Zappa: The London Symphony Orchestra, Vols. 1-2

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
When Frank Zappa teamed up with renowned conductor Kent Nagano and the London Symphony Orchestra for three days in January 1983, he was expecting to walk away with a set of stellar performances of some of his most challenging contemporary classical pieces, as done by one of the world's top symphonic ensembles. What he got instead were bad attitudes, terrible work habits, unforgiving union stipulations and a hard lesson in preconceived notions -- showing him that working with unschooled but enthusiastic rock musicians also had its advantages, and giving rise to his well-documented love/hate mostly hate relationship with symphony orchestras thereafter. According to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
When Frank Zappa teamed up with renowned conductor Kent Nagano and the London Symphony Orchestra for three days in January 1983, he was expecting to walk away with a set of stellar performances of some of his most challenging contemporary classical pieces, as done by one of the world's top symphonic ensembles. What he got instead were bad attitudes, terrible work habits, unforgiving union stipulations and a hard lesson in preconceived notions -- showing him that working with unschooled but enthusiastic rock musicians also had its advantages, and giving rise to his well-documented love/hate mostly hate relationship with symphony orchestras thereafter. According to Zappa, the LSO crew were hardly expecting a hard day's toil from the works of a 'rocker,' resulting in so many screw-ups that much of the material had to be heavily edited after the fact in the studio. This 1995 edition combines the two London Symphony Orchestra volumes released on vinyl in the mid-80's into a single 2-CD set, even re-sequencing the material to reflect Frank Zappa's original, idealized performance order -- all of it made possible by the wonders of compact disc technology. Therefore, for fans of Zappa's so called 'serious' music i.e. not rock-based, London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I & II offers both premier "Sad Jane," "Bob in Dacron" and re-arranged compositions taken from his massive past oeuvre "Pedro's Dowry," "Bogus Pomp". Though not as fulfilling as 1993's fantastic The Yellow Shark, this set will still has plenty going for it in the eyes of committed fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/1995
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • UPC: 014431054020
  • Catalog Number: 310540

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bob in Dacron, First Movement - London Symphony Orchestra (5:36)
  2. 2 Bob in Dacron, Second Movement - London Symphony Orchestra (6:32)
  3. 3 Sad Jane, First Movement - London Symphony Orchestra (4:47)
  4. 4 Sad Jane, Second Movement - London Symphony Orchestra (5:02)
  5. 5 Mo 'n Herb's Vacation, First Movement - London Symphony Orchestra (4:47)
  6. 6 Mo 'n Herb's Vacation, Second Movement - London Symphony Orchestra (10:04)
  7. 7 Mo 'n Herb's Vacation, Third Movement - London Symphony Orchestra (12:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Envelopes - London Symphony Orchestra (4:04)
  2. 2 Pedro's Dowry - London Symphony Orchestra (10:25)
  3. 3 Bogus Pomp - London Symphony Orchestra (24:31)
  4. 4 Strictly Genteel - London Symphony Orchestra (6:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, Guitar
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Ed Mann Percussion
Chad Wackerman Drums
Paul Laurence Bass
Ray Adams Cello
Ashley Årbuckle Violin, Concert Master
Roger Brenner Trombone
Ray Brown Trombone
Brian Clarke Viola
Douglas Cummings Cello
Jim Douglas Oboe
Alan Downey Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mike Humphrey Violin
Martin Jackson Cello
Colin Horton Jennings Horn
Terence Johns Horn
Roger Lord Oboe
Michael Mitchell Viola
Kent Nagano Conductor
David Ocker Clarinet, Soloist
Cyril Reubens Violin
John Rooke Horn
Ian Rowbotham Viola
Frank Ryecroft Horn
Malcolm Smith Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tom Swift Violin
Neil Watson Violin
Stephen Wick Tuba
Ken Law Cello
Michael Angress Clarinet
Samuel Artis Violin
Clarence Atkinson Viola
Richard Bissill Horn
Robert Bourton Bassoon
Noel Bradshaw Cello
Robin Brightman Violin
Duff Burns Viola
John Butterworth Horn
Stanley Castle Violin
Anthony Chidell Horn
Norman Clarke Violin
Sydney Colter Violin
Eric Crees Trombone
Geoffrey Creese Violin
Paul Davies Flute, Piccolo
Barry Davis Oboe
Gillian Findlay Violin
John Forrester Viola
Michael Frye Percussion
Dennis Gaines Violin
Keith Glossop Cello
David Goodall Violin
Arthur Griffiths Bass
Roger Groves Trombone
Malcom Hall Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Simon Hetherington Bass
Micheal Hirst Flute
Ben Hoffnung Percussion
Patrick Hooley Viola
David Hume Viola
Nicholas Hunke Bassoon
Russell Jordan Percussion
Roy Jowitt Clarinet
Sue Kinnersley Violin
William Lang Trumpet, Flugelhorn
John Lawley Oboe, Cor anglais
Jack Lees Percussion
Lennox Mackenzie Violin
Paul Marrion Bass
Frank Mathison Trombone
Nicholas Maxted-Jones Violin
Ian McDonough Violin
Rod McGrath Cello
Ian McKinnon Violin
David Miles Bassoon
Bruce Mollison Bass
Ronald Moore Clarinet, E-flat Clarinet
Terence Morton Violin
Maurice Murphy Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo, Piccolo Trumpet
Gerald Newson Bass
Christopher Nicholis Flute, Alto Flute
Robert Noble Piano, Celeste, Keyboards
Frank Nolan Flute, Piccolo
Ray Northcott Percussion
Ray Parmigiani Percussion
James Potter Cello
Douglas Powrie Cello
Colin Renwick Violin
Robert Retallick Violin
Stephen Rowlinson Violin
Lowry Sanders Flute, Alto Flute
Francis Saunders Cello
Renata Scheffel-Stein Percussion, Harp
John Stenhouse Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Gillian Thoday Cello
Stephen Trier Clarinet, E-flat Clarinet
Jonathan Welch Viola
P. Norriss Viola
David Williams Violin
Dominic Weir Bassoon, Contrabassoon
Alexander Taylor Viola
Brian Evans Viola
Jennifer Brown Cello
David E. Williams Violin
Michael "DJ Heat" Humphrey Violin
James Brown Horn
John Cooper Bass
Kurt-Hans Goedicke Timpani
John Hill Bass
Technical Credits
London Symphony Orchestra Contributor
Chad Wackerman Contributor
Bob Stone Remixing
Frank Zappa Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Remixing
Bernie Grundman Mastering
David Ocker Orchestration
Mark Pinske Engineer
Mark Hanauer Cover Photo
John Matousek Mastering
James Stagnitta Graphic Design
John Vince Cover Design
Kurt-Hans Goedicke Contributor
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