This month I have put together a special mixtape for Zappa/Mothers Die-Hards with many of my favorite instrumental, semi-orchestral, and orchestral Zappa works – many of which I’m mixing here for the first time – from some of the best of Zappa‘s individual bands to the Petit Wazoo Band to his Grand Wazoo Orchestra to The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra to the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra to the Ensemble Modern to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to The Orchestra of Our Time to Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest & Cappella Amsterdam – punctuated with interviews by and about Zappa from Kent Nagano and David Ocker and Studs Terkel.
Of this mixtape’s 200 plus tracks, the first 30 or so have lyrics, and of those the selection is primarily from the final concert in the “Zappa’s Universe” series from the New York Ritz Theatre on November 10th, 1991 [a far, far superior collection, in my opinion, than that dinky 1993 PolyGram release recorded on the 7th and the 8th].
This mixtape is entitled, “Urbangraffito’s Semi-Orchestral Low Budget Memorial Barbecue”. To listen to mixtape click here.
A wonderful segue, I think, into next month’s mix…which I’ve been saving for a very long time – Zappa and Halloween in New York…
Warning: this mix is very contagious. It should only be heard by Zappa/Mother Die-Hards, or in their company, as it can lead to the contraction of a certain audio virus, known to those of us infected, as FZ+ (which leads to compulsive FZ listening and a behavior known as FZ completism). Be Warned.