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With Frank Zappa's first charting hit single — #86 with a bullet! — a single version of "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow," Apostrophe(') was credited to Zappa alone, despite being largely derived from the same recording sessions as the previous year's Over-Nite Sensation and featuring the same line-up of players, including Ian Underwood, George Duke, Sal Marquez and Jean-Luc Ponty. The album, not surprisingly, is similar to Sensation. Zappa narrates in his dark, evil voice and the band plays impeccable funk-based rock 'n' roll with plenty of nasty Zappa guitar solos to satiate the faithful. The title track is an impressive instrumental in a long line of great instrumental work, with Cream's Jack Bruce on bass. "Cosmik Debris" unleashes the perfect mix of instrumental and vocal work, with the backing vocals chasing Zappa around in circles. "Stink-Foot" is more Zappa silliness, while "Yellow Snow" uses that humor to make him more accessible to audiences not attuned to his unusual musical influences.

Customer Reviews

Is that a REAL poncho or is that a Sears poncho?

Classic lyrical Zappa with amazing guitar riffs. I've been singing bits of this album (and owned it in its original form) since it came out. Raise it up, wax it down. Whatever you do, get this. It stands the test of time.

My best friend Sam

Zappa at his strictly commercial best! My friend Sam turned me on to this on 8-track. 69 VW with a sun roof cruising the streets of San Antonio.

Only one was to describe this album...

If humanity was facing extinction at the hands of aliens we could hold up this album as proof that we matter, that we are capable of creating something beautiful, and we are worth saving.


Born: December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along. As if his music were not...
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