One Size Fits All

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All Music Guide - François Couture
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...
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All Music Guide - François Couture
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: 5/2/1995
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • UPC: 014431052125
  • Catalog Number: 310521

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Inca Roads (8:45)
  2. 2 Can't Afford No Shoes (2:38)
  3. 3 Sofa No. 1 (2:39)
  4. 4 Po-Jama People (7:39)
  5. 5 Florentine Pogen (5:27)
  6. 6 Evelyn, a Modified Dog (1:04)
  7. 7 San Ber'dino (5:57)
  8. 8 Andy (6:04)
  9. 9 Sofa No. 2 (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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, Harmonica
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Has the classic cut "San Ber'dino"

    A must have album. A key to Zappa's music.

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