American Composer fl. 1940 - 1993.
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Experience slices of #Zappa audio history from the Vault with this #BlackFriday bundle of the Joe's Corsaga series, from your friends at Zappa Records! Includes all 5 Corsagas:
- Joe's Corsage CD
- Joe's Domage CD
- Joe's Xmasage CD
- Joe's Menage CD
- Joe's Camouflage
RSD Motherlode! Get previous @RecordStoreDay releases in this exclusive #BlackFriday bundle from your friends at #Zappa Records!
Bundle includes: - Big Leg Emma/Why Don'tcha Do Me Right? 7”
- I'm The Slime/Montana Yellow/Green 7”
- Don't Eat The Yellow Snow/Down In De Dew 7”
- 200 Motels/What's The Name of Your Group Purple 7”
- Help I'm A Rock - Red 12”
"Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention" released #OnThisDay in 1985. The album's title is a reference to the lobby group, the PMRC, who were campaigning to require record companies to put warning stickers on albums they considered offensive. http://bit.ly/2hOMrqd
"Francesco Zappa" released #OnThisDay in 1984. The album features chamber music by the Italian composer Francesco Zappa (fl. 1763-1788) - His First Digital Recording in over 200 Years - performed by The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort, Conducted by Frank Zappa.
Despite the last name, the two Zappas are not related. Cover painting by Donald Roller Wilson. This is Official FZ Release #42. http://bit.ly/2zZliFF
The double album “Joe’s Garage Acts II & III” was released #OnThisDay in 1979 - the sequel to "Joe's Garage Act I" which was released 2 months earlier. The album notably features the incredible "Watermelon In Easter Hay" - a song that FZ identified as one of his 3 signature tunes.
This is Official FZ Release #29. What's your favorite track from Joe's Garage Acts II & III?
"Things in America can be from hell. Right now we have a president from hell, and the National Security Council from hell, so we should add Jazz from Hell also." - FZ, interviewed at the start of his home video "Video from Hell." "Jazz From Hell" released #OnThisDay in 1986. All compositions were executed by Frank Zappa on the Synclavier DMS with the exception of "St. Etienne", a guitar solo excerpted from a live performance Zappa gave of "Drowning Witch" during a concert in Saint-Étienne, France, on his 1982 tour. FZ won a 1988 #Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for this album.
Official FZ Release #47. What's your favorite piece from this album? http://bit.ly/2z53knR
"Trance-Fusion" is an album of #guitar solos completed by Frank Zappa shortly before his death, but not released until November 7, 2006. FZ had previously released several other albums consisting entirely of guitar solos: the Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar (1981, 1982) series, Guitar (1988), the cassette-only The Guitar World According to Frank Zappa (1987), and the posthumous Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute (1996). This is Official FZ Release #79. What's your favorite song on "Trance-Fusion"? http://bit.ly/2m1GIhZ
"Hammersmith Odeon" released #OnThisDay in 2010 on Vaulternative Records. This triple album was released to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Frank #Zappa's birth, and features performances culled from live recordings by FZ from the series of 4 concerts played at the Hammersmith Odeon, London over January 25, 26, & 27, and February 28, 1978. Although these concerts provided the basic tracks for the "Sheik Yerbouti" album, "Hammersmith Odeon" features alternative versions of these songs - none of which have been previously released. The tracklisting mirrors that of the concerts performed. This is Official FZ Release #89. What's your favorite performance from this album? http://bit.ly/2lY3A21
"Road Tapes, Venue 2" released #OnThisDay in 2013 on Vaulternative Records. The double live album features selections from 3 shows recorded at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland: Show 1 & 2 - 23 August 1973, and Show 3 - 24 August 1973. From these shows, Vaultmeister Joe Travers compiled the best sounding and the best performances based on the sequence and flow of Show 3. This is Official FZ Release #96. What's your favorite track from this album? http://bit.ly/2gYHydA
"Road Tapes, Venue 1" released #OnThisDay in 2012 through Vaulternative Records. It is a double live album recorded at Kerrisdale Arena, Vancouver, on August 25, 1968. This is Official FZ Release #92. What's your favorite track from "Road Tapes, Venue 1"? http://bit.ly/2xI27yc
"Carnegie Hall" released #OnThisDay in 2011. This 4CD set is the official release of the live recording of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention's debut (and only two) performances at the titular New York City's @CarnegieHall on October 11, 1971, and also includes the opening set by support act The Persuasions. This is Official FZ Release #91. What's your favorite track from this album? http://bit.ly/2znaGDd
"Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute" released #OnThisDay in 1996. The album features a collection of compositions FZ considered his "signature tunes". These were "Zoot Allures", "Black Napkins" and "Watermelon in Easter Hay". The album compiles the original album versions of these three pieces, along with an alternate, live take of each, and the track "Merely a Blues in A", a blues improvisation recorded in Paris in 1974. This is Official FZ Release #66. What's your favorite track from this album? http://bit.ly/2xEZddn