Lumpy Gravy – Unreleased Photos

Found on the Commodore Crush Blog:

Well, it’s about time I share these photos with everyone. I luckily found these at a yard sale in San Diego a few years ago. I bought about 10 different Frank Zappa photos, 8 of which were the original photographer’s proofs that still had red crayon circled approvals on several of the shots in the roll. I scanned them in at 600dpi (if I remember correctly) so you could still get an amazing closeup of each frame. Original cost was about 5 bucks and then bills needed to be paid and sold on eBay for $900… I think.

I believe these studio shots may be from around the time Lumpy Gravy was released. If you look closely, you can see he’s wearing the Pipco shirt underneath his cardigan. I’ll put put a new hi-res photo up every day for the next 8 days ending with the alternate versions of the Lumpy Gravy cover. As far as I know, these have never been released. Enjoy!

The parts so far: 1 | 2| 3| 4 | 5

Lumpy Money: The Playlist

Now that Lumpy Money orders are officially being shipped, I’ve added this 3 disc release to the discography pages. As ever, the Mighty Wiki has more background info. If anyone has had a chance to give this one a listen, feel free to leave a comment — here or at the discog page.

Lumpy Money reporting:

The Zappa Family Trust will kick off a comprehensive campaign to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the late Frank Zappa’s albums next month. “Lumpy Money,” a three-CD “audio documentary” due out Nov. 25, is the first offering in the series — and, according to Zappa’s widow Gail, the most unique.

“These two records happen to be Frank’s masterworks,” Zappa tells, “so this is the most ambitious of all the (40th anniversary) projects. The challenge is how to educate the audience to understand what ‘Lumpy Gravy’ and ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ are, and what they’re part of.

Um… okay…

Read all about Lumpy Money here.
Update: related Vanity Fair interview with GZ