Hot Rats – Frank Zappa

The music of our heart from a Father and Son point of view reflects on 1969 and the recording Hot Rats. 

Hot Rats is the second solo album by Frank Zappa, released in October 1969. It was Zappa’s first recording project after the dissolution of the original Mothers of Invention. In his original sleeve notes Zappa described the album as “a movie for your ears.”

Hot Rats is my favorite recording in the Frank Zappa discography. The track from this album that I can play endlessly is “Peaches En Regalia“, an instrumental jazz fusion piece.

The musicians on that track are:

  • Frank Zappa — guitar, octave bass.
  • Ian Underwood — keyboards, flute, saxophone, clarinet
  • Shuggie Otis — bass
  • Ron Selico — drums

The album was dedicated to Zappa’s newborn son, Dweezil Zappa. In February 2009, Dweezil’s band, Zappa Plays Zappa and former Zappa alumni Steve Vai andNapoleon Murphy Brock won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for their rendition of “Peaches en Regalia.”[6]

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