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Rare Episodes: Frank Zappa's Unmined Nuggets

by Various Artists

Thirteen of the world’s foremost Frank Zappa influenced bands recorded Zappa compositions that he either didn’t record, didn’t release or, if he did, he changed them quite a lot first.
Genre: Rock: Experimental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Variant #1
Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra
3:30 $0.99
2. Falling in Love Is a Stupid Habit
The Vegetarians
3:16 $0.99
3. Bognor Regis
Jerry Outlaw & Friends
6:12 $0.99
4. Ralph Stuffs His Shoes
The Todd Grubbs Group
2:46 $0.99
5. Mice
Evil Dick
4:04 $0.99
6. Portugese Lunar Landing
4:29 $0.99
7. Mo's Vacation
Marc Atkinson
5:02 $0.99
8. Clowns On Velvet
Lex Bronkowitz Orchestra
3:36 $0.99
9. Little Dots
Gumbo Variation
7:45 $0.99
10. Rollo
Chato Segerer
3:31 $0.99
11. Brutality
Neither Beasts, Nor Gods
3:50 $0.99
12. Velvet Sunrise
Spanner Jazz Punks
7:10 $0.99
13. We Are Not Alone
3:35 $0.99
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Rare Episodes - Frank Zappa’s unmined nuggets

New recordings of compositions he didn’t get round to recording himself.

A CD conceived by Andrew Greenaway of The Idiot Bastard website. The idea was that some of the world’s foremost Zappa-influenced bands would record thirteen Zappa compositions that he either didn’t record, didn’t release or, if he did, he changed them quite a lot first.

The tracks are these:

1. VARIANT #1 by Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra
One of a number of pieces Frank wrote “must record” – see The MOFO Project/Object booklet – and then actually did: at TTG Studios in Hollywood on 10 June 1966, during sessions for the Burt Ward single Boy Wonder I Love You.
A song Frank denied knowing, yet a tape exists of him demonstrating it to drummer Jimmy Carl Black. Jimmy told The Idiot Bastard that Frank said he “could have the song and we even discussed the instruments that would sound good on it. It was Frank playing the piano in his studio with Andy Cahan and me there. The year was 1981 and I was in California rehearsing for the first Grandmothers tour of Europe.”
3. BOGNOR REGIS by Jerry Outlaw & Friends
An instrumental originally recorded during the Hot Rats sessions in 1969, and intended to be released as the b-side of a single version of ‘Sharleena’ that never happened.
4. RALPH STUFFS HIS SHOES by Todd Grubbs Group feat J Todd Plant and Daniel Swartwood
In September 1974, shortly before it became ‘Can’t Afford No Shoes’ on One Size Fits All, Frank’s lyrics poked fun at drummer Ralph Humphrey.
5. MICE by Evil Dick
According to Frank, the first thing he ever composed: “a piece for snare drum...I wrote that when I was about 14 and performed it at school.”
Performed live during the 1975 Bongo Fury tour, and rehearsed by the 1981 band, but like all of these songs, not officially released thus far.
7. MO’S VACATION by Marc Atkinson
An early version of ‘Mo ‘N Herb’s Vacation’ in a basic arrangement, described by drummer Terry Bozzio as "like ‘The Black Page’, but more of it!" Performed live with Vinnie Colaiuta and Arthur Barrow in 1978, Chad Wackerman told The Idiot Bastard he also "did a studio recording for Frank."
8. CLOWNS ON VELVET by Lex Bronkowitz Orchestra
First performed at New York's Ritz Theatre in November 1981, with special guest Al DiMeola on lead guitar. Frank then added studio overdubs to a fragment of this live recording and had the Thing-Fish rap over it.
9. LITTLE DOTS by Gumbo Variation

An instrumental similar to ‘Approximate’, only ever performed live by the Petit Wazoo in 1972.
10. ROLLO by Chato Segerer
Officially released in instrumental form only on the albums Imaginary Diseases, Apostrophe, QuAUDIOPHILIAc and You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1. In 1972, the piece has the lyrics presented here. (This version also appends the rare ‘Village Of The Sun’ intro/outro that appeared on the recent Road Tapes, Venue #2 release.)
11. BRUTALITY by Neither Beasts, Nor Gods
A Synclavier composition from a cassette titled Resolver + Brutality that Frank handed to someone he'd had an 'intensive artistic relationship' with for several years.
12. VELVET SUNRISE by Spanner Jazz Punks
Another piece performed live during the 1975 Bongo Fury tour, providing Frank with an opportunity to tell various tales about life on the road.
The instrumental track on The Man From Utopia album had these lyrics when rehearsed by the 1981 band.

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Other Zappa related CDs available from Cordelia are “Lemme Take You To The Beach” (The Surf instrumental bands of the word perform the tunes of Frank Zappa) - and three previous collaborations with the Idiot Bastard web site: “20 Extraordinary Renditions” (of the song “The Idiot Bastard Son”), “21 Burnt Weeny Sandwiches” (21 condensed versions of the Burnt Weeny Sandwich album) and “On Broadway: Covers Of Invention” (Zappaesque versions of other people’s songs covered by Zappa on the ’88 tour).



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