(All Album Reviews by Chuck AzEee!)
The ever evolving Frank Zappa, during the mid-Seventies was as prolific as ever, creating some of the most mind boggling music ever committed to tape, but it is also during this time that he began to hit a slump as far as a comparison to the great music most Zappa fans were accustomed to listening to. Most of his great virtuoso band had gone their separate ways, finding different venues, leaving the ever restless Frank to search for new talent.
In late 1976, Frank released Zoot Allures, an album which is much rawer and harder edged than any of his albums of the time, with Frank playing most of the instruments on most of the songs.
The music on Zoot Allures is not as complex as previous recordings, but that does not detract from the excellent material that is in abundance here, live staples "The Torture Never Stops" and "Black Napkins" sound weird in their studio incarnations, but are still wonderful nevertheless. Also "Zoot", Frank commits some excellent "blues" related solos, that would further his "guitar god" status" on the title track.
Highly recommended for fans of heavy rock related music, and another feather in the cap for newcomers to Frank Zappa's vast library of music.