One Size Fits All (Frank Zappa album)

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One Size Fits All
Zappa One Size Fits All.jpg
Studio album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Released June 25, 1975
Recorded Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles; Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO; and Paramount Studios, Los Angeles,
August 1974 - April 1975
Genre Progressive rock, jazz fusion, hard rock, [1]
Length 42:55
Label DiscReet
Producer Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
Roxy & Elsewhere
(1974)
One Size Fits All
(1975)
Bongo Fury
(1975)
Singles from One Size Fits All
  1. "Du Bist Mein Sofa"
    Released: 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+ [3]

One Size Fits All is a 1975 rock album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. A special four-channel quadraphonic version was prepared and advertised, but was not released.[4] It is the tenth and last studio album of the band. This is Official Release #20.

Band[edit]

The album features the summer/fall 1974 lineup of the Mothers of Invention, with George Duke, Chester Thompson, Ruth Underwood, Tom Fowler and Napoleon Murphy Brock. One track features bassist James "Birdlegs" Youman, who stood in for Fowler when the bassist broke his hand while on tour.

Album content[edit]

The album features one of Zappa's most complex tracks, "Inca Roads". One of Zappa's heroes, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, guests on two tracks (flambe vocals on the out-choruses of "San Ber'dino" and "Andy").[5] Captain Beefheart also appears under a pseudonym.

Zappa stated in the liner notes that the album was recorded simultaneously with their next album, but this "next album" would be replaced by Bongo Fury, consisting mostly of live recordings with Beefheart from May 1975. From comments Zappa made in radio interviews in April 1975, it seems likely that the unreleased next album would have included "Greggery Peccary," which first appeared three years later on Studio Tan.

Releases[edit]

Early U.S. LP pressings of One Size Fits All are notable in that they have the catalog number "BS 2879" inscribed - and crossed out - in the runoff matrix, indicating that at one point One Size Fits All was (perhaps mistakenly) planned to be released on Warner Bros. Records, whose Reprise Records subsidiary distributed Zappa's DiscReet Records label. The album was ultimately released on DiscReet with a catalog number in Reprise's sequence, DS 2216. Warner Bros. did not reassign the number BS 2879 to another album.

One Size Fits All was first released on CD by Rykodisc in 1988. It was reissued by Rykodisc in 1995 with restored cover art, but with identical sound quality. In 1996 a 24-karat gold Au20 edition was released with significantly improved sound quality. In 2012 it was remastered and reissued yet again by the Universal Music Group under the Zappa Records imprint.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Frank Zappa.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Inca Roads"   8:45
2. "Can't Afford No Shoes"   2:38
3. "Sofa No. 1"   2:39
4. "Po-Jama People"   7:39
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Florentine Pogen"   5:27
6. "Evelyn, A Modified Dog"   1:04
7. "San Ber'dino"   5:57
8. "Andy"   6:04
9. "Sofa No. 2"   2:42

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production staff[edit]

  • Kerry McNabb – engineer, remixing
  • Cal Schenkel – design, illustrations, paintings
  • Robert Stone – engineer
  • Michael Braunstein – engineer
  • Unity – assistant engineer
  • Dick Barber – assistant engineer, assistant
  • Gary O. – engineer
  • Ferenc Dobronyi – design
  • J.E. Tully – design
  • Coy Featherstone – assistant engineer
  • Paul Hof – assistant engineer, assistant
  • Matti Laipio – voices, assistant engineer
  • Bill Romero – voices, assistant engineer
  • Richard "Tex" Abel – assistant engineer, assistant
  • Jukka – engineer

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak
1975 Billboard 200 26[6]

References[edit]

External links[edit]