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Lather Original recording remastered, Box set

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  • 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 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,019 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
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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.

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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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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Jan. 20 2013
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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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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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At the time, that is in 1977, rumors started circulating about Frank Zappa having had recorded a four record set on the magnitude and scope of 'Uncle Meat' to be released on his own newly formed record label, Zappa Records. The rumors were true and you probably know that because of a contractual snafu with Warner Brothers/Reprise he lost the rights to the material in a lawsuit. The material from that album, which was to have been called 'Lather', was repackaged by WBR into the four albums; Live in New York, Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt, and Orchestral Favorites. There exists some promo test pressings of the original Lather which sell for exorbitant amounts at record collector conventions and so I was glad that the record was finally released on CD. Even with four bonus tracks though, this is still not the complete Lather album. Disk one has the original lp sides one, two, and three, intact. Disk two has sides four, five and six and it starts with the intact side four, however on the rest of the CD the track order becomes jumbled, and a 3:07 version of Baby Snakes from the original side six was, for some reason, dropped from this release! (a 1:50 version appears on the Sheik Yerbouti album). The liner notes make no mention of this fact. Nor do the notes tell us if the final track on the original Lather album's side seven, "One More Time for the World" is the same as the track that was put in that position on the CD, "The Ocean is the Ultimate Solution" In fact, the notes seem to be written by someone who isn't that familiar with Zappa. For example, for the track 3 disk 2, Big Leg Emma ("I'm in a big dilemma about my big leg Emma...Read more ›
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Zappa the composer! Zappa the improviser! Zappa the humorist! Zappa the experimentalist! Zappa the guitarist! Zappa the provoker! Zappa the bandleader! Zappa the inventor! Zappa the ironic! Zappa the arena rocker! Zappa the conseptualist! Zappa the parodic! Zappa the romatic!
More than any of his albums, "Lather" reveals every aspect of Zappa's genius. The record company's veto of releasing it as it was back in 1977, and it's fate as a series of conceptually much less interesting "genre albums", is one of rock history's true tragedies. After such an illtreat, most artists would have given up even the thought of making more music.
But not Zappa. The reason, I think, is that Zappa didn't just make music. He WAS music. Like Picasso, Fassbinder and Miles Davis, Zappa is one of the very few artists who's art is impossible to separate from the man and vice versa. Nothing in this world could ever stop this man from making music. If he had been blown out to outer space or separated from the world on a desolated island, he would still have been making music. Should you have any doubt about that, listen to the "Lather" album. It's creative waterfall of inventiveness, ecclectism and stunning performances stands unsurpassed in the history of rock music.
You then may wonder why I don't rate "Lather" a five star album. Maybe I should, but in my opinion (don't shoot me!) Zappa never made a five star album. For that, his music is simply too diverse. I don't even think he ever sat out to make a masterpiece as such, his music is just one continuous, unstoppable flow of creativity. And even how much I will recommend this fabulous recording, I can't think there is anyone, no matter how ecclecting and accepting in musical taste, who can possibly like everything here.
Still, this momentous masterpiece belongs in every representative rock album collection.
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