Released nearly 1 year to the day after Freak Out!, Absolutely Free was the second release by the Mothers of Invention. Led by Frank Zappa, the Mothers of Invention began moving beyond the nascent avant garde elements of their previous work to fully embrace a wider range of classical and jazz elements in their psychedelic lambastings of the society around them.
Frank Zappa - Freak Out! Review by Bill Knispel Prog certainly existed after Freak Out!, but was there anything coming out at the time that did for the boundaries of rock and roll what Freak Out! did? It’s unlikely.
Frank Zappa - Zappa In New York Review by Bill Knispel The separation between live album and studio album has always been a fuzzy one when it comes to Frank Zappa. As so many of his “studio” albums were created through the use of individual instrumental tracks (or wholesale lifting of full band tracks) from live performance, it’s often difficult to tell on LP what was recorded in thew studio and what was recorded live. More
Frank Zappa - We're Only in It for the Money Review by Steve Alspach America went through a bit of culture shock in 1967, and things were turned upside down. Haight-Ashbury was the place to be if you wanted to reject your parents' lifestyle (for a while, anyway). "Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out" was the mantra of the time - hell, even the New York Yankees were in last place for a few weeks. More
Frank Zappa - Roxy and Elsewhere Review by Steve Alspach Toward the end of the run of the Mothers of Invention, this 2-LP set was released. Only Zappa would have the -dare I say it? - Unmitigated audacity to release a live album with virtually all new material. More
Frank Zappa - Apostrophe' Review by Gary Hill Frank Zappa always amazed me. He’d put together some of the greatest musicians in the world and create these incredibly complex musical romps – and yet they’d be equally funny. More
Frank Zappa - Over-Nite Sensation Review by Gary Hill I know some people who think there is no way Frank Zappa is progressive rock. Well, for my money his genre twisting type of music with incredibly complex arrangements – often on seemingly simplistic tunes – certainly fits the bill. More
Frank Zappa - Sheik Yerbouti Review by Gary Hill Outside of Zappa fandom the big claim to fame of this CD (other than the controversy which we’ll get to shortly) was the song “Dancing Fool.” More
Zero To Ballistic - Idiom Review by Gary Hill I’m sure the prog purists out there would hate this CD, but really I can’t imagine a metallic (or at least partly so) disc that belongs in the progressive rock category more than this one. More
Saul Zonana - Love Over Money Review by Sonya Kukcinovich Saul Zonana is a NYC product, but he currently resides in Nashville where he has escaped the harsh reality of Northeastern winters. He also remains close to Adrian Belew, who continues to supply mentoring support to this talented act.