After breaking up the Mothers Of Invention in the latter part of the Sixties, Frank had been exploring the Jazz-rock direction with each release, and with his release Waka/Jawaka:Hot Rats, Frank had written two of his most famous songs to date in the lengthy compositions that book end the album, first track being the powerful “Big Swifty” and the last song and title track, “Waka/Jawaka”. Both songs are great, but “Big Swifty” would survive as a live staple until Frank’s death.
The two shorter songs “Your Mouth” and “It Might Be a One Shot Deal”, once again like many of the albums before it, are a bit anticlimactic, which seem to throw of the momentum of the two great songs, and unless you are a fan of Frank’s humor filled, dead panned sung, you might inclined to agree with that analogy.
Waka/Jawaka: Hot Rats might not be Frank’s best albums of his earlier jazz-rock experimentation days, but for the majestic album opener “Big Swifty”, this recording might be worth the price.
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