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Zappa for me. I've tried, and I've tried with Beefheart.. but I just don't "get" it.
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ALTHOUGH, I haven't listened to that much Zappa. Which would be a good album to start with?
my favourites are the original mothers generally - probably best to go chronologically tbh. Freak Out then. tho Uncle Meat could be my favourite. and We're Only in it for the Money is the most widely thought of as a classic. and the other albums are all GREAT!
go Hot Rats if you'd prefer more jazz fusiony with lengthy guitar solas all over the place (also has Beefheart singing on one song). or maybe One Size fits All for the 70s stuff, which is slightly more streamlined and refined but less weird and MUCH less funny (luckily OSFA doesn't really go for what's basically essentially retard frat boy humour like a lot of his other 70s stuff and beyond seems to) and generally less interesting. (still good tho)
There's something about Zappa that really fucking annoys me.
his songs (well most of them) are actually heartfelt, joyous and moving and he's actually funny
Never could get into Beefheart. I'm getting a bit behind in my FZ collection, though. Currently have 62 of his 94 releases. I need to catch up.
for me please.
Zappa's quality control is extremely questionable (which is probably expected due to his massive back catalogue). Beefheart's put a lot of stuff out too but he's had more hits than misses.
Also, Trout Mask Replica beats any of Zappa's best albums hands down(which are, for me, Hot Rats, The Grand Wazoo and Waka Jawaka).
... I just feel that his stuff is eccentric because he is, but equally that's what makes it sincere. Zappa on the other hand always strikes me as being weird for weird's sake - so basically, just contrived.
...Zappa's all in the head, Beefheart is from the heart
Trout Mask Replica is probably my favourite album ever
but come on guys
Zappa was fucking great
I grew up listening to him thanks to my Da. The diversity wins for me; there's always something new in there, often within one song.
Beefheart with a poor band behind him lacks something, Zappa always seems exciting even when the execution is poor.
I do love Beefheart though.