Originally posted by SR
They are though as much as i love Buckethead he's too killswitch happy half of his albums are amazing then there's let downs like kalediscope
acoustic shards is good yes but acoustic being the emphasis. Slash is playing the same stuff he played 20 years ago. Hendrix used his wah wah and
distortion Zappa on the synthesizers there all guilty of being one trick ponies at one stage or the other it's not a crime to admit it at the end of
the day as long as you still enjoy the music does it really matter.
as to zappa, i'm not gonna argue this...zappa on the synth.. the synclavier didn't come out till a good deal into his career.
i will not admit to someone being a 1 trick pony if they are not....if there is one musician that definately is not, it's frank.
all one has to do is look at his albums over the 35 years to see just how each record was different and how he did new, innovative things on every
i don't see how you can even think that frank was a one trick pony. the most eclectic guy to ever play the guitar...every album was different from
the previous one. every show was different. there were upwards of 10 variations for one song on bootleg albums, all DIFFERENT.
frank didn't start composing on the synclavier till the early/mid 80's. he was already active for 30 years as a songwriter and more than 15 as a
performer. before that though, he WROTE music for other people to perform on the keys/synth...
it's kinda hard to call a self tought multi instrumentalist(plays guitar, percussion, bozouki, bass) who wrote music for ensambles as large as a 20
piece orchestra plus a 12 piece rock band plus improvised extended guitar solo's in the middle of these a one trick pony.......just sayin man..
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa established himself as a prolific and highly distinctive composer, electric guitar player and band
leader. He worked in almost every musical genre and wrote music for rock bands, jazz ensembles, synthesizers and symphony orchestra, as well as
Musique concrète works constructed from pre-recorded, synthesized or sampled sources. In addition to his music recordings, he created feature-length
and short films, music videos, and album covers.
Although he only occasionally achieved major commercial success, he maintained a highly productive career that encompassed composing, recording,
touring, producing and merchandising his own and others' music. Zappa self-produced almost every one of the more than sixty albums he released with
the Mothers of Invention or as a solo artist
lets look at the personal/instrument list for franks very first record, 'freak out'...remember now, he wrote and arranged all this and while he was
not credited as a producer on this record, he made all the musical decisions...he was credited as producer on every record after this.
The Mothers of Invention:
Frank Zappa--Musical director, guitar & vocals
Ray Collins--Lead vocalist, harmonica, tambourine, finger cymbals, bobby pin & tweezers
Jim Black--Drums (also sings in some foreign language)
Roy Estrada--Bass & guitarron; boy soprano
Elliot Ingber--Alternate lead & rhythm guitar with clear white light
THE MOTHERS' AUXILIARY
Eugene Di Novi--piano
Neil Le Vang--guitar
John Rotella--clarinet, sax
Edwin V. Beach--cello
Arthur Maebe--French horn, tuba
George Price--French horn
Carol Kaye--12-string guitar
Plas Johnson--sax, flute
sure did write for a lot of instruments
Chuck Wild--Broadway piano
Jay Anderson--string bass
Steve De Furia--Synclavier programmer
David Ocker--Synclavier programmer
Bob Harris--keyboards, trumpet & high vocals (uncredited on "Galoot Up-Date," "No Not Now" and "Won Ton On")
Motorhead Sherwood--tenor sax (uncredited on "Mudd Club")
Bobby Martin--keyboards, sax (uncredited on "Clowns On Velvet")
Denny Walley--slide guitar (uncredited on "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing")
Roy Estrada--bg. vocal (uncredited on "Artificial Rhonda," "No Not Now" and "Won Ton On")
Donnie Vliet--harmonica (uncredited on "Artificial Rhonda")
Ruth Underwood--synth (uncredited on "Artificial Rhonda")
i will say that this thread has caused me to look into zakk some more....i didn't realize he played piano as well.
does he write most of the material for BLS?
[edit on 2-9-2007 by Boondock78]