London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I

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London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I
London Symphony Orchestra 1.jpg
Studio album by Frank Zappa
Released June 9, 1983
Recorded Twickenham Film Studios, London January 12–14, 1983
Genre 20th century classical
Length 51:55
Label Barking Pumpkin
Producer Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
Baby Snakes
#37 (1983)
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1
#38 (1983)
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
#39 (1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I is a 1983 album by Frank Zappa. It features the London Symphony Orchestra's renditions of four of Zappa's compositions — "Sad Jane", "Pedro's Dowry", "Envelopes", and "Mo 'n Herb's Vacation" — from sessions recorded in January 1983. The album was Zappa's third to employ an orchestra, following 1967's Lumpy Gravy, and 1979's Orchestral Favorites. In 1995, the album was combined with its successor, London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2 (1987), and re-released on a Rykodisc CD as London Symphony Orchestra Vol. 1 & 2. The original album was heavily tweaked in the studio to hide out-of-tune and wrong notes as well as to add in a sheen of reverb to further obscure parts. These enhancements were removed for the compact disc re-issue in 1995.

The heavy editing of the record was made possible by using a digital multitrack recorder. This was one of the first digital multitrack recordings of an orchestra ever. By recording the orchestra in groups of instruments, the album sounds more detailed than possible with previous stereo recording techniques.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written, composed and arranged by Frank Zappa.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Sad Jane" 10:05
2. "Pedro's Dowry" 10:26
3. "Envelopes" 4:11
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "Mo 'n Herb's Vacation
  • First Movement – 4:50
  • Second Movement – 10:05
  • Third Movement – 12:56"



Production staff[edit]

  • Frank Zappa – producer
  • Mark Pinske – recording engineer
  • John Vince – cover design


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, W. (2011). "London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1 - Frank Zappa | AllMusic". Retrieved 21 July 2011. 

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