Satisfying on every count, ‘Zoot Allures’ found Frank Zappa collaborating with Captain Beefheart, sending up disco and pointing towards ambient music.
Zappa's second release in his own name continued to challenge every convention known to the burgeoning US rock scene.
Part-recorded live in 1975, Frank Zappa’s ‘Bongo Fury’ saw Captain Beefheart join the celebrated Mothers Of Invention on tour for a unique pairing.
“Ultimately the smartest thing he ever did was to just constantly document the creativity that was pouring out of him”
Released in September 1982, ‘Ice Cream For Crow’ was Captain Beefheart’s final bow, before he retired from music-making for good.
Artwork may be designed to show off music, but some album cover designers have attracted fame thanks to their iconic work. Here we look at 13 of the best.
Frank Zappa’s third album within the space of a year, ‘Chunga’s Revenge’ ranges from hard rock to doo-wop and the avant-garde, standing the test of time.
Truly iconic album covers don’t just define an album, they define an era, a generation and, in some cases, an entire musical genre.
Many record labels run by musicians have been little more than vanity imprints, but the most important of them have pioneered artists’ rights in the music industry.
In the summer of 1976, the band were on a strange lap of honour.
A question of boundaries lays at the heart of music censorship, but artists have always pushed back, fighting for the freedom to express themselves.
An inspired piece of cutting-edge experimentation, Frank Zappa considered his 1967 album ‘Lumpy Gravy’ to be one of his absolute masterpieces. He was right.
With his own recording studio and a seemingly endless head for ideas, Frank Zappa was a truly independent artist who paved the way for future generations.
The recordings were captured at Canterbury House, a Michigan venue that regularly hosted 1960s counterculture events.
Tony Visconti tells the story of the time he and Marc Bolan arrived in Los Angeles and created a pop classic.