summer album of the week: 06/26/10

frank zappa and the mothers of invention: one size fits all (released june 1975)

frank zappa: one size fits all (released june 1975)

From the moment Inca Roads bursts forth with its outer space synths and chant-like marimbas, One Size Fits All is established as the most inviting recording Frank Zappa ever put his name to. With heavy prog and fusion tendencies driven by keyboardist George Duke, soon-to-be Genesis drummer Chester Thompson and, of course, Zappa’s guitarwork, One Size Fits All boasts an often warm and playful musical profile. Where else can you have Johnny “Guitar” Watson cutting up on such a majestic (and intricate) rock opus as Andy or Zappa himself coloring the social snapshot Po-jama People with wary reserve before unleashing a guitar solo that could quietly shatter concrete? Plenty of Zappa recordings were more revolutionary. But few, if any, packed such instrumental might and pure, unabashed joy as One Size Fits All.

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