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Orchestral Favorites 40th Anniversay
30 augustus 2019
officiële release - 113

2019 cd-versie

disc 1
Original album (40th remaster)
1. Strictly Genteel
2. Pedro’s Dowry
3. Naval Aviation in Art?
4. Duke of Prunes
5. Bogus Pomp
Bonus track:
6. Strictly Genteel (Keyboard OD Version)

disc 2
bonus tracks:
1. Show Start/Bogus Pomp Explained
2. Bogus Pomp
3. Revised Music for Low-Budget Symphony Orchestra
4. The Story of Pedro’s Dowry
5. Pedro’s Dowry
6. The Story of Rollo
7. Rollo

disc 3
bonus tracks:
  1. Black Napkins Instructions
  2. Black Napkins
  3. Dog/Meat
  4. The Players
  5. Naval Aviation in Art?
  6. “Another Weirdo Number”
  7. Lumpy Gravy (Extract)/Improvisation
  8. Evening at the Hermitage
  9. “A Special Guest Artist”
10. Duke of Prunes
11. “Absolutely Disgusting”
12. The Adventures of Greggery Peccary
13. Strictly Genteel
Frank Zappa: guitar, conductor
Michael Zearott: conductor
Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra:
David Shostac: flute, tenor saxophone
Gary Foster: flute, saxophone (only in the concerts)
Sheridan Stokes: flute, saxophone (only in the recording sessions)
Ray Reed: flute, alto saxophone
Victor Morosco: clarinet, alto saxophone, flute
Jay Migliori: clarinet, tenor saxophone
Mike Altschul: bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
Earle Dumler: oboe, English horn, baritone oboe
John Winter: oboe, English horn
David Sherr: oboe, tenor saxophone
Donald Christlieb: bassoon
JoAnn Caldwell McNab: bassoon
Bobby Tricarico: bassoon, contrabassoon
Gene Goe: trumpet
Malcolm McNab: trumpet
Roy Poper: trumpet
Bruce Fowler: trombone
Jock Ellis: trombone
Dana Hughes: trombone
Don Waldrop: tuba
Arthur Briegleb: French horn
David Duke: French horn
Todd Miller: French horn
Bob Henderson: French horn
Lou Anne Neill: harp
Bobby Dubow: violin
John Wittenberg: violin
Pamela Goldsmith: viola
Jerry Kessler: cello
Mike Lang: keyboards
Ralph Grierson: keyboards
Bill Mays: keyboards
Emil Richards: percussion
Alan Estes: percussion
Tom Raney: percussion
John Bergamo: percussion
Dave Parlato: bass
Terry Bozzio: drums
and maybe even
Don Van Vliet: soprano saxophone (on "Strictly Genteel")
Tommy Morgan: harmonica
André Lewis: organ

Opgenomen: Royce Hall, UCLA, September 18-19, 1975
Orchestral Favorites maakt deel uit van de oorspronkelijk geplande Läther 4lp-box. Voor meer info hierover kijk bij Läther.

Zappa conducting: Royce Hall, 1975

Van de website van Zappa.com/UMe:

Three-disc deluxe edition includes original album remastered from master tapes plus recording of previously unreleased two-hour concert, extensive liner notes and newly created cover art.

When Frank Zappa’s Orchestral Favorites was eventually released in 1979 as part of fulfilling his contract with his contentious former label, the album was dumped into the world along with several other titles without the legendary musician’s permission or quality control. It did not include liner notes or credits and the artwork and audio wasn’t approved by Zappa who publicly criticized it as not being up to his standards. As a result of not receiving any promotion, it was quickly relegated to the bargain bin shortly after its release.

Four decades later, in celebration of the long-beleaguered album’s 40th anniversary, the Zappa Family Trust is righting this wrong and presenting Orchestral Favorites with the audiophile detail and respect it deserves to commemorate the historical event that took place at UCLA’s Royce Hall in September 1975 where the compositions were recorded. On August 30th, Zappa Records/UMe will release a 40th anniversary 3CD deluxe edition featuring brand new proper hi-fi transfers of the original tapes, a newly created cover, and extensive liner notes from Zappa Vaultmeister Joe Travers and former Zappa bandmate Terry Bozzio who recounts performing at the concerts and provides some unique illustrations for the collection. The beautiful packaging includes proper musician credits for the first time and a wealth of stunning rare and never-before-seen photos of the event from the estate’s archives.

Produced by Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers, the comprehensive collection will include the original album plus the entire evening performance from September 18, 1975 spread across two additional discs. After extensive searches in the Vault, the elusive master tone reel, the essential component that contains the alignment tones that help set up the playback of the master tapes that Zappa reportedly did not provide when he turned in the album, was found, allowing the Zappa Family Trust to present the audio as originally intended. Coupled with new hi-res transfers from the original tapes and mastering by Bob Ludwig, the music sounds the best it ever has. The bonus concert features brand new 2019 mixes by Craig Parker Adams from the original 2” 24-track masters. The digital deluxe, which mirrors the 3CD version, includes an instant grat download of a first-time available version of “Revised Music For Low-Budget Symphony Orchestra.”

In September 1975, in between trying out new band members and preparing for tour, Zappa scheduled an event at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Using his own budget with funds from the surprise hit single “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow,” he hired a roughly 37-piece orchestra with the intention to hear his orchestral music played. As Travers details in the liner notes, “Frank supervised everything, hired sound and lights, mixed the front of house sound at times, conducted the orchestra on occasion, and played guitar with them. The program repertoire consisted of complex and challenging music that originates from all time frames of FZ’s career. Older themes that predate the original Mothers Of Invention, to brand new pieces hot off the pen, mixed in with some good ol’ FZ directed improvisation.”

The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Michael Zearott and made up of various live and studio musicians, most of which who had previously worked with Zappa on one of his many projects. They were assembled with the help of Mike Altschul and Earle Dumler who played on The Grand Wazoo and Waka/Jawaka albums. Other familiar names included: Bruce Fowler, Dave Parlato, Ian Underwood, Malcom McNab and Terry Bozzio. Zappa and the orchestra rehearsed for several days, had an afternoon recording session and performed two shows in two nights.

The original album was derived from recording sessions in the afternoon without an audience which was then meticulously edited together by Zappa using a razorblade. Highlights from the record include “Strictly Genteel,” part of the finale piece from 200 Motels, the new composition “Pedro’s Dowry,” a song Zappa wrote instead of going on vacation and famously exclaimed upon completion, “that’s the best vacation I ever went on,” and the first appearance of the megacomposition “Bogus Pomp.” The bonus content on the deluxe edition is filled with nearly two hours of previously unreleased material and contains the entire evening performance from September 18, 1975 complete with Zappa’s song introductions and stories. Some of the many standouts include an off-the-cuff version of the classic “Black Napkins,” an on-the-fly attempt of “The Adventures of Greggery Peccary,” and the kind of exciting improvisations that became one of Zappa’s trademarks.

Zappa re-worked Orchestral Favorites for CD in 1991 and it has subsequently been reissued several times after his death but with the new master finally matched to the project tone reel, this is the first time the album has ever been presented how the late, great artist intended. Sounding better than it ever has, fans can enjoy this special and historical event in Zappa history in a new way, with the Royce Hall performances sounding as fresh as they did 44 years ago.
Verrassing, zomaar een 3cd set van de orkestrale favorieten mét nieuwe foto's. Geremasterd ook maar weer eens. Heel veel extra tracks, het complete concert van één dag, waar ik best nieuwsgierig naar ben. Vooral om te ontdekken waarom die nooit de oude lp gehaald hebben. En ook om te ontdekken hoe de werken in het echt geklonken hebben, want heer Z. heeft behoorlijk zitten snijden en plakken. Mooi vooruitzicht dus! In ieder geval bevalt de voorkant me al goed.

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dutch text 2019 Paul Lemmens © pics etc. ZFT/UMe