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Uncle Meat by Frank Zappa
Released: Apr 1969
Label: Zappa Records
Intended as the score for a science-fiction flick (one that wound-up never getting made), Uncle Meat is more spaced-out and abstract than previous Mothers albums. Though it's littered with their trademark satire, what stands out is the group's instrumental prowess, namely their striking fusion of rock, jazz and chamber music. The jabbing, pointillist melodies on a piece like "The Legend of the Golden Arches" sound as though they inspired progressive rockers Henry Cow. Meanwhile, Zappa's mind-blowing editing and collage techniques may have influenced the Tropicalismo movement down in Brazil.
Justin Farrar
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