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Lumpy Gravy

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All Music Guide - François Couture
Lumpy Gravy, Frank Zappa's first solo album, was released months before the Mothers of Invention's third LP even though its back cover asked the question: "Is this phase two of We're Only in It for the Money?" and both were conceptualized and recorded at the same time. We're Only in It for the Money became a song-oriented anti-flower power album with one contemporary/musique concrète/sound collage hybrid piece by way of conclusion. Lumpy Gravy collaged bits of orchestral music, sonic manipulations, spoken words, and occasional pop ditties into two lumps of 16 minutes each. This album presents Zappa's first recordings with a decent orchestra, the 50-piece Abnuceals ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
Lumpy Gravy, Frank Zappa's first solo album, was released months before the Mothers of Invention's third LP even though its back cover asked the question: "Is this phase two of We're Only in It for the Money?" and both were conceptualized and recorded at the same time. We're Only in It for the Money became a song-oriented anti-flower power album with one contemporary/musique concrète/sound collage hybrid piece by way of conclusion. Lumpy Gravy collaged bits of orchestral music, sonic manipulations, spoken words, and occasional pop ditties into two lumps of 16 minutes each. This album presents Zappa's first recordings with a decent orchestra, the 50-piece Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra. His symphonic writing was very much influenced by Stravinsky and Varèse. It still had to lose its sharp edges and find the lushness found in 200 Motels. The segments of music are loosely tied together by bits of dialogue from inside the piano. MOI members and friends were invited to talk with their head inside a grand piano with the sustain pedal depressed the technique was immortalized in the song "Evelyn, A Modified Dog". The reverberating space gave the voices an eerie quality, but made it very difficult to convincingly edit the material. Thus, the plot emanating from these portions remains very vague it was clarified 25 years later in Civilization Phaze III. The song bits include "Oh No," "Theme from Lumpy Gravy" aka "Duodenum", "King Kong," and "Take Your Clothes off When You Dance," all in instrumental versions, all making their first appearance on record. The starting point of Zappa's "serious music," Lumpy Gravy suffers from a lack of coherence, but it remains historically important and contains many conceptual continuity clues for the fan. The opening line of part one "The way I see it, Barry, this should be a dynamite show" became a classic reference.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • UPC: 824302383629
  • Catalog Number: 3836
  • Sales rank: 57,362

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, Conductor
Lincoln Mayorga Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord
Victor Feldman Percussion, Gong, Marimbas, Timbales, Timpani, Vibes
Shelly Manne Drums
Ted Nash Flute, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Bass Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Contrabassoon, Woodwind, E-flat Clarinet
Paul Smith Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord
Pete Jolly Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord
Al Viola Guitar
Tony Rizzi Guitar
Philip Goldberg Strings
John Balkin Bass
Arnold Belnick Strings
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Gene Cipriano Flute, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Bass Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Contrabassoon, Woodwind, E-flat Clarinet
Jesse Ehrlich Strings
Alan Estes Percussion, Gong, Marimbas, Timbales, Timpani, Vibes
Gene Estes Percussion, Gong, Marimbas, Timbales, Timpani, Vibes
Bunk Gardner Flute, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Bass Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Contrabassoon, Woodwind, E-flat Clarinet
James Getzoff Strings
John Guerin Drums
Harry Hyams Strings
Jules Jacob Flute, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Bass Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Contrabassoon, Woodwind, E-flat Clarinet
Jerome Kessler Strings
Bernard Kundell Strings
Michael Lang Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord
Arthur Maebe French Horn
Leonard Malarsky Strings
Jerome Reisler Strings
Emil Richards Percussion, Gong, Marimbas, Timbales, Timpani, Vibes
John Rotella Flute, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Bass Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Contrabassoon, Woodwind, E-flat Clarinet
Ralph Schaeffer Strings
Leonard Selic Strings
Kenny Shroyer Trombone
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Tibor Zelig Strings
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Jimmy Bond Bass
Joseph DiFiore Strings
Joseph Saxon Strings
Jimmy Zito Trumpet
Dennis Budimer Guitar
Alexander Koltun Strings
Harold G. Remko Strings
Harold Ayres Strings
Bob West Bass
Lyle Ritts Bass
William Kurasch Strings
Don Christlieb Flute, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Bass Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Contrabassoon, Woodwind, E-flat Clarinet
The Frankie Capp Drums
Jim Haynes Guitar
Raymond J. Kelly Strings
Richard Parisi French Horn
Technical Credits
Frank Zappa Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration, Art Direction
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