domingo, 26 de julho de 2015

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


Biografia:
Por 1956, a família Zappa mudou-se para Lancaster, uma pequena cidade agrária no Antelope Valley do deserto de Mojave perto da Edwards Air Force Base, no norte do Condado de Los Angeles. A mãe de Zappa encorajou-o nos seus interesses musicais. Apesar de desgostar da música de Varèse, ela foi indulgente o suficiente para dar ao seu filho uma chamada de longa distância para o compositor como um presente de aniversário de quinze anos. Infelizmente, Varèse estava na Europa no momento, então Zappa falou com a esposa do compositor. Ele depois recebeu uma carta de Varèse agradecendo-o pelo seu interesse e contando sobre uma composição em que ele estava trabalhando, chamada "Déserts". Zappa achou muito excitante viver na cidade deserta de Lancaster. Varèse convidou-o a visitá-lo se ele fosse a Nova Iorque. O encontro nunca ocorreu (Varèse morreu em 1965), mas Zappa enquadrou a carta e a manteve, mostrando-a pelo resto de sua vida. Na Antelope Valley High School, Zappa encontrou Don Vliet (que depois expandiu seu nome para Don Van Vliet e adotou o nome de palco de Captain Beefheart). Zappa e Vliet tornaram-se amigos próximos, compartilhando um interesse em gravações de R&B e influenciando musicalmente um ao outro ao longo de suas carreiras. Pela mesma época, Zappa começou a tocar bateria em uma banda local, The Blackouts. A banda era racialmente diversa e incluía Euclid James "Motorhead" Sherwood, que depois tornou-se um membro do Mothers of Invention. O interesse de Zappa na guitarra cresceu, e em 1957 ele ganhou o primeiro instrumento do tipo. Entre suas influências iniciais, estavam Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Howlin' Wolf e Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. (Nos anos 1970 e 80, ele convidou Watson para tocar em alguns álbuns.) Zappa considerava solar como o equivalente a fazer "esculturas de ar", e desenvolveu um estilo eclético, inovador e pessoal. O interesse de Zappa em compor e fazer arranjos aumentou nos seus últimos anos de ensino médio. Pelo seu último ano, ele estava escrevendo, arranjando e conduzindo apresentações de peças de avant-garde para a orquestra da escola. Ele se formou na Antelope Valley High School em 1958, e depois reconheceu dois de seus professores de música no interior de seu disco Freak Out! Devido às muitas mudanças de sua família, Zappa esteve em pelo menos seis diferentes escolas e ficava frequentemente entediado e dado para distrair o resto da classe com excentricidades juvenis. Ele deixou a faculdade depois de um semestre, e manteve depois um desdém pela educação formal, tirando seus filhos da escola com quinze anos e recusando-se a pagar sua faculdade. Zappa deixou sua casa em 1959, e foi para um pequeno apartamento em Echo Park, Los Angeles. Depois de conhecer Kathryn J. "Kay" Sherman durante a sua curta estadia em Pomona College, eles mudaram-se juntos para Ontario, e casaram-se em 28 de dezembro de 1960. Zappa trabalhou por um curto período em publicidade. A sua permanência no mundo comercial foi breve, mas deu-lhe a compreensão de como funcionava. Ao longo de sua carreira, ele teve um forte interesse na apresentação visual do seu trabalho, desenhando algumas das capas de seus álbuns e dirigindo seus próprios filmes e vídeos.


Project/Objects, Nos.#10-12


Nos.#10-12 mark the last (at least for the time being) of the Frank Zappa Project/Object Series. With these final three P/O's, I'd dispensed with my original motive in which I'd set out to test Zappa's theory of conceptual continuity as it pertained to his recorded body of work. After completing the laborious and (I believe) most validating 'Masterworks Reimagined,' I felt that I'd adequately demonstrated Frank's assertion that his entire body of work was in fact one gigantic piece of music that could be sliced and diced and then reassembled into a new form that was as coherent and listenable as the original. With '35mm Mothermania,' I simply expanded the musical portion of the film soundtrack to the 'Uncle Meat' movie (not to be confused with the album, 'Uncle Meat'), although I doubt that my entries were ever intended to be a part of the project which never saw the light of day. 'Boss Sounds' on the other hand is my own tribute to Frank and the do-wop music he so loved, placing his cheesy "teenaged love songs" into a replication of a late 50s radio show replete with commercials, traffic reports and dedication lines. The last P/O, 'Bognor Regis: Friday And Saturday Night' utilizes various (and less heard) live recordings from the Mothers Of Invention all pieced together to approximate an actual nights performance -- 2 nights actually, 2 shows complete with introductions, encores and zany Mothermania.

On a final note regarding this series, I offer a tidbit from Frank who loosely quoted once said, "The most important thing in art is the frame. For painting, it's literally. For other arts, it's figuratively, because without this humble appliance, you can't begin to know where the art stops and the real world actually begins." 

Frank Zappa, American Composer (1940-1993)



Frank Zappa Project/Object, No.#10


Step in the hot poop here

1) Opening Theme from Uncle Meat: The Movie
(w/Introductions)
2) "We're coming to the beginning of a new era."
3) Excerpt from 'Revenge of the Knick Knack People' (True Speed)
4) All Night Long
(with, yet without Eric Burdon)
5) "Now that's commercial!"
6) Improvisations at the BBC (Live)
7) Son of Mr. Green Genes (Live)
8) Black Napkins (Live)
(w/The Mike Douglas Show House Band)
9) Whiskey Gone Behind (Live)
10) Mondo Hollywood (Live)
11) It Must Be a Camel (UMRK Remix)/"Now that's underground."
12) Outside Now (Demo)/"What the fuck's wrong with her?"
13) Peaches en Regalia (UMRK Remix)
14) "Hi, I'm Phyllis Altenhaus."
15) Excerpt from 'Charles Ives' (Live)
16) Toads of the Short Forest, Pt.2 (Live)
17) Little Umbrellas (Original Mix)
18) "We're working on a new composition."
19) The Gumbo Variations (UMRK Mix)
20) Zoot Allures
21) "It just makes me sick the way he changes!"
22) Degrees of 'Variant No.#1'
23) Excerpt from 'The Jelly' (Live)
24) King Kong [In All It's Glory and Command] (Live)


Source material for '35mm Mothermania' comes from the following:

Hot Rats (1969)/Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
Zoot Allures (1976)/The Uncle Meat Movie Soundtrack (1988)
YCDTOSA, Vol.5 (1992)/Lumpy Money (2009)
Animalism (The Animals) (1966)
Olympia, 1968/Apocrypha
Boy Wonder Sessions/At The BBC
and others quality boots





Frank Zappa Project/Object, No.#11


Dig the lowdown here

1) Program Transition (a.k.a. 'Secret Greasing')
2) 'Big Daddy's' Radio Intro from 'The Purple Grotto'
3) W.P.L.J.
4) No, No, No (Alternate Version)
5) Big Leg Emma
6) 'Big Daddy's' Mic Break with 'Dolphin's of Hollywood' Radio Spot
7) Stuff Up The Cracks
8) Fountain Of Love
9) Directly From My Heart To You
10) I'm Not Satisfied (Pachuco Version)
11) 'Big Daddy's' Mic Break with 'R n' R Extravaganza' Promo & WPLJ Dedication Line
12) Electric Aunt Jemima
13) Mr. Green Genes
14) Jelly Roll Gum Drop
15) 'Big Daddy's' Mic Break
16) You Didn't Try To Call Me (Greasy Version)
17) You Didn't Try To Call Me (Spiffy Version)
18) 'Big Daddy's' Mic Break
19) 'Muriel Cigars' Radio Spot & WPLJ 'Boss Sound' Traffic Report
20) Cheap Thrills


Trip on the down low here

21) How Could I Be Such A Fool (Oily 'Demo' Version)
22) Anyway The Wind Blows (Cheesy 'Demo' Version)
23) I'm So Happy I Could Cry
24) 'Big Daddy's' Mic Break
25) Motherly Love (Slick Brylcreem 'Demo' Version)
26) Plastic People (Slick Brylcreem 'Demo' Version)
27) Wedding Dress Song/Handsome Cabin Boy
28) Hitch Hike
29) 'Big Daddy's' Mic Break
30) 'Bear Whiz Beer' Radio Spot
31) Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder (East L.A. 'Demo' Version)
32) Anything
33) Wowie Zowie
34) Deseri
35) Love Of My Life
36) 'Big Daddy's' Mic Break with WPLJ 'Boss Sound' Weather Report
37) Later That Night
38) I Ain't Got No Heart (Cholo 'Demo' Version)
39) Oh, No
40) 'Big Daddy's' Mic Break & Radio Sign Off with 'Rock n' Roll Extravaganza' Promo
41) The Air

Despite the fictitious names employed by 'Big Daddy' Miles Mellough on WPLJ,
all songs were actually performed by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
in their last ditch attempt to get their cruddy music on the radio.
The exception is 'Big Daddy's' theme song, which was performed by 
Mike Bloomfield and The Electric Flag.
Pedro, the listener who requests a dedication is played by Cheech Marin,
and Chip, the helicopter traffic reporter is played by Todd Rundgren.


Source material for 'Boss Sounds From The Boss Town, Vols.1 & 2' come from the following:

Freak Out! (1966)/Absolutely Free (1967)
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)/Uncle Meat (1969)
Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)/Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
 Joe's Corsage (2004)/Greasy Love Songs (2010)




Frank Zappa Project/Object, No.#12



Bognor Regis: Friday Night
Rockin' teenage combo here

1) Intro
2) Peaches En Regalia
3) The Orange County Lumber Truck
4)The Return Of The Hunchback Duke
5)Trouble Every Day
6) Uncle Rhebus
7) You Didn't Try To Call Me
8) Petroushka
9) The Bristol Stomp
10) Baby Love
11) (There's A Big Dilemma About My) Big Leg Emma
12) No Matter What You Do
13) Why Don't You Do Me Right
14) Transylvania Boogie
15) A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus)
16) Shortly: A Little Suite For Electronic Combo (In Several Movements)
17) Passacaglia


Bognor Regis: Saturday Night
Bogus representation here

1) Intro
2) The Birth Of Frankenstein, Pt.1: The Bucolic Opening Sequence
3) The Birth Of Frankenstein, Pt.2: Uncle Meat Conceives His Monster Man
4) The Birth Of Frankenstein, Pt.3: Building The Beast
5) The Birth Of Frankenstein, Pt.4: Electricity
6) The Birth Of Frankenstein, Pt.5: He's Alive! The Monster Man Is Alive!
7) The Birth Of Frankenstein, Pt.6: Frightened Villagers At The Gate
8) The Birth Of Frankenstein, Pt.7: Uncle Meat Realizes The Error of His Ways
9) The Birth Of Frankenstein, Pt.8: Monster Man Escapes Through The Back Door
10) The Birth Of Frankenstein, Pt.9: The Angry Mob Gives Chase
11) The Birth Of Frankenstein, Pt.10: The Exciting Conclusion
12) Sleeping In A Jar
13) Bognor Regis
14) The Big Medley (In Under 3:30)
15) (In Thee Back Room Of) Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe
16) No Waiting For The Peanuts To Dissolve
17) King Kong (Unchained)

18) The Subcutaneous Peril (As Viewed From Another Perspective)

The infamous Mothers of Invention 
Standing from L to R: Bunk Gardner, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black and Arthur Dyer Tripp III
Seated from L to R: Ian Underwood, Euclid James 'Motorhead' Sherwood, FZ and Don Preston




Originally published on:

Birds With Broken Wings




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Thanks Miles

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