Frank Zappa Sleep Dirt
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- Released: August 28, 2012
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Zappa Records
- 1.Filthy Habits
- 3.Spider Of Destiny
- 4.Regyptian Strut
- 5.Time Is Money
- 6.Sleep Dirt
- 7.The Ocean Is The Ultimate Solution
Personnel includes: Frank Zappa (guitar, keyboards, percussion); Thana Harris (vocals); Bruce Fowler (trombone); George Duke (keyboards); Ruth Underwood (marimba, vibraphone, percussion); Dave Parlato, Patrick O'Hearn, James Youman (bass); Chester Thompson, Terry Bozzio, Chad Wackerman (drums).
Digitally remastered by Bob Stone.
Recording information: 1974-1976.
Illustrator: Gary Panter.
Arranger: Frank Zappa.
Always a prolific, restless artist, Frank Zappa was constantly recording. The songs on his 1979 release SLEEP DIRT, which stem from as early as 1974, were originally intended for release on a planned four-platter package, but when the record company balked, they were eventually issued separately. Drawing on the talents of such stalwart accompanists as George Duke, Ruth Underwood, and Terry Bozzio, SLEEP DIRT is an intricate, multi-textured record. Initially all instrumental, the CD version was released with soprano vocalist Thana Harris on three tracks.
SLEEP DIRT opens with "Filthy Habits," a minor-key, somewhat Spanish-sounding workout. The stately, keyboard-dominated "Flambay" follows, with tinkling marimbas and lyrical bass work, sequing into "Spider of Destiny." These are not so much songs as compositions, mini-operas composed of distinct, often skewed melodic runs. "Time is Money" features the distinctive jazzy, intricate excursions that characterize much of Zappa's "serious" work, but the title track is a surprisingly gentle acoustic number featuring FZ's lovely guitar playing. With its five songs sprawling unhurriedly; this is serious stuff, despite punning titles like "Regyptian Strut" and "The Ocean is the Ultimate Solution."
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