Yesterday I tried to pull off a full scale Frank Zappa show. The idea was to play five albums in a row: Absolutely Free.
The Mothers of Invention — Absolutely Free
Frank Zappa and the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra — Lumpy Gravy (reedited 1968 version)
The Mothers of Invention— We’re Only in It For The Money
The Mothers of Invention seem to prevent Zappa from going completely paranoid, yet the songs still jump from one style to another, a feature which irritates rather than pleases (and doesn’t help the headache either). However it still is amazing how a human mind could come up with music like this. The brilliancy of Zappa is his ability to come up with stuff that’s completely different from anything else, music from a different existence, which it yet for us to hear. If you feel tired with music in general, listen to this.
“I will love the police as they kick the shit out of me on the street.” — Who Needs The Peace Corps?
There were some problems with the latter half of the album, so I will leave this album unmarked for now.
Nektar — Journey to the Centre of the Eye
This debut album by Nektar is an easy listen, and this time it’s not a bad thing. The guitar may appear a little too technical at times, but the songs are highly harmonic and are arranged in a perfect continuum, just in the way a journey should feel like. The Dream Nebula is split into two parts in order to ensure the continuity once the record is flipped to its other side. A delightful album, and if you’re new to progressive rock—a great place to start.
Caravan — Caravan (album)
The distant, soothing sounds on this album, somewhat similar to the echoing style of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, will cause your mind to wander and shape strange things out of it. Listening to this album feels more like a dream than reality.