Though at this point, Zappa had released five albums, the first official compilation, Mothermania, only features a selection from the first three.
What better way to follow up your avant garde musique concrete classical LP? Why with ‘Cruising With Ruben & the Jets,’ a doo-wop record, of course!
Lumpy Gravy, Zappa’s third or fourth album, depending on how you count, was originally for Capitol’s classical music label, but it’s still definitely Zappa.
Frank Zappa’s third LP, We’re Only In It For the Money is perhaps most famous for its grotesque take on the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ cover art.
We’ve all heard of the sophomore slump where a band’s second album isn’t nearly as good as their first — but Zappa avoided it with ‘Absolutely Free’.
We’re starting a new project — the Zappa Project, where we go through every official album by Frank Zappa in order, starting, of course, with ‘Freak Out!’