Discography: Frank Zappa: Episode 1 – Freak Out! to Fillmore East

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Join cult indie-pop songwriter Marc With a C as he chronicles a legendary artist’s catalogue album by album. With Discography you’ll walk in a novice, and come out well-informed and with a new favorite record or two. And if you’re a longtime fan, we’ll go deep enough that you’ll be brimming with new factoids and perspectives.

For this maiden voyage, Marc takes on Frank Zappa.

Zappa is one of the most revered American musicians of all-time, and with 100+ records to his name, one of the most impenetrable. What’s more, Zappa claimed that all of the 63 or so albums released in his lifetime can be listened to end-to-end to create one gigantic song. Can that possibly be true? We’re going to find out as over this 6-part weekly podcast event Marc travels from 1966’s Freak Out! to 1994’s Civilization Phase III, offering up the world’s first review of Frank Zappa’s career-spanning song.

If you’re unfamiliar with Zappa’s rather bizarre take on American life, these episodes will allow you to walk away a certified expert. We’ll be covering a multitude of artists and genres on this show, but his catalog might just be the most timely one we could’ve picked to kick things off. Now, more than ever, the virtues and values of Zappa need to be extolled. Now, more than ever, it’s time to Freak Out.

This episode’s discography:

0:00 – An Intro to Frank Zappa  |  9:24 – Freak Out!  (1966)  |  15:15 – Absolutely Free (1967)  |  20:53 – Lumpy Gravy (1967)  |  25:36 – We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)  |  30:44 – Cruisin’ With Ruben & The Jets (1968)  |  37:34 – Uncle Meat (1969)  |  48:00 – Mothermania (1969)  |  53:40 – Hot Rats (1969)  |  1:00:40 – Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)  |  1:06:30 – Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)  |  1:14:00 – Chunga’s Revenge (1970)  |  1:21:50 – Fillmore East – June – 1971 (1971)  | 1:31:22 – Outro

The journey continues in a week (4/17) – look forward to new episodes every Tuesday and a new artist every couple months. In the meantime stay up to date with the latest from Marc on Twitter, and follow Discography on Facebook.

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