Now that my Electric Ladyland thread is coming to an end, let’s go from one genius to another! This is.... Frank Zappa, The Grand Wazoo The Grand Wazoo is a 1972 Jazz fusion album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers. It was written and recorded during Zappa's period of convalescence following his assault in London. This album, along with its predecessor, Waka/Jawaka, represent Zappa's foray into big band music, the logical progression from Hot Rats (1969), which used a much smaller lineup. This was the last release on Zappa's own Bizarre Records label. Recording and productionEdit This was the third Zappa album released in a period where he was forced to use a wheelchair. Zappa was unable to tour after being assaulted and pushed offstage into an orchestra pit during a London concert. The compositions are arranged for a large ensemble which was conceived as a studio recording vehicle, rather than a live touring band. The album is mostly made up of instrumental pieces, similar in style to those of three previous albums: Hot Rats(1969), Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970), and Waka/Jawaka (July 1972). Zappa was also producer and principal composer for Jean-Luc Ponty's album King Kong (1970) during this period. Track listingEdit All songs written, composed and arranged by Frank Zappa. Side one No. Title Length 1. "For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers)" 7:15 2. "The Grand Wazoo" 13:24 Side two No. Title Length 3. "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus" 2:57 4. "Eat That Question" 6:42 5. "Blessed Relief" 8:00 1995 Ryko remaster No. Title Length 1. "The Grand Wazoo" 13:20 2. "For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers)" 6:06 3. "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus" 2:57 4. "Eat That Question" 6:43 5. "Blessed Relief" 7:59 Personnel MusiciansEdit "The Grand Wazoo" and "For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers)" Mike Altschul - woodwind Billy Byers - trombone solo Joanna Caldwell - woodwind Earl Dumler - woodwind Aynsley Dunbar - drums Tony Duran - bottleneck guitar solo on "The Grand Wazoo", guitar on "For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers)" Erroneous (Alex Dmochowski) - bass Alan Estes - percussion Fred Jackson - woodwind Sal Marquez - vocals, trumpet solo Malcolm McNab - brass Janet Neville-Ferguson – vocals Tony "Bat Man" Ortega - woodwind Don Preston - minimoog Johnny Rotella - woodwind Ken Shroyer - brass, "contractor and spiritual guidance" Ernie Tack - brass Frank Zappa - opening guitar solo on "The Grand Wazoo", guitar on "For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers)" Bob Zimmitti - percussion "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus" Mike Altschul - woodwind "Chunky" (Lauren Wood) - vocals George Duke - keyboards, vocals Erroneous (Alex Dmochowski) - bass Aynsley Dunbar - drums Sal Marquez - brass Ken Shroyer - trombones Frank Zappa - vocals, guitar with: Ernie Watts - C Melody Saxophone (the "Mystery Horn") solo "Eat That Question" Mike Altschul - woodwind George Duke - keyboards Aynsley Dunbar - drums Erroneous (Alex Dmochowski) - bass Sal Marquez - "multiple toots" (brass) Joel Peskin - woodwind Frank Zappa - guitar, percussion with: Lee Clement - gong "Blessed Relief" Mike Altschul - woodwind George Duke - keyboards Aynsley Dunbar - drums Tony Duran - rhythm guitar Erroneous (Alex Dmochowski) - bass Sal Marquez - brass Joel Peskin - woodwind Frank Zappa - lead guitar ProductionEdit Producer: Frank Zappa Engineer: Kerry McNabb Arranger: Frank Zappa Special assistance: Paul Hof Photography: Ed Caraeff, Tony Esparza, Barry Feinstein Cover illustration: Cal Schenkel Art direction: Frank Zappa Spiritual advisor: Kenny Shroyer Contractor: Kenny Shroyer Burritos: Ernie's Taco House Pizza: two guys from Italy Barbecue desiccated chicken: Hollywood Ranch Market First, Guidelines: Please stick to the song at hand or songs already discussed so as to not disrupt the flow of the thread. Please elaborate beyond "This rocks" or "This sucks" as this leads to more fruitful discussions. How I Discovered Frank Zappa/This Album To be honest there is no one moment to pinpoint, I just knew of Frank for as long as I was into music, because people always talked about him. The first album I heard was We’re Only In It For the Money, Which had good stuff but a lot of stuff I didnt get. And then I heard You Are What You Is when binging on Beavis and Butthead and I really liked it, then heard the Eskimo Suite, and just gradually “got” Frank and now I gladly proclaim him a genius. And he’s partially responsible for Little Feat, one of my favorite bands, so he gets that as well. This album, this is one of the last seventies albums I heard, and what I think of it? Well, let’s now move onto the album.... For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers: And now we open the album with an ode to Cal Schenkel, Who did a lot of graphic work for Frank and the Mothers, this song being inspired by an encounter he had with hitchhikers one time on the way to work. The track starts with kind of a slow burning guitar backed by Aynsley’s drumming. He eally provides a strong backbeat to the track, and Janet Neville-Ferguson's vocals add kind of a dark undertone to the track, with Sal Marquez's vocals provide a nice counterpoint. I love Don Preston's little minimoog solo on here, in addition to the horn players' work on here, complimented by all sorts of off-kilter percussion, all building up to a climax. The track goes into a new section around the four minute mark, this being very horn-driven, with Aynsley doing some really awesome drumming in addition to a strong bass by Erroneous. While not my favorite on here, still a strong track nontheless.