Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Frank Zappa Reissues and New "Road Tapes, Venue #3" Set Coming on May 27

Frank Zappa's 3-CD Lumpy Money Project/Object set and his 2-CD Road Tapes, Venue #1 and Road Tapes, Venue #2 performance albums will be reissued, and Road Tapes, Venue #3 will debut on May 27 from Zappa Records/UMe. All four titles will be available on CD and digitally.

In 2008, to mark the 40th anniversaries of Frank Zappa's masterworks Lumpy Gravy and We're Only In It For The Money, the Zappa Family Trust assembled an anniversary edition of their Project/Object Audio Documentary series entitled Lumpy Money Project/Object. The expansive release contains three CDs of unique and rare versions of the legendary albums, including the mono mixes for both, as well as many nuggets from the vault, from various studio outtakes to single versions, instrumental mixes, and Frank Zappa interview excerpts. Lumpy Money Project/Object also includes a booklet filled with photos, oddities and featuring liner notes from David Fricke and Gail Zappa. Both albums' mono mixes make their download debuts with the new digital release of Lumpy Money Project/Object.

Zappa worked on Lumpy Gravy and We're Only In It For The Money during essentially the same time period in 1967 and 1968. The original Lumpy Gravy sessions were produced by Nick Venet and recorded at Capitol Studios with a host of primo studio musicians, including members of the famous Wrecking Crew. After delays from Zappa's record company, Lumpy Gravy began anew. Armed with the Lumpy Gravy session tapes and a razor blade, Zappa sat in his New York City apartment and transformed the project into the masterwork collage we know today. We're Only In It For The Money has gone down in history as one of the most essential rock albums of our time. With its scathing messages, use of parody, musique concrète & DADA-ist tendencies, there truly is nothing like it.

The Road Tapes series focuses on Frank Zappa concert audio from the vault that is historical yet sonically less than stellar. Described by the man himself as "Guerilla Recordings," Zappa tried to document every performance. Road Tapes, Venue #1 takes us to summertime 1968, Vancouver, B.C., where the Mothers of Invention played Kerrisdale Arena to an enthusiastic crowd. Captured on mono reel-to-reel, the concert is inspired and showcases a mixture of classic Mothers and live improvisations.

Road Tapes, Venue #2 takes us back to August 1973 in Helsinki, Finland. The performances, compiled from three shows at Finlandia Hall, were recorded by engineer Kerry McNabb while on his first tour with Zappa. This band consists of a lineup that is often regarded as one of Zappa's finest. Stars like George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty, and Ruth Underwood shine. The compositions become increasingly challenging yet still maintain the humor expected at a live Zappa show, making for a potent and rewarding release.

New to the Road Tapes series, Road Tapes, Venue #3 features two complete shows from Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN. The July 1970 Mothers line-up featured Flo & Eddie, George Duke, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar & Jeff Simmons. Frank Zappa's vast Vault does not contain many full shows from this time period, making this release a particularly special one. The tapes were recorded to stereo reel-to-reel, but not without problems. Due to their historical relevance, Zappa Records determined it was worth it, warts 'n all! Venue #3 does not disappoint.

Frank Zappa: Lumpy Money Project/Object [3-CDs; Digital]

Disc 1 

  • Lumpy Gravy (Primordial)
    • I Sink Trap
    • II Gum Joy
    • III Up & Down
    • IV Local Butcher
    • V Gypsy Airs
    • VI Hunchy Punchy
    • VII Foamy Soaky
    • VIII Let's Eat Out
    • IX Teen-Age Grand Finale
  • We're Only In It For The Money
    • Are You Hung Up?
    • Who Needs The Peace Corps?
    • Concentration Moon
    • Mom & Dad
    • Telephone Conversation
    • Bow Tie Daddy
    • Harry, You're A Beast
    • What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?
    • Absolutely Free
    • Flower Punk
    • Hot Poop
    • Nasal Retentive Calliope Music
    • Let's Make The Water Turn Black
    • The Idiot Bastard Son
    • Lonely Little Girl
    • Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
    • What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Reprise)
    • Mother People
    • The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny
Disc 2
  • Lumpy Gravy 1984 UMRK Remix
    • Lumpy Gravy - Part One
    • Lumpy Gravy - Part Two
  • We're Only In It For The Money 1984 UMRK Remix
    • Are You Hung Up?
    • Who Needs The Peace Corps?
    • Concentration Moon
    • Mom & Dad
    • Telephone Conversation
    • Bow Tie Daddy
    • Harry, You're A Beast
    • What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?
    • Absolutely Free
    • Flower Punk
    • Hot Poop
    • Nasal Retentive Calliope Music
    • Let's Make The Water Turn Black
    • The Idiot Bastard Son
    • Lonely Little Girl
    • Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
    • What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Reprise)
    • Mother People
    • The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny
Disc 3
  • How Did That Get In Here? (Recorded on Sunday, 13 February 1967 at Capitol)
  • Lumpy Gravy "Shuffle" (Recorded 21 February 1969 at The New School, NYC)
  • Dense Slight (Lumpy Gravy Building Block by Frank Zappa)
  • Unit 3A, Take 3 (recorded for Lumpy Gravy 14 March 1967 at Capitol)
  • Unit 2, Take 9 (recorded for Lumpy Gravy 14 March 1967 at Capitol)
  • Section 8, Take 22 (recorded for Lumpy Gravy 14 March 1967 at Capitol)
  • "My Favorite Album" (Interview excerpt, 22 October 1971, KBEY- FM, Kansas City)
  • Unit 9 (In Lumpy Gravy, Recorded at Capitol Records)
  • N. Double A, AA (Lumpy Gravy Building Block by Frank Zappa)
  • Theme From Lumpy Gravy (In Lumpy Gravy at Studio Z, Cucamonga)
  • "What The Fuck's Wrong With Her?" (West Village Apt., NYC, working on Lumpy Gravy, late 1967)
  • Intelligent Design (Alternate Frank Zappa building block Recorded at Mayfair)
  • Lonely Little Girl (Original Composition - Take 24) (From the original 8-track masters recorded at Mayfair)
  • "That Problem With Absolutely Free" (Interview, Mixed Media, Detroit, 13 November 1967)
  • Absolutely Free (Instrumental) (Recorded during the "Money" sessions, Mayfair, 6 September 1967)
  • Harry, You're A Beast (Instrumental) (Recorded during the "Money" sessions, Mayfair, 6 September 1967)
  • What's The Ugliest Part of Your Body? (Reprise/Instrumental) (Recorded during the "Money" sessions, Mayfair, 6 September 1967)
  • Creationism (Recorded during the "Money" sessions, Mayfair, 6 September 1967)
  • Idiot Bastard Snoop (Mayfair Studios 1967, Vocal Overdub session snippet as-is)
  • The Idiot Bastard Son (Instrumental) (Interview with David Silver, Boston, 1969)
  • "What's Happening Of The Universe" (Interview with David Silver, Boston, 1969)
  • "The World Will Be A Far Happier Place" (Recorded at Mayfair)
  • Lonely Little Girl (Instrumental) (Recorded during the Money sessions, Mayfair Studios 1967)
  • Mom & Dad (Instrumental) (Recorded during the Money sessions, Mayfair Studios 1967)
  • Who Needs The Peace Corps? (Instrumental) (Recorded during the Money sessions, Mayfair Studios 1967)
  • "Really Little Voice" (Recorded during the Money sessions, Mayfair Studios 1967)
  • Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Instrumental)
  • Lonely Little Girl - The Single [C P 1967] (Released prior to the album in November, 1967)
  • "In Conclusion" (Recorded at Mayfair)

Frank Zappa: Road Tapes, Venue #1 [2-CD; digital] (Kerrisdale Arena, Vancouver B.C. (25 August 1968))

Disc 1
  • The Importance Of An Earnest Attempt (By Hand)
  • Help, I'm A Rock/Transylvania Boogie
  • Flopsmash Musics
  • Hungry Freaks, Daddy
  • The Orange County Lumber Truck
  • The Rewards of a Career in Music
Disc 2
  • Trouble Every Day
  • Shortly: Suite exists of Holiday In Berlin Full Blown
  • Pound For A Brown
  • Sleeping In A Jar
  • Oh, In The Sky
  • Octandre (written by Edgard Varèse)
  • King Kong

Frank Zappa: Road Tapes, Venue #2 [2-CD; digital] (Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland (23, 24 August 1973))

Disc 1
  • Show 3
    • Introcious
    • The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue
    • Kung Fu
    • Penguin In Bondage
  • Show 1
    • Exercise #4
    • Dog Breath
    • The Dog Breath Variations
    • Uncle Meat
    • RDNZL
  • Show 3
    • Montana
    • Your Teeth And Your Shoulders and sometimes your foot goes like this….. / Pojama Prelude
    • Dupree's Paradise
  • Show 1
    • All Skate/Dun-Dun-Dun (The Finnish Hit Single)
Disc 2
  • Show 3
    • Village Of The Sun
    • Echidna's Arf (Of You)
    • Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?
  • Show 2
    • Big Swifty
  • Shows 2, 3
    • Farther O'Blivion
  • Encore, Show 1
    • Brown Shoes Don't Make It

Frank Zappa: Road Tapes, Venue #3 [2-CD; digital] (Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN (5 July 1970))

Disc 1
  • Show 1
    • Tyrone Start The Tape…
    • King Kong
    • Wonderful Wino (Zappa/Simmons)
    • Concentration Moon
    • Mom & Dad
    • The Air
    • Dog Breath
    • Mother People
    • You Didn't Try To Call Me
    • Agon - Interlude (Stravinsky)
    • Call Any Vegetable
    • King Kong / Igor's Boogie
    • It Can't Happen Here
    • Sharleena
  • Show 2
    • The 23rd "Mondellos"
    • Justine (Harris/Terry)
Disc 2
  • Show 2
    • Pound For A Brown
    • Sleeping In A Jar
    • Sharleena
    • "A Piece Of Contemporary Music"
    • The Return Of The Hunchback Duke (incl.: Little House I Used To Live In, Holiday In Berlin)6. Cruising For Burgers
    • Let's Make The Water Turn Black
    • Harry, You're A Beast
    • Oh No/Orange County Lumber Truck
    • Call Any Vegetable
    • Mondello's Revenge
    • The Clap (Chunga's Revenge)

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