December 16, 2011 Playlist

Happy Zappa Day!
Frank Vincent Zappa (1940-1993)
The "modern day composer" was born Dec 21st, 1940
  
    
"Lšther" by Frank Zappa (rec. 1972-77)
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Frank Zappa  "Lšther"  mostly rec. 1972-77, rel. 1996 (USA)
It's time for our annual birthday salute to Frank Zappa, and so our classic album this week is one of Zappa's greatest works.  He made several attempts during his lifetime to release a long-form epic, beginning with an unreleased 10-record box set of 1960's Mothers of Invention recordings, but the only time he succeeded before he passed away was when he released the mammoth 12-CD You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore series.  Lšther was another attempt at  a long form work, originally conceived as a 5-LP set to be released in 1977.  However, Zappa was in the midst of a fight with his record label at the time, and so instead this material was originally released on the albums Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt, Orchestral Favorites and the bowdlerized double-live Zappa In New York.  (At the height of his battles with Warner Brothers, Frank also played the master tapes of the entire original Lšther configuration on an L.A. radio station, which means it has also been available as a bootleg since the 1970's).  Before he died in 1993, Frank prepared a revised edition of Lšther which was released posthumously as a 3-CD set in 1996.
Here's a 22 year old Zappa on the Steve Allen Show demonstrating how to use a bicycle as a musical instrument.  Next, one of the greatest groups of the 1960's:   The (original) Mothers of Invention, as well as  another great Mothers lineup from the mid-70's.  Zappa's first love was always classical music;  here is Frank conducting the Ensemble Modern (accompanied by a "ballet")In recent years his son Dweezil has been leading a repertoiry group called Zappa Plays Zappa to keep his father's music alive.
(W) = Web archive/podcast version of the show includes only these tracks
  
Artist Song Album Year Country
Frank Zappa
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
(original title "Never On Sunday")

The Lost Episodes
rec. 1961, rel. 1996
USA
Frank Zappa
Theme From Run Home Slow
Mystery Disc
rec. 1963, rel. 1998
USA
Frank Zappa
The Original Duke Of Prunes
(incidental music from Run Home Slow)

Mystery Discrec. 1963, rel. 1998
USA
Frank Zappa
Speed Freak Boogie
(an early experiment in "vari-speed" recording)
Mystery Discrec. 1962, rel. 1998
USA
Frank Zappa
excerpt from part 1
Lumpy Gravy
1967
USA
The Mothers Of Invention
A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus) (live)
(based on a "string quartet" written by Zappa as a teenager)
Electric Aunt Jemima
rec. 1968, rel. 1992
USA
Frank Zappa
Peaches En Regalia
Hot Rats
1969
USA
 
 
The Mothers Of Invention
Project X
Uncle Meat
1969
USA
Frank Zappa
Imaginary Diseases (live "Petite Wazoo" band)
Imaginary Diseases
rec. 1972, rel. 2006
USA
Frank Zappa
Watermelon In Easter Hay
Joe's Garage1979
USA
   
 
Frank Zappa
Lšther
Lšther
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
mostly rec. 1972-77, rel. on CD 1996
USA
Frank Zappa
The Purple Lagoon
Lšther
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
mostly rec. 1972-77, rel. on CD 1996
USA
Frank Zappa
Down In De Dew
Lšther
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
mostly rec. 1972-77, rel. on CD 1996
USA
   
 
Frank Zappa
Chunga's Revenge
Chunga's Revenge1970
USA
Jean Luc Ponty
Music For Electric Violin And Low-Budget Orchestra
(arranged by Frank Zappa, conducted by Ian Underwood)
King Kong: Jean Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa
1970
France
 
 
The Mothers Of Invention
The Eric Dolphy Memorial BBQ
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970
USA
Frank Zappa
Blessed Relief
The Grand Wazoo
1972
USA
Frank Zappa
Stucco Homes
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'n Play Your Guitar
mostly rec. 1976-80, rel. 1981
USA
Frank Zappa
Cold Light Generation
   / Dio Fa
Civilization Phaze III
1994
USA
 
 
The Mothers Of Invention
Let's Make The Water Turn Black
   / Harry You're A Beast
   / The Orange County Lumber Truck (part 1)
   / Oh No
   / The Orange County Lumber Truck (part 2) (live)
Ahead Of Their Time
rec. 1968, rel. 1993
USA
               
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