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Frank Zappa: Wazoo [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Wazoo! 2007 -- the third Vaulternative Records package -- is a double-CD set from the Boston Music Hall on September 24, 1972 -- the last performance of the eight-show Grand Wazoo 1972 tour. Although Zappa had worked with large groups of musicians for quite some time, he had rarely if ever had the opportunity to tour as part of an orchestrated lineup that featured a dozen-piece horn section with six brass and six woodwinds. Zappa's "Intro Intros" allow the artist to acknowledge the other 19 members of his rockin' teenage combo by name and mention to the assembled audience the "certain disadvantage" that Jay Migliori flute/tenor sax/woodwinds finds himself in. Part of his...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Wazoo! 2007 -- the third Vaulternative Records package -- is a double-CD set from the Boston Music Hall on September 24, 1972 -- the last performance of the eight-show Grand Wazoo 1972 tour. Although Zappa had worked with large groups of musicians for quite some time, he had rarely if ever had the opportunity to tour as part of an orchestrated lineup that featured a dozen-piece horn section with six brass and six woodwinds. Zappa's "Intro Intros" allow the artist to acknowledge the other 19 members of his rockin' teenage combo by name and mention to the assembled audience the "certain disadvantage" that Jay Migliori flute/tenor sax/woodwinds finds himself in. Part of his stage gear and setup were destroyed by a speaker tower that collapsed prior to show time. No sooner does Zappa conclude his announcements than the assembled ensemble begin a rapid ascent into a sublime and powerful reading of the title track to the "Grand Wazoo" long player. Keen-eyed Zappaphiles will notice the parenthetical "Think It Over" as part of the composition's name. The reference is a nod to the still-unrealized sci-fi musical that Zappa called "Hunchentoot." Had that project come to fruition, the same piece would have been incorporated as "Think It Over" -- complete with lyrics. The seminal rendition of the rhythmically complex "Approximate" is fascinating for enthusiasts familiar with the path that the song would take over the course of the next few Mothers lineups. Especially the inherent possibility for utter tonal abstractness that Zappa literally wrote as part of the non-melodic structure. Earl Dumler oboe/contrabass/sarrusophone/woodwinds and Joanne Caldwell McNabb bassoon are noteworthy for their particularly potent input, while the always inventive Ian Underwood piano/synthesizers layers on highly charged synth textures that give way to some spirited interplay between Jim Gordon drums, Tom Raney vibes/percussion, and Ruth Underwood marimba/percussion. All the elements converge on the larger-than-life "Big Swifty," revealing the enormous sonic potential that is merely hinted at on the Waka/Jawaka 1972 version. The second disc consists primarily of the half-hour-plus "Adventures of Greggery Peccary." After Zappa's "Ulterior Motive" spoken rap -- in which he gives the band directions and divulges to the audience that he doesn't want the piece to "sleaze off before [their] very ears because "we are recording this show and if it turns out good...that's right, you will all be immortalized." Even without or perhaps due to the lack of narration -- which is reprinted in the 16-page liner notes booklet -- the mammoth undertaking is nothing short of epic. All the more so as there are merely a handful of recordings available. The strikingly dark and moody "Movement IV -- The New Brown Clouds" emerges during the final minutes to underscore Zappa's unfailing capabilities as the most visceral and challenging composers/arrangers of the latter 20th century. Undoubtedly the only one of the rock & roll era. The show wraps up with the sole "oldie" -- an arresting and note-perfect "Penis Dimension" from 200 Motels 1971. Always looking ahead, the closer "Variant I Processional March" would resurface several years down the road as "Regyptian Strut" on Sleep Dirt 1979 and then as the ever-so-slightly hyphenated "Re-Gyptian Strut" on L├Ąther 1996.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • UPC: 824302007228
  • Catalog Number: 20072
  • Sales rank: 40,009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro Intros (3:47)
  2. 2 The Grand Wazoo (21:17)
  3. 3 Approximate (14:39)
  4. 4 Big Swifty (11:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ulterior Motive (3:19)
  2. 2 Movement 1 (4:50)
  3. 3 Movement 2 (9:07)
  4. 4 Movement 3 (12:33)
  5. 5 Movement 4 (7:35)
  6. 6 Penis Dimension (3:35)
  7. 7 Variant I Processional March (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, Guitar, Conductor
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Tom "Bones" Malone Tuba
Earl Dumler Oboe, Sarrusophone, Double Bass, Woodwind
Glenn Ferris Trombone, Euphonium
Jerry Kessler Electric Cello
Jay Migliori Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Dave Parlato Bass
Ray Reed Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Kenny Shroyer Trombone, Baritone Horn
Ian Underwood Synthesizer, Piano
Ruth Underwood Percussion, Marimbas
The Mothers of Invention Ensemble
Charles Owens II Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Woodwind
Tomas Raney Percussion, Vibes
Tony Duran Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Frank Zappa Arranger, Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Cal Schenkel Artwork
Joe Travers Producer, Vault Research
Gail Zappa Producer, Liner Notes, Art Direction, Concept
Robert Hadley Mastering
Michael Mesker Photo Courtesy
Malcolm McNab Liner Notes
Mark Brennan Christopher Cover Art
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