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    Thu, 09 Dec 2010 13:30:53

    3-CD Set to See Release in Celebration of Frank Zappa's 70th Birthday - Well, what would have been Zappa's 70th!

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    • Frank Zappa - Ian Gillan of the English rock band Deep Purple performs in the Auditorium Stravinski, during the closing night of the 40th Montreux Jazz festival, 15 July 2006 in Montreux. Deep Purple's most famous song 'Smoke on the Water' tells the true story of the fire which burned on December 1971 the Montreux Casino during Frank Zappa's concert, and Deep Purple's difficulties recording their Machine Head album.
    • Frank Zappa - Ian Gillan of the English rock band Deep Purple performs in the Auditorium Stravinski, during the closing night of the 40th Montreux Jazz festival, 15 July 2006 in Montreux. Deep Purple's most famous song 'Smoke on the Water' tells the true story of the fire which burned on December 1971 the Montreux Casino during Frank Zappa's concert, and Deep Purple's difficulties recording their Machine Head album.
    • Frank Zappa - Ian Gillan of the English rock band Deep Purple performs in the Auditorium Stravinski, during the closing night of the 40th Montreux Jazz festival, 15 July 2006 in Montreux. Deep Purple's most famous song 'Smoke on the Water' tells the true story of the fire which burned on December 1971 the Montreux Casino during Frank Zappa's concert, and Deep Purple's difficulties recording their Machine Head album.

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    Early in 1978, musical genius Frank Zappa played London's Hammersmith Odeon and these concerts provided the source for the basic tracks for 1979's Sheik YerBouti. Now, Hammersmith Odeon, compiled and produced by Gail Zappa and Joe Travers and released to coincide with the 3-Day Festival of Frank Zappa at the Roundhouse, is now available in the Special Party Pack 3-CD set designed to also celebrate FZ's 70th Birthday on December 21.

    Mixed in NYC by Frank Filipetti, none of these tracks have been previously released and the track listing mirrors and/or parallels the set lists of the concerts. Peter Wolf, former band-member and current multi-faceted producer/arranger, contributed liner notes.

    "I wanted to have a concert in England to share with the folks who showed up for Frank at the Roundhouse," said Gail Zappa. "We were very happy to participate and appreciate very much the invitation to do so, the phenomenal reception for FZ's works, and everyone who showed up to be part of this extraordinary event. As for the art, the tube stops - Hammersmith for the location of the concerts in 1978 and Chalk Farm, the location of The Roundhouse - and in the middle is where FZ and I used to dwell during the making of 200 MOTELS. The frosting is to celebrate what would have been his 70th year and there you pretty much have it."

    Are you a Frank Zappa fan?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    12.09.10




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