The 50th Anniversary of Zappa’s Hot Rats

Source: Los Angeles Times.

In Los Angeles, meanwhile, Frank Zappa seemed to split the difference between art, revolution and retreat when he recorded “Hot Rats,” his second yet most important solo album, during the summer of ’69. The 50th anniversary of “Hot Rats,” released in October of that year, has been observed with “The Hot Rats Sessions,” an illuminating six-CD box set co-produced by Frank’s younger son, Ahmet, and longtime Zappa “vaultmeister” Joe Travers. It’s a revealing look into the mind of a genius at the height of his powers and itching to move on.