Having temporarily disbanded the Mothers Of Invention, Frank Zappa recorded this exceptional solo album. His group was renowned for musical satire, but here the artist opted to showcase his prowess on guitar. ‘Willie The Pimp’ apart, which features a cameo vocal by his old friend Captain Beefheart, the set is comprised of instrumentals. The players, who include Don ‘Sugarcane’ Harris, Jean-Luc Ponty and Ian Underwood, are uniformly excellent, combining to provide a solid jazz-rock platform for Zappa’s always compulsive soloing. He relishes a freedom which, while acknowledging past achievements, prepared new territories for exploration. Still embarrassingly good, and still there are guitar solos that have never managed to be copied.
Tracks: Peaches En Regalia; Willie The Pimp; Son Of Mr. Green Genes; Little Umbrellas; The Gumbo Variations; It Must Be A Camel....