Frank Zappa’s ‘Hot Rats’ is his second solo (and his first after the dissolution of the Mothers of Invention) album recorded from July 18 till August 30, 1969 and released on October 10, 1969 by Bizarre/Reprise.
Track listing : 1.Peaches en Regalia (Frank Zappa) – 03:38 . 2.Willie the Pimp (Frank Zappa) – 09:21 . 3.Son of Mr. Green Genes (Frank Zappa) – 08:58 . 4.Little Umbrellas (Frank Zappa) – 03:06 . 5.The Gumbo Variations (Frank Zappa) – 16:53 . 6.It Must Be a Camel (Frank Zappa) – 05:15 .
Musicians : Frank Zappa – electric guitar, percussion, octave bass . Ian Underwood – organ, clarinet, flute, piano, saxophone . Max Bennett – bass on (2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Captain Beefheart – vocals on (2) . John Guerin – drums on (2 – 4 – 6) . Don Sugarcane Harris – violin on (2 – 5) . Paul Humphrey – drums on (3 – 5) . Shuggie Otis – bass on (1) . Jean-Luc Ponty – violin on (6) . Ron Selico – drums on (1) . Harvey Shantz – Snorks .
Production Produced by Frank Zappa . Arranged by Frank Zappa . Cliff Goldstein – Engineer . Jack Hunt – Engineer . Brian Ingoldsby – Engineer . Dick Kunc – Engineer .
Packaging : Cal Schenkel – Cover design . John Williams – Cover design .
Recorded July 18 – August 30, 1969 at T.T.G., Los Angeles, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, Whitney Studios, Glendale .
Released on October 10, 1969 by Bizarre/Reprise.
If you’re eager for a first taste of Beefheart or interested in the new approaches to instrumental style and improvisational technique being developed these days, this is as good a place to start as any; a good stepping stone to folks like Ayler, Don Cherry and Cecil Taylor-the real titans these cats learned it from. […]
Clouds and Clocks
This is the end of my review, so I’m gonna take off my (infallible) objectivity hat. Listening to such a fantastic album and thinking about all the rubbish I get in my mailbox almost hurts. […]
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