Frank Zappa’s ‘Waka Jawaka’ is an album released on July 5, 1972 by Bizarre/Reprise.
Track Listing : 1.Big Swifty (Frank Zappa) – 17:22 . 2.Your Mouth (Frank Zappa) – 03:12 . 3.It Just Might Be A One-Shot Deal (Frank Zappa) – 04:16 . 4.Waka/Jawaka (Frank Zappa) – 11:18
Musicians : Frank Zappa – Guitar, Percussion, Electric Bed Springs . Tony Duran – Slide Guitar, Vocals . George Duke – Ring-Modulated & Echoplexed Electric Piano, Tack Piano . Sal Marquez – Trumpet, Vocals, Flugelhorn, Chimes . Alex Dmochowski – Electric Bass, Vocals, Fuzz Bass . Aynsley Dunbar – Drums, Washboard, Tambourine . Chris Peterson – Vocals . Joel Peskin – Tenor Sax . Mike Altschul – Baritone Saxophone, Piccolo, Bass Flute, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax . Jeff Simmons – Hawaiian Guitar, Vocals . Sneaky Pete Kleinow – Pedal Steel Guitar . Janet Ferguson – Vocals . Don Preston – Guitar, Minimoog . Bill Byers – Trombone, Baritone Horn . Ken Shroyer – Trombone, Baritone Horn . Gerry Sack – Muted Maracas
Production : Produced By Frank Zappa . Marshall Brevitz – Engineer . Kerry Mcnabb – Engineer . Sanwook “Sunny” Nam – Mastering . Robert Hadley – Mastering . Doug Sax – Mastering . Frank Zappa – Mastering
Package : Marvin Mattelson – Cover Illustration . Frank Zappa – Art Direction . Cal Schenkel – Cover Design . Philip Schwartz – Photography
Recorded On April 17–21 And May, 1972 At Paramount Studios, La.
Released On July 5, 1972 By Bizarre/Reprise.
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Within Zappa’s catalog, this recording doesn’t seem to get the respect it should. Often overshadowed by “The Grand Wazoo,” the earlier “Waka/Jawaka” is relegated to a sort of second place within Zappa’s fusion jazz experiments. […]
As it stands, hindsightand Zappa’s continuing career of brilliance, have rendered Waka/Jawaka almost redundant; but hey, kick backand let this blueprint of blueprints, this summit of surplus, fulfil your jazz fusion and big band thirst. […]
The songs, never performed live, feel like filler material. Waka/Jawaka was Zappa’s second solo album and is occasionally referred to as “Hot Rats II” (the handles of the faucets on the cover artwork show the words “hot” and “rats” instead of “hot” and “cold”). […]