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
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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 performing four instrumental compositions — "Sad Jane", "Pedro's Dowry", "Envelopes", and "Mo 'n Herb's Vacation" — from sessions recorded in January 1983. The album was Zappa's fourth to employ an orchestra, following Lumpy Gravy (1967), 200 Motels (1971) and Orchestral Favorites (1979).

The album was recorded using a digital 24-track recorder. It was one of the earliest digital multitrack recordings of an orchestra. By recording the orchestra with many microphones very close to the instruments the album sounds more detailed than possible with previous stereo recording techniques. Extensive use of editing was employed to fix musical mistakes.

The original vinyl LP recordings were 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 audio "enhancements" were removed when the recordings were remixed for the compact disc re-issue in 1995. This version of the album was combined with London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2 (1987), and re-released on a Rykodisc CD as London Symphony Orchestra Vol. 1 & 2.

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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