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So I bought Apostrophe and never looked back. Over the years I've bought around 30 Zappa albums and have derived enormous pleasure from (almost) every one of them.
Apostrophe (') contains some easy to swallow bits of Zappa that show you the way ahead. It's also a damn fine album not least for the title track in which we hear an extended guitar and bass jam between Zappa and Jack Bruce. The sound here is fantastic with both men producing some aggressive, mind blowing improvisations on top of a solid and hooky riff.
Also present is Zappa's unique and bizarre storytelling and some absolutely gorgeous melodies. The track 'Uncle Remus' is something quite outstanding for Zappa in that it has both a moving, soulful tune and a serious social statement. In fact all the track on offer here are good. His guitar parts are also particularly exciting. There's no 'spare' on this album. It's all lean and accurate, concise and to the point.
It comes from a distinctly fertile stage in Frank's career in which he produced some of his finest work - notably the excellent 'Roxy and Elsewhere' album. It was also during this period that he worked extensively with the hugely talented George Duke - and this stuff has George all over it.
Sharp and precise, exciting and funny, this is proper Zappa. The door through which the casual punter can go to achieve further enlightenment if he or she should choose.
Who knows where this album could take you?
The minus point to the 2012 reissue - and the reason why it's been deducted a star with this review - is the absence of the lyrics. They were there in the Ryko version, and it was very pleasant to have (Frank's wordplay was a joy to read). The excision of the songwords for whatever reason - the price of an extra few centimetres of inlay sheet? C'mon!!! - is a baffler and an annoyance.
There's not a boring moment on it, it's genuinely funny without descending into obvious sexual references and swearing, I can listen to this album with my son no problem.
The music is beyond brilliant, it's just got to be heard to be believed and I think Zappa's voice is the nicest I've heard it on here, I wish he had done a few more albums in this vein but then again that was part of his talent, doing something different more often than not and keeping ahead of the critics. 10 out of 10
It would be nice if Amazon would start to pay their fair share of taxes [legal loopholes notwithstanding, no self employed individual would get away with what they get away with] and began to respect their workforce a bit more. At this rate it wont be possible to use them anymore
Providing you like your rock music with a progressive, jazzy feel and you're prepared to listen to the craziest lyrics in the business, then you should really enjoy this sumptuous feast of fun. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great record. It brought back memories of sitting around in mate's bedrooms as a teen. So much better than the teeny pop chart music at the time, and now.Published 5 months ago by Smash
One Zappa album that is easy for all not just Zappa lovers. Wonderful stuff.
Alex in Aberdeen