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Editors’ Notes

This album is Mastered for iTunes. For those who wish Frank Zappa would shut up and play his guitar more often, 1976's Zoot Allures occupies a special place in the Zappa catalog. It's not an instrumental record, as many later releases would specifically allow, but it is Zappa stripping back the craziness for a tasteful, even mildly subdued approach. "Wind Up Workin' In A Gas Station" is a freaky and insanely catchy and quick opening number, but the instrumental "Black Napkins" cuts to the heart of 1970s FM radio rock, with one of Zappa's strongest guitar solos and a guitar-organ arrangement worthy of Meddle to Wish You Were Here-era Pink Floyd. The dark whispery vocals of "The Torture Never Stops" adds to the menace of the female screams and the noir-inspired guitar solos. "Friendly Little Finger" features a twisted guitar lead that's pure Zappa mayhem. "Zoot Allures" is even more melodic and delicious. Hard rock that cruises the avenues cements the Iggy Pop-like "Wonderful Wino." "Disco Boy" is more demented satire from an artist who looked upon all trends with deep suspicion and cutting humor.

Customer Reviews

Love - Zoot Allures!

GREAT to see the Zappa catalog back in the Zappa hands where it belongs!

This to me is a great Zappa release from this time period.
Black Napkins is still my favorite Frank Zappa guitar solo.
I love the Terry Bozzio/Patrick O'Hearn rhythm section as well.

This was always more of the Frank Zappa hard rock record. To me it fits right in with Deep Purple Machine Head or Aerosmith Rocks… (I know some may disagree… just my how I hear it).

This was my first exposure at 10 years old to Frank Zappa.
My brother borrowed Zoot Allures from someone at his high school. We turned the lights out and listened to "The Torture Never Stops"…. which scarred the crap out of me!

From what I have read, Zoot Allures was to be a double album, but due to some legal issues was released as a single LP.
Also due to this dispute the album was released from "half speed" master tapes. Part of what I love about this album is that it has a really dark sound. I always loved the low end on this album, real thick and less hi-fi sounding on the top end, due to the half speed master "mistake:..

I would LOVE to see a Deluxe Double CD version of Zoot Allures!
With the tracks that would have been on the second LP.
Also would love to hear the album from the full speed masters as well.

Highly recommend - this album!

Crank this one up!

Zoot Allures woof!

Thank God Zappa is back on iTunes. Great album. Had it groing up and no it's back in my collection.

Whoo-hoo!

So happy the Zappa is on iTunes. I have had many Zappa LP's growing up, but don't have many in a digital format. I am very glad these are now available. Zappa is a genius song writer and a masterful guitar player and has a wicked sense of humor which all add to great, eclectic music.

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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