That's hard to answer since the instrumentals are usually surrounded by
vocal tracks. I must say, though, that I don't think any of Zappa's stuff is
normal, unless you're comparing it to other Zappa pieces, which you might be
doing. (In fact, you probably are.) Thought it's not restricted to the early
'80s, Strictly Genteel might provide some of what you crave. Man From Utopia
has Moggio, one of my favorites, and We Are Not Alone (less interesting) and
Drowning Witch has TONS of good instrumental shit on it, what with the title
track and Envelopes. I'd go one more and say Teenage Prostitute, too,
because it's abnormal even within the framework of Frank's output, despite
the vocals.
Hoping to have provided some degree of help, Mark

> Actually I love all of those, except for Yellow Shark (because I heard
> so few of it).
> My problem is quite the opposite. I asked the early 80s question in
> first place because I don't care that much about some of the 'normal'
> music fz did. I listened to YAWYI once and found only a couple of
> songs or so memorable, along with the Sinister Footwear one obviously.
> I didn't discard it, whenever I get a chance to listen to that album
> again I will do so, but I'd like to go first for the stuff that
> emphasizes instrumentals more in that period.

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