Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Peaches en Regalia (Frank Zappa, 1969)

I admit I'm not enough musically cultivated to appreciate most of Frank Zappa's flushing and diversified production. Nonetheless, I like this less than 4 minutes instrumental track very much and I see it as one of the most anticipating proto-prog songs. Taken from the "Hot Rats" album, it explores the same thick and classically inspired stuff King Crimson will develop in the following years.

A funny image of Frank Zappa, a true rossover musician.

"Peaches en Regalia" offers a warm, winding and rich wall of sound, in which all instruments (winds, keys and guitars) play around a lively and ever changing rythm section. You'll find here many prog-rock basic features, including a pair of keyboard progressions, a constant overlap of keys and winds  and intricated bass / guitar interplays. Obviously, this prog side isn't the only interest of such a track, where Zappa delights his listener's ears mixing up genres as different as vaudeville and free jazz. A wonderful freak show and a brilliant display of genius...