Post by know ID yuh on Dec 7, 2010 20:17:02 GMT -8
This is tough:
1. Frank Zappa (been into him for 15 years) 2. Arcade Fire (One of two recent bands I've claimed as my favorite) 3. Animal Collective (One of two recent bands I've claimed as my favorite) 4. Pink Floyd (while typing this, my friend texted me a picture of him chilling at the Roger Waters show tonight). 5-18. Pretty much equal, maybe Kanye West.
So with that, HG and knowIDyuh, as a currently just casual listener of Frank Zappa, what album should I go to first to get deep into Frank?
If you have never listened to Zappa, you need to start with Joe's Garage, his most "pop" album. It's still very weird, and amazing musically.
Lumpy, you have at least listened to Zappa, so after that, there are several different directions to go.
If you like the guitar, Zappa is one of the most underrated guitar players of all time (along with Prince). Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar is a great guitar album.
If you like jazz, Hot Rats is amazing, and one of his most popular.
If you like classical music, and/or film scores, I am partial to 200 Motels. If I ever get a tatoo, it will be the movie poster of 200 motels. If you don't know Zappa's material though, you will hate this album. "Opal, you hot little bitch."
If you like live music, his You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore series is great. I would recommend starting at volume 1, which has a hilarious groupie bit. You get everything you want from Zappa on the live albums.
Since Zappa has about 84 albums, most of them doubles, I'm sure HG can add much more to this discussion. I have not listened to even half of them.
Post by Horned Gramma on Dec 8, 2010 8:05:35 GMT -8
I think the best place to begin with Zappa is Apostrophe('). Musically it is along the same lines as Joe's Garage except it's not a triple album so it's a little less overwhelming, and also it isn't as insistently lewd as Joe's Garage. It has 'Yellow Snow', 'Cosmik Debris' and my personal favorite Zappa tune, 'Uncle Remus'.
'Hot Rats' is a great introduction to his composer stuff; it has 'Peaches en Regalia', which Zappa regarded as the finest thing he ever wrote. 'Willie the Pimp' is also on there, with vocals from Captain Beefheart.
From there it's a Choose Your Own Adventure, depending on what grabbed your attention. If you liked Apostrophe('), then proceed to 'One Size Fits All', 'Them or Us' or 'We're Only In It for the Money'. If 'Hot Rats' was more your bag, check out 'The Grand Wazoo' or 'Jazz From Hell'.
There also exists a wealth of live albums which show yet another essential side of the man. The Zappa/Beefheart live album 'Bongo Fury' is a classic; 'Roxy and Elsewhere' is really great too.
Post by Friendly Destroyer on Dec 8, 2010 14:13:03 GMT -8
Bruce Springsteen (Part of my love for his music is the connection I feel to the values he represents in his songwriting - humans are complex in a very simple way, nothing is black and white, and the consistent dissection of how family, tradition, fear, and social infrastructure influence almost everything in our lives)
Neil Young (my first in depth explorations into what a "subtle studio wizard" can do to your brain)
The Beatles (my first exploration into what full on studio magic can do to your brain)
Tom Waits (This could be a thread for 60% of us I'm sure)
The Drive-By Truckers (Again due to both my values and line of work I have an incredibly strong connection to both who they are as people and the characters they write about)