This tribute to one of the all time greatest musicians, and in my opinion of…
We continue the Frank Zappa celebration this week by revisiting one of the all time greatest classic rock records, and the album that contains the track that inspired our new SSKL Zappa collaboration record console with the Frank Zappa Estate. For those who may be wondering, the sound waveform used in our design is actually taken from one of the most beloved tracks from One Size Fits All “Sofa no. 1.” Considering how rich and eclectic Frank’s catalog of music is, it’s hard to focus on just one record, rather than just gush about our love for this incredible musician, so we’ll be doing a little of both here.
One Size Fits All is a groundbreaking work that defies expectations, defines new boundaries and just as quickly obliterates them and builds something entirely new. The album contains some of the most beautiful, inventive, intense, playful and liberating music I can think of. Many have attempted to try to reduce what Zappa does here to a formula and replicate it, but none have ever been nearly as successful in achieving the sense of pure freedom unselfconscious exploration of ideas that transcend description. This album should almost be likened to space exploration, but yet for all of its experimentation this record is so immediate and accessible that it again defies almost all other records that you could compare it to that came before it or followed in its influence.
This is rock unlike you’ve ever heard, jazz unlike you’ve ever heard and something else that really has no name, and probably for very good reason can’t be named. Tracks like “Po-jama people” that capture a proto-funk vibe with some of the most incredible and tasteful, face-meting riffs that I have ever heard captured on record. Zappa and The Mothers of Invention were so tapped in and synched up in their playing on One Size Fits All that its almost unreal, the musical ideas explored here are nothing short of a breathtaking work of masters of their craft.
If you haven’t had a chance yet, make sure you check out not only our new SSKL Zappa record console but also the incredible Soundwave Listening Chairs that we debuted yesterday. We’re so excited to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Frank Zappa Estate on this incredible project.