Frank Zappa

Rare Meat: Early Works of Frank Zappa

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Before forming the Mothers (aka the Mothers of Invention) in 1966, Frank Zappa recorded under the monikers Bob Guy, the Heartbreakers, and Baby Ray & the Ferns. Released on Del-Fi Records, Rare Meat: Early Works of Frank Zappa contributes six of Zappa's early recordings from 1962 through 1963, and features such novelties as "How's Your Bird?" and "Letter From Jeepers." While these doo wop and R&B-inspired tracks exhibit an entertaining parley with Zappa's eccentric intellect, neither the sound nor miserly numbered selections will attract many listeners. The CD's substandard sound quality recalls scratchy and filthy vinyl reproduction but, regardless, Rare Meat proves essential for collectors or diehards wishing to own his earliest recordings. For improved production value and eight additional tracks, Del-Fi's Cucamonga remains the essential introduction to Zappa's pre-Mothers years.

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