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I wanna get into Frank Zappa........

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by page, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. But his catalouge is so huge I dont know where to start, Id rather start with an album rather than a compilation but whatever you guys suggest. Please, whatever you suggest, give me an explanation of it? THanks alot guys.
  2. lopsy_lu


    Feb 15, 2005
    Scotland, UK.
    For an introduction to Zappa I'd go for Hot Rats (1969) as its some of his more listenable work. The album is pretty much 60s jazz rock, and its got some great bass work on it as well, particularly the track "Gumbo Variations"


    It was my first and now my favourite Zappa album

    hope this helps
  3. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Sheik Yerboti is a must.
  4. superjake


    Nov 6, 2003
    uh, well...... you should go get these!

    freak out!
    absolutely free
    we're only in it for the money

    jazz rock
    hot rats
    waka jawaka
    grand wazoo

    overnight sensation
    one size fits all
    roxy & elsewhere
    Sheik Yerboti
  5. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I think Joe's Garage 1 should be pretty good for someone new to Zappa, most of the songs on it are pretty catchy and none of them is difficult to listen to.
  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I often feel like I need to get into frank zappa, but ultimately, I get into pollybass instead.
  7. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Two words: Hot Rats
  8. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    I don't know if you like Primus or Phish at all but Larry LaLonde and Jon Fishman have their own 'Zappa Picks' cd's too - it's pretty cool to see these guys pick their favorite tunes.
  9. I'm going to second Mr. Till's suggestion for Sheik Yerbouti. It's the first (and for now only) Zappa album I have. Killer album! And yes, I have listened to many others.
  10. I love the idea of FZ but there are only a couple albums I can listen to. There should be a "I want to love Zappa but Can't" thread.
  11. ras1983


    Dec 28, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    He is just way too eccentric for my tastes. "keep it greasy to go down easy"? I don't think so, Frank. :rollno:
  12. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I find that I much prefer his instrumental stuff. Often his lyrics get in the way of the good music. Some really good stuff is his 3 disc set of instrumental guitar; mostly live. Good stuff. I wish I could remember the name of it. Unforunately all my cds got stolen about 5 years ago.
  13. Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
    Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More
    Return of The Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
  14. For starters I'd go with:

    Overnite Sensation
    One Size Fits All

    Zappa Forever!!!
  15. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    +1 for Joe's Garage. Most of Sheik Yerbouti is pretty accessible too, not to mention freakin' hilarious.
  16. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Maybe you should live with Yo Mamma, she can do your laundry and cook for you.
  17. fallon


    Jul 6, 2003
    What made you want to get into Frank Zappa in the first place? If you can answer yourself that question then perhaps you can get cracking?
  18. ryco


    Apr 24, 2005
    I'd go Apostrophie and Zoot Allures for starters.
  19. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Apostrophe really is an album that almost anybody could love.
  20. Ok so today I went and bought :

    Apostrophe- great, kinda psychedelic, love the dogs

    Freak out- Cool , anti hippy psychedelic rock , my favorite of the ones I bought .

    Waka/Jawaka - really cool , reminds me of chicago meets .....primus maybe? Very close with Freak out as being my favorite so far.

    Im lovin these albums, I need more.

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