Saturday, August 1, 2009

Lost Episodes

The Lost Episodes
Compilation album by Frank Zappa
Released February 27, 1996
Recorded 1958–1992
Genre Experimental rock, progressive rock, jazz fusion, hard rock
Length 71:14
Label Rykodisc
Producer Frank Zappa

* Allmusic 4/5 stars
* The Guardian 4/5 stars

The Lost Episodes is an album by Frank Zappa which compiles previously unreleased material and was posthumously released in 1996. Much of the material covered dates from early in his career, and as early as 1958, into the mid-1970s. Zappa had been working on these tracks in the years before his death in 1993.

The album is also notable for its five tracks which feature Captain Beefheart (known in early recordings by his birth name, Don Vliet, and later Don Van Vliet): "Lost in a Whirlpool", a blues parody from around 1958–59 in which Beefheart sings of being flushed down the toilet; "Tiger Roach", a rhythm and blues track from around three years later; "I'm a Band Leader" from 1969, a spoken word piece written by Zappa and read by Beefheart; "Alley Cat", a blues number in which Zappa plays guitar with two members of Beefheart's Magic Band, and "The Grand Wazoo", a spoken word piece recorded in 1969, to which Zappa added a Synclavier track in 1992 [1]. Dan Glaister, writing in The Guardian, judged the first to be "a passable Bessie Smith cover", adding, "while "Alley Cat" could be a missing track from Clear Spot."

Elsewhere on the disc are included a number of alternate, earlier versions of compositions which were later released on Zappa's studio albums. The Lost Episodes' version of "Any Way the Wind Blows", for instance, was recorded in Cucamonga in around 1963—three years before its appearance on Freak Out! (1966). And the version of "Fountain of Love" here was recorded around the same time, but not released until Cruising with Ruben & the Jets (1968).


marram62 said...

Track listing

1. "The Blackouts" – 0:22
2. "Lost in a Whirlpool" (Van Vliet, Zappa) – 2:46
3. "Ronnie Sings?" – 1:05
4. "Kenny's Booger Story" – 0:33
5. "Ronnie's Booger Story" – 1:16
6. "Mount St. Mary's Concert Excerpt" – 2:28
7. "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" – 3:51
8. "Tiger Roach" (Van Vliet, Zappa) – 2:20
9. "Run Home Slow Theme" – 1:25
10. "Fountain of Love" (Zappa, Ray Collins) – 2:08
11. "Run Home Cues, #2" – 0:28
12. "Any Way the Wind Blows" – 2:14
13. "Run Home Cues, #3" – 0:11
14. "Charva" – 1:59
15. "The Dick Kunc Story" – 0:46
16. "Wedding Dress Song" (Trad., arr. Zappa) – 1:14
17. "Handsome Cabin Boy" (Trad., arr. Zappa) – 1:21
18. "Cops & Buns" – 2:36
19. "The Big Squeeze" – 0:43
20. "I'm a Band Leader" – 1:14
21. "Alley Cat" (Van Vliet, Zappa) – 2:47
22. "The Grand Wazoo" – 2:12
23. "Wonderful Wino" (Zappa, Jeff Simmons) – 2:47
24. "Kung Fu" – 1:06
25. "RDNZL" – 3:49
26. "Basement Music #1" – 3:46
27. "Inca Roads" – 3:42
28. "Lil' Clanton Shuffle" – 4:47
29. "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted" – 3:24
30. "Sharleena" – 11:54

roy rocket said...

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Just thought I'd let you know - as few others seem to...
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Shanti, roy

marram62 said...

thanks roy! nice job on your blog as well. i've been there and picked up some delectable morsels from you too! so, cheers! indeed, and keep up the good work. and remember, the youth of your country is depending on you.....?