Studio Tan

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
Studio Tan is one of four albums culled from the ill-fated 1976 box set Läther and released by Warner Bros. without Frank Zappa having a word to say about the final product (including the horrible artwork). The 21-minute opener, "The Adventures of Greggery Peccary," is the culmination of Zappa's art of storytelling. A complex piece painstakingly assembled in the studio over three years, it allies the comedy rock of the Flo & Eddie era with the jazzy feel of The Grand Wazoo and the twisted prog rock of the 1973-1974 band. Yet, it is greater than the sum of its parts, proposing an unmatched musical narrative that makes "Billy the Mountain" the work of a child and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
Studio Tan is one of four albums culled from the ill-fated 1976 box set Läther and released by Warner Bros. without Frank Zappa having a word to say about the final product (including the horrible artwork). The 21-minute opener, "The Adventures of Greggery Peccary," is the culmination of Zappa's art of storytelling. A complex piece painstakingly assembled in the studio over three years, it allies the comedy rock of the Flo & Eddie era with the jazzy feel of The Grand Wazoo and the twisted prog rock of the 1973-1974 band. Yet, it is greater than the sum of its parts, proposing an unmatched musical narrative that makes "Billy the Mountain" the work of a child and amounts to a stunning synthesis of the man's influences, stylistic range, and studio techniques. Side two features an intentionally stupid pop song, "Lemme Take You to the Beach," and two instrumental pieces written a few years earlier. The personnel is for the most part the same as on Roxy & Elsewhere. For the CD reissue, Zappa tweaked a few things, starting with the song titles, wrongly understood by Warner at the time (for instance "Redunzel" became "RDNZL"). He also edited a couple of short bits out of "Peccary," but replaced the original fade-out by a legitimate finale. Studio Tan (along with Sleep Dirt) brings a sense of closure to Zappa's mid-'70s. If you like cartoon music and silly stories, it is worth your money for "The Adventures of Greggery Peccary" alone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • Label: Vido Arts
  • EAN: 4988112413191
  • Catalog Number: 1234

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Eddie Jobson Keyboards, yodeling
George Duke Keyboards, Vocals
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Paul Humphrey Drums
Chester Thompson Drums
Bob Stone Digital EQ
Tom Fowler Bass
Max Bennett Bass
Don Brewer Bongos
Stephen Marcussen Digital EQ
Davey Moire Vocals
Ruth Underwood Synthesizer, Percussion
James "Bird Legs" Youman Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion
Technical Credits
Bob Stone Remastering
Frank Zappa Arranger, Producer
Gary Panter Artwork, Illustrations
John Cabalka Art Direction
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