Hot Rats (studio album) by Frank Zappa

Hot Rats
Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 205th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 857 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1969 (8th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (32nd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (205th)
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FRANK ZAPPA-HOT RATS-ORIGINAL ISSUE UK LP ON BIZARRE/REPRISE/WARNERS-1969-VGC
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Frank Zappa Hot Rats Test Pressing RS 6356 200g Classic Records 200 Gram
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FRANK ZAPPA Bundle Of 3 CDs - Hot Rats/Apostrophe (*)/Guitar (2 Disc Fatbox CD)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.3/100, a mean average of 82.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.4.

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10/100
From 03/18/2021 15:57
on and on and on about nothing
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75/100
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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95/100
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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80/100
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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45/100
From 04/26/2020 18:46
Great fusion of rock and jazz. Good ambient album.
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95/100
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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100/100
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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70/100
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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