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Zappa Picks [Larry LaLonde]

  • 1. Five-Five-Five
    2. Dumb All Over
    3. Alien Orifice
    4. Camarillo Brillo
    5. Evelyn, A Modified Dog
    6. Wild Love
    7. G-Spot Tornado
    8. Dog Breath
    9. Little Umbrellas
    10. Fine Girl
    11. Sofa No. 2
    12. Village of the Sun
    13. Echidna's Arf (Of You)
    14. Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station
    15. St. Alphonso's Pancake Breakfast
    16. Black Page, No. 2
    17. Fembot in a Wet T-Shirt
    18. On the Bus
    19. Doreen
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10585

  • Credits

    Personnel: Frank Zappa (vocals, conductor, guitar, synthesizer, bass, percussion); Ike Willis (vocals, guitar); Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals, flute, tenor saxophone); George Duke (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer);
    Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Dale Bozzio (vocals); Don Pardo (spoken vocals); Ray White, Steve Vai, Warren Curcurillo, Adrian Belew (guitar, background vocals); Denny Walley (slide guitar, background vocals); Jean Luc Ponty, Sugar Cane Harris (violin); Ian Underwood (flute, clarinet, alto & tenor saxophones, piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Peter Wolf (keyboards); Patrick O'Hearn (bass, background vocals); Jack Bruce (bass); Terry Bozzio (drums, percussion, background vocals); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums, background vocals).
    Producer: Frank Zappa.
    Compilation producer: Larry LaLonde.
    Includes liner notes by Larry LaLonde.
    This is part of Rykodisc " Zappa Picks" series.
    Personnel: Frank Zappa (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, percussion, background vocals); Bob Harris (vocals, soprano, trumpet, keyboards); Steve Vai (vocals, guitar); Denny Walley (vocals, slide guitar); Eddie Jobson (vocals, violin, keyboards); Ian Underwood (vocals, flute, clarinet, woodwinds, saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano, organ, keyboards); Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals, flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone, background vocals); Motorhead Sherwood (vocals, tenor saxophone); Sal Marquez (vocals, trumpet); George Duke (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Tommy Mars, Bobby Martin (vocals, keyboards); Ike Willis, Mike Keneally (vocals, synthesizer); Terry Bozzio (vocals, drums, percussion); Davey Moire (vocals, background vocals); Al Malkin, Ahmet, Howard Kaylan, Jim Pons, Jimmy Carl Black, Adrian Belew, Mark Volman, Patrick O'Hearn , Arthur Barrow, Ray White (vocals); Jean-Luc Ponty (violin, baritone violin); Lou Marini (flute, alto saxophone); Tom "Bones" Malone (piccolo, trumpet, trombone); Craig Stewart, Bloodshot Rollin' Red (harmonica); David Ocker (clarinet, bass clarinet); Ronnie Cuber (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Kurt McGettrick (e flat clarinet, baritone saxophone); Paul Carman (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Albert Wing (tenor saxophone); Marginal Chagrin (baritone saxophone); Stumuk (bass saxophone); Walt Fowler (trumpet, flugelhorn, synthesizer); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Bruce Fowler (trombone); Peter Wolf (keyboards); Ruth Underwood (synthesizer, vibraphone, marimba, percussion); Don Preston (synthesizer); Scott Thunes (mini-Moog synthesizer, electric bass); Ed Mann (vibraphone, marimba, percussion, electronic percussion, background vocals); David Samuels (vibraphone, timpani); Chad Wackerman (drums, electronic percussion); Chester Thompson , David Logerman, Jim Gordon , John Guerin, Ralph Humphrey, Aynsley Dunbar, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Susie Glover, Robert Camarena, Debbie, Kerry McNabb, Ray Collins, Ruben Guevara (background vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Larry LaLonde.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Vinnie Colaiuta.
    Frank Zappa died in 1993, and his music never got consistent airplay on the radio (aside from college stations), so Rykodisc, the label that acquired the rights to issue most of Zappa's recordings, sought new ways to market his music to a younger audience. Their ingenious solution was to have musicians such as Larry LaLonde of Primus put together their own anthologies of favorite tracks by Zappa. LaLonde is a true Zappa connoisseur, mixing 19 tracks from 16 different Zappa albums, primarily recordings made during the 1970s. Although many newcomers to Zappa's music are attracted to the goofy and sometimes controversial lyrics, as on "Dumb All Over," LaLonde also shares instrumentals like the blazing guitar feature "Five-Five-Five," the subtle "Little Umbrellas," and the wild "G-Spot Tornado" (performed on the Synclavier). The guest anthology producer's laudatory liner notes praise Zappa's influence on him as a musician, though he also mentions how much of a challenge much of the late composer's material is to perform. Even though Zappa himself produced several anthologies of his music prior to his death, and longtime Zappa collectors might prefer a different mix of tracks, this CD may prove an effective way to create a new generation of Zappa fans who were too young to enjoy his music while he was still recording. ~ Ken Dryden

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