May 19, 2008

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was a musician with a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa established himself as a prolific and highly distinctive composer, electric guitar player and band leader. He worked in various different musical genres and wrote music for rock bands, jazz ensembles, synthesizers, and symphony orchestra. In addition to his music recordings, he created feature-length and short films,music videos, and album covers. Although he only occasionally achieved major commercial success, he maintained a highly productive career that encompassed composing, recording, touring, producing and merchandising his own and others' music. Zappa self-produced almost every one of the more than sixty albums he released with the Mothers of Invention or as a solo artist. He received multiple Grammy nominations and won for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1988 for the album Jazz From Hell. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. In 2005, his 1968 album with the Mothers of Invention, We're Only In It For The Money, was inducted into the United States National Recording Preservation Board's National Recording Registry .Politically, Zappa was a self-proclaimed "practical conservative", an avowed supporter of capitalism and independent business.Although many assumed that he used drugs like many musicians of the time, Zappa strongly opposed recreational drug use.

This song was one of my favorites from the 70's called "Son of Orange County" from the album "Live From Roxy and Elsewhere". My brother will remember this song very well. This song contains one of my favorite guitar solos. 'Ol Frank may have been on the wierd side but he could play the guitar like no one else. You'll have to excuse how the end of this song is cut off at the end, as it leads into another song called "Penguin In Bondage" and whoever converted this to an MP3 didn't fade it out..... I would post Penguin In Bondage too, but it's kinda X rated, as you might guess from the title, and I want to keep it clean.


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