In putting together his Zappa faves, Phish's skins flogger Jon Fishman sticks almost exclusively to '70s Frank with the exception of the Grand Wazoo's 1966 debut album, Freak Out.

In putting together his Zappa faves, Phish's skins flogger Jon Fishman sticks almost exclusively to '70s Frank with the exception of the Grand Wazoo's 1966 debut album, Freak Out. Dig again (or for the first time) the TV silver bullet "I'm the Slime," the marvelous mayhem of the creepy-jazzy "For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers)," or the dirty ditty "Magdalena." The cast of musicians is amazing, the live tracks killer, and the sincere disregard for social mores completely inspiring. With his cross-pollinations of jazz, rock, pop, doo-wop, and artistic absurdity, Zappa transcended hybridism and swung in an orbit that was his alone. The beauty of Frank Zappa, as captured here, is that you never quite know whether to belly laugh or genuflect. But merely calling the Zap Man eclectic doesn't do him justice. Here's the guy who lit the fuse in fusion.—AZ

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