December 20, 2013 Playlist

Happy Zappa Day!
Frank Vincent Zappa (1940-1993)
The "modern day composer" was born Dec 21st, 1940
 
"One Size Fits All" by Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention (1975)
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention  "One Size Fits All"  1975 (USA)
This month is the 20th anniversary of Frank Zappa's passing, and the Decemer 21 would have been his 73rd birthday. This week's classic album is the final release by one of FZ's most classic lineups, the mid-70's band which featured the late George Duke (vocals & keys), Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals, sax & flute), Chester Thompson (drums), Tom Fowler (bass) and the amazing Ruth Underwood, whose xylophone and marimba licks are almost as much a signature of the Zappa sound as Frank's own guitar (she played on his records on and off since Uncle Meat way back in 1968 when she was still Ruth Komanoff, and was still involved in the waning days of Frank's life). Including one of Zappa's signature songs "Inca Roads" (his big guitar solo concert showcase for much of the era), and without a weak track to be found, this is an underappreciated gem in the FZ discography.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Flo & Eddie
(ex-Mothers Howard Kaylan & Mark Volman with Don Preston, Aynsley Dunbar & Jim Pons)

Feel Older Now The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie 1972
USA
Flo & Eddie
(
ex-Mothers Howard Kaylan & Mark Volman with Don Preston, Aynsley Dunbar & Jim Pons)
I Been Born Again The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie 1972
USA
Jeff Simmons
(occasional Mother, produced by FZ)

I'm In The Music Business Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up 1970
USA
The GTO's
(produced by FZ)

The Captain's Fat Theresa Shoes Permanent Damage 1969
USA
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
(produced by FZ)

Pachuco Cadaver Trout Mask Replica 1969
USA
Geronimo Black
(
ex-Mothers Jimmy Carl Black & Bunk Gardner, and future Zappa/Beefheart member Denny Walley)
L.A. County Jail '59 C/S Geronimo Black 1972
USA
 
  
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
Inca RoadsOne Size Fits All
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
1975
USA
Frank Zappa & The Mothers
(with Jeff Simmons)
Pygmy Twylyte / Dummy Up (live)
Roxy & Elsewhere 1974
USA
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
(with Johnny Guitar Watson & Captain Beefheart)
San Ber'dinoOne Size Fits All
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
1975
USA
Frank Zappa
(with Jeff Simmons)

It Just Might Be A One Shot Deal
Waka/Jawaka 1972
USA
 
  
Chrome Sugar Moog PopsHalf Machine From The Sun: The Lost Tapes 1979-80 (N)2013 (Pledge Music)USA
Emerson Lake & Palmer
The Old Castle / Blues Variation (Mussorgsky - live)
Pictures At An Exhibition
1971
UK
Hatfield & The North
(Big) John Wayne Socks Psychology On The Jaw / Chaos At The Greasy Spoon / The Yes-No Interlude
The Rotters Club
1975
UK
Frank Zappa
Yo Mama
Sheik Yerbouti
1979
USA
 
  
Scott Walker
SDSS1416+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)
Bisch Bosch
2012
USA/UK
Matt Berry SolsticeKill The Wolf (N)2013 (E1 Music)UK
Don Ellis
Open Wide (live)
Live At Montreux
1977
USA
Jean-Luc Ponty
(arranged by FZ, with future Mothers George Duke & Ernie Watts)

America Drinks & Goes Home (Frank Zappa)
King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa
1970
France
 
 
The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano
Mo & Herb's Vacation (First, Second & Third Movements)
Zappa Vol. 1
1983
UK/USA
                 
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