‘A musical warlock’

Frank Zappa’s “Hot Rats” is 50 years old. Great googly moogly!

Read all about it here, and scope out a six-disc anniversary boxed set of the work at Zappa.com.

Writes Jim Farber at The Guardian:

The dense and raucous jams that inspired the final cuts have been fully restored, and assembled in an order that makes the development of the official versions clear. “It provides context for the final product,” said Ian Underwood, who played a plethora of instruments on “Rats” and who is the only musician, besides Zappa, who appeared on every track. “Like ‘process art,’ you can hear all the things leading up to a track, so you get a feel for how it arrived at the end. It’s also interesting to see what didn’t work out along the way.”

Willie the Pimp would be s’proud.

• Editor’s note: This constitutes our official observance of Zappadan 2019.

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7 Responses to “‘A musical warlock’”

  1. psobrien Says:

    We could use Zappa and Carlin right now on the talk show circuit. Zappadan baby, my response every year.

  2. SAO’ Says:

    One of my favorite stories:

    https://dangerousminds.net/comments/1967_frank_zappa_linda_ronstadt_radio

  3. David Rees Says:

    How in the hell can Hot Rats be 50 years old? That’s impossible – gotta be a mistake. I was 19 when this was released?

  4. sherkat Says:

    Happy Zappadan! It’s hard not to let the bastards get you down, I didn’t even make Black Napkins Friday this year….

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