University of Nebraska Press. ISBN Retrieved February 26, Beat Publications. Retrieved June 26, Retrieved December 10, Nostalgia Central. Retrieved November 22, Retrieved August 22, Australian Chart Book — illustrated ed.
St Ives, N. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention album discography. Freak Out! Congress Shall Make No Law The Mothers Halloween A great Zappa solo is presented here. Also, a note that the drumming is exceptional as well. Beautiful piece. Next is the strange, dark, erie, and fantastic The Torture Never Stops.
I absolutly love the vocal and lyrics to this song. Very well done. Also, love the mood set up by the lack of music and the erie piano if that's it notes in the background. My only complaint is i would have prefered more guitar work and less woman. But, it still works great. The next three songs, show off the sexual conotation of Zappa's work, Minus Friendly Little Finger which is an instramental and only sexual in name.
Wonderful Wino follows. A good song, nothing fantastic, although funny at times. Following this is the magestic Zoot Allures. I love the intro to this song. Wonderful guitar at all times. One of his better instramentals. Finishing off the album is Disco Boy. An odd song about one man's stuggle to get some. Funny at times, but again not a stellar song. All in all, this is a solid record. A must of Zappaists and a good addition to the rest of the world.
The album opens with the short and concise Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station, which is a humorous piece with some great vocals and rhythmic work. Next up is the superb instrumental Black Napkins, which would become one of Zappa's most popular guitar solo instrumentals with Watermelon in Easter Hay being another one, for example. It has a superb main theme from the guitar as well as some great work from Bozzio on the drums. This version, though, while great and fun, doesn't really match up to the numerous live incarnations there are of it which is benefitted by an extended solo section that is a highlight of Zappa's incredible guitar stylings.
Despite that, though, there are some humourous lyrics and a nice overall feel which is desolate and full of isolation to say the least. Pinky is a song about a very special girl and her "sister" would get a cameo in the film Baby Snakes as the blow up doll used in many various encounters with Roy Estrada. It's a fun and harmless piece that has some fun backing vocals from Estrada and some nice synthesizer work from Ruth Underwood. Find Her Finer is another fun piece with a nice overall feel and riff to it as well as some humorous lyrics and vocals from Zappa and like The Torture Never Stops would get live versions that would surpass the studio version.
Friendly Little Finger and Wonderful Wino are more or less throwaway pieces and are pretty forgettable, but they aren't really that bad and they add a bit more to the humor of the album. Zoot Allures is revered as one of the best Zappa instrumentals ever. The catchy main riff and the great breakdown solo sections are perfect for a studio piece and it's not too long and to the point , and like a few other tracks on the album is a better song live. The closer of the album is Disco Boy, Zappa's stab at the disco culture.
It has a bluesy guitar riff and some nice bass synthesizer notes as well as some humorous lyrics and laidback vocals from Zappa. And like three other tracks that I mentioned earlier, the live version of this song found on the Baby Snakes soundtrack is a lot better, although I'm quite fond of this version of it, as it is more raw. While it's not his best album, it certainly was a great listen and I think any fan of guitar oriented rock and some great avant-garde stylings will find comfort in this album.
I thought it was fantastic, but not a masterpiece in the least bit. This is a funny song with high pitched vocals and some fantastic guitar playing. More passionate guitar and some sax later. A two man show. Not a big fan of this one with the woman sceaming and moaning. Pinky" features heavy guitar and deep vocals. This is a catchy song with some great guitar. So no comment. This is lighter and uplifting with even some harp making an appearance. I think "Friendly Little Finger" is my favourite, but there are a few at the top of the list.
Wind Up Working in a Gas Station opens, a short track at only two and a half minutes, it's one of the aforementioned straight Rock moments with falsetto vocals supplied by Davey Moire complimenting Zappa's own.
Though decent enough, much better is following instrumental Black Napkins which is actually a live recording with all audience noise removed.
It features a classic Zappa guitar solo, one of his very best in my opinion. The Torture Never Stops is a slow sleazy number with Zappa on vocals and orgasmic squeals supplied by an undisclosed female. Amusingly with reference to this Zappa states in the liner notes that he was director of recreational activities. At almost ten minutes it does outstay its welcome a little though.
Find Her Finer has a nice slow groove to it and is followed by another excellent instrumental, Friendly Little Finger with more fantastic guitar from Zappa and Bozzio is also excellent on Drums.
Ruth Underwoods Marimba adds a bit of colour to the start of the track also. This segues into the riffy Wonderful Wino, ultimately though one of the least satisfying tracks on the album. Instrumental and title track Zoot Allures is generally highly regarded amongst Zappa fans, again featuring his distinctive guitar well to the fore. It's a slowish piece, held in check beautifully by Bozzio and an album highlight.
Last but not least Disco Boy has Zappa having a go at, you guessed it Disco boy's, the Disco movement being in it's prime at the time of this albums release. It's another straight Rock number and an excellent album closer; great fun! This was the very first Zappa album I ever bought on its release in and I've always had a soft spot for it. It's an excellent album though he's done better but it's fairly accessible and would make a good introduction for someone wanting to check him out.
The album opens with Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station , a short little number with some funny lyrics and some strange yet ultimately enjoyable vocals. Next up is Black Napkins , which is one of Frank's finest guitar solos.
It would be reworked on the Shut Up and Play Your Guitar set, but this is a perfectly concise, focused number. The Torture Never Stops is the only tune that really harks back to the Zappa sound we're more used to; it has a great interplay between Frank and Bozzio, hilarious lyrics, and a wonderful mood.
It does, however, pale in comparison to a number of the many live versions of this tune. Pinky is a marvelously dirty tune and always makes me chuckle.
Frank's guitar has a very 70s metal sound in this tune. Find Her Finer is a rather weak track. To be honest, I really can't talk about it because every time I listen to it I forget it instantly. The suggestively titled instrumental Friendly Little Finger is much more enjoyable, with more great guitar work and some terrific percussion from Terry and Ruth. Wonderful Wino is another forgettable number that isn't bad but is simply dull.
Zoot Allures is rather light compared to the hard rock of the rest of the album, and it's probably the best tune on here The Torture Never Stops might have swayed me, but I prefer live versions more, so in the context of this album the title track is better.
Like Black Napkins, it is wonderfully focused, but this tune shows off more than just Frank. The album ends with Disco Boy , a fairly good lyrical attack on disco but merely decent musically. Perhaps that's just a joke on the lack of musicality in disco.
Overall, this is a more than solid album, but Frank's albums tend to challenge us as listeners. Even when they don't, they make full use of the immense level of talent that he drafts. Here, however, it's all about Frank. That's certainly not a bad thing; his Shut Up N Play Your Guitar albums are some of his best, but this is gives us glimpses of his band's talent only to cut away before things properly gel.
Great guitar work, and some Zappa classics, but it leaves me wanting. Another piece of the mess that was originally supposed to be Lather, Zoot Allures looks on paper like a mostly not progressive album. What with Zappa's Sheik Yerbouti and other releases around the same time featuring mostly shorter, more commercial tracks, such a fear would be warranted. However, the track lengths belie the actual progression of this album. For starters, the first three tracks all segue together perfectly, and not just like completely unrelated songs stuck together with clever interludes.
Three of the songs on this album are instrumentals, so fans of Frank's legendary guitar licks will not be disappointed. The lyrical content is somewhat focused on his by this point usual corny and twisted sense of humor, though a few of the tracks that do have lyrics are not written in this way. In the end, Zoot Allures is one of the later Zappa releases to be pretty good, as not long after the release of this album his quality began to rapidly drop for the most part.
The album opens with Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station , a commercial, straightforward rocker with falsetto vocals that dissolve into creative rounds towards the end. There is not much to this song, but it fades away quickly into the open guitar of Black Napkins.
The album's first instrumental, Black Napkins is basically a guitar solo, jamming and moving this way and that until in the middle section odd effects make up a very interesting melody. On the whole, it is upbeat and clever, and then without much warning it drops off into The Torture Never Stops with a dark bass line and a slow, horrifying mood. Yes, the song deals with torture, and Frank's deep vocals add a disturbing air to it.
And despite it being almost ten minutes long, there is little variation or even soloing in it--that happens in the live versions instead.
The last song on the first side is Ms. Pinky , a catchy song built on a distinctive distorted guitar riff. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Articles Features Interviews Lists.
Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile.