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"Frank Zappa, Later Works - OBI Box Set - 6 CDs"

FRANK ZAPPA - LATER WORKS - Japanese OBI MINI REPLICA LP TITLES making a 6 CD Box Set - WITH BONUS COLLECTORS BOX Japanese OBI MINI REPLICA BOX SET Japanese re-mastered Mini LP replica Limited Edition Collection Recorded from the finest Original Masters available. Each title Comes with anti-static sleeves similar to Vinyl LPs, Cardboard packaging exact to the original LP, plastic wrap cases for protection of each collectible Actual miniaturized version of the 12" LP in 4" CD version Special VERY RARE LIMITED EDITION BOX SET ONLY PRODUCED ON FUTURES FOR THIS ONE TIME PRESSING -- were only available in Japan. Limited Japanese FRANK ZAPPA/LATER WORKS box includes A BONUS ADDITIONAL BOX PLUS THESE 6 Japanese OBI MINI REPLICA LP'S. - DOES HUMOR BELONG IN MUSIC - Originally released only in Europe without permission, Does Humor Belong In Music? was reworked by Zappa and released with much more material on CD. A snapshot of Zappa's 1984 band, this live album showcases the pared-down group's energy and ability on a set of concert favorites (with a few special oddities thrown in for good measure). The opening version of the instrumental "Zoot Allures" is one of the best takes on that song released on CD, and the closing "Whippin' Post" finds Zappa trading guitar licks with his son Dweezil. Often overshadowed by some of his other touring ensembles, this group--featuring Chad Wackerman, Scott Thunes, Bobby Martin, Allan Zavod and the dual frontmen of Ike Willis and Ray White-is distinctive and talented, and their performances on songs like "Let's Move to Cleveland" and "What's New in Baltimore" are essential to any Zappa collection. --Andrew Boscardin From the Label "Does Humor Belong in Music?"....like, you had to ask? This live album of highlights from the 1984 tour was originally released in Europe only, and has now been made available here with a spiffy new Cal Schenkel cover replacing the crummy graphics of the import (for you hardcore collectors, the performances are totally different from the ones on the video of the same name). The material is a good cross-section of FZ's sets at the time, opening with a majestic "Zoot Allures" and moving through the topical "Hot-Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel" (making its recorded debut); and the instrumental solo showpiece "Let's Move to Cleveland," plus a discreet bit of doggerel called "Cock-Suckers' Ball" that's appeared nowhere else (FZ learned this one off a bootleg tape by a '50s doo-wop outfit). For the finale, there's an encore version of "Whippin' Post" featuring Dweezil on guitar. This was the last song from the last show of what Zappa intended to be his last tour, though he hit the road one more time in 1988. PLAYGROUND PSYCHOTICS (2CD'S) - You wanted more old Mothers, you got 'em: This "archival" double CD, originally released in 1992, features performances and assorted dialogue snippets from the early 70s version of The Mothers, recorded onstage at NYC's Fillmore East, UCLA's Pauley Pavilion and The Rainbow Theatre in London, and offstage in various locales. This was the Flo & Eddie version of the band, with the ex-Turtles lending their quintessential California harmonies to some of the Mothers' funniest moments as well as their most straight-ahead rockers. Of special interest is the John Lennon & Yoko Ono guest appearance at The Fillmore in 1971. It had been Lennon's first onstage appearance in nearly two years and his last for a long while, performing the blues standard "Well (Baby Please Don't Go)" and a long jam during which Yoko was tied up in a sack. This performance was heard in excerpted form on Lennon/Ono's album SOMETIME IN NEW YORK CITY; now it can finally be heard in context. Track Listings Disc: 1 1. Here Comes the Gear, Lads [Live] 2. Living Garbage Truck [Live] 3. Typical Sound Track [Live] 4. This Is Neat [Live] 5. Motel Lobby [Live] 6. Getting Stewed [Live] 7. Motel Room [Live] 8. Don't Take Me Down [Live] 9. Dressing Room [Live] 10. Learning "Penis Dimension" [Live] 11. You There, With the Hard On [Live] 12. Zanti Serenade [Live] 13. Divan [Live] 14. Sleeping in a Jar [Live] 15. Don't Eat There [Live] 16. Brixton Still Life [Live] 17. Super Grease [Live] 18. Wonderful Wino [Live] 19. Sharleena [Live] 20. Cruisin' for Burgers [Live] 21. Diptheria Blues [Live] 22. Well [Live] 23. Say Please [Live] 24. Scumbag [Live] 25. Small Eternity With Yoko Ono [Live] Disc: 2 1. Beer Shampoo [Live] 2. Champagne Lecture [Live] 3. Child Perversions [Live] 4. Playground Psychotics [Live] 5. Mudshark Interview [Live] 6. There's No Lust in Jazz [Live] 7. Botulism on the Hoof [Live] 8. You Got Your Armies [Live] 9. Spew King [Live] 10. I'm Doomed [Live] 11. Status Back Baby [Live][#] 12. London Cabtape [Live] 13. Concentration Moon, Pt. 1 [Live] 14. Sanzini Brothers [Live] 15. It's a Good Thing We Get Paid to Do This [Live] 16. Concentration Moon, Pt. 2 [Live] 17. Mom and Dad [Live] 18. Intro to Music for Low Budget Orchestra 19. Billy the Mountain [Live] 20. He's Watching Us [Live] 21. If You're Not a Professional Actor [Live] 22. He's Right [Live] 23. Going for the Money [Live] 24. Jeff Quits [Live] 25. Bunch of Adventures [Live] 26. Martin Lickert's Story [Live] 27. Great Guy [Live] 28. Bad Acting [Live] 29. Worst Reviews [Live] 30. Version of Himself [Live] 31. I Could Be a Star Now [Live] AHEAD OF THEIR TIME - Ahead of their time? No kidding. Another archival release, from 1993, this documents the early Mothers Of Invention as they perform live, along with members of The BBC Symphony Orchestra, at London's Royal Festival Hall in October of 1968. FZ spent some time in court dodging archaic British obscenity laws as a result of these very shows, so listen with some respect. Track Listings 1. Prologue (Bogus Pomp) 2. Progress? 3. Like It or Not 4. Jimmy Carl Black Philosophy Lesson 5. Holding the Group Back 6. Holiday in Berlin 7. Rejected Mexican Pope Leaves the Stage 8. Undaunted, the Band Plays On 9. Agency Man 10. Epilogue 11. King Kong 12. Help, I'm a Rock 13. Transylvania Boogie 14. Pound for a Brown 15. Sleeping in a Jar 16. Let's Make the Water Turn Black 17. Harry, You're a Beast 18. Orange County Lumber Truck, Pt. 1 19. Oh No 20. Orange County Lumber Truck, Pt. 2 THE YELLOW SHARK - Released shortly after his death in 1993, The Yellow Shark represents one of the only accurate performances of Frank Zappa's "serious" orchestral music--at least as far as the composer was concerned. Assembled from a series of sold-out performances in Germany by the Ensemble Moderne, the set includes re-workings of old favorites like "The Dog Breath Variations" and "Uncle Meat," live arrangements of some of his hairiest computer music like "The Girl in the Magnesium Dress" and "G-Spot Tornado" and new works by Zappa composed specifically for the event. The performances are astonishing and the music? Pure Zappa The 26-member Ensemble Modern performs FZ's 'most-humanly-impossible-to-play' compositions. Piano duets, string quintets & small ballets. Simply exquisite, with a 60-page booklet to explain it all. Originally released in 1993, it stayed on the classical chart for most of `94. Includes the tracks 'Outrage At Valdez,' 'None Of The Above,' & 'Welcome To The United States', plus arrangements of some of the most fiendishly difficult pieces from FZ's back catalogue & even a 'greatest hit' or two (some would pick this as the definitive version of 'Dog Breath Variations'). Sadly, this was the last album released by FZ during his lifetime Track Listings 1. Intro 2. Dog Breath Variations 3. Uncle Meat 4. Outrage at Valdez 5. Times Beach II 6. III Revised 7. Girl in the Magnesium Dress 8. Be-Bop Tango 9. Ruth Is Sleeping 10. None of the Above 11. Pentagon Afternoon 12. Questi Cazzi Di Piccione 13. Times Beach III 14. Food Gathering in Post-Industrial America, 1992 15. Welcome to the United States 16. Pound for a Brown 17. Exercise, No. 4 18. Get Whitey 19. G-Spot Tornado THE LOST EPISODES - Frank Zappa personally compiled this new Rykodisc collection of studio rarities, alternate versions, and unreleased tracks as one of his last projects -- not only as a way of paying tribute to many of the people who had affected his life but also as a gesture of appreciation to his fans. Assembled as a kind of after-hours project over 18 months in 1992 and 1993, THE LOST EPISODES includes 30 tracks spanning 1958-1972, with short detours to 1980 and 1992. Tracks of particular note include "Ronny's Booger Story" and "Kenny's Booger Story," which shed new light on the (ahem) incidents which inspired "Let's Make the Water Turn Black," an early, jazz samba arrangement of "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance," "Lil' Clanton Shuffle," a blues jam left off 1969's HOT RATS which features Sugar Cane Harris on violin, original recordings of such Zappa gems as "RDNZL" and "Inca Roads," the 1980 single version of "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted," and five tracks featuring the vocal stylings of Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) including one of the earliest Zappa-Beefheart studio collaborations, "Tiger Roach." TLE's cover art is by Gabor Csupo, founder of Klasky-Csupo Animation, the people who originally animated The Simpsons and now bring you Duckman and Rugrats. Packaged in a deluxe slipcase, the album is accompanied by a 52-page booklet with extensive liner notes by music journalist Rip Rense, including detailed commentary about each song derived from interviews with Zappa, engineer Spencer Chrislu, and a plethora of FZ's musical associates including Vliet, Ruth Underwood, Terry Bozzio, and James "Motorhead" Sherwood. Both Rense and Csupo contributed to this package at Zappa's request. From his early rock combos of the late 50's to the primitive early-60's Studio Z era, through the state-of-the-art Utility Muffin Research Kitchen to just about anywhere else FZ ever turned on a tape recorder, THE LOST EPISODES is an autobiographical glimpse behind the scenes of Zappa's long and varied recording career and a fascinating look at one of "popular music's most brilliant -- and daunting -- figures" (Chicago Sun-Times). If you want to know the story of the time Zappa shared a stage with Louis Armstrong, if you want to hear FZ's Clio Award-winning music for a 1967 Luden's Cough Drop commercial, or if you simply want to know the meaning of the word "eructation," THE LOST EPISODES is the disc you need. Track Listings 1. 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. Dick Kunc Story 16. Wedding Dress Song 17. Handsome Cabin Boy 18. Cops & Buns 19. Big Squeeze 20. I'm a Band Leader 21. Alley Cat 22. Grand Wazoo 23. Wonderful Wino 24. Kung Fu 25. RDNZL 26. Basement Music, No. 1 27. Inca Roads 28. Lil' Clanton Shuffle 29. I Don't Wanna Get Drafted 30. Sharleena HAVE I OFFENDED SOMEONE- Although Zappa did not provide notes with the Offended? master tape, this compilation could be considered his idea of a "Best Of," and indeed, this collection features many of the tunes that first attracted legions of fans to his music. The aforementioned "Valley Girl," with vocals by daughter Moon Unit, was Zappa's highest charting US single ever, reaching #32 in Billboard and earned Grammy nominations for Moon and FZ (his second), while the accompanying album, 1982's Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch, reached #23. But despite the commercial acclaim of the single and album, Zappa's ironic sensibilities were lost on the public and the media. Said Zappa in an interview with Josef Woodard, "The worst thing about that record is the fact that nobody really listened to it... The whole coverage of the song barely mentioned what the song was really saying, that these people are really airheads." Nevertheless, the song's success triggered a movement of sorts, with "Valley Girl" T-shirts, lunch boxes, cosmetics, and offers for a TV series and a film (eventually made without Zappa's participation). A few years earlier, Zappa's 1979 album Sheik Yerbouti (which spawned the US hit "Dancin' Fool," a depiction of the male of the species in a disco frenzy) also contained two of his most razor-sharp and funny portrayals, "Jewish Princess" and "Bobby Brown Goes Down," both of which are included on Have I Offended Someone? Both songs sparked controversy. "Jewish Princess" brought a protest from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, who asked the FCC to ban it from radio airplay. Zappa said the song was satire, threatened to sue, and refused to apologize. He's quoted in The Real Frank Zappa Book as saying, "...unlike The Unicorn, such creatures do exist--and deserve to be commemorated with their own special opus." "Bobby Brown Goes Down" is perhaps the oddest of Zappa's successes. This colorful tale of a young man's encounter with a dyke named Freddie" would never get airplay in the US, but it reached the top ofthe charts in Norway and Austria, was Top Ten in Germany and remains a favorite in territories where English is not the primary language. Said Zappa to Matt Groening in a 1992 Guitar World interview, "I don't think anything has outsold Sheik Yerbouti, partly because "Bobby Brown" keeps becoming a hit every ten years... I think it was back on the charts again in Norway. For no apparent reason, it was back." Have I Offended Someone? also contains two previously unreleased live versions of popular tunes: "Tinsel Town Rebellion," Zappa's picture of music business execs and musicians joined in an insincere tango in Hollywood ("Did you know that in Tinsel Town the people there think substance is a bore/But if your New Wave group looks good they'll hurry on back for more... But then again this system works as perfect as a dream/It works for all those record company pricks who come to skim the cream") and "Dumb All Over," Zappa's scathing rap on televangelists, and one of the most remarkable performances included here.But Have I Offended Someone? is more than great music and humorous lyrics; this collection illuminates Frank Zappa's fearlessness in dealing with "sensitive" subjects and underscores his courage in refusing to back down for fear of media, corporate, political or religious censorship or disapproval. His year-long campaign in the mid-80s fighting the PMRC and album rating stickers is well documented, particularly in the "Porn Wars" chapter of The Real Frank Zappa Book. His dedication to the cause of artistic liberty is examplified by his testimony before the Maryland State Legislature, which opened with these words: "It is my personal feeling that lyrics cannot harm anyone. There is no sound that you can make with your mouth, or word that will come out of your mouth, that is so powerful that it will make you go to hell."As Ed Sanders' liner notes for Offended? point out, "It is clear from my decades with the Fugs that there are oodles of humans out there who thirst for the lascivious chants of Have I Offended Someone?... I also know there will be oodles who will listen askance at this gathering of the Zappa legacy." The selections included here are bound to provoke negative reactions from many quarters--potentially offended parties being women, men, gays, jews, catholics, musicians, music business executives, the religious right and the French. It should be noted, however, that Zappa steadfastly defended freedom of speech for 30 years, persistently writing songs about sensitive (but truthful) issues, even in the face of attack and criticism ("rock" and otherwise).Oh yes, about "rock criticism." Zappa never shied away from saying what he really thought about rock critics. His most famous quote on the subject is included in the chapter entitled "Sticks & Stones" in The Real Frank Zappa Book; "Definition of rock journalism: People who can't write, doing interviews with people who can't think, in order to prepare articles for people who can't read." Limited edition Japanese-only box set containing several of Frank Zappa's later works, all housed in miniature LP sleeves. These are Japanese digitally re-mastered Mini LP replica CDs (the OBI Edition). This Limited Edition Collection has only VERY FEW made world-wide and are immediately Out of Print. Recorded from the finest Original Masters available. Comes with anti-static sleeves similar to Vinyl LPs, Cardboard packaging like an LP. Actual miniaturized version of the 12inch LP in 4inch CD version
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