The Mothers of Invention
One Size Fits All


4.0
excellent

Review

by J. USER (2 Reviews)
June 18th, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the best ways to start wading through an ocean-sized body of work.

I remember the first time I listened to Frank Zappa. My overbearing guinea uncle (who I love dearly but want to stick a knife in at this point in time)showed me the way. He gave me his own hard earned copies of Joe’s Garage, Freak Out, Sheik Yerbouti, and Lumpy Gravy which showed me that music had no boundaries to speak of. That jazz, rock, orchestral, and even a bit of Dadaism had a place in music. I thank him for that greatly even as I spit on the feet he uses to move his Indian-giving bulk around (he took said albums away from me, hence the knife). However, he did not give me initially, what would have drawn me more rapidly into the world of good thinking music. I could have avoided so much wasted time in my youth. Mili-Vanili, my ex-wife, and well…*** you get what I’m saying. I had bad taste. I admit it. If he had given me an album I could appreciate as a youth, and learn from, as opposed to brilliant albums glazed over with the infantile humor my pre-pubescent mind glommed onto I might have avoided the many pitfalls of my youth. Which brings me to One Size Fits All.

One Size Fits All is an album that I think any non-Zappa fanatic could love. Its humor is left more in the cheek, or is just so out there (for most people) that it can only be taken as silly, as it should be (I give you Evelyn, A Modified Dog). This album reeks of absurdity, from Inca Roads (chariots in the sky anyone?) to the finale of Sofa No.2; One Size is a joyous romp that even the most conservative of parents could tolerate, unless of course they are so conservative that the idea of God creating a sofa before mankind is offensive to them, in which case they can just *** off (lost my breath on that sentence). This album is easily the most accessible of Zappa’s repertoire for anyone on the street.

Now, to the musicality of the piece. In my opinion this is the best era of Zappa’s band. George Duke and Napoleon Murphy Brock are both on vocals (keys and wind instruments respectively), Ruth Underwood on percussion, Chester Thompson on drums, Thom Fowler on bass, with some guest appearances by Captain Beefheart and Johnny ”Guitar” Watson. This incarnation of the Mothers is easily the most accessible. These are a group of talented, well trained individuals (Thompson! Duke!!!) having a great time playing the material they are given, and it shows. No matter what track you listen to, whether they are freaking out, or just building up to the crescendo of a song, as a listener you never doubt that they are having a blast, and this carries over. If I had to say any Zappa album was full of joy (outside of Lumpy Gravy or Hot Rats) it would have to be this one. The music almost makes you want to dance (which is something for a Zappa album) and if you are not dancing at the very least you are tapping your feet and laughing along. On a more serious note, you are also getting a great education on song writing and production; there are changes and logical bridges galore as well as a great mix. Seriously though, seriousness is not needed in these waters, only a love of well thought out music.

So now in the twilight hours of this review I beseech you, with all of the strings I can pluck from my heart, share this album. Share it with your friends, your family, your pet, or whatever is cognizant enough to jiggle back and forth. If you do so you may save a young teen from making the biggest mistake of his life; listening to that which is the Mili-Vanili of his generation. The horror.


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Jethro42
June 18th 2010


12456 Comments


Good review. I only know Inca Roads on here, which is a good one. I love the drummer, especially for his Genesis' contributions.

PayneTiger777
June 18th 2010


4392 Comments


I think you should do the whole Frank Zappa discography.

Ire
June 18th 2010


41786 Comments


It's really great to see somebody reviewing Zappa. Great review.

Jruined
June 19th 2010


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the approval. I did this on a whim because I noticed the lack of Zappa reviews on here. I think I might tackle the discography per Payne's suggestion, if anything just to see if I can. The worst thing that will happen is my writing skills will improve.

Thanks again.

Digging: Earth - Primitive and Deadly

Yazz_Flute
May 30th 2012


18786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This might be my favorite Mothers of Invention album....Inca Roads and Andy are so good.

Digging: Finch (US) - Say Hello to Sunshine

ILiveInNetherlands
March 24th 2014


512 Comments


Stupid po-jama people

ArsMoriendi
March 27th 2014


4460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of his best albums ever. Every single song on here is like a key song in his discography. Especially "Inca Roads" and
"Sofa No. 2"

Digging: The Doors - L.A. Woman

sleepdirt
March 27th 2014


306 Comments


Anyone pick up the Roxy by Proxy release?


Negator
March 28th 2014


355 Comments


Album makes me jizz buckets

Negator
March 29th 2014


355 Comments


Wrap em up

Roll em out

And get them out of my way

Hoi Hoi Hoi

Jruined
April 9th 2014


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Sleepdirt, i was looking at it. I think ill just wait for the movie release. I picked up the Token of his extreme dvd and it rules outside of seizure inducing editing.

sleepdirt
April 9th 2014


306 Comments


Roxy movies's release for going on 10 years. Is Token the one where it's cuts to claymation just as Frank starts the Inca Roads solo? It's tragic if so.

Jruined
April 9th 2014


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it is.

Jruined
April 9th 2014


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Supposedly Proxy is the prequel of sorts to the theatrical relese but who the fuck knows.

Jruined
April 9th 2014


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Then again as you said, ten years and no show. Generally i dont trust a damn thing Gail says about releases.

ArsMoriendi
April 9th 2014


4460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my 3rd favorite Zappa album ever.

"Inca Roads", "Can't Afford No Shoes", and "Sofa No.2" are perfect.

Jruined
April 9th 2014


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably my favorite Zappa band.

sleepdirt
April 9th 2014


306 Comments


Same here. I've learned not to become excited about anything in the works. What the trust has put out though has been excellent for the most part. Imaginary Diseases and Wazoo are some of the best Zappa I've heard. Gail, however hog-like she may seem, appears to have reverence for Frank's music which is important.

ArsMoriendi
June 17th 2014


4460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Definitely my favorite 70s Zappa album. I feel like I listen to at least 1 song from this album a day



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