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The Lost Episodes Import

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Official Release #64
Originally Released: February 1996
Produced by: FZ
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Digital Booklet: The Lost Episodes
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • ASIN: B008XNPM72
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By William Caputo on October 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Lost Episodes, one of the last projects FZ ever worked on, is a compilation of the earliest recordings of Zappa material. the tracks on this album go back to 1958...8 years before his premiere album! there are 30 tracks ( I say "tracks" because many are not songs) yet every one of them is very significant and entertaining.

A 60 page booklet comes with the album that describes the history of every track....a giant "plus" in the compilation department and a mandatory read if you want to entirely grasp and appreciate this album. there are very many highlights on this album and I'll name a few:

"The Blackouts" lets you hear how FZ sounded as a teenager in the late 1950's.

"Lost in a Whirlpool", a song from 1958, is Captain Beefheart as a teenager singing a blues parody that contains the word "mother******" (the oldest song I know of to contain that word).

"Cops & Buns" is a real 2 1/2 minute confrontation FZ had with the NYPD as they stormed into his studio on a noise disturbance call. the recorder was left on and captured all of it.

There's also the movie score Zappa wrote for his high school english teacher, who had written a western screenplay. "Run Home Slow theme" is the score and it was finally made into a movie in 1965, never released on video of course. there are awesome instrumentals as usual and a few humorous songs.

But the best thing about lost episodes is that it contains the extremely rare 1980 single "I DON'T WANNA GET DRAFTED!" that is not found on ANY other Zappa album whatsoever. The 1981 album "You Are What You Is" has a revised and inferior version called "Drafted Again"....this version is not worth anybody's time to listen to. I repeat: YOU CANNOT FIND THIS SONG ANYWHERE ELSE BUT HERE!
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Wow. While I understand the other reviewer's(like kaysixone)saying that 'this cd would appeal to only hardcore Zappaphiles' imo, the great music that was totally unreleased before the "Last Episodes" came out, & the historical significance & comedic value contained within, would make this cd great for anyone that had just a few of FZ's recordings.

I began buying FZ's material in 1965 w/the release of the then unheard of 2 album(vinyl)release of "Freak Out"(i'm dating myself by saying this)& I just never stopped buying FZ's recordings! Besides having every official release, & having all but 3 of his official video's, I also STILL have many of the bootleg recordings of Zappa as well. Having said that, "The Lost Episodes" finds it's way into my cd player more than most other

FZ recordings!! Tho MANY of those are often played too. I just can't get enough. Which is why I wish Gail Zappa was as prolific

at releasing her husbands cd's & VIDEO's as Frank was!!

For me "The Lost Episodes" shows you the evolution of the 1 of a kind composer of both orchestral & R&R musics, & the evolution of the man as well!! Imo FZ was the greatest composer of the last 100 years.

Hearing the beginning of Zappa's musical career, almost from the very start, & also hearing snippets of his orchestral works(Of which he wrote at a very young age, AND spent his own $300 to hire a collegiate orchestra to play!)from the start, along w/the funny stories, interviews & songs FZ did w/his friend Don Van Vliet(They originally became friends b/c they both had extensive collections of 45's & albums)makes buying this cd & it's price ALONE, worth it.
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This little CD of twenty-nine tracks from Frank's Utility Muffin Research Kitchen from his home/basement in the Hollywood Hills really serves as a mini-autobiography of his life and works. How may a composer's life's works be condensed onto a single, shiny plastic disc? Well, it can't, but FZ gave us a taste of what his life's works were all about: Let's just say the "good, bad, and ugly" of it. Yes, tracks 4 and 5 are genuine "booger stories," and who doesn't recount such sophomoric stories of one's friends when one is growing up here in America? My gosh, it is frightening to think that we were all once like that, and Frank documents it on tape and releases it on a sort of a "swan song" CD compilation, which is what this disc is. Yes, Frank had a way of exposing all of us, and this collection is really a time-travel trip through the American music scene of the 1950s through circa 1980, when he was making music with the Bozzios, Arthur Barrow, and Tommy Mars. Frank begins with his gigs in bars and nightclubs in San Bernardino and such, and, yes, it is gruesome, and I am sure that Frank would agree. Of course, that's why this stuff is on the album. Once again, the "good, the bad, and the ugly" of it. However, it is thoroughly entertaining and refreshing - a composer "in progress." And this CD documents what a composer/musician must go through in order to "pay his dues."

To help you out, dear reader, as a little "pre-reading" to this listening engagement, there is a book entitled "The Real Frank Zappa Book," which is often quoted in the indispensable liner notes by one Rip Rense, and abbreviated as TRFZB. Buy that book and read it before diving into this CD, and you will understand this compilation all the more.
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