Released October 20, 1976. Zoot Allures Tracklist. 1. Wind Up Working in a Gas Station Lyrics. This mid-70s record showcases Zappa’s talents without a band; every track simply features himself and drummer Terry Bozzio, with a few guest musicians sprinkled throughout. His musicianship is in top form here on tracks Black Napkins and The Torture Never Stops, both of which becoming live staples, their guitar solos spawning individual tracks in their own right through Zappa’s process of xenochrony. Though those two tracks are dark, guitar-based numbers, Zappa’s humor is also on full display, most successfully on opener Wind Up Working in a Gas Station and closer Disco Boy, which was.
Zoot Allures, released in October 1976, is mostly a studio album (there are some basic live tracks, as in the title track and "Black Napkins") featuring a revolving cast of musicians who, oddly, do not correspond to the ones pictured on the album cover (for instance, Patrick O'Hearn and Eddie Jobson did not contribute).
Zoot Allures is another solo album by Frank in which the quality of it overall can be questioned if it's really Zappa who composed all this. On this album Frank, unfortunately, decided to play most of the instruments in most of the songs, with the exception of the drums which are played by Terry Bozzio all-through. The structure once again is simple and by no means entertaining for the Zappa fan who enjoys his classic unique stuff, however those who enjoy Sheik Yerbouti and his early 80's albums might get a better kick out of these comical songs. Obviously the reason why Zoot Allures is recommended is not because of that side of the album, if not the remaining tunes which have Frank's one-of-a-kind guitar style glowing in three different ways. Black Napkins having Zappa's unmatchable note-selection which is truly sublime. Then there's Friendly Little Finger.
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