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Frank Zappa - The Complete Frank Zappa Project/Object Series - Part II

Frank Zappa nasceu em Baltimore, em 21 de dezembro de 1940. Sua mãe, Rose Marie (de nome de solteira Colimore), era de ascendência italiana e francesa, e seu pai, Francis Vincent Zappa, era um nativo de Partinico, Sicília e tinha ancestrais gregos e libaneses. Frank era o mais velho de quatro irmãos, e tinha dois irmãos e uma irmã. A família mudava-se frequentemente de moradia durante a infância de Zappa porque seu pai, um químico e matemático, teve vários empregos na indústria de defesa dos EUA. Depois de um breve tempo na Flórida na metade dos anos 1940, a família retornou a Maryland, onde o pai de Zappa trabalhou nas instalações do arsenal químico de Edgewood, no Aberdeen Proving Ground. Eles mantinham máscaras de gás em casa para o caso de ocorrer algum acidente no arsenal, que estocava gás mostarda e ficava próximo. Isso teve um profundo efeito no jovem Zappa: referências a germes, guerra biológica e outros aspectos da indústria bélica são encontradas em seu trabalho. Durante a infância, Zappa ficava frequentemente doente, sofrendo de asma, dores de ouvido e problemas nos sinos. Um médico tratou o último injetando uma pastilha de rádio em cada narina de Zappa; pouco se sabia naquele tempo sobre potenciais perigos de ser submetido mesmo a pequenas quantidades de radiação terapêutica. Imagens e referências ao nariz aparecem tanto na sua música quanto nas suas letras, assim como nas capas de álbuns com colagens criadas pelo seu colaborador visual de longo tempo, Muitas das doenças de Zappa na infância poderiam ter surgido da exposição ao gás mostarda; além disso, a sua saúde piorava quando ele estava na área de Baltimore. Em 1952, a sua família mudou-se, principalmente por causa da saúde de Frank. A sua habitação seguinte foi Monterey, onde o pai de Zappa lecionou metalurgia na Naval Postgraduate School. Pouco depois, eles foram para Claremont, e então para El Cajon antes de finalmente se mudarem para San Diego...

Project/Objects, Nos.#4-6

Continuing in my effort to make the complete Frank Zappa Project/Object Series available once again, I pick up with 'Son Of Jazz Noise And Randomonium,' an obvious companion piece to 'Jazz Noise And Randomonium' (which was P/O, No.#3). Both are deconstructions of Frank's jazzier ensembles. Meanwhile, 'Skins, Strings, Electric Things' is just that -- a complex piecing together those Zappa elements that he loved to sprinkle throughout his recordings into a cohesive whole. This one draws from disparate sources in Frank's catalog. Finally, 'The Mothers On Parade' synthesizes material created exclusively by The Mothers Of Invention, nearly everyone's most favorite of the many ensembles that were assembled by Frank over the years.

Keep in mind that these P/O's are not merely individual full length songs all strung together in some sort of neat little playlist. Everything has been edited, rearranged, reconfigured, diced, sliced and run through a blender, then poured into a brand new mold with the objective of creating an alternative view of Zappa's wonderfully provocative and challenging work. 

 Frank Zappa Project/Object, No.#4

 Uncover the details here

 1.) The Black Page (New Age Version)
2.) St. Alphonzo's Pancake Breakfast, Pt. 1
3.) Zomby Woof (Excerpt)
4.) Cosmik Debris (Excerpt)
5.) Fifty-Fifty (Solos)
6.) St. Alphonzo's Pancake Breakfast, Pt. 2
7.) Father O'Blivion (Excerpt)
8.) Apostrophe (')
(Blink And You'll Miss It)
9.) Uncle Remus
"I may have left them in my other bag"
10.) Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?, Pt. 3
11.) Village Of The Sun
12.) Echinda's Arf (Of You)
13.) Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?, Pt. 1
(Minus Miss Ruthie's Solo & An Untold Number Of Additional Bars)
14.) Stolen Moments
15.) Murder By Numbers (w/Mr. Sting)
16.) Penguin In Bondage (Excerpt)
17.) Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?, Pt. 2
18.) Eat That Question
19.) Black Napkins
(Randomonium Boing!)
20.) Big Swifty, Pts. 2 & 3
21.) Penguin In Bondage Again (Excerpt)
22.) The Untouchables
23.) Bacon Fat
"They're really getting professional now"
24.) Sofa No. 1
25.) Son Of Mr. Green Genes (Truncated)
"We all like order in Germany, you know?"
26.) T'Mershi Duween (Truncated)
27.) Dog Breath Variations
28.) Uncle Meat

Source material for 'Son Of Jazz Noise & Randomonium' comes from the following:

Hot Rats (1969)/Over-nite Sensation (1973)
Apostrophe (1974)/Roxy & Elsewhere (1974)
One Size Fits All (1975)/Make A Jazz Noise Here (1991)
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vols. 2 (1988) & 5 (1992)

Frank Zappa Project/Object, No.#5

Discover the components here

Part 1
(Guitars, Drums, & Synclavier Noises)

1.) Let Me Introduce You To My... 'Filthy Habits'
2.) Sexual Harassment In The Workplace
3.) What's New In Baltimore?
4.) A Different Octave
(An explanation of 'The BIG Note' and 'Negative Light'
to which Gilly replies, "I had a dream about that once!")
5.) Beat The Reaper, Pt.1
6.) Waffenspiel
7.) Sleep Dirt
8.) Nine Types Of Industrial Pollution
9.) Project X, Pt.1
10.) Little Greggery Peccary's Big Intro
11.) The Ocean Is The Ultimate Solution (Spot The Differences)
("There are some months when you're not going to work as much")
12.) N-Lite (Lite)

Part 2
(More Guitars, Drums, & Miscellaneous Hullabaloo)

13.) "You! You there with the hard on!"
14.) Zanti Serenade
15.) Well (w/John Lennon & Yoko Ono)
16.) "Where is Johnny Velvet?"
17.) Return Of The Hunchback Duke
(a.k.a. The Little House I Used To Live In)
18.) FZ/JCB Drum Duet
19.) There's No Waiting For The Peanuts To Dissolve
20.) Five-Five-Five
21.) Imaginary Diseases
22.) Stucco Homes, Pts. 1&3

Source material for 'Skins, Strings, Electric Things' comes from the following:

Uncle Meat (1969)/Sleep Dirt (1979)
Shut Up n' Play Yer Guitar (1981)/Guitar (1988)
YCDTOSA, Vol.5 (1992)/Playground Psychotics (1992)
Civilization, Phaze III (1994)/Läther (1996)/Imaginary Diseases (2006)

Frank Zappa Project/Object, No.#6

See the particulars here

1.) Bogus Introduction & Dramatic Build
2.) Duke Of Prunes
3.) Amnesia Vivace
4.) The Duke Regains His Chops
5.) Duke Of Prunes: The Exciting Part!
6.) King Kong (In Full Regalia On The BBC)
7.) No No No (Varnished Version)
8.) The Little House I Used To Live In
(Formerly 'The Duke' a.k.a. 'The Return Of The Son Of The Hunchback Duke')
9.) Call Any Vegetable
10.) Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin
11.) Soft Sell Conclusion
(And Ending Of Side #1 On Absolutely Free & #1 In A Series Of Oratorios)
12.) Who Are The Brain Police? (Remixed Version)
13.) The Voice Of Your Conscience
14.) The BIG Medley
(Let's Make The Water Turn Black/Harry, You're A Beast/
The Orange County Lumber Truck No. #1/Oh No/
The Orange County Lumber Truck No. #2)
15.) America Drinks
16.) Status Back Baby, Pt.1
17.) Lemme Take You To The Beach
18.) I'm Not Satisfied (Remixed Rock Version)
(Not The Greasy Do-Wop One)
19.) Cheap Thrills (Clean Varnished Version)
20.) The Little House I Used To Live In, Pt.3
21.) Status Back Baby, Pt.2
22.) Uncle Bernie's Farm/Son Of Suzy Creamcheese
23.) The Return Of The Son Of Suzy Creamcheese
24.) My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama (Alternate Version)
25.) Flower Punk

Source material for 'The Mothers On Parade' comes from the following:

Freak Out! (1966)/MOFO (2006)
Absolutely Free (1967)/We're Only In It For The Money (1968)
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)/Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1969)
Studio Tan (1978)/Ahead Of Their Time (1993)
and audio from a YouTube video


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