One Shot Deal

One Shot Deal

by Frank Zappa


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At the time of Frank Zappa's passing in late 1993, he left a number of projects in varying stages of completeness. Some of these had gotten no further than the so-called "build-reel" stage. It was at this preliminary phase that the artist had done little more than set aside various and sundry audio on the back-burner in his Utility Muffin Research Kitchen home studio. One Shot Deal (2008) is a single-CD compilation taken from a number of disparate sources -- including a pair of tunes from Zappa's "build reels." As the set's co-producer Gail Zappa explains in her inimitable style in the brief liner notes essay ."..the guitar was the main element for me...." With that as an unofficial mandate, the 5-plus minutes -- which cover the meaty nine-year span of 1972 to 1981 -- is undeniably fret-centric. The opening "Bathtub Man" -- featuring the early to mid-'70s George Duke (keyboards/vocals) and Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals) lineup -- seems to be an instrumental improvisational extension that was nicked from "Cosmik Debris." Not only does it reveal a bit of insight into what is presumably a transvestite tale from the road, but musically it displays both Duke and Zappa's criminally underrated chops as incendiary interpreters of the blues. The brief yet frenetic "Space Boogers" is another sonic matchup between Duke and Zappa that presents their unique interaction in a very different -- yet no less inspired -- context. Presumably with baton in hand, the percussive "Hermitage" is an extract from a rare performance of "Sink Trap" (aka "Gypsy Airs") by the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra from a show at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA in mid-September 1975. While several portions of the nearly ten-minute suite have surfaced -- most notably during the Tinseltown Rebellion (1981) version of "Easy Meat" and as "Lumpy Gravy" on the DVD-A QuAUDIOPHILIAc (2004) -- the entire work has yet to be issued. The spacy and jazz fusion-filled "Trudgin' Across the Tundra" is a sampling of the "Petite (as opposed to Grand) Wazoo" combo with Gary Barone (trumpet) wailing à la Miles Davis during the "Bitches Brew" era. Another of One Shot Deal's heartier endeavors is the nine-plus minute "Occam's Razor" -- which consists of Zappa's guitar solo from the song "Inca Roads" during a concert at the Rhein-Neckarhalle in Eppelheim, Germany on March 21, 1979. Keen-eared Zappa-philes might recognize portions from the Joe's Garage (1979) tune "Toad-O Line" and even a few riffs of the Toto pop hit "Hold the Line," which is quoted fairly blatantly. "Heidelberg" continues with a twist as the heart of "Yo' Mama" is torn out at the same venue Rhein-Neckarhalle in Eppelheim, Germany -- from 11 months earlier on February 24, 1978. From the '80s is "The Illinois Enema Bandit" circa Halloween 1981 -- the visuals of which can be found on the Torture Never Stops (2008) DVD. The lengthy "Australian Yellow Snow" is a real delicacy for enthusiasts of Zappa's incorrigible sense of humor and singular storytelling. The seminal installments of "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow," " Nanook Rubs It," and "St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast" are excellent as is the extended "Mar-Juh-Rene" rap. Bringing One Shot Deal to a fitting conclusion is the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra's rendering of "Rollo" from the Royce Hall gig that yielded "Hermitage." By the way, curious parties are encouraged to check out the highly recommended and significantly lengthier take of the song as heard on the aforementioned DVD-A QuAUDIOPHILIAc(2004).

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2017
Label: Zappa Records
UPC: 0824302000724
catalogNumber: 20007
Rank: 64591

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Zappa   Primary Artist,Guitar,Conductor,Vocals,Soloist
Adrian Belew   Guitar
Steve Vai   Guitar
George Duke   Keyboards,Vocals
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone,Trumpet,Tuba,Piccolo,Saxophone
Bill Mays   Clavinet
Jean-Luc Ponty   Violin
John Bergamo   Percussion
Ed Mann   Percussion
Sal Marquez   Trumpet,Vocals
Chester Thompson   Drums
Chad Wackerman   Drums
Ralph Grierson   Keyboards
Ike Willis   Background Vocals
Jim Gordon   Drums,Steel Drums
Tom Fowler   Bass
Mike Altschul   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Gary Barone   Trumpet,Soloist
Terry Bozzio   Drums
Napoleon Murphy Brock   Saxophone,Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Warren Cuccurullo   Guitar
Earl Dumler   English Horn,Oboe,Saxophone,Sarrusophone
Jock Ellis   Trombone
Alan Estes   Percussion
Glenn Ferris   Trombone
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Gene Goe   Trumpet
Dana Hughes   Bass Trombone
Ralph Humphrey   Drums
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Tommy Mars   Keyboards
Jay Migliori   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Victor Morosco   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Lou Anne Neill   Harp
Patrick O'Hearn   Bass
Dave Parlato   Bass
Roy Poper   Trumpet
Ray Reed   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Emil Richards   Percussion
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Sheridon Stokes   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Scott Thunes   Bass
Bob Tricarico   Bassoon,Contrabassoon
Ian Underwood   Synthesizer,Woodwind
Ruth Underwood   Percussion
Denny Walley   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ray White   Guitar,Vocals
John Wittenberg   Violin
Joan Elardo   English Horn,Oboe
Arthur Briegleb   French Horn
Bobby Dubow   Violin
John Winter   English Horn,Oboe
Robert A. Martin   Keyboards,Vocals
Malcolm McNab   Trumpet
Todd Miller   French Horn
Peter Wolf   Keyboards
Tomas Raney   Percussion
Donald Waldrop   Trombone,Double Bass
Tony Duran   Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Frank Zappa   Composer,Producer
Joe Travers   Producer,Vault Research
Gail Zappa   Producer,Package Concept,Text
Donald Waldrop   Contributor

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