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deepnet

Boulder climber
San Diego
Feb 26, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
"Billy the mountain" Has to be my favorite!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 26, 2013 - 01:23pm PT
GRODY, GRODY TO THE MAX!! NO WAY! I do not talk funny! I'm so sure...

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 26, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
Moon has class, intelligence, beauty....


Frank would be proud.

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 26, 2013 - 01:40pm PT
Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen Zappa, born July 30, 1979.

The least known of the Zappa kids!

Credit: survival
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 26, 2013 - 02:03pm PT
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/227765/ZAPPA

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=377936&msg=377940#msg377940
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Apr 26, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
Wow at Survival's post:
I didn't realize there was a fourth kid.
She sure has her dad's nose.

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Re: orchestral performances

It took me years to warm up to ANY! of Zappa's music.
For years I thought the guy was a total clown.
Not until I was introduced to the modern, fusion (whatever yah wanna call'm) jazz bands...
Such as Weather Report, Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, etc...
did I appreciate Frank's music.

Then it took me a long time to get past his popular classics and begin to appreciate his more 'out there' stuff...
Such as his lead on 'Truck Driver Divorce' or the frenetic 'Stevie's Spanking'.

But as quoted upthread:

Without deviation from the norm, 'progress' is not possible.

Familiarity spawns comfort.
As my 'Zapology' frame of reference broadened I started to appreciate his Orchestral stuff. About then I realized that Zappa probably had numerous versions jazz, rock, acoustic and Orchestral/symphonic, of everyone of his songs.

I always liked the melody, mockery and whimsical nature of 'Duke of Prunes'

Which original sounded like:
(I think from his second album "Absolutely Free")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-j4h9gplvY

That was good preparation for when I later heard his version when he hired and worked with the London Philharmonic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7c03ObN2o4

I love the way he works a little bit of his signature angst with an electric guitar in front of a symphony in his solo between 2:30/3:00
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Apr 27, 2013 - 11:43am PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xFvzfNtXnVU
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Apr 27, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
My favorite albums, in order, with favorite song on each album are:

Freak Out! - Trouble Comin Every Day

Zoot Allures - Wonderful Wino

Joe's Garage Act I - Joe's Garage

Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar - (Title Cut)

Weasels Ripped My Flesh - "Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue"

Sheik Yerbouti - Flakes

A good friend of mine did the album cover for Jazz in Hell, in fact I'm having dinner with him tonight.
Psilocyborg

climber
Apr 27, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
if you want to see something very cool go here

http://tela.sugarmegs.org/alpha/f.html

scroll down to "frankzappa" and have fun
Mimi

climber
Dec 27, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
Zappa Plays Zappa!

Roxy and Elsewhere this time, in its entirety. Don't miss out!

http://www.zappaplayszappa.com/tourdates.html
Trusty Rusty

climber
Tahoe Area
Dec 28, 2013 - 12:05am PT
Mimi & Gentlemen...Watch Ruth

Mimi

climber
Dec 28, 2013 - 12:08am PT
Other than the much too short sets, it was great.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 1, 2014 - 05:55pm PT
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 1, 2014 - 08:39pm PT
December 4, 1993.

Has it really been twenty years?
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Feb 4, 2014 - 04:12pm PT
Survival and Son made it to Chico last night for the Dweezil show, Roxy and Elsewhere. They tore it up. Count me as another convert to Dweezil's ability to pull off his father's work with the same chutzpah and deadpan delivery.
Great show!
Survival and his oldest son, Justin at Zappa Plays Zappa last night.
Survival and his oldest son, Justin at Zappa Plays Zappa last night.
Credit: Timid TopRope
Taking a much deserved bow after an amazing encore that featured Muffi...
Taking a much deserved bow after an amazing encore that featured Muffin Man and Willy the Pimp among others.
Credit: Timid TopRope
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:10pm PT
Timid Toprope at the Zappa Plays Zappa show in Chico!!

Credit: survival

DWEEZ ME OUT FREAKIL!!!
Credit: survival
rincon

climber
Coarsegold
Nov 4, 2015 - 03:31pm PT

skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
Nov 4, 2015 - 03:53pm PT
Ah yes....all with the irrepressible George Duke and the fabulous Ruth Underwood. Great stuff!
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Old West Crackramento
Nov 4, 2015 - 03:57pm PT
My weird neighbor lent me a bad quality mix tape of Zappa. I couldn't return it for a while because he was in jail for beating off on a public bus. I returned the mix tape awkwardly after his release. Didn't ever get into that Zappa.
Gary

Social climber
Hell is empty and all the devils are here
Nov 4, 2015 - 06:09pm PT
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-frank-zappa-200-motels-la-phil-20151102-story.html

A recording of one of the most unorthodox performances in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s history — a 2013 rendition of the orchestral suites from Frank Zappa’s “200 Motels” — will be released Nov. 20.

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the concert, “200 Motels: The Suites,” to celebrate Walt Disney Concert Hall's 10th birthday. It will be available as a two-CD set or as downloads from the Zappa Records/UMe label.

“200 Motels: The Suites” is the 101st album of the late Zappa’s career, according to his son Ahmet. It's also the last prepared by Gail Zappa, the composer’s widow, who died Oct. 7 at age 70.
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