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Orchestral Favorites 40th Anniversary Limited Collector's Edition

Frank Zappa

Vinyl

Data aparitiei: 15.09.2019

Gen: Progressive-Rock

Casa de discuri: Zappa Records

169.99 LEI

Descriere

In September 1975, in between trying out new band members and preparing for tour, Zappa scheduled an event at UCLA's Royce Hall. Using his own budget with funds from the surprise hit single "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow," he hired a roughly 37-piece orchestra with the intention to hear his orchestral music played. As Travers details in the liner notes, "Frank supervised everything, hired sound and lights, mixed the front of house sound at times, conducted the orchestra on occasion, and played guitar with them. The program repertoire consisted of complex and challenging music that originates from all time frames of FZ's career. Older themes that predate the original Mothers Of Invention, to brand new pieces hot off the pen, mixed in with some good ol' FZ directed improvisation."

The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Michael Zearott and made up of various live and studio musicians, most of which who had previously worked with Zappa on one of his many projects. They were assembled with the help of Mike Altschul and Earle Dumler who played on The Grand Wazoo and Waka/Jawaka albums. Other familiar names included: Bruce Fowler, Dave Parlato, Ian Underwood, Malcom McNab and Terry Bozzio. Zappa and the orchestra rehearsed for several days, had an afternoon recording session and performed two shows in two nights.

The original album was derived from recording sessions in the afternoon without an audience which was then meticulously edited together by Zappa using a razorblade. Highlights from the record include "Strictly Genteel," part of the finale piece from 200 Motels, the new composition "Pedro's Dowry," a song Zappa wrote instead of going on vacation and famously exclaimed upon completion, "that's the best vacation I ever went on," and the first appearance of the megacomposition "Bogus Pomp." The bonus content on the deluxe edition is filled with nearly two hours of previously unreleased material and contains the entire evening performance from September 18, 1975 complete with Zappa's song introductions and stories. Some of the many standouts include an off-the-cuff version of the classic "Black Napkins," an on-the-fly attempt of "The Adventures of Gregge ry Peccary," and the kind of exciting improvisations that became one of Zappa's trademarks.

Zappa re-worked Orchestral Favorites for CD in 1991 and it has subsequently been reissued several times after his death but with the new master finally matched to the project tone reel, this is the first time the album has ever been presented how the late, great artist intended. Sounding better than it ever has, fans can enjoy this special and historical event in Zappa history in a new way, with the Royce Hall performances sounding as fresh as they did 44 years ago.


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