Lumpy Gravy

Lumpy Gravy

by Frank Zappa

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Overview

Lumpy Gravy, Frank Zappa's first solo album, was released months before the Mothers of Invention's third LP (even though its back cover asked the question: "Is this phase two of We're Only in It for the Money?") and both were conceptualized and recorded at the same time. We're Only in It for the Money became a song-oriented anti-flower power album with one contemporary/musique concrète/sound collage hybrid piece by way of conclusion. Lumpy Gravy collaged bits of orchestral music, sonic manipulations, spoken words, and occasional pop ditties into two lumps of 16 minutes each. This album presents Zappa's first recordings with a decent orchestra, the 50-piece Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra. His symphonic writing was very much influenced by Stravinsky and Varèse. It still had to lose its sharp edges and find the lushness found in 200 Motels. The segments of music are loosely tied together by bits of dialogue from inside the piano. MOI members and friends were invited to talk with their head inside a grand piano with the sustain pedal depressed (the technique was immortalized in the song "Evelyn, A Modified Dog"). The reverberating space gave the voices an eerie quality, but made it very difficult to convincingly edit the material. Thus, the plot emanating from these portions remains very vague (it was clarified 25 years later in Civilization Phaze III). The song bits include "Oh No," "Theme from Lumpy Gravy" (aka "Duodenum"), "King Kong," and "Take Your Clothes off When You Dance," all in instrumental versions, all making their first appearance on record. The starting point of Zappa's "serious music," Lumpy Gravy suffers from a lack of coherence, but it remains historically important and contains many conceptual continuity clues for the fan. The opening line of part one ("The way I see it, Barry, this should be a dynamite show") became a classic reference.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2012
Label: Zappa Records
UPC: 0824302383629
catalogNumber: 3836
Rank: 36931

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Zappa   Primary Artist,Conductor
Lincoln Mayorga   Piano,Celeste,Harpsichord
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Gong,Marimbas,Timbales,Timpani,Vibes
Shelly Manne   Drums
Ted Nash   Flute,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Bass Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Contrabassoon,Woodwind,E-flat Clarinet
Paul Smith   Piano,Celeste,Harpsichord
Pete Jolly   Piano,Celeste,Harpsichord
Viola   Guitar
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Philip Goldberg   Strings
John Balkin   Bass
Arnold Belnick   Strings
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Gene Cipriano   Flute,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Bass Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Contrabassoon,Woodwind,E-flat Clarinet
Jesse Ehrlich   Strings
Alan Estes   Percussion,Gong,Marimbas,Timbales,Timpani,Vibes
Gene Estes   Percussion,Gong,Marimbas,Timbales,Timpani,Vibes
Bunk Gardner   Flute,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Bass Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Contrabassoon,Woodwind,E-flat Clarinet
James Getzoff   Strings
John Guerin   Drums
Harry Hyams   Strings
Jules Jacob   Flute,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Bass Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Contrabassoon,Woodwind,E-flat Clarinet
Jerome Kessler   Strings
Bernard Kundell   Strings
Michael Lang   Piano,Celeste,Harpsichord
Arthur Maebe   French Horn
Leonard Malarsky   Strings
Jerome Reisler   Strings
Emil Richards   Percussion,Gong,Marimbas,Timbales,Timpani,Vibes
John Rotella   Flute,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Bass Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Contrabassoon,Woodwind,E-flat Clarinet
Ralph Schaeffer   Strings
Leonard Selic   Strings
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Tibor Zelig   Strings
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Joseph DiFiore   Strings
Joseph Saxon   Strings
Jimmy Zito   Trumpet
Dennis Budimer   Guitar
Alexander Koltun   Strings
Harold G. Remko   Strings
Harold Ayres   Strings
Bob West   Bass
Lyle Ritts   Bass
William Kurasch   Strings
Don Christlieb   Flute,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Bass Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Contrabassoon,Woodwind,E-flat Clarinet
Frankie Capp   Drums
Jim Haynes   Guitar
Raymond J. Kelly   Strings
Richard Parisi   French Horn

Technical Credits

Frank Zappa   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration,Art Direction

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