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Editors’ Notes

Frank Zappa had a long career and while the early records were singled out early for their innovative mastery, many of his mid-70s works get lost in the shuffle. One Size Fits All, however, should be in every Zappa collector's possession. Much is often made of Zappa's social/ sexual commentary, but it is his instrumental prowess that deserves to be treasured above all. The charging hard rock of "San Ber'dino" sounds like the "Life In the Fast Lane" Eagles with stronger, blazing chops. "Inca Roads" takes a frantic bass line from James "Bird Legs" Youman and brings Zappa's guitar chops into focus with one of his most sublime solos. "Can't Afford No Shoes" plays like demented pop-rock with a cruising '70s-styled flair. Johnny "Guitar" Watson overdubbed some vocal tracks. Captain Beefheart, credited as 'Bloodshot Rollin' Red,' adds harmonica, with Chester Thompson, George Duke and Ruth Underwood filling out the super-tight backing ensemble.

Customer Reviews

Musical Bliss

Perfect from beginning to end.

Peak Zappa/Mothers

One of the best albums, with one of the best lineups. The solo on Inca Roads is one of FZ's best - spectacularly and breathtakingly melodic (see also "St. Etienne" on "Jazz from Hell"). On the CD a couple of phrases were edited out - I am assuming/hoping the whole solo is intact here. All of the tunes are great, beginning of the album to the end. Check out FZ playing the fretless guitar on Po'Jama People and San Ber'dino!

finally

Holy smokes, at long last. These new releases should effectively kill off those horrendous beat the boots that existed on itunes prior to the real treasure with these re-releases. As for this album, what more can I say than this is the absolute best album for those new to FZ and want to know what all the fuss is. It's a quick cross-section of what the man can do with music and he soars with it here -- triumphant and giddy. It is feel-good Zappa in his own incomparable style.

Biography

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...
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