Hot Rats (album) by Frank Zappa

Hot Rats
Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 219th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 811 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1969 (10th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (34th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (219th)
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65/100
From 04/26/2020 18:46
Great fusion of rock and jazz. Good ambient album.
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70/100
From 08/19/2019 15:35
Really good album start to finish.
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85/100
From 07/18/2019 17:56
I love the Jazz leanings of 'Little Umbrellas'. Track 2 side 2 (vinyl) then moves into an improvisation which is very 'Gongesque', particularly with the sax right at the front of the mix taking the lead through the first part and then handing over to violin in the second half. In contrast track 3 side 3 moves back into more of a Latin Jazz feel. I love the contrast on this album and wish Zappa had turned out more consistent albums like this which focus on musicianship rather than a lot of the satirical drivel on other later albums. I have got pretty much all of the core Zappa albums and most apart from a few are spoiled by the satirical or damright crude (not that I'm a prude) and unnecessary drivel.
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From 04/21/2019 12:44
Quite strange, yet very welcoming and digestible at the same time. Incredibly impressive instrumentation, and surely an influencer on many contemporary artists.
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90/100
From 02/16/2019 21:49
I'm seeing comments about jazz, rock, psych, prog. Fair enough but am I the only one hearing a funk record?
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From 09/16/2018 11:44
The rhythms and melodies are not as random and interesting as he thinks they are.
I feel like he’s not really good at making rock ‘n’ roll or jazz, so he decided to fuse them in the hope that the whole would be more than the sum of the parts. He succeeded to a very small extent, such that I still think this album can be skipped by anyone and that person would not really miss an important part of music history.
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90/100
From 08/07/2018 04:56
This is a great album filled with great melodies. I especially love the guitar solo on Willie the pump.
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85/100
From 05/08/2018 12:37
Amazingly weirdly. Everything on this album (and with a lot of Zappa's work) sound so satirical and I love it.
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75/100
From 02/14/2018 06:27
Aside from Little Umbrellas, I wouldn't classify much of this as jazz-rock so much as blues-rock with avante garde leanings. I don't think that improvisation should be mistaken for jazz, even if that improvisation is in the form of overblowing a saxophone. Yet again, if Brubecks blues based jazz is still jazz, then I'm not exactly sure where this lies. Aside from that categorizational nitpick, this album is pretty awesome. Lots of cool blues jamming. The drumming really stands out to me, personally. I dont really see what others see in Peaches En Regalia, but I'll listen more for sure.
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From 02/11/2018 22:26
Esiste il free jazz; se esistesse il free rock per me sarebbe questo.
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