Emerging from an aborted sci-fi movie and a scrapped double-album project, ‘Sleep Dirt’ offers rare treats in his prestigious catalogue.
The super deluxe eight-disc set recaptures Zappa’s legendary Fillmore East run from June 1971 and his ill-fated final London gig with The Mothers.
Music’s myriad subgenres and biggest starss have inspired some of the best documentaries ever made. Here are the ones you need to see.
The best guitar solos – from driving riffs to technical displays of mastery – make a song complete and more often than not, transcend the track entirely.
From biting satire to loving homage, the best Frank Zappa songs prove exactly why he’s one of the few artists who truly deserves the epithet “genius.”
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Non-conformist to the core and a peerless satirist who nevertheless took his musicianship very seriously, Zappa left a huge legacy of recorded music.
A musical and sonic mind blast, the four LA Roxy performances have gone down in history as some of Zappa and The Mothers’ finest ever live shows.
Released in December 1970, Captain Beefheart’s ‘Lick My Decals Off, Baby’ album found him bringing the ‘Trout Mask Replica’ era to its conclusion.
The track features on the upcoming, super deluxe 50th anniversary edition of ‘200 Motels’
Every one of these albums is worth a listen, whether you’re discovering it for the first time or reconnecting with a longtime favorite.
From indelible images to perfect portraits, the 100 greatest album covers provoke and awe just as much as the contents inside.
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.
Satisfying on every count, ‘Zoot Allures’ found Frank Zappa collaborating with Captain Beefheart, sending up disco and pointing towards ambient music.