Had a look at my Last.fm Frank Zappa “most played“, and stuck them in Media Monkey. Of course being my most played they are my favourite Zappa tracks, but they fit together so well as a playlist that they make a pretty decent introduction to Zappa – from a rock guitar playing listener’s point of view. Every Zaqppa fan will have their own take on what is and are his best tracks, and since he played so many different styles you could easily approach his music from a load of different angles. As he did.
Highlights: Guitar solo on Inca Roads, guitar solo on Ya Hozna, and Planet Of My Dreams for just being what it is.
- Society Pages – You Are What You Is
- Harder Than Your Husband – You Are What You Is
- Ya Hozna – Them or Us
- Suicide Chump – You Are What You Is
- Camarillo Brillo – Overnite Sensation
- You Are What You Is – You Are What You Is
- Sharleena – You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Sampler
- Can’t Afford No Shoes – One Size Fits All
- Planet of My Dreams – Them or Us
- Stinkfoot – Apostrophe
- Dirty Love – Overnite Sensation
- Inca Roads – One Size Fits All
- Cosmik Debris – Apostrophe
- Jewish Princess – Sheik Yerbouti
- Jones Crusher – Sheik Yerbouti
- Dumb All Over – You Are What You Is
- Father O’Blivion – Apostrophe
- Cheepnis – Roxy & Elsewhere
Favourite album? Tricky… Tinseltown Rebellion was the first I bought, so special for that reason, Roxy and Elsewhere is a brilliant live album, and Sheik Yerbouti has the widest range of Zappa Zappa tracks from his rockiest period. And has Jewish Princess, which I love for too many reasons.
Wilson and Alroy describe Zappa’s different styles well:
“Zappa had at least six distinct musical personalities or facets: the Psychedelic Satirist, the Serious Avant-Garde Composer, the Fusion Bandleader, the Potty-Mouthed Reactionary, the History-Minded Obsessive and the Just Plain Rock And Roller. One personality usually dominates any given record, and the typical listener will love one or more facets, hate at least one, and be indifferent to the rest” – Wilson & Alroy, Frank Zappa (and The Mothers Of Invention)
Guess from this list I’m a Frank “Just Plain Rock And Roller” Zappa fan.
“There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we’d all love one another.” – Frank Zappa