Weekday Wayback: Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Hot Rats, released in 1969, was Frank Zappa's first album following the disbanding of his previous group, The Mothers of Invention. According to Zappa, Hot Rats is a "movie for your ears". The album is composed primarily of jazz-influenced instrumental tracks and features a variety of influential artists, such as Captain Beefheart, Shuggie Otis, and Jean-Luc Ponty. The track "Peaches en Regalia" is considered a jazz-fusion standard while the track "Willie The Pimp" features the album's only vocal content where Captain Beefheart poetically barks about the glamorous life of a hustler followed by a captivating instrumental interlude. Hot Rats is an excellent showcase of Frank Zappa's musical ingenuity and creative prowess and an album that is an unforgettable listening experience.