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Frank Zappa - Lather (1996) Retail CD
The Läther album was originally conceived as a 4 LP box set of 8 sides - 27 songs for release in 1977 but Warner Brothers refused to release 2 ¾ worth of music. The album was sort of released but spread over 4 albums namely Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt, Orchestral Favourites and Live in New York with other songs appearing in different form on 3 other albums. The Läther album is however the context in which these songs were supposed to be heard. With some songs being very long in length such as the 21 minute long "The Adventures of Greggary Peccary" the 2 ¾ hour set is very wide ranging in stylesmore… encompassing elements of Jazz, rock, classical and a lot of humour and weird and wonderful craziness. The album intersperses some of Frank's seriously good instrumental tracks with his more satirical lyrical songs and funny conversations between tracks occasionally. The instrumental tracks range from the opener Regyption Strut which is a superb opener deserving this reappraisal after its somewhat understated placement somewhere at the back of the Sleep Dirt album to The Ocean Is The Ultimate Solution which is one of his best instrumentals along with the previously unheard title track. Elsewhere Franks love of classical music is in evidence on Orchestral Duke of Prunes which is a fine closer to disk two or the end of the original side 7.If I had one criticism of the whole album it would be that sides 5 to 6 are slightly out of synch from Franks original hand written track listing (as shown in the Läther booklet) and one song, Baby Snakes is missing altogether. God knows why these tracks are out of synch or why that other track is missing but I think Frank's original order of the sides is better myself. The 4 bonus tracks at the end of the album nearly make up for these blunders but it is the main factor for the album receiving 4 stars as opposed to 5. Still well worth the price of admission and some of these tracks do have to be heard to be believed but I don't think many people could be disappointed by this.
|1||Re Gyptian Strut|
|2||Naval Aviation In Art|
|3||Little Green Rosetta|
|4||Duck Duck Goose|
|5||Down In De Dew|
|6||For The Young Sophisticate|
|7||Tryin' To Grow A Chin|
|8||Broken Hearts Are For Assholes|
|9||Legend Of The Illinois Enema|
|11||Lemme Take You To The Beach|
|12||Revised Music For Guitar And Low|
|15||Honey Don't You Want A Man Like Me|
|16||Black Page No 1|
|17||Big Leg Emma|
|23||Spider Of Destiny|
|24||Duke Of Orchestral Prunes|
|26||Titties 'n' Beer|
|27||Ocean Is The Ultimate Solution|
|28||Adventures Of Greggery Peccary|
|29||Re Gyptian Strut (2)|
|31||Revenge Of The Knick Knack People|
|32||Time Is Money|
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