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

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

by Frank Zappa
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/1995
Label:
Zappa Records
UPC:
0014431054020
catalogNumber:
310540

Tracks

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
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
Malcolm Smith   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Hill   Bass

Technical Credits

London Symphony Orchestra   Contributor
Chad Wackerman   Contributor
Bob Stone   Remixing
Frank Zappa   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Remixing
David Ocker   Orchestration
Mark Pinske   Engineer
Mark Hanauer   Cover Photo
James Stagnitta   Graphic Design
John Vince   Cover Design
Kurt-Hans Goedicke   Contributor

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