London Symphony Orchestra (Zappa albums)

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London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I
London Symphony Orchestra 1.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 1983
RecordedTwickenham Film Studios, London January 12–14, 1983
Genre20th century classical
Length51:55
LabelBarking Pumpkin
ProducerFrank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
Baby Snakes
(1983)
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I
(1983)
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2
London Symphony Orchestra 2.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 17, 1987
RecordedTwickenham Film Studio, London January 12–14, 1983
Genre20th century classical
Length43:37
LabelBarking Pumpkin
ProducerFrank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
Jazz from Hell
(1986)
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2
(1987)
The Old Masters Box III
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [2]

London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I is a 1983 album by Frank Zappa, which was followed up in 1987 by London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2. They were recorded at the same sessions, in January 1983. The two albums were later combined, and re-released on a Rykodisc CD as London Symphony Orchestra Vol. 1 & 2 (1995).

Volume I[edit]

Volume I 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 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.TitleLength
1."Sad Jane"10:05
2."Pedro's Dowry"10:26
3."Envelopes"4:11
Side two
No.TitleLength
4."Mo 'n Herb's Vacation
  • First Movement – 4:50
  • Second Movement – 10:05
  • Third Movement – 12:56"
27:11

Vol II Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Bogus Pomp"24:32
Side two
No.TitleLength
2."Bob in Dacron"12:12
3."Strictly Genteel"6:53

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production staff[edit]

  • Frank Zappa – producer
  • Mark Pinske – recording engineer
  • John Vince – cover design
  • James Stagnita – graphic design (Vol II)
  • Mark Hanauer – cover photo (Vol II)

References[edit]

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

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