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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stripped down rock
If you are into heavy, stripped down rock: drums, bass, keyboards and guitar, then this is the Zappa album to start with. Almost "commercial" (apart from the hilarious, but radio-unfriendly lyrics) this is the most easy listening of Zappa's albums, with none of the unusual time signatures and bizarre harmonies of his jazz and / or avante-garde albums. A great buy
Published on 19 Dec 2009 by J. P. Caulfield

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Good Tracks Only
This album is an unhappy mix of tracks which veer from the awful ('Ms Pinky', 'Friendly Little Finger' and the hideous 'Disco Boy') to the absolutely sublime ('Zoot Allures', 'Black Napkins' and 'The Torture Never Stops').

In fact, for your 7.88 you're really getting just three slices of quality Zappa. The rest is just annoying. So maybe you might want to...
Published on 13 Mar 2009 by Vitamino


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stripped down rock, 19 Dec 2009
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J. P. Caulfield (Cape Town, South Africa) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Zoot Allures (Audio CD)
If you are into heavy, stripped down rock: drums, bass, keyboards and guitar, then this is the Zappa album to start with. Almost "commercial" (apart from the hilarious, but radio-unfriendly lyrics) this is the most easy listening of Zappa's albums, with none of the unusual time signatures and bizarre harmonies of his jazz and / or avante-garde albums. A great buy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars *NEW 2012 Edition - Zoot Allures (Original) - Remastered from Analog Source,, 18 Oct 2012
This review is from: Zoot Allures (Audio CD)
Originally issued on a 9 track Warner Brothers LP in 1976, now available for the first time on CD remastered from original analogue tapes, and sounding just as good as the original vinyl.

The record has two absolutely stunning instrumentals - "Black Napkins", recorded live in Japan, featuring some unforgettable electric blues guitar playing. Also guaranteed to blow you away is the truly wonderful title track "Zoot Allures", recorded in the studio and sounding just about perfect in every aspect.

"Find Her Finer" features Frank Zappa on vocals and Captain Beefheart on harmonica.

The remaining 6 tracks on the record include the 9.49 minute "The Torture Never Stops" which certainly has it's moments, but will not be to everyone's tastes.

I'm still not sure if the other vocal tracks on this record stand up to repeated hearings but taking into consideration how very enjoyable the essential tracks are, Zappa collectors will have to own a copy. For anyone else with just a passing interest in "Zoot Allures" and finding themselves checking the reviews based on a temptation to buy, the killer instrumental pieces here should help tip the scales in favour of purchase.

* All reviews written prior to September 2012 relate to earlier CD editions.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The sick product of a warped mind... thank goodness!, 19 Nov 2002
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Dobester (Istanbul, Turkey) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Zoot Allures (Audio CD)
From the moral warnings against dozing through school of “Wind up working...” to the anti-macho satire of “Disco Boy” by way of the Gothic sexual shenanigans of “The torture...”, this is typical Zappa territory: wicked, cynical, moralising, literate black comedy lyrics sung (and in the case of “torture”, growled malevolently) over snidely subversive parodies of rock, pop, jazz and any other musical style the late, great Frank could think of.
If you can’t believe all of American culture is as bland and safe as Hollywood would have us believe, listen to this. It’s wicked stuff of the nastiest sort. Refreshing as an alsatian’s fart after a day in a candy-floss factory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dazza "Perfect FZ Rock Album", 14 July 2008
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G. Mair "dazza from glasgow" (glasgow) - See all my reviews
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This for me is the only stripped down rock record by Frank Zappa and is perfectly put together with Zappa on lead vocals. I think the best song on the album has to be "Find her finer" because zappa is on fine form on lead vocals producing a fine song and all-in-all a fine "Rock Record"

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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is amazing!, 30 Jun 2000
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This review is from: Zoot Allures (Audio CD)
Patrick O'Hearn and Eddie Jobson are both on the cover but neither play on the album. Notice Terry Bozzio's "ANGELS" t-shirt. This is one of the best Zappa albums out, especially Wind Up Working In A Gas Station & The Torture Never Stops.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leave his hair alone, but you can kiss his comb..., 30 July 2008
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L. Ward "Les Ward" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Zoot Allures (Audio CD)
Show me your thumb if you're dumb! Here is one of Zappa's hardest LPs to enjoy; it sounds like a perverted clumsy pastiche of seventies pop at its worst. Like Reuben & The Jets ten years on, Zappa seems to want to ape somebody else's sonic world but this time his target's too up close and personal - instead of a loving tribute Zoot Allures sounds like a slick and cynical covers band. Functional yet joyless, in hindsight these recordings sound very 'out of whack' with Zappa's intricate jazz-rock of the time. And yet, and yet: its very awkwardness is a perfectly-timed (1976) poke in the eye at its own context, neatly sidestepping disco and the 'new wave' at the same time as indulging its own knowing bandwagoneering. Frank has his cake and eats it, with flashes of rock genius that give the game away and invite you in on the joke. Zoot Allures stands as a boldly snoopcocked eyebrow graffiti'd over the genteel prog-ery of Zappa's 1970s career and it remains a sweet-smelling, perfectly coiled golden turd laid amongst the jagged gemstones of his back catalogue.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zoot Allures, 1 Aug 2009
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When this first came out I bought it along with Desire and Hissing of the Summer Lawns on the same day and it like those remains a firm favorite. Like most FZ it has real showstoppers around which there is quality fluff. The Torture Never Stops is a great track which uses FZs voice and his guitar to create a soundstage that endures through repeated listenings and still sounds so fresh. Black Napkins again is a classic. The rest is good FZ.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Good Tracks Only, 13 Mar 2009
This review is from: Zoot Allures (Audio CD)
This album is an unhappy mix of tracks which veer from the awful ('Ms Pinky', 'Friendly Little Finger' and the hideous 'Disco Boy') to the absolutely sublime ('Zoot Allures', 'Black Napkins' and 'The Torture Never Stops').

In fact, for your 7.88 you're really getting just three slices of quality Zappa. The rest is just annoying. So maybe you might want to download those three tracks and ignore the rest.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zut Alors!, 10 Mar 2012
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This is one of my favourite Zappa albums, nearly as good as Over-Nite Sensation or Apostrophe ('). It is Frank at his strictly commercial zenith, just having fun with some great sing-along ditties and, as always, great guitar instrumentals (especially the title track). A must for any Zappa fan or just for any fan of great timeless popular rock music. It is what it am, a cow don't make ham. Get it now!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars zoot allures is a really wonderful frank zappa album, 18 Aug 2013
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I'm so glad I bought it. Friendly Little Finger is an absolutely stunning composition. wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Stunning album by a master.
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