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Frank Zappa died in 1993.
Captain Beefheart, King Crimson had a similar-ish aesthetic
I've lost count of how many Frank Zappa albums I have. Apostrophe' was the first album I *ever* bought (I was about 10, I think). What can I say, the man was a friggin' genius. And funny as hell. Dammit, I'm gonna miss 'im. (dixon@physics.Berkeley.edu)
Recommended first album:
Hard call, as he changed style over the years
See The Official Zappa site or the All Music Guide, or this fan site (this is the simplest/clearest version), for a full discography—it's long
The Yellow Shark
Frank Zappa—conductor, performer
Michael Gross—trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
To be honest, I'm still warming up to this album, but I felt it necessary as a matter of principle to include something by Frank on my year's best list, owing to his untimely passing. But anyway, the album has a few bits that worked for me right away, most notably "Welcome to the United States," which made me laugh uproariously. Ya gotta hear it, especially if you're a non-US resident who's ever had to fill out that stupid card ("Were you involved in any way in persecutions associated with Nazi Germany?"). (dixon@physics.Berkeley.edu)
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