Discreet publish Frank Zappa’s ‘Orchestral Favorites’ recorded with the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra (1979)

Frank Zappa’s ‘Orchestral Favorites’ is an instrumental album featuring the 37-piece Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra and released on May 4, 1979 by Discreet.

Track Listing : 1.Strictly Genteel (Frank Zappa) – 07:04 . 2.Pedro’S Dowry (Frank Zappa) – 07:42 . 3.Naval Aviation In Art (Frank Zappa) – 01:20 . 4.Duke Of Prunes (Frank Zappa) – 04:20 . 5.Bogus Pomp (Frank Zappa) – 13:29

Gary Panter

Musicians : Frank Zappa – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals . Mike Altschul – Flute And Clarinet . Terry Bozzio – Drums . Bobby Dubow – Violin . David Duke – French Horn . Earle Dumler – Oboe . Bruce Fowler – Trombone . Pamela Goldsmith – Viola . Dana Hughes – Bass Trombone . Jerry Kessler – Cello . Mike Lang – Keyboards . Joann Mcnab – Bassoon . Malcolm Mcnab – Trumpet . Dave Parlato – Bass . Ray Reed – Flute . Emil Richards – Percussion . David Shostac – Flute . John Wittenberg – Violin

Production : Produced By Frank Zappa

Package : Gary Panter asterisques RVM – Design

Recorded On September 19, 1975 At Royce Hall, Ucla.

Released On May 4, 1979 By Discreet.

(Source Frank Zappa ‘s ‘Orchestral Favorites’ | The Official Frank Zappa Website)


Bob Eichler’s Web Site
All in all, this album (along with The Perfect Stranger) seem almost like a forgotten Zappa work. Discussion of Frank’s orchestral music usually centers on the LSO and Yellow Shark albums. But if you’re looking for a fairly accessible entry point to Zappa’s serious music, Orchestral Favorites might be a good place to start. […]

Mark’s Record Reviews
Frank liked the idea of writing notes on a piece of musical chart paper and then having an orchestra perform it. Hiring an orchestra is pretty expensive though. I’m not sure where he got the money for this orchestra, but he did and the results are everything you’ve ever hoped for in your life. Remember Strictly Genteel from 200 Motels? And Duke Of Prunes from Absolutely Free? They’re on here in beautifully orchestrated violin fancy. […]

TV Tropes
Orchestral Favorites is a 1979 album by Frank Zappa, notable for being his first full length Classical Music album. It has been praised for its rich colorful sound and marked the debuts of Bogus Pomp and Pedro’s Dowry. […]


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