High Fidelity


High Fidelity was an American magazine that was published from April 1951 until July 1989 (absorbed by Stereo Review) and was a source of information about high fidelity audio equipment, video equipment, audio recordings, and other aspects of the musical world, such as music history, biographies, and anecdotal stories by or about noted performers. (wikipedia)

1967 September

Vol. 17 No. 9

Mothers Of Invention: Absolutely Free
By Steven Lowe, p 108

This is not great music, and much of the text (a lot of it is spoken) is fairly crass and redundant, but somehow there is something fiendishly endearing about the direct and spontaneous outrages that are hurled about willy-nilly, especially after the slickly efficient studio products offered by the safer rock groups that rule the airwaves. (read more)

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1968 June

Vol. 18 No. 6

Mothers Of Invention: We're Only In It For The Money
By Steven Lowe, p 98

This is one hell of a production – a delicious fold-out cover in beautiful parody of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (complete with cardboard sheet of cut-out pictures) with lots of extras shouting and making obscene noises. (read more)

Source: americanradiohistory.com

1969 March

Vol. 19 No. 3

Mothers Of Invention: Cruising With Ruben And The Jets
By Morgan Ames, p 124

Ruben and the Jets are the Mothers of Invention. They are perhaps the most respect-worthy group in rock, first because they are all solid musicians, and second because they don't truck with the rock mystique. They don't protest, moan, flaunt, preach, fumble, or feel sorry for themselves in the name of Art. What they do is laugh – at themselves, at the establishment, and at the hippies who buy their music. (read more)

Source: americanradiohistory.com

1970 September

Vol. 20 No. 9

Mothers Of Invention: Burnt Weeny Sandwich
By John Gabree, p 126

THE MOTHERS OF INVENTlON: Burnt Weeny Sandwich. Bizarre 6370. $4.98. Frank Zappa's garden continues to bloom, although some of the blossoms are starting to resemble each other (like petunias, Zappa’s records are all different and all alike). There is a lot of inventive improvising here, but it is nowhere near as tasty as “Uncle Meat,” his last entree. Strictly for Mother lovers.

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1971 February

Vol. 21 No. 2

Chunga's Revenge / Lick My Decals Off, Baby
By John Gabree, p 112

Frank Zappa continues to go his own highly original way with "Chunga's Revenge," his most thoroughly realized album in some time. (read more)

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1971 September

Vol. 21 No. 9

The Worst of The Mothers
By Morgan Ames, pp 122-123

Try this album. See if you're as open-minded as you think you are. See if your sense of humor about yourself and the world is authentic or restricted. The Mothers make an entertainment of alienation and are thus pop music's most accurate reflection of the times we try to live in. They are one of a kind, and we need them. (read more)

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1971 November

Vol. 21 No. 11

The Mothers: Fillmore East, June 1971
By John Gabree, p 122

Frank Zappa has put out a score of extraordinary albums, none more so than this set recorded in June of this year at the Fillmore East. (read more)

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1972 February

Vol. 22 No. 2

200 Motels
By Henry Edwards, pp 117-118

Before its debut, rumor had it that 200 Motels was the ultimate creative expression of Frank Zappa and his band of musical maniacs, the Mothers of Invention. After the film's opening, most people agreed that it was the Mothers' ultimate creative expression. They also agreed that the movie was awful. (read more)

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1972 July

Vol. 22 No. 7

The Mothers: Just Another Band from L.A.
By Mike Jahn, p 100

The feature piece of this recorded-live-in-concert LP is Billy the Mountain, a twenty-five minute extravaganza. (read more)

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1972 December

Vol. 22 No. 12

Frank Zappa: Waka/Jawaka – Hot Rats
By Mike Jahn, p 122

This LP is magnificent, a true gem. (read more)

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1974 April

Vol. 24 No. 4

Frank Zappa & The Mothers: Over-nite Sensation
By Mike Jahn, p 120

Zappa and his Mothers have been producing satirical rock with jazz touches for nearly a decade, and continue to come up with new ideas. The trouble is, this time the ideas are new but they're not funny. (read more)

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1976 November

Vol. 26 No. 11

Grand Funk: Good Singin', Good Playin'
By Henry Edwards, p 145

Grand Funk can write no better and play no better now than a year ago, but Zappa must be credited with making it easier to swallow. (read more)

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1978 July

Vol. 28 No. 7

Frank Zappa: Zappa In New York
By Don Heckman, p 137

Zappa's public appearances have been rare enough in recent years to make any new recording a welcome event. He was most active during the late Sixties/early Seventies, and at the time it was difficult to find anyone who was noncommittal about his always-provocative music. (read more)

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1979 January

Vol. 29 No. 1

Top 12 Best Pop Album Covers of 1978
By ?, pp 116-117

Frank Zappa. "Studio Tan" (DiscReet). Art direction by John Cahalka, design by Vartan/Dyer, illustration by Gary Panter.
This illustration is totally whack -o. There have been many comic style covers this year, but most have been in a hard-edged pop vein that's losing (or has lost) its punch. This one's not in the least bit "cute." Just good.

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1985 February

Vol. 35 No. 2

Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
By James Wierzbicki, pp 61-62

"The Perfect Stranger" is an extraordinary recording, and its pairing of composer Frank Zappa and conductor Pierre Boulez is hardly as bizarre as some commentators have made it out to be. (read more)

p 3 p 61 p 62

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1987 April

Vol. 37 No. 4

The CD Software Parade - Frank Zappa
By Richard C. Walls, pp 74-75

Rykodisc, a CD-only outfit, and Frank Zappa, the maestro of offense, have entered into a deal wherein the former will issue eight discs per year (including the occasional double set) drawn from the latter's vast catalog of recordings. This arrangement will continue for two or more years, contingent on options renewed. (read more)

p 4 pp 74-75

Source: worldradiohistory.com

1988 October

Vol. 38 No. 10

All CDs Great And Small
By Leslie Berman, pp 85-95

I've blown hot and cold over Frank Zappa. In the Sixties, though his music was literate and breezy, his socially satiric lyrics were nearly lost on this budding feminist/hippie conformist. (read more)

Source: worldradiohistory.com