One Size Fits All

One Size Fits All

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by The Mothers of Invention
     
 

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Released soon after the live Roxy & Elsewhere, One Size Fits All contained more of the material premiered during the 1973-1974 tour, but this time largely re-recorded in the studio. The band remains the same: George Duke, Napoleon Murphy Brock, ChesterSee more details below

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Released soon after the live Roxy & Elsewhere, One Size Fits All contained more of the material premiered during the 1973-1974 tour, but this time largely re-recorded in the studio. The band remains the same: George Duke, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Chester Thompson, Tom Fowler, and Ruth Underwood. Johnny "Guitar" Watson overdubbed some vocals and Captain Beefheart (credited as Bloodshot Rollin' Red) played some harmonica ("when present," state the liner notes). The previous album focused on complex music suites. This one is more song-oriented, alternating goofy rock songs with more challenging numbers in an attempt to find a juste milieu between Over-Nite Sensation and Roxy & Elsewhere. "Inca Roads," "Florentine Pogen," "Andy," and "Sofa" all became classic tracks and live favorites. These are as close to progressive rock (a demented, clownish kind) Zappa ever got. The obscurity of their subjects, especially the flying saucer topic of "Inca Roads," seem to spoof prog rock clichés. The high-flying compositions are offset by "Can't Afford No Shoes," "Po-Jama People," and "San Ber'dino," more down-to-earth songs. Together with Zoot Allures, One Size Fits All can be considered as one of the easiest points of entry into Zappa's discography. The album artwork features a big maroon sofa, a conceptual continuity clue arching back to a then-undocumented live suite (from which "Sofa" was salvaged) and a sky map with dozens of bogus stars and constellations labeled with inside jokes in place of names. An essential third-period Zappa album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/1995
Label:
Zappa Records
UPC:
0014431052125
catalogNumber:
310521

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mothers of Invention   Primary Artist
Frank Zappa   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
George Duke   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chester Thompson   Drums,Voices
Tom Fowler   Bass
Captain Beefheart   Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ruth Underwood   Percussion,Keyboards,Marimbas,Vibes
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Guitar,Vocals
James "Bird Legs" Youman   Bass
Matti Laipio   Voices
Bill Romero   Voices
Marty Perellis   Voices

Technical Credits

Chester Thompson   Sound Effects
Bob Stone   Engineer
Michael Braunstein   Engineer
Frank Zappa   Composer,Producer
Kerry McNabb   Engineer,Remixing
Cal Schenkel   Illustrations,Paintings
Robert Stone   Engineer
Gary O.   Engineer
Jukka   Engineer

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