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Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 3, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
RIP to another other brother from another mother

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Feb 26, 2013 - 04:56pm PT
The LA Philharmonic has announced its 2013-2014 season. In the LA Times article is this:
...a world premiere concert performance of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels...

...For "Inside Out," the Phil also will bring back several old friends of the realm. Dudamel will alternate at the podium with his predecessor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, who will conduct several concerts, including the "200 Motels" program on Oct. 23, the anniversary date of the hall's official opening. Salonen was friends with Zappa, the iconoclastic L.A. composer who died in 1993.,0,1050277.story

There's no way I'm missing Salonen conducting Zappa!


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 26, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
I understand orchestras trying to be hip and draw in a younger crowd but
I'll give this a miss. I view it like I do rock climbing in roller skates.

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Feb 26, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
It's Zappa's best work, from an orchestra point of view. Hopefully they'll get Volman and Kaylan to perform.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Feb 26, 2013 - 05:40pm PT
Zappa was one of my teenage influences, even saw him in concert in high school, the You Are What You Is tour. Don't think I could sit through an orchestra playing Zappa music, though. Particularly his orchestral music.

Trad climber
Feb 26, 2013 - 07:14pm PT
"Help I'm a rock"

Still a great album

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

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...


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

Frank would be proud.


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

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 26, 2013 - 02:03pm PT

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.


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")

That was good preparation for when I later heard his version when he hired and worked with the London Philharmonic:

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

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Apr 27, 2013 - 11:43am PT

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.

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

scroll down to "frankzappa" and have fun

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

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

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


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

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

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

Has it really been twenty years?
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