Frank Zappa - Hot Rats: 50th Anniversary (Coloured LP)

Frank Zappa - Hot Rats: 50th Anniversary (Coloured LP)
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50th Anniversary Colored 180g Vinyl LP Reissue featuring the 1969 Mix Mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Bernie Grundman in 2008 and Pressed at Pallas in Germany

Fifty years ago, Frank Zappa's inimitable, groundbreaking first solo album, Hot Rats, was released, putting the songwriter and musician on the map as a virtuosic guitarist and changing the course of music forever with its conceptual, compositional and technological innovations. Self-described as a "movie for your ears," the mostly instrumental 1969 album was a new musical avenue for Zappa following the dissolution of his band The Mothers Of Invention as he melded the sophistication of jazz with the attitude of rock and roll to create a highly influential masterpiece widely hailed today as a pioneering album of jazz-rock fusion.

Hot Rats was composed, arranged, and produced by Zappa who played guitar on all tracks and delivered extraordinary solos throughout. One of the best-selling albums of his career, the six-song record is made up of five instrumentals, including one of his most beloved works, "Peaches En Regalia." Frequent Zappa collaborator Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart provides his unmistakable vocals to lone non-instrumental, the skronky blues-rock number, "Willie The Pimp." Star musicians on these sessions include multi-instrumentalist Ian Underwood, violinists Don "Sugarcane" Harris and Jean Luc Ponty, bassist Max Bennett, drummers Jon Guerin (Max and Jon played together in the famed fusion outfit L.A. Express), Paul Humphrey and Ron Selico, R&B pioneer Johnny Otis and his 15-year-old son, Shuggie Otis who lays down some astounding, ahead of his time bass lines on "Peaches En Regalia" and several other tracks.

In celebration of the landmark album's 50th anniversary, Zappa Records and UMe reissue the original Hot Rats album on colored 180-gram vinyl featuring the 1969 mix mastered from the original analog master tapes by Bernie Grundman in 2008 and pressed at Pallas in Germany.

  1. Peaches En Regalia
  2. Willie The Pimp
  3. Son Of Mr. Green Genes
  4. Little Umbrellas
  5. The Gumbo Variations
  6. It Must Be A Camel

 

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