Header

ORCHESTRAL FAVORITES

Frank Zappa

RIO/Avant-Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Frank Zappa Orchestral Favorites album cover
3.31 | 123 ratings | 6 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


Write a review
Buy FRANK ZAPPA Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Strictly Genteel (7:03)
2. Pedro's Dowry (7:41)
3. Naval Aviation In Art? (1:22)
4. Duke of Prunes (4:20)
5. Bogus Pomp (13:28)

Total Time: 33:54

Lyrics

Search FRANK ZAPPA Orchestral Favorites lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search FRANK ZAPPA Orchestral Favorites tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Frank Zappa and The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra
- Frank Zappa / guitar
- Terry Bozzio / drums
- Dave Parlato / bass
- Mike Lang / keyboards
- Emil Richards / percussion
- Pamela Goldsmith / viola
- John Wittenberg / violin
- Bobby Dubow / violin
- Jerry Kessler / cello
- Bruce Fowler / trombone
- Earle Drumler / oboe
- Mike Altschul / flute, trumpet
- Malcolm McNabb / trumpet
- David Duke / French horn
- Dana Hughes / bass trombone
- Ray Reed / flute
- David Shostak / flute
- Tommy Morgan / harmonica
- Marty Perellis (?)
- Don Van Vliet / dancing

Releases information

Rykodisc #RCD 10529

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
Edit this entry

FRANK ZAPPA MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy FRANK ZAPPA Orchestral Favorites Music


Joe's Garage Acts I II & IIIJoe's Garage Acts I II & III
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$9.58
$9.76 (used)
Sheik YerboutiSheik Yerbouti
Double CD
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$7.58
$6.91 (used)
Over-Nite SensationOver-Nite Sensation
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$7.59
$7.99 (used)
Strictly Commercial: The Best Of Frank ZappaStrictly Commercial: The Best Of Frank Zappa
Remastered
Zappa Records/Rykodisc 1995
Audio CD$33.24
$2.42 (used)
Hot RatsHot Rats
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$7.13
$8.99 (used)
Apostrophe ( ' ) (40th Anniversary Vinyl)Apostrophe ( ' ) (40th Anniversary Vinyl)
Zappa Records 2014
Vinyl$24.98
We're Only In It For The MoneyWe're Only In It For The Money
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$3.55
$4.98 (used)
Fillmore East - June 1971Fillmore East - June 1971
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$7.64
$9.99 (used)
Apostrophe (')Apostrophe (')
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$7.44
$6.99 (used)
Uncle MeatUncle Meat
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$7.19
$10.18 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
FRANK ZAPPA Tinsel Town Rebellion 2 X LP 1981 Made in UK! from my collection.. US $34.99 Buy It Now 43m 9s
MASSIVE 39 disc Frank Zappa music 39 CD's including 6 double CD's HUGE LOT!!!! US $249.00 Buy It Now 53m 47s
FRANK ZAPPA "OVER-NITE SENSATION" LP US $19.99 Buy It Now 57m 22s
EXPERIMENTAL ROCK/LP/FRANK ZAPPA/"STUDIO TAN"STEREO/1978 US $5.57 [0 bids]
US $8.57 Buy It Now
1h 13m
FRANK ZAPPA Yellow Shark Ensemble Modern CD/BOX Set R2 71600 BarkingPumpkin 1993 US $4.99 [0 bids]
1h 15m
Frank Zappa 78 Guitar Tabs Software Lesson CD, 11 Backing Tracks US $6.75 [0 bids]
US $8.80 Buy It Now
1h 39m
HUGE LOT of 20 Frank Zappa DVD's GREAT COLLECTION OF 20 DVD's US $124.99 Buy It Now 1h 50m
FRANK ZAPPA, Sheik Yerbouti Audiophile Import DOUBLE LP US $39.00 Buy It Now 1h 51m
LOT - 11 Frank Zappa Albums on CD - 11 Album/11-Disc Bundle/Set - Ryko Rykodisc US $78.99 [0 bids]
US $102.95 Buy It Now
2h 7m
Strictly Commercial The Best of Frank Zappa (2-Disc, Mini LP CD, Japan, Ryko) US $34.99 [0 bids]
US $45.75 Buy It Now
2h 9m
frank zappa 2 lp lot over-nite sensation 200 motels OverNite Mothers Vinyl US $15.48 [5 bids]
2h 20m
FRANK ZAPPA YOU ARE WHAT YOU IS LP RECORD ORIGINAL US $3.75 [0 bids]
2h 24m
FRANK ZAPPA Make A Jazz Noise Here - Cassette USA press - Tape 1 only, Tested US $6.99 Buy It Now 2h 25m
FRANK ZAPPA -- I don't want to get drafted -- 45 with Picture Sleeve -- 1980 US $5.00 [0 bids]
2h 34m
Frank Zappa; Studio Tan on LP US $7.99 [0 bids]
2h 35m
Unmitigated Audacity Frank- Zappa CD George Duke Don Preston US $14.99 [0 bids]
US $35.00 Buy It Now
2h 37m
Frank Zappa Ruben & The Jets Verve VERY NICE Mothers of Invention US $19.99 [0 bids]
2h 37m
Frank Zappa - Lot of 5 all in VG++ or NM shape US $31.00 [9 bids]
2h 39m
Frank Zappa Lumpy Gravy Verve U.K. Pressing US $19.99 [0 bids]
2h 41m
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar by Frank Zappa (CD, May-1995, 3 Discs, Ryko... US $8.99 [0 bids]
2h 42m
Frank Zappa ?- Sleep Dirt : DiscReet ?- DSK 2292 (EX condition) US $17.00 [0 bids]
US $32.00 Buy It Now
2h 47m
Frank Zappa - The Freak-out List NEW DVD US $23.23 Buy It Now 2h 48m
FRANK ZAPPA / MOTHERS OF INVENTION - IN THE 1960S NEW DVD US $22.33 Buy It Now 3h 46m
Frank Zappa - The Interview Sessions NEW CD US $10.12 Buy It Now 3h 50m
JAM BAND TRIBUTE TO FRANK ZAPPA / VARIOUS NEW CD US $23.81 Buy It Now 3h 56m
Hammersmith Odeon by Frank Zappa (CD, 2011, 3 Discs, Vaulter Native) NEW US $129.99 Buy It Now 3h 59m
Imaginary Diseases [Digipak] [Remaster] by Frank Zappa (CD, Jan-2007) NEW US $79.99 Buy It Now 3h 59m
CRANIUM'S Frank Zappa 200 MOTELS orig Lp w/POSTER & BOOK! Ringo Starr BEATLES US $59.99 Buy It Now 4h 2m
CRANIUM'S Frank Zappa ROXY & ELSEWHERE orig DISCRETE 2 Lp Jeff Simmons US $39.99 Buy It Now 4h 2m
CRANIUM'S Frank Zappa APOSTROPHE (*) orig Discreet Lp NM shrink JACK BRUCE Cream US $69.99 Buy It Now 4h 2m
CRANIUM'S Frank Zappa ZOOT ALLURES orig Warner Lp NM Terry Bozzio US $34.99 Buy It Now 4h 2m
CRANIUM'S Frank Zappa JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM LA orig Bizarre Lp FLO US $39.99 Buy It Now 4h 2m
Frank Zappa Mother's of Invention Absolutely Free Japan Original Vinyl LP 1970 US $199.99 Buy It Now 4h 17m
FRANK ZAPPA - UNDERSTANDING AMERICA NEW CD US $28.64 Buy It Now 4h 17m
FRANK ZAPPA - MYSTERY DISC NEW CD US $20.11 Buy It Now 4h 19m
Frank Zappa - The Freak-out List NEW DVD US $20.56 Buy It Now 4h 40m
Everything Is Healing Nicely by Frank Zappa (CD, Jan-2007, Vaulternative) US $39.94 Buy It Now 4h 44m
Frank Zappa Mother's of Invention Freak Out Japan Original DBL Vinyl LP in 1969 US $399.99 Buy It Now 4h 59m
Frank Zappa The mothers of invention Cruising with Rubin and the Jets US $39.99 Buy It Now 5h 8m
Frank Zappa RARE MEAT original cover, innersleeve, still in shrinkwrap US $9.99 [0 bids]
5h 10m
FRANK ZAPPA - ZOOT ALLUES (CD, May-1995) Classic Psych Rock US $12.99 Buy It Now 5h 31m
Frank Zappa - Frank Zappa's Jukebox NEW CD US $13.09 Buy It Now 6h 12m
FRANK ZAPPA Mystery Disc CD ? NEW US $18.01 Buy It Now 6h 16m
FRANK ZAPPA RSD 45 VINYL #000820 DON'T EAT THE YELLOW SNOW MINT US $17.99 [0 bids]
US $27.99 Buy It Now
6h 22m
FRANK ZAPPA Lost Episodes CD ? NEW ? Digipak Case with Booklet US $18.01 Buy It Now 6h 22m
FRANK ZAPPA / MOTHERS OF INVENTION Ahead Of Their Time CD ? NEW US $18.01 Buy It Now 6h 29m
Frank Zappa / Finer Moments / New Factory Sealed Double LP ** Audio ** Mint / NM US $29.99 [0 bids]
6h 33m
FRANK ZAPPA Does Humor Belong in Music? CD 1986 EMI West Germany US $19.99 [0 bids]
6h 36m
FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS of invention TRANSPARENCY LP verve uk oop vinyl rare! US $59.00 Buy It Now 6h 37m
FRANK ZAPPA Zoot Allures WB BS2970 1976 vinyl VG++ US $19.99 Buy It Now 6h 41m
Frank Zappa "Mystery Box" orig 10 LP set RARE US $50.00 [10 bids]
6h 45m
Frank Zappa vinyl LP album record Fillmore East June 1971 Canadian MS-2042 US $63.17 Buy It Now 6h 46m
FRANK ZAPPA - ORCHESTRAL MADNESS / SON OF SERIOUS MUSIC (RARE LP w/SHRINK) US $48.00 Buy It Now 6h 47m
FRANK ZAPPA Cheap Thrills [ECD] 1996 Rykodisc CD US $11.48 Buy It Now 6h 56m
OLD Rock Roll Music Record Album ~FRANK ZAPPA~ Vintage Vinyl LP Disc RARE 1976 US $24.95 Buy It Now 8h 36m
Frank Zappa [LP] Francesco Zappa *VG+* [ST-74202] (US; 1984) *w/ Insert* US $12.99 Buy It Now 8h 38m
Ahead of Their Time by Frank Zappa (CD, Nov-2012, Universal) US $10.04 Buy It Now 8h 56m
FRANK ZAPPA-THEM OR US-JAPAN PROMO WHITE LABEL+OBI 2LPs US $97.99 Buy It Now 8h 56m
Led Zeppelin/Pink Floyd/Frank Zappa 1970 Bath Festival Programme US $154.07 Buy It Now 9h 9m
FRANK ZAPPA MOTHERS-JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM LA-JAPAN 1st ISSUE GATEFOLD COVER+OBI US $187.99 Buy It Now 9h 17m
MOTHERS-FRANK ZAPPA-OVER NITE SENSATION-JAPAN 1st+OBI US $219.99 Buy It Now 9h 23m
FRANK ZAPPA - AHOY, EIGHTIES - RARE - 2 CD US $69.99 [0 bids]
9h 57m
FRANK ZAPPA YOU ARE WHAT YOU IS 2 LP orig PROMO NM WOW! US $59.99 Buy It Now 10h 5m
'79 2 LP FRANK ZAPPA JOE'S GARAGE ACTS II & III gatefold mothers of invention !! US $44.00 Buy It Now 10h 24m
Frank Zappa - Mystery Disc CD US $17.01 Buy It Now 11h 11m
Frank Zappa - Freak Out! [CD New] US $10.27 Buy It Now 11h 42m
Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy [CD New] US $12.33 Buy It Now 11h 43m
Frank Zappa - Boulez Conducts Zappa: Perfect Stranger [CD New] US $12.20 Buy It Now 11h 54m
Frank Zappa Strictly Commercial The Best Of 2LP SEALED numbered Ryko 1995 US $76.73 Buy It Now 11h 54m
Rare Frank Zappa - Hot Rats LP Bizarre Reprise RS6356 '69 Orig Vinyl Record US $149.95 Buy It Now 12h 45m
FRANK ZAPPA Dancin' Fool / Baby Snakes Orig 45 w/ Full Sheet of Jukebox Strips US $15.00 Buy It Now 12h 48m
Frank Zappa / Mothers Roxy & Elsewhere 2 LP 74 Discreet orig of invention US $29.00 Buy It Now 13h 3m
Orchestral Favorites by Frank Zappa (CD, Sep-2012, Universal Distribution) US $9.53 Buy It Now 13h 28m
Over-Nite Sensation by Frank Zappa (CD, Aug-2012, Zappa Records (USA) US $16.00 Buy It Now 13h 34m
PATRICK O'HEARN Ancient Dreams LP *NEW US Vinyl 1985 Tangerine Dream Frank Zappa US $39.95 Buy It Now 13h 49m
FRANK ZAPPA The Grand Wazoo VG++ Bizarre Reprise MS 2093 & The Mothers album US $46.71 Buy It Now 14h
FRANK ZAPPA Ruben & The Jets Cruising with NM- Verve V6 5055X US $76.46 Buy It Now 14h
FRANK ZAPPA - JOE'S GARAGE - ACS II & III - GATE FOLD - 1979 ZAPPA RECORDS US $24.99 Buy It Now 14h 13m
Strictly Commercial The Best Of Frank Zappa CD US $16.22 Buy It Now 14h 29m
Cheap Thrills Frank Zappa CD US $8.11 Buy It Now 14h 30m
Frank Zappa The Mothers 12" LP OVER-NITE SENSATION MS 2149 VG US $4.99 [0 bids]
14h 36m
FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS -1974 - "Roxy & Elsewhere" US $15.11 [0 bids]
15h 5m
FRANK ZAPPA & MOTHERS 1968 We're only In 4 the Money RARE DELETED LYRICS &INSERT US $60.96 [0 bids]
15h 6m
FRANK ZAPPA PROGRESSIVELY RARE ORIGINAL LOST EPISODES CD / LP COVER ART POSTER US $34.95 Buy It Now 15h 13m
FRANK ZAPPA Joe's Garage, Act II & III CD MINI LP US $16.99 Buy It Now 15h 13m
FRANK ZAPPA ACERBICALLY RARE STRICTLY COMMERCIAL CD / LP COVER ART POSTER US $59.95 Buy It Now 15h 17m
FRANK ZAPPA numbered 2013 RSD 7", I'M THE SLIME~MONTANA US $20.00 Buy It Now 15h 57m
FRANK ZAPPA "I don't wanna get drafted" BOB DYLAN "Saved"- RARE 7" PROMO ITALY US $29.99 Buy It Now 16h 11m
FRANK ZAPPA "THE MOTHERS FILLMORE EAST JUNE 1971" LP 1971 US $12.99 Buy It Now 16h 19m
FRANK ZAPPA MOTHERS One Size Fits All cassette US $2.00 [0 bids]
17h 6m
FRANK ZAPPA LATHER / BOX WITH OBI NM MINT- CLEAN COPY US $499.99 [0 bids]
17h 12m
Frank Zappa - Son of Cheap Thrills (1999) CD US $3.23 [0 bids]
17h 12m
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART-FRANK ZAPPA*SOMEBODY IN MY HOUSE*1-CD SET*RARE*NOT TARANTURA US $24.99 [0 bids]
17h 21m
Frank Zappa - Broadway the Hard Way Lp US $8.11 [1 bids]
17h 32m
Frank Zappa Chunga's Revenge Record LP Bizarre Gypsy Rock Music VG+ US $18.70 Buy It Now 17h 33m
Frank Zappa - Meets The Mothers of Invention European Version Lp US $8.11 [1 bids]
17h 40m
45 RPM Vinyl Frank Zappa You Are What You Is, Barking Pumpkin Records 45ame4 US $9.99 [0 bids]
17h 43m
FRANK ZAPPA - Zapped; Orig. Bizarre 1970 LP Cover Proof / Slick - Unused - Promo US $475.00 Buy It Now 17h 44m
Frank Zappa LP "Joe's Garage, Act 1". on Zappa Records very clean! US $8.99 [0 bids]
US $17.99 Buy It Now
17h 47m
Keepin It Greasey Frank Zappa (2) CD Live Netherlands 1980 US $99.99 Buy It Now 17h 47m

More places to buy FRANK ZAPPA music online Buy FRANK ZAPPA & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for FRANK ZAPPA DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

FRANK ZAPPA Orchestral Favorites ratings distribution


3.31
(123 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
16%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
36%
Good, but non-essential (34%)
34%
Collectors/fans only (10%)
10%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

FRANK ZAPPA Orchestral Favorites reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by greenback
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Progressive/Classical albums with orchestra have always impressed me! It is the case here: there are numerous musicians involved with tons of different instruments: trombone, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, oboe, flute, TONS of miscellaneous percussions (small bells, cowbells and xylophone among others), French horn, bass trombone, piano and harmonica. There are outstanding horns & strings arrangements, not too broad: it sounds contemporary classical music. Bozzio's drums are really impressive, very scattered. Zappa's guitar is present mainly on the catchy "Duke of prunes"; the bass does not take all the room too. You think it is not enough? You guessed right! I forgot the keyboards, which are excellent too, not too omnipresent in order to let the acoustic instruments give the show. The compositions consist in EXTREMELY changing & elaborated patterns, never the same, very loaded of instruments mentioned above. The album contains very structured, nervous, dissonant and complex music. You have to listen to "Bogus Pomp": one of the best songs from Zappa: it deserves 6 stars! "Bogus Pomp" contains TONS of brief, complex, catchy and addictive airs put together through nicely dissonant textures: the ensemble remains EXTREMELY structured and pleasant to listen: it is so easy and satisfying to entirely listen this track. It is like to listen to a fantastic told story. "Pedro's Dowry" is much more dissonant and colder than the other tracks, despite you can feel all the cohesion and structure involved: however it will be harder for the average listener to get addicted. "Strictly Genteel" sounds like a catchy army anthem (loud horns). It should need more than one listening to fully appreciate the ensemble.

Rating: 4.5 stars

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to greenback (BETA) | Report this review (#29904) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Review by Cygnus X-2
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars One of the most fascinating things for me about Frank Zappa is his love of writing contemporary classical pieces (given his own flare, which was influenced greatly by Edgar Varese). This is the first album to really show those sentiments. Along with the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra and two of his cohorts in Terry Bozzio and Dave Parlato (on drums and bass respectively), Zappa took pieces ranging mostly from the era of 67-72, throwing in two newer pieces for good measure. You might notice as well that some of these songs were originally on the Lather project, albeit in a slightly altered and edited form that makes them different from their counterparts of that misunderstood project.

The album opens with the finale to 200 Motels, the epic Strictly Genteel, which has always been a favorite of mine in Zappa's catalogue and a rarity amongst his other pieces (it rarely got played live, except for the final 1988 tour). The rendition presented here is very faithful to the original version released nearly 8 years prior, yet it has the same magic that the original captured. Pedro's Dowry is probably the weakest piece on the album, but that doesn't by any means mean that it's poor in quality, it fails to captivate me like Strictly Genteel did.

Naval Aviation in Art? is the shortest piece here, and arguably one of the strongest with it's intriguing melody and it's dynamic performances on all fronts. Duke of Prunes is a re-worked piece from the Absolutely Free album. It's short, to the point, and maintains most of what the original piece was looking for on the musical front. The album closes with another 200 Motels theme in Bogus Pomp. While the song would be fleshed out even more when Zappa collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra, this version is pretty solid with it's even playing from everyone (and the steady rhythm unit of Bozzio and Parlato keeping it all together).

For the most part I can really only recommend it for the fans of FZ's classical excursions and those who like to see all that FZ can do. It's a very good album, but nothing I can really dub essential. Despite that, there are some really good renditions of classic pieces that fans of early incarnations of FZ will probably enjoy immensely. I leave the purchase of this album up to you.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Cygnus X-2 (BETA) | Report this review (#106310) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, January 06, 2007

Review by tarkus1980
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars NOTE: These are thoughts I originally jotted down about this album before I heard parts of it in proper context, in the full Lšther album.

And so the final tally of the Lšther era is: one solidly good-but-unspectacular live album, and three mediocre studio albums speckled with occasional moments of brilliance. Yup, trying to make a quadruple album was a great idea there, Frank.

Anyway, like the other elements of Lšther, this was released without Frank's approval by his (by now) former distribution company, and contains but five tracks, three of which were intended for Frank's would-be magnum opus. One of the five tracks, "Naval Aviation in Art," is only about a minute-and-a-half long, and reminds me of one of the short 200 Motels blurbs, so it ends up kinda ignored by me. Of the remaining four, I like two: "Duke of Prunes" is a nice treatment of this piece from Absolutely Free, with Frank's guitar taking the place of the vocals of the original in places, and horns taking over at other places, while the other instruments do, well, their orchestral thing. "Strictly Genteel" (which wasn't intended for Lšther, oddly enough) is verrrrrrry pretty here (it was one of the few 200 Motels pieces I liked, after all), with the main theme handled well and with somebody playing a gorgeous harmonica solo (if a harmonica solo can be called gorgeous) in the middle. Yup, if there's a reason to buy this album, it's "Strictly Genteel."

The other two tracks sound hideous to me, though. "Pedro's Dowry" is just a bunch of dissonant clatter that goes on for almost eight minutes; enough said. And the closing thirteen- minute "Bogus Pomp" just mirrors its title to me; it sounds like it wants to be bigger and more important than, say, "Strictly Genteel," but it ends up totally full of sound and fury, signifying jack squat. And thus concludes my ignorant foray into analysis of half-assed modern classical.

And that's it! Find some way to get the two great tracks found here, and skip the rest.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to tarkus1980 (BETA) | Report this review (#321233) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, November 15, 2010

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
4 stars Hmmm... the liner notes on the Barking Pumpkin CD version of this album say "Orchestral Favorites was originally released in lp format, May 1974". They also say 'recorded at Royce Hall, Los Angeles, September 1975". Zappa must have been quite the time traveller.

This album, as short as it is, has three songs that would later appear on the London Symphony Orchestra albums, Strictly Genteel, Pedro's Dowry and Strictly Genteel. Despite these versions being shorter, I would recommend these versions over the LSO. Here, the orchestra, containing some Zappa regulars, is more serious about playing Frank's wild compositions, and the performances are much better. Also, the sound, especially on the remixed CD versions, is much more clear.

You must know by now that these songs were originally meant for the "Lather" album, but when Warner Brothers refused to release that three LP set, Zappa chopped it up into a bunch of other LPs, this one containing the orchestral pieces.

This is a good introduction to Zappa's orchestral compositions. So if you don't have "Lather", I'd highly recommend it.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Evolver (BETA) | Report this review (#425739) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars Presenting the results of a 1975 concert in which Frank Zappa once again attempted to coax an orchestra into playing his classically composed pieces, Orchestral Favorites succeeds rather better than the orchestral numbers on 200 Motels. In particular, Zappa's hand-picked orchestra proves to be rather more willing to work in non-traditional instruments to their performance, which spices things up appreciably. However, at the end of the day they still make the compositions sound heavy, leaden and ponderous, when they should be light, energetic and free-flowing. Ultimately, I think of all the attempts to capture Zappa's orchestral works over the years, only The Yellow Shark really succeeded, and Orchestral Favorites does nothing to change my mind on that score.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Warthur (BETA) | Report this review (#545949) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, October 08, 2011

Latest members reviews

5 stars "Orchestral Favorites" presents Frank Zappa's "classical" experiments at it's apex. The arrangements, orchestrations and performances are tight and played with the humor so closely associated with FZ's "rock bands". Great care was taken in the actual recording and mixing of this music and the li ... (read more)

Report this review (#29907) | Posted by | Saturday, March 05, 2005 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of FRANK ZAPPA "Orchestral Favorites"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.75 seconds