This was a cool idea for a series. I love the concept. Big name fans of Zappa compiling their own Zappa disc. I only know of one other disc — a Zappa Picks by Jon Fishman of Phish. I prefer Primus to Phish, so getting Larry LaLonde’s instalment of Zappa Picks seemed like a good idea. LaLonde assembled an eminently listenable, endlessly entertaining and humorous Zappa album. And of course the playing is still stunning, because it’s Zappa.
What I like about this album is that you get a lot of great and challenging tunes that aren’t on the Simply Commercial hits album. In fact I think there’s only one song that appears on both! The CD is sequenced in such a way that it sounds like an actual album in terms of flow. Songs merge into each other seamlessly and the pacing is perfect. I’m discovering a lot of music I missed, because I simply don’t have all the Zappa albums. Who does?
This is spacey fun. It’s guitar nirvana. It’s percussive. There is a wealth of material both instrumental and vocal. It’s weird all the way to the edges of comprehension. It stretches every genre you can think of. It’s anything but boring.
- “Dumb all Over”
- “Camarillo Brillo”
- “Wind Up Workin’ in a Gas Station”
- “Black Page #2”