Hot Rats (studio album) by Frank Zappa

Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 204th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 890 votes)
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Original Frank Zappa Hot Rats LP Album 1969 1st Press Bizarre Label RS 6356 VG+
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From 05/07/2022 19:29
This is great jazz rock album, it has weird moments but sounds really cool. The only thing I would complain about is the vocals and lyrics on Willie The Pimp, they ruin a song for me on which i admire Zappa's musicianship as on whole record. I was surprised that I enjoyed that as I mostly hate his work with Mothers Of Invention.
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From 11/15/2021 19:21
I enjoy that music in the 60s just got really weird for a time, and Zappa was king of embracing the weird.
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From 03/18/2021 15:57
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From 02/18/2021 20:58
If you've ever thought jazz music is boring, you should give this a try, it will change your mind.
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From 11/28/2020 13:13
My favorite from Zappa. One of the few from him I still listen to with any regularity. Great fusion, great cameo from Beefheart
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From 11/17/2020 13:56
“A beautiful and madness piece”

Cuando escuche este disco no lo entendía. Ahora que lo entiendo veo su belleza. De todos modos no es el tipo de jazz que me gusta más. Soy más de las cosas melódicas. Sin embargo, el disco entretiene bastante
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From 04/26/2020 18:46
Great fusion of rock and jazz. Good ambient album.
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From 08/19/2019 15:35
Really good album start to finish.
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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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