Frank Zappa Lost Episodes

Option: "...Here, you get a taste of Frank's doo-wop roots, his reverence for blues and soul and his passion for expanding the boundaries of jazz..."
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  • Released: November 19, 2012
  • Originally Released: 2012
  • Label: Zappa Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 3/8/96, p.67
"This trove of tidbits from Zappa's vast archives, mostly from the '60s and '70s, convey a solid portrait of the artist's range, rather than being a set of factory seconds....File under Zappaphiliac docudrama." - Rating: B+
Option - 3-4/96, p.131
"...Here, you get a taste of Frank's doo-wop roots, his reverence for blues and soul and his passion for expanding the boundaries of jazz..."
Musician - 5/96, p.102
"...Made for Zappaphiles, it's obscure, diverse, and twisted, which makes it an appropriate intro for FZ novices too."
NME (Magazine) - 2/24/96, p.48
7 (out of 10) - "...Zappa's true brilliance sparkles most fiercely on the unreleased recordings from his OVERNITE SENSATIONS-period Mothers line-up of the early-'70s....works...as an appetite-whetting introduction for the mildly curious..."

Tracks:

  • 1.The Blackouts
  • 2.Lost in a Whirlpool
  • 3.Ronnie Sings?
  • 4.Kenny's Booger Story
  • 5.Ronnie's Booger Story
  • 6.Mount St. Mary's Concert Excerpt
  • 7.Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
  • 8.Tiger Roach
  • 9.Run Home Slow Theme
  • 10.Fountain of Love
  • 11.Run Home Cues, #2
  • 12.Any Way the Wind Blows
  • 13.Run Home Cues, #3
  • 14.Charva
  • 15.The Dick Kunc Story
  • 16.Wedding Dress Song
  • 17.Handsome Cabin Boy
  • 18.Cops & Buns - (featuring NYPD/Studio Denizens)
  • 19.The Big Squeeze
  • 20.I'm a Band Leader - (featuring Captain Beefheart)
  • 21.Alley Cat
  • 22.The Grand Wazoo
  • 23.Wonderful Wino
  • 24.Kung Fu
  • 25.RDNZL
  • 26.Basement Music #1
  • 27.Inca Roads
  • 28.Lil' Clanton Shuffle
  • 29.I Don't Wanna Get Drafted
  • 30.Sharleena

Product Description:

THE LOST EPISODES is a collection of rare and previously-unreleased tracks spanning Frank Zappa's career.
Personnel includes: Frank Zappa (vocals, guitar, kazoo, piano, celeste, Synclavier, synthesizer, bass, drums, percussion); Don "Sugar Cane" Harris (vocals, violin, electric violin); Tommy Mars (vocals, keyboards); Wayne Lyles, Don "Captain Beefheart" Van Vliet, Ronnie Williams, Kenny Williams, Ricky Lancelotti, Terry Bozzio, Dale Bozzio, Ray White, Ike Willis, Ray Collins, All-Night John (vocals); Elwood Jr. Madeo, Bobby Zappa (guitar); Elliot "Winged Eel Fingerling" Ingber (slide guitar); Jean-Luc Ponty (violin); Ian Underwood (woodwinds, saxophone, Fender Rhodes electric piano, keyboards); Tony Rodriguez (alto saxophone); Chuck Foster, Sal Marquez (trumpet); Bruce Fowler (trombone); Danny Helferin, Terry Wimberly (piano); Don Preston, George Duke (keyboards); Art Tripp (marimba, vibraphone); Roy Estrada, Caronga Ward, Janschi, Erroneous, Tom Fowler, Arthur Barrow, Max Bennett (bass); Chuck Grove, Vic Mortenson, Jimmy Carl Black, John "Drumbo" French, Aynsley Dunbar, Chester Thompson, Ralph Humphrey, John Guerin, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Ruth Underwood (percussion); Dick Barber.
Engineers: Paul Buff, Frank Zappa, Gary Kellgren, Kerry McNab.
Recorded between 1958 and 1992. Includes a 52-page booklet with liner notes and track-by-track annotations by Rip Rense.
Liner Note Authors: Gabor Csupo; Rip Rense.
Recording information: Apostolic, New York, NY (1961-1963); Art Laboe's Original Sound, Hollywood, CA (1961-1963); Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA (1961-1963); Mayfair Studio, New York, NY (1961-1963); Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA (1961-1963); Ocean Way Recorders, Hollywood, CA (1961-1963); Ontario, CA (1961-1963); Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA (1961-1963); Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA (1961-1963); Studio Z, Cucamonga, CA (1961-1963); Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA (1961-1963); Zappa Basement, Los Angeles, CA (1961-1963); Apostolic, New York, NY (1963); Art Laboe's Original Sound, Hollywood, CA (1963); Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA (1963); Mayfair Studio, New York, NY (1963); Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA (1963); Ocean Way Recorders, Hollywood, CA (1963); Ontario, CA (1963); Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA (1963); Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA (1963); Studio Z, Cucamonga, CA (1963); Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA (1963); Zappa Basement, Los Angeles, CA (1963); Apostolic, New York, NY (1967); Art Laboe's Original Sound, Hollywood, CA (1967); Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA (1967); Mayfair Studio, New York, NY (1967); Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA (1967); Ocean Way Recorders, Hollywood, CA (1967); Ontario, CA (1967); Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA (1967); Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA (1967); Studio Z, Cucamonga, CA (1967); Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA (1967); Zappa Basement, Los Angeles, CA (1967); Apostolic, New York, NY (1969); Art Laboe's Original Sound, Hollywood, CA (1969); Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA (1969); Mayfair Studio, New York, NY (1969); Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA (1969); Ocean Way Recorders, Hollywood, CA (1969); Ontario, CA (1969); Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA (1969); Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA (1969); Studio Z, Cucamonga, CA (1969); Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA (1969); Zappa Basement, Los Angeles, CA (1969); Apostolic, New York, NY (1969-1978); Art Laboe's Original Sound, Hollywood, CA (1969-1978); Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA (1969-1978); Mayfair Studio, New York, NY (1969-1978); Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA (1969-1978); Ocean Way Recorders, Hollywood, CA (1969-1978); Ontario, CA (1969-1978); Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA (1969-1978); Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA (1969-1978); Studio Z, Cucamonga, CA (1969-1978); Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA (1969-1978); Zappa Basement, Los Angeles, CA (1969-1978); Apostolic, New York, NY (1970); Art Laboe's Original Sound, Hollywood, CA (1970); Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA (1970); Mayfair Studio, New York, NY (1970); Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA (1970); Ocean Way Recorders, Hollywood, CA (1970); Ontario, CA (1970); Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA (1970); Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA (1970); Studio Z, Cucamonga, CA (1970); Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA (1970); Zappa Basement, Los Angeles, CA (1970); Apostolic, New York, NY (1972); Art Laboe's Original Sound, Hollywood, CA (1972); Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA (1972); Mayfair Studio, New York, NY (1972); Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA (1972); Ocean Way Recorders, Hollywood, CA (1972); Ontario, CA (1972); Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA (1972); Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA (1972); Studio Z, Cucamonga, CA (1972); Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA (1972); Zappa Basement, Los Angeles, CA (1972); Apostolic, New York, NY (1972-1973); Art Laboe's Original Sound, Hollywood, CA (1972-1973); Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA (1972-1973); Mayfair Studio, New York, NY (1972-1973); Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA (1972-1973); Ocean Way Recorders, Hollywood, CA (1972-1973); Ontario, CA (1972-1973); Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA (1972-1973); Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA (1972-1973); Studio Z, Cucamonga, CA (1972-1973); Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA (1972-1973); Zappa Basement, Los Angeles, CA (1972-1973); Apostolic, New York, NY (1980); Art Laboe's Original Sound, Hollywood, CA (1980); Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA (1980).
Editor: Frank Zappa.
Illustrator: Gabor Csupo.
Photographers: Hal Wilson; Diva Zappa.
Arranger: Frank Zappa.
This lavish set (a 30-song CD accompanied by a 48-page book and all enclosed in a slipcase) was among Frank Zappa's final projects before his death in late '93. It was assembled from over thirty years of recordings. The earliest are from '59--one is of The Blackouts in which Zappa was the drummer, while the other features Don Van Vliet as vocalist with the Zappa brothers (Frank on Bobby) on guitars. There's a '61 recording of "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" (which made its official recorded debut seven years later on The Mothers Of Invention's WE'RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY), audio verite snippets, and film soundtrack music Zappa scored and recorded in '63. There are also solo pieces scored for synthesizers and original versions of pieces recorded by his '70s and '80s bands. From doo-wop to Edgar Varese, this is as close to autobiographical as any one Zappa album can be--and smartly edited and sequenced to boot!

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