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Weasels Ripped My Flesh was the second collection released in 1970, featuring the recently disbanded original line-up of The Mothers of Invention. Unlike its predecessor, the largely studio-based Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Weasels includes a larger helping of live performances alongside the studio work. The vocal numbers make for near conventional listening, especially the inspired R&B jam behind Don "Sugarcane" Harris on Little Richard's "Directly From My Heart To You," while the pure instrumental pieces get plenty weird. "Didja Get Any Onya?," recorded live at the Philadelphia Arena, filters Zappa's modern classical interests through his own bizarre sense of humor and dynamics. The "Prelude To The Afternoon of A Sexually Aroused Gas Mask," recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in London, breaks down into barbaric wails and perverted mating calls. "Get A Little," performed at Andy Warhol's Factory, coalesces into a mesmerizing wah-pedal delight. Be forewarned, the title track features droning noise, feedback and eventually applause.

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My favorite rock album of all time. A compilation of live and studio recordings. A smorgasbord of riches. No two songs are similar. The title track out-punks punk almost a full five years before anyone had heard of the Ramones or the Clash or the Sex Pistols.

About Time, Gail!

Welcome to the 21st Century, rykodisk/barking spider. Frank would approve of licensing and releasing via iTunes.

Thank you! It`s about time!

Even if you don`t get it, just get it! This album is jaw dropping from the first note, and hits just about every whacked out musical genre Frank could muster up. Pure genius!

Thanks Gail… finally!


Genre: Rock

The Mothers of Invention were led by composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa, 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 the Mothers were called a rock & roll band for much of their years together, Zappa used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music. As if his music were not challenging...
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