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 #460  by violanojblues
 Mon Jul 12, 2004 12:18 pm
I have been hearing so much about Zappa lately that it has sparked my curiosity. I'd like to know more about his music. Does anyone have any recommended listenings for me (or any other non-Zappa fan) to start with? I like pretty much straight-up rock-n-roll and blues. I've been listening to Thing Fish which is hilarious, but I'm interested in some of that amazing guitar work that I hear so much about.
 #8072  by GrndWazu
 Tue Aug 15, 2006 3:07 pm
I'm a huge Frank Zappa Fan!

Zappa's music is very odd music and is very hard to get into. He covered a wide variety of music rock, jazz, classical. If you like Rock then i would try listening to his best of album, Strictly Commercial, its a good introduction to his music. But personaly i think all his album's r good. His live work is much more interesting, a lot of his songs reapear on other albums but will sound much different. He truly was a genius. He created a whole universe in his music, so the more you listen the more his music makes sense. I would start from his earlier stuff and work forward. But, he does have over 70 albums's. Have fun

 #8073  by phreaker
 Tue Aug 15, 2006 3:33 pm
Live at the Roxy is excellent. Another good album to start with is Apostrophe.

Zappa handled his band like an orchestra. Thier musical abilities, as well as his, were amazing. The instruments, the lyrics, the styles, the sounds, all so different and better than just about anything else at that time. He would also kick out any member of his band who did ANY illegal drug. He however, smoked cigarettes like a chimney, and pretty much drank only coffee.

 #8075  by waldo041
 Tue Aug 15, 2006 5:21 pm
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 #8076  by phreaker
 Tue Aug 15, 2006 6:18 pm
RUKIND used to have a collection of Zappa tabs. I'm guessing it was deleted because of all the copyright BS.

 #8078  by ebick
 Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:33 pm
A few of My favs not listed

We're Only In It For The Money
Just Another Band From L.A.
Over-Nite Sensation
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life

Again, not a full list, I could go on forever.

 #8083  by waldo041
 Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:26 pm
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 #8085  by amyjared
 Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:38 pm
is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?
That's funny. One of the first bands I was in was called Sears Poncho, from that. I love Overnight Sensation! I would also recommend Hot Rats, Live in New York and Man from Utopia as some excellent (and accesible) Zappa. I saw him several times in concert and he continued to amaze me. In Prague, at the main train station there is the poster of Zappa, life-size, naked, sitting on the toilet. It's so out of place in that place, but they adore him so, that it's prominently displayed.

 #8095  by jck_strw
 Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:42 am
This is weird. The original post in this thread is identical to the other post in this forum labeled 'curious about Zappa'. Same poster, same title, same timestamp now that I go back and look. A blast from the past or some forum oddity?

Anyhow, my recommendations from last time I think are still valid.
Well if you're interested in hearing just great guitar work, I would recommend Shut Up And Play Yer Guitar (3 CDs) and Guitar (2 CDs). It's just Frank solos, so if guitar solos is what you're interested in, these two are the CDs to get.

If you want to hear some of Frank's music (lyrics and all with great solos thrown in), I would recommend:

Sheik Yerbouti
Zoot Allures
Joe's Garage

Really great stuff.