Hot Rats Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
A lot has been said about this album. It is one of FZ's masterpieces. He makes a clever use of the then state-of-the-art 16-track recording system to orchestrate his magnificent compositions always avoiding to sound excessive or overloaded with sonic information. A special mention must be done to Ian Underwood, who plays all winds and keyboards like the extraordinary multi-instrumentist he is.
Conclusion: the original mix (the one recovered for this 2012 reissue) sounds great. The 1987 mix (previous CD editions) has some sound deffects, but featured extra material. If you love this album, try to get both (I'm sure you have at least the old CD version by now if you love it!). If you have to choose, pick the ORIGINAL MIX, mark my word.
It has been severely remixed and the balance of the album has been altered dramatically and, to my mind, detrimentally.
I wish I still had the vinyl or that the original mix was released on CD. This just sounds wrong.
By I Stoddart(Scotland) - See all my reviews
Speaking as a long-term FZ fan, I would advise everyone who knows the original genius of Hot Rats NOT to buy this. The remix has substantially altered the original tracks for the worse. Little Umbrellas and the Gumbo Variations have become sterile track overlays, and the zenith of Ian Underwood's marvellous sax solo on the original Gumbo is flatly edited into a modern(?)piece of layered desperation. Even though I am a substantial collector of CDs my advice would be to buy the vinyl rather than this 'empty pantomime'. I can only believe that Frank, if he was responsible for this, was too ill to realise what he was doing. A plea to the FZ estate - please allow us to have a digital version of the original, for Frank's sake...
Zappa was a zany and often inspired creator, whose records could swing from beauty to near-banality. Hot Rats is perhaps his most consistent and satisfying offering, with subtle arrangments, a rock edge and the trademark walkie-talkie guitar. Other than a brief guest appearance from Captain Beefheart - as "Willie the Pimp" - it is entirely instrumental.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only buy 2012 Re-mix's (back to original) Zappa. Avoid anything re-mixed by Bob Stone.Published 2 months ago by ales
Had this on vinyl in my late teens.I first bought another earlier release of this and found the recording to not be very good (it seemed to be played faster than I remembered my... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. P. M. Chapman
What a fabulous album! I had the album on vinyl back in the day, and am thrilled to have this music once again. Zappa was a musical genius and amazing guitarist.Published 4 months ago by Virginia
A true and unadulterated reproduction of the original vinyl. Essential for all Zappa fans.Published 4 months ago by A. Smith