American Composer fl. 1940 - 1993.
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"Dance Me This" released #OnThisDay in 2015. This is the last album FZ completed before his death in 1993, and features compositions performed on the Synclavier. The album also features FZ's last known guitar performance. What is your favorite piece on this album? This is official release #100.#zappa#synclavier http://bit.ly/2tur4ey
"You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4" released #OnThisDay in 1991. The album is a two-CD set of live recordings by FZ, captured between 1969 and 1988.
"This series has taken more than 20 years to put together. It provides a comprehensive collection of unreleased live material (absolutely no overdubs), beginning with the earliest tapes (7½ ips analog two-track), up to the most recent material from the 1988 big-band tour (48 track digital).
Great care has been taken to ensure the best audio quality, however, some early selections by the original Mothers Of Invention, though not exactly “hi-fi,” have been included for the amusement of those fetishists who still believe that the only “good” material was performed by that particular group. (Comparison to the performances of some of the later ensembles should finally put an end to that quaint fantasy.)" — FZ's liner notes.
This is Official Release #56.
"One Shot Deal" released #OnThisDay in 2008. This posthumous release is a collection of two "build reels" constructed by FZ (tracks 1-4 and tracks 8-9), along with the track "Occam's Razor", a guitar solo extract from a live version of the song "Inca Roads". This solo was used in the song "On The Bus" from the album Joe's Garage (1979). This is an example of Zappa's #xenochrony technique. All of these tracks are just as we found them in the Vault, and were Produced/Recorded/Composed/Arranged/Conducted/Constructed/Mixed by FZ and set aside by him for some project about which we can only speculate. This is Official Release #83#Zappa#OneShotDeal http://bit.ly/2siBBvw
"London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I" released on this day in 1983. It features the @londonsymphonyorchestra performing four of FZ's instrumental compositions: "Sad Jane", "Pedro's Dowry", "Envelopes", and "Mo 'n Herb's Vacation" — from sessions recorded in January 1983. The album was recorded using a digital 24-track recorder and was one of the earliest digital multitrack recordings of an orchestra. This is Official Release #38. (London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I was later combined with it’s successor London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II (1987) and remixed and remastered for the combined London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I & II release in 1995.) http://bit.ly/2r8BcMM
The double live album “Make A Jazz Noise Here" released #OnThisDay in 1991, featuring recordings from the 1988 tour. http://bit.ly/2rzYMyX
The Zappa Family Trust will mark the 50th anniversary of Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention’s politically-charged, envelope-pushing sophomore album, Absolutely Free, with an expanded vinyl-exclusive edition on September 29 via Zappa Records/UMe. This double 180-gram LP version will include the original record mastered by Bernie Grundman cut directly from the original analog master tapes and a second disc with 20 minutes of rare and unreleased bonus material, including the “Why Don’tcha Do Me Right?”/“Big Leg Emma” single as well as vintage remixes, radio ads and other audio gems from The Vault on side one, and a laser etching of Zappa’s visage from the album cover on side two. The package features Zappa’s original layout and a reproduction of the rare, highly sought-after “libretto,” a 16-page booklet with a foreword by FZ and lyrics to all the compositions, that was offered only by mail order when originally released. Absolutely Free is available for pre-order now! https://UMe.lnk.to/FZAbsolutelyFreeWe
"Joe's Corsage" released #OnThisDay in 2004, featuring a collection of demos and live material pre-dating The Mothers' debut album "Freak Out!" This is Official Release #72. http://bit.ly/2qD27v9
“Absolutely Free" released 50 years ago on this day in 1967. To celebrate we have a new t-shirt available now AND one week from today, we will continue the celebration when a special vinyl exclusive edition of “Absolutely Free” will be available for pre-order on June 2. Happy 50th Anniversary! Official Release #2. http://bit.ly/2qoErdH
"You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1" released #OnThisDay in 1988. This double disc set of live tracks was the beginning of a six-volume, 12 disc set FZ assembled of live performances throughout his career. Official Release #51#Zappa#live#YCDTOSA http://bit.ly/2qp5Z6b
"Lumpy Gravy" released on this day in 1968. Produced simultaneously with "We're Only In It for the Money", FZ considered "Lumpy Gravy" as the second part of a conceptual continuity that later included his final album, "Civilization Phaze III." “Lumpy Gravy" was also Zappa’s first, official solo project. #Zappa#LumpyGravy#PIPCO#PigsAndPonies http://bit.ly/2qcl7nx