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Grand Wazoo (1973)

Artist: Frank Zappa
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Format: CD
Sku: 234172162
UPC: 824302384923
UPC 14: 00824302384923
Release Date: 8/28/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Grand Wazoo, The
2. For Calvin (and His Next Two Hitch ~ Hikers)
3. Cletus Awreetus ~ Awrightus
4. Eat That Question
5. Blessed Relief

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Frank Zappa (vocals, guitar, percussion); Sal Marquez (vocals, trumpet, brass); George Duke (vocals, keyboards); Janet Neville-Ferguson (vocals); Tony Duran (guitar); Mike Altschul, Earl Dumler, Tony "Bat Man" Ortega, Joanne Caldwell McNabb, Johnny Rotella, Fred Jackson, Joel Peskin (woodwinds); Ernie Watts (saxophone); Bill Byers, Ken Shroyer (trombone); Malcolm McNabb, Ernie Tack (brass); Don Preston (Mini-Moog synthesizer); Erroneous (bass); Aynsley Dunbar (drums); Bob Zimmitti, Alan Estes, Lee Clement (percussion).
Muze PNote Recorded at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Muze PNote Recording information: Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Muze PNote Photographers: Ed Caraeff; Tony Esparza; Barry Feinstein.
Muze PNote Arranger: Frank Zappa.
Muze PNote This album appeared within the same year as WAKA/JAWAKA and continued Zappa's exploration of the possibilities for composing and arranging material for a big band with a hefty brass and reed section. Both albums were produced during the period in which he was recuperating from injuries sustained when he was thrown from the stage during a London concert the year before. THE GRAND WAZOO still sounds like a fresh and equal marriage of Zappa's already developed and apparent musical sensibilities with large ensemble jazz writing. The couple vocal numbers utilize the singing as another melodic line, and are knitted into the whole fabric rather than laying on top.
Muze PNote Unfortunately, after this pair of 1972 albums, Zappa never revisited this particular approach again--his touring bands were never on this scale and his large-scale writing was directed towards orchestras.

Producer: Frank Zappa

Engineer: Kerry McNabb

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist George Duke
Muze Guest Artist Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation
Muze Guest Artist Sal Marquez

Associated Artists and Works

Boulez, Pierre
Boulez, Pierre (Composer, Condu
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger ~ Boulez, Pierre (Composer, Condu
Original Soundtrack
Persuasions (The)
King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank ~ Ponty, Jean-Luc

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/28/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1973
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 3849
Music Label Name Label : Zappa Records (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00824302384923

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (2/1/73, p.44)
- "...back in the forefront, where he belongs, with an inspired and consistent album containing some of his best intrumental work, compositions and excellent indication of his particular talent at its best..."

Q (8/95, pp.150-151)
- 4 Stars - Excellent - "Zappa in Sun Ra mode, bulging with epic electric jazz and bogus big-band pomp..."j

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Zappa,Frank
Product attributeLabel:   Hip-O Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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