Weekly Vinyl – Zappa

16 Aug

Chunga’s Revenge
Frank Zappa

I’ve listened to this album three times in a row trying to get to terms with it.
Is it brilliant?
Is it horrible?
Is it just a preview of what is to come. This is noted on the album sleeve  — “All the vocals in this album are a preview of the story from 200 MOTELS. Coming soon.”
Perhaps not soon enough I think as I listen to some of these songs. There is a lot of extended guitar soloing. It sounds like a jam session. This is good.
But you have to be in the right mood to listen to this album. This is not an album that you can just throw on and have it play as you are trying to do something else. It will force you to listen. And if you do not listen to it — it will irritate you.
Perhaps this was Zappa’s goal.
If so … it is a brilliant album.

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