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Lather Original recording remastered, Box set

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Box set
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009TT
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Regyptian Strut
2. Naval Aviation in Art?
3. A Little Green Rosetta
4. Duck Duck Goose
5. Down in de Dew
6. For the Young Sophisticate
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Honey, Don't You Want A Man Like Me?
2. The Black Page #1
3. Big Leg Emma
4. Punky's Whips
5. Flambe
6. The Purple Lagoon
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Filthy Habits
2. Titties & Beer
3. The Ocean Is the Ultimate Solution
4. The Adventures of Greggery Peccary
5. Regyptian Strut
6. Leather Goods
See all 8 tracks on this disc

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Here, at last, on 3 CDs, is the four-record boxed set that Frank wanted to put out in 1977 on Warner Bros. but ended up disassembling into Sleep Dirt, Studio Tan, Live in New York and Orchestral Favorites to get out of his contract. Reassembled, it's a three-hour quintessentially Zappa-esque journey through the sacred and profane ( Illinois Enema Bandit , hoo boy), full of remixed and rearranged live and studio material-plus unreleased cuts and four bonus tracks-with Frank's ever-present Conceptual Continuity. A masterpiece, finally made whole.

Recorded in 1976, this mythic three-CD opus finally sees the light of day to the joy of Zappaphiles. It almost goes without saying that there's a wealth of silliness, grotesque humor, and freeform genius in these three hours of wacked-out tunes about muffins, prunes, geese, and the legendary Illinois Enema Bandit. Abandon all logic ye who enter here--an all-too-rare warning at a time when Zappa still rates as a lone wolf howling against conformity. --Jeff Bateman

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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 20 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This three CD set was the way Frank Zappa wanted to release these songs but his record label would not put out a 3 to 4 album set. So he was forced to break it into shorter LP's. The only time this was heard before the release in the 90's is if you has a bootleg from the one time Zappa had the whole thing played on the radio. The music on this set is up there with his best work. If you think you have heard it all before well you haven't. Some tracks differ very much from the way he released them in the past. This record is for the Hot Rats fans as it is for the Joe's Garage fans but mostly if you are a fan of his 70's music this is for you. The only down side is the packaging which could have been a lot better. But the music makes it worth while. Most of all it's cool that even after his death things are getting done his way. He told the record company it would get released one day. Looks like he kept his word!
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Format: Audio CD
Finally a legitimate release on one of uncle Frank's most adventurous projects. Lather (pronounced Leather) was the
famous 4 LP set that Frank's former label at the time Warner Bros. refused to release in '77. Well as we all know the rest is history.
Frank brought LP's to a Pasadena radio station and told the audience to get their tape recorders ready and tape the records!
Well, lawsuits went back and forth and eventually snippets of the original 4 LP set turned up on later FZ records Zappa In
New York, Sleep Dirt, Studio Tan & Orchestral Favorites from '78 & '79. now we have the entire 4 LP set on a snazzy
little 3 CD set including 4 recently unearthed tracks from over the years related to the original LP project. These 4 oddities
"Regyptian Strut ('93)," Leather Goods," Revenge Of The Knick Knack People" & Time Is Money" are the bonus cuts that
close out the set bringing the total playing experience to 3 hours! Exceptional separate liner notes by both Gail Zappa and
Simon Prentis document the history of this missing masterpiece with articulate insight. Digitally overhauled for another excellent
sonic blowout!
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The story behind the creation of this collection is almost as legendary as the man who created it. Suffice to say, it was originally intended as a 4-disc vinyl release, ran into some complications, and was delayed by a mere 20 years. These complications resulted in Frank Zappa's suing a VERY LARGE RECORD COMPANY for about 3 million, the material being released across about 5 albums (three of them against his wishes), and, in an act of revolt, Frank's broadcasting of the album in its entirety on LA's KROQ, during which he actually encouraged listeners to record it.
Until RYCODISC's CD version came out around '96, the only way a person could hear the album as Frank had intended was if one could get ahold of the recording of this famous broadcast. Had it been released when it was supposed to, Läther would have qualified as the ultimate work of this sorely-missed musical innovator. Zappa's wildly diverse compositional capabilities are represented more comprehensively here than on any release; from live rock performances to symphonic and chamber works, from dialogue snippets to tape-manipulated musique concrete, this is the full spectrum of pre-digital FZ at the peak of his powers. Nobody could touch this man in the 70s.
As many of the songs were a bit new and rough at the time of these recordings, Frank produced more polished and extended versions in the later albums "Zappa in New York" and "Sheik Yerbouti", so his reticence to release this collection during his lifetime is certainly understandable.
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Greetings. As the subject mentions, I feel this is the perfect introduction to the world of Frank Zappa. A little bit of his orchestral compositions, some amazing guitar work (heck, some amazing instrumental work all around), a healthy dose of sarcasm and irreverence, and that little "something" that made Frank's work so wonderful. Some of my favorites include: the entire first disc, the gloriously overcooked rendition of "Punky's Whips," "The Purple Lagoon," the twenty-minute eccentricity of "Greggery Peckary," and...well, the entire thing! Don't let the price turn you off. This album's the real deal.
Regarding the claim that Ryko screwed up the second disc track listing, this is most likely untrue. There's been some debate, but I believe that Spencer Chrislu (or somebody else in the Zappa camp) claimed when he opened the box for the third record's master tapes, he found what went onto the CD. Apparently, Frank either mislabeled the box or had another version of the album in mind at one point. In any event, this is what Frank played on a radio station many years ago when Warner Bros. stopped its release, so I think it's safe to assume this is the "ultimate" version of the album. Dig in!
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