, solos interminables. Suena a liberación.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Incredible Album. Got that Zappa Flair from the get go.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Groovy, weird, enjoyable Funky brass instruments

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

mahti albumi KUUSI KYMMENTÄ LUVULTA... yksi sana... musicianship.. NERO, JA EI PUHUTA ROOMAN RUHTINAASTA... täyttä häkää koko tuotoksen ajan laatu on katossa kiinni son of mr green genes on yli muiden.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

A jazz rock masterpiece and easily in my top 5 by Frank the great.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

Very good zappa

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

Hot Rats has been the only Zappa album I listen to straight through. I know it pretty well and I love it. I'm not a fan of Frank Zappa in his entirety, though. I love a lot of his songs throughout his catalogue, but it rubs me the wrong way when he pushes the 'weird' too much. This album is a showcase of Frank Zappa's musicianship, composition and production skills without ever bugging me. I concede Captain Beefhart (I really don't like his music), but even here he fits in, doesn't spoil the mood and Willie the Pimp is an incredible jam after that. I know it's a whole lot of jam on this album, but Frank Zappa knows how to carry it and that's what I come to him to hear. This got me in the mood to keep rolling, so I followed it up with Waka/Jawaka.

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Wed Dec 30 2020
4

This was the first Zappa album I listened to in HS. Willie the Pimp is underrated and Peaches En Regalia still slaps

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Some incredible jams. Just Frank Zappa doing Frank Zappa things. Best track: Willie the Pimp

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Mon Jan 04 2021
4

It's a masterpiece, but not for everyday listening.

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Thu Nov 05 2020
4

Jazz fusion and not what I expected from my preconceptions of Zappa

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Wed Nov 25 2020
4

Overall, I really dug this album and I think it's a good album to have on in the background while vibing. Peaches en Regalia was definitely my favorite and I really want to find the perfect playlist to put it on.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

4/5. Jammy jazz-rock with lots of emotion and cacophonous solos from my different instruments. Great working music, but too wild for it to be universally liked.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Zappa at its most digestible

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Patchouliiiii

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Not at all what I expected but sill very good

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Tja, det Frank Zappa. Peaches en regilia dog, meget lækkert

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Like it

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

cool instrumental album, had some good fun listening

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Zappa is so fun. Such a talented musician. I really enjoyed this one.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Some good sounds

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

It's very interesting, it has some great sounds, but I didn't really like listening to it. I think it might have been because I was working during it, if it is supposed to be like Frank himself says, a movie for your ears, then it's probably best to pay attention to what is being played. Having it in the background in a party would probably be pretty good.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

jesus, what a carnival. send me into the ether with this on the stereo. fav track: willie the pimp

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Some killer extended jams in here. Very raw sound but also very well arranged. Haven't listened to much Zappa but this shows me that I should

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

this entire album is just one massive shredfest. and that's pretty cool. energetic old school rock instrumental. jazz blues feel in a few songs. not many words, but not many needed.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Hilarious and brilliant

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Veel beter als verwacht, echt een virtuoos

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

A pretty cool fusion album, some weird parts but overall really enjoyed it.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Most enjoyable Zappa album to date. Perhaps I should explore more of his earlier stuff.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

A sonic treat to the ears... there is so much going on at any point of this mostly instrumental album that it is hard to unpack on a single listen.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

crazy rhythms n sounds. zappa at it again

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

I’ve always had reservations about Zappa. This was a really groovy album. But I’m still not sold on some of his other works.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Funny how Frank's weird personality comes through even in instrumentals. Not surprised to read that Captain Beefheart was involved with this one. Could hear the Beefheart influence on Tom Waits especially in "Willie the Pimp." I enjoyed this album, but I do wonder given FZ's vast discography whether this deserved to be on the list. Still, 3.5 rounded to 4 for me.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

I mostly liked it. Less than half of my play through I got annoyed at how long or weird a song was. It was mostly pretty enjoyable and would definitely listen to it again.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

The genre is definitely some kind of Jazz rock fusion. It sounds really nice the way it was laid out into long ballads. The soul and emotion from this album were quit incredible.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

so up until now, I've never listened to much of Frank Zappa's work, but man, that album was nuts. it just felt like a jam session on a plethora of drugs, but in the best way possible. I'm definitely adding this album to my work playlist.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Loooved the instrumentation on this record. Glorious!

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Always a great listen.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

love these tunes, jazz influenced, alternative rock I believe.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Interesante, instrumental. No llega a ser demasiado psicodélico.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Pretty Dope 1 good song with lyrics

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

great album! a great psychedelic jazz album that i will definitely listen to again! 4.2*

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Crazy stuff

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

I kojeny Zappa na liscie, teraz juz solowo bez mateczki inwencyjnej, albumik z wczesnego okresu tworczosci, drugi solowy albumik i jeden z nielicznych pickow wystarczajaco poprawnych polityczno kulturowo, zeby znalezc sie na takiej liscie, bo jest to albumik praktycznie w calosci instrumentalny, poza pierwszymi dwoma minutami williego pimpa, ktory posiada wokale od kapitana wolowegoserca, z tego co pametam to chyba wszyscy muzycy ktorzy graja na tej plycie pracowali juz z Zappa w inwencyjnej mateczce, wiec ogranie juz bylo i zostalo skierowane w calkiem nowym kierunku, po satyrycznych plytach matkowcow tutaj mamy uczte instrumentalna, 9 minutowe traki gdzie Franek imponuje swoimi gitarkowymi skilsami, czy drumuje niczym tysiacreki siwa, ale jednak nie to stanowi o tym, ze albumik jest tak dobry jak jest, bo jest, a to z powodu dopieszczenia kazdego dzwieku jaki mozna uslyszec, jest to jeden z pierwszych albumow nagrany na 16 trakowej, podobno wlasnorecznie zorganizowanej przez Zappe, maszynie rikordujacej, co daje mozliwosci intensywnego overdubowania co od razu slychac zwlaszcza na takich trakach jak willie the pimp, gdzie wokale instrumentale i dodatkowe efekty blyszcza, na plejce mam juz wlasnie williego, wiec dorzuce tylko peaches en regalia, czyli trak najbardziej kojarzony z ta plyta, nie tylko ze wzgledu, ze dosc radiowy czas jego trwania, ale tez jako opening definiuje, ze bedzie to albumik rokowo podobny, bo influencje jazzowe sa bardzo wyrazne, wiec muzyka fuzji i awangardy jak by to okreslili na diszczogu

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Excellent throughout - not my usual thing but really creative harmonies and interesting guitar work

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

I bought this album in 1971. Always liked it, and I've gotten to appreciate it beyond. Peaches en Regalia.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Jazz rockero instrumental, un crack el tipo

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Good fun, I'm surprised their were so few vocals, every other Zappa album I've heard has them. I still prefer some later Zappa but I enjoyed this, looking forward to there being more Zappa on this list, I've only listened to a few of his but they're great

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Disco bien progresivo, con tonos psicodélicos y de jazz (esta última parte no me gustó tanto), tocado por excelentes músicos. Un álbum que volvería a repetir. 4.5/5

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Prog Rog & Psychedlia met and had a pretty amazing baby in this album. Zappa's vocals can be a bit alarming and pull you out of the experience, but largely this album is instrumental and has several large jams.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

30th June 2021 Listened on my phone in the kitchen while working, the day after England beat Germany 2-0 in the euros. Really liked this, predominantly instrumental which I can see being amazing live. Nice cameo from Captain Beefheart on one of the singles, vibey and funky with some tasty guitar solos thrown in.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Schön rauer Rock. Jedes Stück gefällt mir erstmal sehr gut, geht mir aber meist nach ein paar Minuten ein bisschen auf die Nerven. Jedenfalls so beim nebenbei hören.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

A solid album that truly demonstrates how well Frank Zappa can improv with a multitude of different instruments. It is considered “rock” on Apple Music but I would consider it to be more jazz focused. Will certainly be listening to more of Frank Zappa in the future.

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Fun Energetic album with that Zappa jazz flair

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Mon May 24 2021
4

This is amazing. Like nothing else.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Starts off with fantastic psychedelic experimental prog, which only just begins to tire towards the end of the album.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

One of (if not THE) easiest Zappa albums to get into. Peaches en regalia is one of my favourite songs, it's a masterpiece. It's his first album without The Mother's and this new lineup is tight!

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Listened walking thru town on a lovely day and matched the vibes perfectly. Very out there and very complex but a solid listen. Will try again and get more in depth with it. Been on my list for a while.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

Concerned when I noticed an 18-minute song. But guess what? I didn't hate it. Maybe don't love it, but really enjoyed this album and listened to a few songs more than once. Lots of instrumental, but good stuff. Great background music. Teetering between a 3 and a 4 but solid addition to the list. Glad I heard it. And I'M LISTENING AGAIN!

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Frank Zappa is serious business (musically speaking). You may or may not like what he did (it may be hard on some ears) but there's no doubt that his creativity was out of this world and that his mastery of music genres, composition and instruments was exceptional. The musicians that played and recorded with him were always all extremely gifted and talented. In the case of Hot Rats, not only does he showcase his mastery of the guitar, but also of the technical aspects of recording, using an almost unheard of (at the time) 16 tracks to create the many layers in the album's tracks. Like it or not, this is definitely a "must listen to album".

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

Who else is this funky and fun? I mean, come on.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Great quirky, fun fusion album. Definitely revisit both the album and Frank Zappa.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

One of the first Jazz adjacent albums that didn't feel challenging to listen to in any way. Quite enjoyable honestly.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Not really what I expected given what I thought I knew about Zappa and had heard from him before. I figured it would be a lot more avant-garde and experimental. In any case, it was still some pretty great jazz-injected prog rock.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

I've always enjoyed this album. An early entry point to the eclectic world of Zappa. The blues of Captain Beefheart is excellent as is the electric violin (and guitar of course!).

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did ! Brilliant !

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

I like that this is mainly instrumental. Songs feel like they go on forever tho. Very jammy. Some of it's almost jazzy. Four stars.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

good jazzy music

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Dels que conec, és sense dubte l'àlbum més jazz de Zappa. Sense perdre de vista la seva habitual inventiva experimental i búsqueda de nous sons, és un disc clarament jazzero, gran part d'ell instrumental. Sempre m'ha tirat més aquesta visió que la dels seus primers treballs, massa en búsqueda del xoc i l'experimentació...

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Sat Sep 04 2021
4

Lots of groovy stuff going on here, but there are some production issues on the wind instruments that make parts of some songs tinny and hard to listen to. Still, the free form rock flow of this album makes it a fun listen. 8

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Sat Sep 04 2021
4

Sometimes the dissonant parts were really grating, but overall this was really creative and cool, I especially liked the last track 8/10

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Sorry folks but I like this one!

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Enjoyed quite a bit. Fun album

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Impressive guitar and interesting experimental rock sounds. Tracks are incredibly well produced, especially for 1969. Super accessible too despite the avant nature. First three tracks are memorable and energetic. Quiets down after that with an interesting smooth jazz track. Last two tracks are fairly forgetful but have impressive aspects for sure, like the cosmic rock of "It Must Be A Camel."

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Enjoyed this a lot - free flowing guitar and a great sound in parts.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Thought this was excellent other than the sax solo in The Gumbo Variations. Totally killed my enjoyment of the song.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Shreds hard! Liked it

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

3.5

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Enjoyed this. Proper eccentric and meandering

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Willie the pimp, Som of mr. green genes

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

Hot Rats consists of instrumental jazz-influenced compositions with exhaustive soloing. Zappa described the album as “a movie for your ears.” Thank you wikipedia ;) (7/10) FT: Peaches en Regalia

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

Never took the time to listen to this album properly but now I did: the Gumbo Variations is 5* - the rest is 3*-4*, so a very decent Frank Zappa album overall: 4*.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

Played it a couple of times, doesn't happen a lot with albums in this list. Hence liked it

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

expected 60's stoner music, didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

I like guitar, and this album was a lot of it. Frank Zappa is a really good guitarist, I prefer the kinda slower rather than funkier/jazzier style Zappa has, but the point is he is a very good guitarist. the begging of willie the peep was weird, but the guitar was insane in all the songs. I enjoyed it.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Very much right up my alley. Awesome instrumentals, such a fun listen.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Cool guitar

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Excellent album. Second only to Sheik Yerbouti in his discography

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

"This music is wobbly like jelly!"

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Never listened to Zappa before. Some crazy instrumentals!

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Weird and good, funky.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

I have never listened to Frank Zappa but I liked this album, I didn't expect it to have jazz inspiration/piano but I enjoyed it. Favourite songs: Willie the pimp, Little umbrellas

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Weird and wonderful and fun. Just a whole lotta noodling and soloing and creativity that was really enjoyable to listen to. Favourite Tracks: Peaches En Regalia, Little Umbrellas, It Must Be a Camel

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

I was into this album, good sound. Have not listened to Zappa before

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Thoroughly enjoyed the loose nature of the songs. Willie the Pimp was a standout

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

Nifty

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

Zappa brings bangers

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

Ja va kinda distraherad när vi lyssna men för sidners skull blir de en fyra 😎

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Good, probably more revolutionary at the time

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Zappas first really strong album

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Awesome instrumentals. Fluid and complex. Really enjoyable to listen to when you are working on something creative.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

I wish I was half as cool as this guy obviously was

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Not bad.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Finally, a good album. It's been almost two weeks since this thing has generated anything that's cracked a 4. It isn't Zappa's best, but at least there's some representation on this infernal list. Why is this the only Zappa album on here? Boring-ass REM and U2 have four albums apiece on this thing, and they couldn't spare a second slot for a guy whose discography is over twice the size of both of those mundane bands combined?

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

Frank Zappa is weird! But he pulls together some pretty great jazz rock that really pushed the genre. A lot on instrumental craziness that ultimately the reason why this album is on here. Fully worth the price of admission.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

A master piece.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

This is one that I have on vinyl, an original press that belonged to my dad ❤ I obviously had to bust it out for this. I don't have a great deal of experience with Zappa, outside of this album, but I do really dig this. It's a great listen top to bottom and that fuses jazz with prog rock at the time. Great stuff

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Apart from his reputation as an extravagant, sometimes difficult rock artist with free-jazz and musique concrète proclivities, I didn't know the first thing about Frank Zappa. This record was a surprisingly pleasant listen. I've browsed through other Zappa album deemed important by certain critics and fans, and now I know that immediate pleasure is not the first thing that comes to my mind with these high-conceptual and/or tongue-in-cheek recordings. *Freak Out*, by the Mothers of Invention, is the only one of those records I found genuinely enjoyable on first listens. The rest is really, *really* for the fans, I think. Two things stand out in *Hot Rats*, though. As in *Freak Out*, the lush arrangements provided by horn and reed sections is a huge plus. But in *Hot Rats*, there's something that not even *Freak Out* can boast about, and it's the hard grooves. Some drums are in a funky mode that's particularly lively, almost krautrock in their intent. And when they don't, they swing in a slower yet as efficient fashion, hereby supporting jazzier cuts that are equally satisfying. I barely noticed all the tracks were all instrumental except one sung by Captain Beefheart. I was too much taken in the soundscapes. Obviously, I'm a rookie when it comes to Zappa, so I can't really judge this effort in a broader context. But I understand he's an acquired taste anyway, and you can't rush things with an artist as productive and unhinged as him. Let's just say that *Hot Rats* does sound like a promising entry point, at least, just like *Freak Out* was on a more classic-rock, partly parodic, mode. [Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 975 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 9 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 7 (including this one) Albums from the list I will *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 8 Albums I might not be able to judge (some might end up on my final list but it's because I recognize how culturally important they are): 1]

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

And I thought Neil Young was eclectic. This is what, rock meets jazz? I've listened to a couple Zappa albums before, but more straight ahead rock (from the 80's maybe?). The first track is pretty short so I didn't really notice the heavy jazz motif until I got past track 2; clear as I go back to it. Most of the album felt like jazz fusion with electric guitar and a rock feel. I was thinking that it sounded like some of the jazz albums on this list and then read that Shuggie Otis is featured on the album, so yep. The second track felt like quintessential prog rock and it was pretty damn cool. I would've liked even more of that but tracks 3 and 4 were still pretty cool. Track 5 was up there with track 2 - slick. On top of Zappa, Ian Underwood was pretty impressive on the sax (and other woodwinds).

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't a nearly full instrumental album, but then again, I really know nothing about Frank Zappa. This album has been described as a "movie for your ears," and I get the description after listening. Smooth jazz fusion that tells a fun and engaging story.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Frank was the shit. The most underrated musician I can think of. His music is borderline genius but it wasn't "radio worthy". I hope he doesn't end up as a footnote in 20th century music.

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