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Frank Zappa - Orchestral Favorites 40th Anniversary [Audio CD]


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Frank Zappa - Orchestral Favorites 40th Anniversary
Frank Zappa - Orchestral Favorites 40th Anniversary

Commemorating its eventual release in 1979, the Orchestral Favorites 40th Anniversary 3-Disc CD Collection celebrates Frank Zappa's 1975 engagement at Royce Hall at UCLA Los Angeles.

When Frank Zappa’s Orchestral Favorites was eventually released in 1979 as part of fulfilling his contract with his contentious former label, the album was dumped into the world along with several other titles without the legendary musician’s permission or quality control.

It did not include liner notes or credits and the artwork and audio wasn’t approved by Zappa who publicly criticized it as not being up to his standards. As a result of not receiving any promotion, it was quickly relegated to the bargain bin shortly after its release.

Four decades later, in celebration of the long-beleaguered album’s 40th anniversary, the Zappa Family Trust is righting this wrong and presenting Orchestral Favorites with the audiophile detail and respect it deserves to commemorate the historical event that took place at UCLA’s Royce Hall in September 1975 where the compositions were recorded..

Produced by Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers, the comprehensive collection will include the original album plus the entire evening performance from September 18, 1975 spread across two additional discs.

After extensive searches in the Vault, the elusive master tone reel, the essential component that contains the alignment tones that help set up the playback of the master tapes that Zappa reportedly did not provide when he turned in the album, was found, allowing the Zappa Family Trust to present the audio as originally intended.

Frank Zappa - Orchestral Favorites 40th Anniversary
Frank Zappa - Orchestral Favorites 40th Anniversary

Coupled with new hi-res transfers from the original tapes and mastering by Bob Ludwig, the music sounds the best it ever has!

Disc 1 Tracklist:

  1. Strictly Genteel (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Remastered 2019)
  2. Pedro's Dowry (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Remastered 2019)
  3. Naval Aviation In Art? (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Remastered 2019)
  1. Duke Of Prunes (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Remastered 2019)
  2. Bogus Pomp (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Remastered 2019)
  3. Strictly General (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Keyboard OD Version)

Disc 2 Tracklist:

  1. Show Start/Bogus Pomp Explained (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  2. Bogu Pomp (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  3. Revised Music For Low-Budget Symphony Orchestra (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  4. The Story Of Pedro's Dowry (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  1. Pedro's Dowry (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  2. The Story Of Rollo (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  3. Rollo (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)

Disc 3 Tracklist:

  1. Black Napkins Instructions (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  2. Black Napkins (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  3. Dog/Meat (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  4. The Players (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  5. Naval Aviation In Art? (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  6. Another Weirdo Number (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  7. Lumpy Gravy (Extract)/Improvisation (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  1. Evening At The Hermitage (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  2. A Special Guest Artist (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  3. Duke Of Prunes (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  4. Absolutely Disgusting (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  5. The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  6. Strictly Genteel (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)

Disc 1 Tracklist:

  1. Strictly Genteel (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Remastered 2019)
  2. Pedro's Dowry (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Remastered 2019)
  3. Naval Aviation In Art? (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Remastered 2019)
  4. Duke Of Prunes (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Remastered 2019)
  5. Bogus Pomp (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Remastered 2019)
  6. Strictly General (Live At Royce Hall, 1975 / Keyboard OD Version)

Disc 2 Tracklist:

  1. Show Start/Bogus Pomp Explained (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  2. Bogu Pomp (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  3. Revised Music For Low-Budget Symphony Orchestra (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  4. The Story Of Pedro's Dowry (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  5. Pedro's Dowry (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  6. The Story Of Rollo (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  7. Rollo (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)

Disc 3 Tracklist:

  1. Black Napkins Instructions (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  2. Black Napkins (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  3. Dog/Meat (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  4. The Players (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  5. Naval Aviation In Art? (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  6. Another Weirdo Number (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  7. Lumpy Gravy (Extract)/Improvisation (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  8. Evening At The Hermitage (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  9. A Special Guest Artist (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  10. Duke Of Prunes (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  11. Absolutely Disgusting (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  12. The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)
  13. Strictly Genteel (Live At Royce Hall, 9/18/1975)