-1 because i hate mike keneally.
Frank's politics and choice of musicians got pretty confused around '78 or so.
It all really started to fall apart when he got Terry Bozzio in there, as far as anyone in his bands having bearable personas.
it's too bad, because the late 70s and early 80s are when he really peaked as a guitarist but the actual albums from that period as mostly the worst.
I nearly completely disagree. I think Franks peak as a guitarist was definitely in 73-75 around One Size Fits All and The Helsinki Concert. After that he progressively got sloppier until the mid to late 80's where he could hardly play in time.
The albums from that period are really great though, he really had a good thing going with Ike Willis. As for his politics i really dont see any difference between that era or any other, it just seems like the Reagan presidency brought all of that dormant cynisicm from "We're Only In It For The Money" back out again.
Can't comment on his guitar (in that I never really followed his playing trajectory much) but as a songwriter I found his consistently good albums stopped around Hot Rats. There are gems after that but I think I his humor evolved/devolved into stuff that fell flat on me, and he felt like he was trying to hard to be wacky or shocking. The man put out a fuckton of albums, so I wouldn't expect every track to be a classic, but try telling that to the Zappa die-hards...
"We're only in it for the money" and "Uncle Meat" are my "essential album picks" for Zappa, so one's mileage may vary considerably.
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