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Lather [Original recording remastered, Box set]

Frank Zappa Audio CD
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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
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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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FRANK ZAPPA L?ther - First Issue (1996 US 30-track triple CD that saw the first release of the FZ masterpiece in its original intended form that was denied release at the time by the record company making it a mere nineteen years late to the party but extremely welcome none the less also featuring bonus tracks Regyptian Strut (1993 Version) Leather Goods Revenge Of The Knick Knack People and Time Is Money complete with thirty two page booklet with extensive notes fat jewel case picture sleeve. This was the masterpiece that although never released [officially] at the time has become the stuff of legend and still remains one of the most intricate and varied works of FZ that you can wrap your ears around RCD10574/76)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The way he wanted it! Jan. 20 2013
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars ZAPPA BLOWS IT ALL OUT IN LATHER! Oct. 15 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnum Opus Interruptus Nov. 10 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best intro to Zappa's work Nov. 1 2001
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Do you know the way to heaven?
Call your friends at saturday and tell them that your are very sick. Buy a good whisky, choose your best place in the house and listen all the album with a good sound level. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by Agustín Aguilar Tagle
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, whaddya want, it's great, okay?
(...)Zappa neither walked on water nor was he the musical equivalent of a flasher. He was a serious composer who had some great moments, good moments, fair moments and downright... Read more
Published on May 16 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed
Zappa the composer! Zappa the improviser! Zappa the humorist! Zappa the experimentalist! Zappa the guitarist! Zappa the provoker! Zappa the bandleader! Zappa the inventor! Read more
Published on Dec 18 2002 by vidar
I just listened to this in the vehicle for the last week and believe it is quintessential Zappa that fuses all of the Zappa elements from may eras, Stravinsky, Varese, Joe's... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2002 by Darrel G. Moreland
5.0 out of 5 stars polymath talent
As good as Uncle Meat, and perhaps even more varied-- if such is pssible. Check out Regyption Strut.
Published on April 14 2002 by Al Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Leather Goods'- FZ
Ever wondered what a classical orchestra sounds like when accompanied by a blistering electric guitar solo? Find out on this Lather cd its beautiful music.
Published on Jan. 13 2002 by Arckitekt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Grail
Until the arrival of this CD, the only way to get Lather in it's entirety was to search far and wide for the LP box set that currently goes for 800 bucks, or try to find a copy... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2002 by Mad Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars lather
there is much to say. sgt. pepper, electric ladyland, the wall, and lather. zappa being not as commercial could never be in the same category but the genius is not only comparible... Read more
Published on July 20 2001 by jason cook
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Zappa Album
This album has it all! Rock satires, amazing guitar solos, funny and very obscene pop pieces, modern classical works. Read more
Published on June 14 2001 by H. F. Gibbard
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