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on 24 January 2016
A few great tracks on this album. The musicianship is on point and the album is well mixed. It lives up to the high standards expected from a Zappa album.

At the same time half of this album seems to be Zappa ego tripping over some social stereotype. It gets tiresome to listen to and is childish to be honest. The instrumental tracks aren't as interesting or as innovative as on other Zappa albums.

I find myself only listening to two or three tracks and skipping over the rest of them.
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on 28 June 2017
A good album Worth the money thanks
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on 18 October 2012
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.

** Amazon are selling both editions of this album so double check date of issue as listed by Amazon and make sure you are ordering the superior sounding 2012 version and not the 2006 one..
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on 19 November 2002
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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on 19 December 2009
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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on 14 July 2008
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"

Well Done
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on 15 January 2017
This really is an enjoyable album. Out of the nine tracks three are stunning instrumentals, being “Black Napkins” which has some scorching blues guitar, “Friendly Little Finger” which is a quick fun number, and the beautiful excursion into modern jazz rock fusion, the title track “Zoot Allures” which is absolutely amazing. The album centre piece is the nine minute “The Torture Never Stops” which is a medium paced dirty blues number, complete with moans and screams which do not get too much in your face. Humour is provided with “Wind Up Working In A Gas Station” – a fast paced opener, “Disco Boy” which takes a pop at the disco boys so prevalent at that time, and perhaps the best of the lot “Wonderful Wino” with its heavy blues riff and wonderful vocals by Frank. Terry Bozzio on drums. Great stuff.
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on 29 August 2015
A recent purchase of the CD to repalce my old Vinyl led to me playing this mid to late 1970s Zapa album fpr the first time in a decade and it sounds a sgood as ever. The hilarious 'Disco Boy' is as funny as it ever was. and the title track is magical
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on 10 May 2015
1976 recording,when the George Duke/Napoleon Murphy Brock band was no more.
two fantastic instrumentals (Black Napkins and Zoot Allures),and the rest seems to be a Frank Zappa solo album, with Terry Bozzio as the main sideman, with contributions for Donny Vliet (guess who>) and Ruth Underwood.
Great stuff, well worth it just for the instrumentals alone
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on 1 August 2009
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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