Frank Zappa



by Kingadamx USER (18 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 160 replies

Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

This is the first Zappa album I've ever heard and probably my favorite to this day. I first heard this album on a car trip with my friend and his dad. As soon as I heard the first track I thought What the hell is this guy talking about Dont eat the yellow snow? Then I heard the rest of the album and was impressed and was hooked on Zappa. This is Frank Zappa's most commercially accesible album, because it has "Don't eat the yellow snow" which was his biggest single up until "Valley Girl" in the eighties I think. Frank actually cut out parts of Dont eat the yellow snow and Nanook Rubs it to form a single for the radio I believe.

This album is basically a collection of incomplete stories with a very good amount of humor. Some of you won't find Frank's humor funny but hopefully most will after a few listens. The album has some excellent musicians on it, and some great guitar work by Zappa. The xylophone seems to stand out to me the most on this album. Well, let's get on with the track by track review.

1. Don't Eat the Yellow Snow - A great introduction to Frank Zappa's odd humor which will fill the album. It has some great guitar fills and backup vocals and some impressive drum work. One of Zappa's more popular songs.
Rating: 3.5/5

2. Nanook Rubs It - A continuation of the story in the first song. Has some really fast guitar work courtesy of Frank. This is probably the funniest song on the album about the doings of an eskimo. I enjoy the Horn work and the little interlude in the song where he says "I can't see". This is the better part of the Eskimo story.
Rating: 4.5/5

3. St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast - A very short fast paced song. The horn work in this song is excellent. Notice the impressive xylophone solo near the end of the song, :thumb: No one else but Zappa.
Rating: 3.5/5

4. Father O' Blivion - Another fast paced song with Zappa rambling some priceless lyrics. The song has some strange spacy noises in the middle of the song that give a very strange feel to the song. Not one of my favorite songs on the album but not a bad one either.
Rating: 3/5

5. Cosmik Debris - Ah, my favorite song on the album, I love this song so much I named my band after it. This song has the best guitar riff on the album. The vocals on this track are great. The lyrics parody how many musicians would seek the help of gurus back in the 60s and 70s. A very nice guitar solo on this track. Frank's deep baritone voice on this song during the verse is great.
Rating: 5/5

6. Excentrifugal Forz - Another short fast paced song with spacy effects to the guitar. Frank uses lots of strange sound effects in this song. Not really a major track but there really are no minor tracks on this album.
Rating: 3/5

7. Apostrophe' - This is a full all out jam with Frank and Jack Bruce (Cream). The Bass playing is excellent, the bass has this fuzzy tone that is awesome. The guitar playing is outstanding, it has a very twangy tone. Any musician could enjoy this song. You can really feel the power of this song, these guys were really playing with soul that day.
Rating: 5/5

8. Uncle Remus - Great Piano intro that leads into a full smash as the entire band kicks in including some great backing vocals. The first guitar solo is delivered plain and simple but the second one hits the top. This is a great uplifting song.
Rating: 5/5

9. Stink-Foot - A nice bluesy song. The lyrics are pretty funny. Some very good guitar solos with a wah effect on one of the solos. The vocals at the end of the song are very smooth and mellow accompanied by a baritone voice that I believe is Frank with an outro guitar solo. A great ending song for the album.
Rating: 4/5

This is one of my favorite albums and I hope that most of you music lovers will pick it up if you don't already have it. If you don't like the album on the first listen it's fine. Zappa takes a couple listens to appreciate for some people. Well, I hope my review helped some of you.

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June 29th 2004


Not one my favorite Zappa albums, but a solid affair overall. My favorite tunes on it are "Uncle Remus," "Stinkfoot," and the Alfonzo and O'Blivion parts of the beginning suite. I can't stand "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" or "Nanook Rubs It," however, and I find "Excentrifiugal Forz" and "Apostrophe'" to be some of Zappa's least inspired tunes of the 70s. Overall, this is a decent place to start getting into Zappa, but for many it will sink to the middle or bottom of your favorites list when you get a larger collection of his albums. For a Zappa album, it's a 3/5, but for anyone else it would probably receive a 3.7 or 3.8, since most don't have such a reputation as Zappa's to live up to.

Dark Hero
June 29th 2004


My favorite Frank Zappa album is Over-Nite Sensation but Apostrophe (') is pretty good. Great Review :thumb:

July 4th 2004


Not one of Zappa's best I must say, if you disect it there is some excellent technical sound going on. I like the first two, excellent sound. The whole album's very funny but overall not very substantial musically. I don't think it's really fair to give Zappa anything lower than a 3/5 but by his own standards it's a 1 or 2.

July 4th 2004


^In my opinion it doesn't approach 1 or 2 out of 5 because of such albums as "Them Or Us," "You Are What You Is," and "Thing-Fish" that Zappa released in the 80s, as well as "Fillmore East, 1971" and "Just Another Band From L.A." from the Flo & Eddie period. "Apostrophe" is much stronger than any of those. It is of course weaker than virtually everything Zappa released in the 60s and everything that would follow it in the 70s, and some the 80s, though. That's how I view it, anyway.

July 5th 2004


^Yeah I guess I just gave the album kind of a high rating because it gives me fond memories when I listen to it. Fillmore East is probably one of my favorite albums, when Flo and eddie were with the mothers it was just crazy.

July 5th 2004


Well, obviously we disagree.

October 10th 2004


HOW CAN ANYONE say this is his BEST album????

none is better than the other. Theyre all perfect :D

October 10th 2004


Of course that isn't true. Even if you do love all of his albums equally, you have to admit that some will appeal to some people more than others and vice versa. It's all personal preference.

January 17th 2005


I love this album, but you have to listen to it the whole way through to understand it. Good review.

August 15th 2005


For me there are some great moments on this CD mixed in with some average (by Zappa standards) material. I always get knocked down by the energy, awesome musicianship and tongue in cheek hilarity of St Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast & Father O'Blivion. Good review, although my favorites are different from yours.

October 27th 2005


zappa albums ahev:
overnite sensation
you are what you is
zappa albums i want badly:
apostrophe (')
hot rats
sheik yerbouti
freak out!
were only in it for the money

ex - cellent review

January 19th 2006


I am/was listening to Apostrophe/Overnite sensation.
Today I just picked up Strictly commercial (greatest hits) and am listening to it now... I love it.

January 27th 2006


Apostrophe (') is my favorite Zappa album believe it or not. Great review

October 19th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

I have this on a split cd with this entire album and OverNite Sensation. Such a fun album. One of the many many great Zappa albums. Uncle Remus is a great tune.

Digging: MJ Lenderman - Boat Songs

October 19th 2006


overnite sensation ftw! i dont have this, but it seems stacked with don't eat the yellow snow and cosmik debrisThis Message Edited On 10.18.06

June 3rd 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

I know that this isn't Franks most impressive album musically but I just love the lyrics and half-assed concept. "Uncle Remus" and "Stink-Foot" are great.

June 3rd 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

I only have Sheik Yerbouti and Hot Rats. I need more Zappa.

June 3rd 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

I agree with Zebra. This is probably his easiest to digest and it's really fun to listen to, but it's not as impressive as his other work.

June 3rd 2007


It's okay for a Zappa album.

February 4th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

not too sure if this album bugs the hell out of me or rocks my balls off

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