Frank Zappa – Zoot Allures   Leave a comment

Every version of this record I have heard has been consistent in its murkiness on the studio tracks. Sourced off the 1976 analog master this time around, with this new CD re-issue there is still a bit dimness to the proceedings, but far from a deal-breaker.

We get two of Frank’s signature guitar tracks (Black Napkins and Zoot Allures), the first half of his examination of disco culture (Disco Boy), and the excellent shut-up-and-play-my-guitar track, The Torture Never Stops. That, and Wonderful Wino has a pretty good thump to it.

The brilliant half of the record is indispensable, and makes a lot of the rest seem like filler. That said, the filler is about gas stations, blow-up dolls, and the pursuit of that special lady friend. In other words, an ordinary day in Zappaville, USA.

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Posted 2012/09/03 by MG Nagy in Uncategorized

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