Peaches en Regalia

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"Peaches en Regalia"
Single by Frank Zappa
from the album Hot Rats
B-side Little Umbrellas
Released 1970
Recorded 1969
Genre Instrumental rock, jazz fusion, progressive rock
Length 3:38
Label Bizarre
Writer(s) Frank Zappa
Producer(s) Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa singles chronology
"My Guitar"
(1969)
"Peaches en Regalia"
(1970)
"Tell Me You Love Me"
(1970)

"Peaches en Regalia" is an instrumental jazz fusion composition by Frank Zappa. It was released on Zappa's album Hot Rats in 1969 and has been recorded many times since. It was also released as a single in 1970, with "Little Umbrellas" as the B-side.[1] Zappa used the piece on many of his tours, often as either the opening or the encore of a show.[1][2]

"Peaches en Regalia" has been included in the "underground" version of The Real Book, despite being compositionally more complicated than typical jam session tunes. Having a song included in the book has been described "the ultimate insider credential for a jazz composer".[3]

The tune is used as instrumental background music on the BBC London radio programme presented by Danny Baker. It was also the theme tune for the early 1970s BBC2 show One Man's Week.

A cover of the piece recorded by Zappa Plays Zappa (including Zappa's son Dweezil and former Zappa alumni Steve Vai and Napoleon Murphy Brock) won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in February 2009.[4]

Personnel[edit]

The opening track on Hot Rats is considered to be one of Zappa's most enduring compositions,[5][6] and has been covered by many artists.

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Renditions[edit]

By Zappa[edit]

Year Album Notes
1969 Hot Rats
1971 Fillmore East, June 1971 Live
1981 Tinsel Town Rebellion Live as "Peaches III"
1991 Any Way the Wind Blows Recorded live in 1979, released as part of the Beat the Boots series.
1992 Swiss Cheese / Fire! Recorded live in 1971, released as part of the Beat the Boots II series.
2010 Hammersmith Odeon Recorded live in 1978 at the famous London venue.

On tribute albums[edit]

Year Performer Album
1994 The Muffin Men Say Cheese & Thank You
1994 Riccardo Fassi Tankio Plays the Music of Frank Zappa
1995 Harmonia Harmonia Meets Zappa
1996 Omnibus Wind Ensemble Music by Frank Zappa
1997 Ed Palermo Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa
1999 The Dangerous Kitchen Pays Tribute to Frank Zappa
2004 Ensemble Modern Ensemble Modern Plays Frank Zappa
2004 The Muffin Men Bakers Dozen
2004 Pollo Del Mar Lemme Take You to the Beach (Various artists)
2005 Colin Towns Frank Zappa's Hot Licks

Other versions[edit]

Year Performer Album
1994 Jon Poole What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?
1995 Meridian Arts Ensemble Prime Meridian
2000 Dixie Dregs California Screamin'
2000 The Grandmothers Eating the Astoria
2006 Dweezil Zappa Go with What You Know
2006 Daniele Sepe Suonarne 1 per educarne 100
2007 Phish Vegas 96
2009 Les cris de Paris (a cappella) Encores (alpha)
2011 Phish 2011/07/01 I Super Ball IX, NY

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b François Couture: Peaches en Regalia review on Allmusic — retrieved on March 14 2009
  2. ^ Frank Zappa shows — retrieved on March 14 2009
  3. ^ Ted Gioia: Peaches en Regalia review at jazz.com — retrieved on March 14 2009
  4. ^ Grammy.com: 51st Grammy Awards winners — retrieved on 15 March 2009
  5. ^ Lowe, 2006, The Words and Music of Frank Zappa, p. 74.
  6. ^ Couture, François. "Peaches en Regalia [Song Review]". Allmusic. Retrieved April 11, 2010.