The Crux Of The Biscuit (Zappa Records ZR20020)
When he chose to, Frank could write a catchy pop song as good as anyone and an outtake of “Uncle Remus” really highlights that lilting, hummable melody. Perhaps fortunately for his fans, Zappa could never bring himself to write radio friendly lyrics to match the tunes.
The album ends with a spoken track titled “Frank’s Last Words”. Not, thankfully, his actual final utterances, but a happy sounding Zappa winding up a recording session with studio banter and “OK that’s the take” over the talkback speakers.
If you’re a fan of the Apostrophe album and Frank’s music generally from this period, then I guarantee you’ll love The Crux Of The Biscuit. It’s the perfect companion to one of his most accessible albums. Who knows, it may even be the ideal place to embark on your Zappa listening experience.