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Were Only In It For The Money...go with the most classic, the most influential, amazing concept. you ll love it


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imonlyhereforthemoney wrote:
Were Only In It For The Money...go with the most classic, the most influential, amazing concept. you ll love it


That's a good choice, but buy them all.


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Uncle Meat, Roxy & Elsewhere, Joe's Garage.

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Hard question. My first exposure to Frank was his ad in the back of Marvel Comics in the late 1960's, for his LP Absolutely Free. I didn't actually *hear* a Zappa album until several years later, when I heard Apostrophe in '73 or '74, at the age of 13. A friend of mine bought it solely because Zappa was mentioned in the Deep Purple song "Smoke On The Water" and hated it, so I traded him some other record for it... I think it was The Who's "Tommy". And I was hooked!

So I'd say "Apostrophe" simply because it was the album that started *me* out. But I think "Sheik Yerbouti" shows much more breadth of Frank's abilities as an artist.

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Buy them all, you know you will.


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calvin2hikers wrote:
Buy them all, you know you will.


Yeah... you're right about that. Sooner or later, he'll want to have them all, and then start collecting the live tapes.

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My first was Freak Out in 1966 - my last one is MOFO (both "small" and "big") -and in between, all the rest.
So, my advice, try to buy them all - you'll love it!


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Most of the "get first" albums listed so far, are good if you are already familiar with Zappa's catalogue. In my neighbourhood, Zappa fans were few and far between. "Sheik Yerbouti" was the album bought by friends, who had never bought a Zappa album before. This one seems easily accessable to the public in general.
My first purchase, back in 1971, was two at once. "Uncle Meat" and "200 Motels". They were on sale for $5.99 each, which appealed to my cheap old heart. My grandmother was visiting, when I came home with them. She was confused by the lyrics on the inside spread of "Uncle Meat", but not having heard it yet, myself, I couldn't explain "Eat the truck & driver and his gloves." Come to think of it, I still can't explain it!!

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Hot Rats is what got me into Zappa so I suggest that


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I started with "Hot Rats", but I'm starting my 16-year-old nephew with "One Size Fits All". Still plenty of conceptual continuity and humor but more accessible for the uninitiated. He will love "Evelyn".

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this album cuts a broad path across zappa's various bands & projects from around '69 thru '84; tracks from over 20 different zappa albums flow together very smooth ... a good sampler to start with

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^^^^Think I'll listen to it now.

I always thought these were good introductions.

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Uncle Meat, it sums up FZ and the original MOI nicely...

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Freak Out is the best starting point IMO.


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Sheik yer Bouti, and Tinseltown Rebellion, was what did it for me. :D

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