Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #38 Orchestral Favorites

Orchestral Favorites is an album by Frank Zappa first released in May 1979 on his own DiscReet Records label. The album is entirely instrumental and features music performed by the 37-piece Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra and were sourced from performances recorded September 17-19, 1975 at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus with conductor MichaelContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #38 Orchestral Favorites”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #39 The Yellow Shark

Released in November 1993 The Yellow Shark, was the last Frank Zappa album to appear in his lifetime, almost exactly a month before he died of the cancer from which he had suffered for several years. It features live recordings from the Ensemble Modern’s 1992 performances of Zappa’s compositions. In the album’s notes, Zappa describesContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #39 The Yellow Shark”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #47 The Perfect Stranger

If anyone knows how to reverse cheap plastic surgery, I’m all ears. The Perfect Stranger is a 1984 album featuring the music of Frank Zappa and conducted in part by French conductor and composer, Pierre Boulez. Boulez conducts three tracks (The Perfect Stranger, Naval Aviation In Art? and Dupree’s Paradise) which are performed by Boulez’sContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #47 The Perfect Stranger”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #53 & #52

As a self-taught composer and performer, Zappa’s diverse musical influences led him to create music that was sometimes difficult to categorize. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical modernism, African-American rhythm and blues, and doo-wop music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drumsContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #53 & #52”

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