Frank Zappa releases his debut solo album ‘Lumpy Gravy’ recorded with the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra (1967)

Frank Zappa’s ‘Lumpy Gravy’ is his debut solo album (with Zappa conducting the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra) released on August 7, 1967.

Track Listing : 1.The Way I See It, Barry (Frank Zappa) – 00:06 . 2.Duodenum (Frank Zappa) – 01:32 . 3.Oh No (Frank Zappa) – 02:03 . 4.Bit Of Nostalgia (Frank Zappa) – 01:35 . 5.It’S From Kansas (Frank Zappa) – 00:30 . 6.Bored Out 90 Over (Frank Zappa) – 00:31 . 7.Almost Chinese (Frank Zappa) – 00:25 . 8.Switching Girls (Frank Zappa) – 00:29 . 9.Oh No Again (Frank Zappa) – 01:13 . 10.At The Gas Station (Frank Zappa) – 02:41 . 11.Another Pickup (Frank Zappa) – 00:54 . 12.I Don’T Know If I Can Go Through This Again (Frank Zappa) – 03:49 . 13.Very Distraughtening (Frank Zappa) – 01:33 . 14.White Ugliness (Frank Zappa) – 02:22 . 15.Amen (Frank Zappa) – 01:33 . 16.Just One More Time (Frank Zappa) – 00:58 . 17.A Vicious Circle (Frank Zappa) – 01:12 . 18.King Kong (Frank Zappa) – 00:43 . 19.Drums Are Too Noisy (Frank Zappa) – 00:58 . 20.Kangaroos (Frank Zappa) – 00:57 . 21.Envelops The Bath Tub (Frank Zappa) – 03:42 . 22.Take Your Clothes Off (Frank Zappa) – 01:53

Musicians : Frank Zappa – Conductor . Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – Orchestra . Pete Jolly – Celeste, Harpsichord, Piano . Michael Lang – Celeste, Harpsichord, Piano . Lincoln Mayorga – Celeste, Harpsichord, Piano . Paul Smith – Celeste, Harpsichord, Piano . The Frankie Capp – Drums . John Guerin – Drums . Shelly Manne – Drums . Vincent Derosa – French Horn . Arthur Maebe – French Horn . Richard Parisi – French Horn . Dennis Budimer – Guitar . Jim Haynes – Guitar . Tony Rizzi – Guitar . Tommy Tedesco – Guitar . Al Viola – Guitar . John Balkin – Bass . Chuck Berghofer – Bass . Jimmy Bond – Bass . Lyle Ritts – Bass . Bob West – Bass . Kenny Shroyer – Trombone . Jimmy Zito – Trumpet . Don Christlieb – Bassoon, Clarinet , Contrabassoon, Flute Horn (English), Oboe, Piccolo, Sax . Gene Cipriano – Bassoon, Clarinet , Contrabassoon, Flute Horn (English), Oboe, Piccolo, Sax . Bunk Gardner – Bassoon, Clarinet , Contrabassoon, Flute Horn (English), Oboe, Piccolo, Sax . Jules Jacob – Bassoon, Clarinet , Contrabassoon, Flute Horn (English), Oboe, Piccolo, Sax . Ted Nash – Bassoon, Clarinet , Contrabassoon, Flute Horn (English), Oboe, Piccolo, Sax . John Rotella – Bassoon, Clarinet , Contrabassoon, Flute Horn (English), Oboe, Piccolo, Sax . Alan Estes – Bell, Gong, Marimba, Timbales, Timpani, Vibraphone . Gene Estes – Bell, Gong, Marimba, Timbales, Timpani, Vibraphone . Victor Feldman – Bell, Gong, Marimba, Timbales, Timpani, Vibraphone . Emil Richards – Bell, Gong, Marimba, Timbales, Timpani, Vibraphone . Harold Ayres – Strings . Arnold Belnick – Strings . Joseph Difiore – Strings . Jesse Ehrlich – Strings . James Getzoff – Strings . Philip Goldberg – Strings . Harry Hyams – Strings . Raymond J. Kelly – Strings . Jerome Kessler – Strings . Alexander Koltun – Strings . Bernard Kundell – Strings . William Kurasch – Strings . Leonard Malarsky – Strings . Jerome Reisler – Strings . Harold G. Remko – Strings . Joseph Saxon – Strings . Ralph Schaeffer – Strings . Leonard Selic – Strings . Tibor Zelig – Strings

Production : Produced By Nick Venet . Frank Zappa

Arrangements : Frank Zappa

Recorded In February 1967.

Released On August 7, 1967 By Capitol.

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Zappa Analysis
The texts are humoristic and bizarre, including the ultrashort inconsistency I remember uh…, no I don’t remember. Another conversation is between two people living in a drum. They are wondering what the world outside the drum might look like, but are afraid to actually look outside. […]

Rolling Stone
Yet in spite of its varied tricks, Lumpy Gravy does not come to life; it is a strangely sterile recording, as though all the studio musicians reading their music could not do what a batch of well-rehearsed Mothers can do. […]

Sputnikmusic.com
Best listened to as a whole, the sonic pleasure granted by the orchestral and instrumental music, the bizarre ambience fashioned by the influence of Varese and Zappa’s oddity, as well as the comic relief of the spoken elements, all amalgamate into the creation of a landmark releaseand a distinct experience. […]

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