|地区：||United States of America 美国|
|风格：||前卫爵士 Progressive Jazz, 融合爵士 Jazz Fusion, 爵士摇滚 Jazz Rock, 前卫摇滚 Progressive Rock, 实验摇滚 Experimental Rock, 硬摇滚 Hard Rock, 喜剧摇滚 Comedy Rock, 实验音乐 Experimental, 迷幻摇滚 Psychedelic Rock|
Frank Zappa原名Francis Vincent Zappa Jr.1940年生于巴尔地摩,是美国六十年代摇滚乐发展史上的先锋人物之一。1960年出版了第一张唱片，不过是为一部电影做的插曲。随后他又为电影配乐使得他有钱自己买了一间录音棚。1964年他和与他公事的乐手组成了一支乐队“Mothers”。1966年乐队推出了双专辑《Freak Out！》。体现了乐队“嬉皮“的风格，也使人们对他们有了更深的印象。再这张专辑中，Zappa在录音方面比同时期的其他乐手到要先进。1966年出版专辑《Absoulately Free》和1967年出版专辑《We’re only in it for the money》。1969年Zappa出版了个人专辑《Hot Rats》。这张专辑使他获得了“出色的爵士摇滚音乐家的”的称号。在此后的多张专辑中他尝试了多样的主题和手法，使专辑呈现出不同的特色。1968年他与他的经理人组建了自己唱片公司，并推出一些亲手提拔的一些乐队。在此后推出了一些个人专辑如1975年的《Bongo Fury》，1978的《Zappa in New》。此后，Zappa解除了同公司的合同并建立了自己的公司Zappa。1979年推出了经典作品《Joe’s Garage Act 1》，《Joe’s Garage Act 2，3》。到了八十年代他几乎每年都出一张专辑。并写了一部音乐剧和一部卡通片。虽然也有失败的地方但他依然被公认为是一位摇滚大师。1991年Zappa被查处患有癌症，但他依然不停的出专辑直到他1993年12月去世。(更多)
by William Ruhlmann
Frank Zappa was one of the most accomplished composers of the rock era; his music combines an understanding of and appreciation for such contemporary classical figures as Stravinsky, Stockhausen, and Varèse with an affection for late-50s doo wop rock & roll and a facility for the guitar-heavy rock that dominated pop in the 70s. But Zappa was also a satirist whose reserves of scorn seemed bottomless and whose wicked sense of humor and absurdity have delighted his numerous fans, even when his lyrics crossed over the broadest bounds of taste. Finally, Zappa was perhaps the most prolific record-maker of his time, turning out massive amounts of music on his own Barking Pumpkin label and through distribution deals with Rykodisc and Rhino after long, unhappy associations with industry giants like Warner Brothers and the now-defunct MGM.
Zappa became interested in music early and pursued his studies in school, up through a six-month stint at Chaffey College in Alta Loma, CA. He scored a couple of low-budget films and used the money to buy a low-budget recording studio. In 1964, he joined a local band called the Soul Giants, which, over the course of the next two years, evolved into the Mothers, who played songs written by Zappa. The band was signed to the Verve division of MGM by producer Tom Wilson in 1966 and recorded its first album, a two-LP set called Freak Out!, which introduced Zappas interests in both serious music and pop as well as his scathing wit. (Verve insisted on adding of Invention to the bands name.)
Subsequent albums extended the musical and lyrical themes of the debut, and they came frequently. Three albums, for example, hit the charts in 1968: Were Only in It for the Money, a Mothers album that made fun of hippies and Sgt. Pepper; Lumpy Gravy, a Zappa solo album recorded with an orchestra; and Cruising With Ruben & the Jets, on which the Mothers played neo-doo wop. Toward the end of the 60s, Zappa expanded the Mothers lineup, turning more toward instrumental jazz-rock, much of which displayed his technically accomplished guitar playing. But by the end of the decade, he had broken up the band.
In 1970, however, Zappa reassembled a new edition of the Mothers, featuring former Turtles lead singers Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan as frontmen. The lineup moved the group more in the direction of X-rated comedy, notably on the album Fillmore East: June 1971, but it was short-lived: during a performance at the Rainbow Theatre in London, Zappa was pushed from the stage by a demented fan and seriously injured.
While he recovered, Zappa released several albums, then he re-formed the Mothers with himself as lead singer and made pop/rock albums such as Over-nite Sensation that were among his best-selling records ever. By the end of the 70s, Zappa was recording on his own labels, distributed in some cases by the majors, and he had attracted a consistent cult following for both his humor and his complex music. (Zappas band, in fact, became a training ground for high-quality rock musicians, much as Miles Davis was for jazz players.)
In the 80s, Zappa gained the rights to his old albums and began to reissue them, at first on his own and then through the pioneering Rykodisc CD label. He wrote his autobiography and embarked on a world tour in 1988. That was the end of his live performing, except for such isolated appearances as one in Czechoslovakia at the invitation of its post-Communist president, Zappa fan Vaclav Havel. In late 1991, it was confirmed that Zappa was seriously ill with cancer. Nevertheless, his schedule of album releases continued to be rapid. Zappa died in December of 1993, with a number of posthumous releases to follow.
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|02||I have been in you Frank Zappa||165197|
|03||Chunga's revenge Frank Zappa||95625|
|05||Bow Tie Daddy||44658|
|06||Peaches en Regalia||30321|
|07||Willie the Pimp||22301|
|09||What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?||17860|
|10||Watermelon in Easter Hay [Joe's Garage Acts 2 and 3 Album Version]||16145|