Waka/Jawaka (album) by Frank Zappa

Waka/Jawaka by Frank Zappa (1972)
Overall rank: 5,595th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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76/100 (from 105 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1972 (96th)
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Waka/Jawaka. 014431051623. 014431051623.
Condition: Good
Time left: 4h 3m 45s
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Frank Zappa LP “Waka Jawaka - Hot Rats” ~ Bizarre PROMO ~ VG+
Condition: Used
Time left: 4h 46m 40s
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Condition: Brand New
Time left: 14h 45m 57s
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Frank Zappa bestography

Waka/Jawaka is ranked 12th best out of 107 albums by Frank Zappa on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Frank Zappa is Hot Rats which is ranked number 219 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 8,756.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 78 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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From 01/07/2018 09:42
This and The Grand Wazzoo are my favourite Zappa albums. I absolutely love the free form fusion jazz on the opening and final tracks. The middle two tracks are quite different but they blend in as a whole, not that 'blending in' was a pre-requisite for Zappa!
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From 10/02/2013 08:52
Waka/Jawaka, also known as Hot Rats II, is a complex musically Jazz-Rock album by one of Rock's greatest musical geniuses. Yet, it is a-must-hear for Zappa fans, especially those that like the first edition (Hot Rats).
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From 01/12/2008 07:18
Not too long after the concert captured on the Swiss Cheese/Fire boot, the Flo and Eddie version of the Mothers played a show in London that would turn out to be that line-up's last. An idiot in the audience thought Frank was "making eyes" at his girlfriend, so he climbed up onto the stage and pushed Zappa into the orchestra pit. Frank spent several months in a wheelchair, and the Mothers were effectively disbanded. The setback didn't stop Zappa from composing though. During this time he created two big-band jazz albums that are favorites of many fans. The first to be released was Waka/Jawaka, which features the usual rock band line-up enhanced by trumpet, piccolo, flute, clarinet, sax and other instruments. There weren't as many players on this album as there would be on The Grand Wazoo, but Zappa still managed to get a big band sound from them.

The album begins with the massive piece "Big Swifty", a beautiful, flowing instrumental track of fusionish jazz. I have to admit that the first time I heard the song, having next to no exposure to fusion, I though it sounded like a high school marching band gone berserk. But it grew on me quickly. Next comes "Your Mouth", a sort of offbeat blues tune, with lyrics about a guy who wants to shoot his old lady down for cheating and lying. Some people find the lyrics offensive, but they just seem like typical blues lyrics taken to an extreme.

"It Just Might Be a One Shot Deal" is another vocal track with lyrics about how you should have fun while you can, because you never know when your time is going to run out. I once described the music as bluegrass, and ended up getting an angry email from a guy who informed me that my comparison of the song to bluegrass was "a very poor analogy". At any rate, the song has a country flavor and even includes a pedal-steel guitar solo. Listen closely to see if you can figure out why Zappa is credited with playing "electric springs" on this track (they're the weird little "boing" noise you can hear at two spots during the song). The CD concludes with the title track, another beautiful, lengthy jazz instrumental. Both this track and "Big Swifty" are worth the price of admission.
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