"FRANK ZAPPA Them Or Us" is a musical masterpiece that shines even brighter in its rare French release from October 1984. This double LP album is a captivating journey through Zappa's avant-garde brilliance and innovative interpretations of classic tracks. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.
Frank Zappa, the legendary musician known for his avant-garde compositions and boundary-pushing creativity, left an indelible mark on the world of music. One of his intriguing and lesser-known releases, "FRANK ZAPPA Them Or Us", offers a glimpse into his eclectic musical genius. This article explores the rare French release of this album, which was unleashed in October 1984.
A Visual and Musical Delight
Right from the outset, "FRANK ZAPPA Them Or Us" showcases its uniqueness. Housed in a gatefold (FOC) cover, this double LP album boasts artwork and photos on the inside cover pages, inviting listeners into a visual and auditory journey. The album cover, featuring artwork by David Roller Wilson and Gabrielle Raumberger, exudes a sense of New Age Art, perfectly complementing the album's eclectic content.
"The Closer You Are", the album's opening track, is a notable departure from Zappa's typical compositions. This cover song, originally written by Earl Lewis and Morgan Robinson and performed by The Channels, presents Zappa's versatile musicality. It sets the tone for the auditory adventure that awaits.
The album doesn't stop at one cover; it closes with "Whippin' Post", originally recorded by The Allman Brothers Band. Zappa's reinterpretation of this classic rock song adds a layer of complexity and creativity, proving his ability to breathe new life into existing works.
Not only did Frank Zappa perform these tracks, but he also produced and arranged the entire album. His hands-on approach ensured that every note and nuance reflected his artistic vision.
Sound engineers Mark Pinske and Bob Stone played pivotal roles in capturing the essence of Zappa's sound. Recorded at the "Utility Muffin Research Kitchen", the album's production quality is a testament to Zappa's commitment to sonic excellence.
A Fusion of Art and Music
"FRANK ZAPPA Them Or Us" stands as a testament to Zappa's ability to seamlessly blend various genres and styles into a cohesive and engaging musical experience. It showcases his willingness to explore new territories while paying homage to classic tracks.
The French release of this album is a rare gem for collectors and fans alike. It encapsulates Zappa's enduring influence on music and art. With a gatefold cover that tantalizes the eyes and music that stimulates the ears, this release is a treasure worth seeking out.
Music Genre:American Rock, Jazz Fusion, Prog Rock
Album Production Information:The album: "FRANK ZAPPA Them Or Us DLP FoC" was produced by: Frank Zappa
Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Mark Pinske, Bob Stone
This album was recorded at: Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Album cover Painting: David Roller Wilson , Gabrielle Raumberger, New Age Art
Album cover photography: Steve Schapiro
Label Information:EMI Pathe Marconi Pumpkin Industries 2402343
|Packaging: Gatefold (FOC) cover design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages
Media Format:Double 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 460 gram
Year & Country:1984 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: FRANK ZAPPA Them Or Us DLP FoC
Complete Track-listing of the album "FRANK ZAPPA Them Or Us DLP FoC"
The detailed tracklist of this record "FRANK ZAPPA Them Or Us DLP FoC" is:
Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).
"Them or Us" Record Label Details: EMI 2402343 ℗ 1984 Pumpko Industries Ltd Sound Copyright
Frank Zappa (Full-name: Frank Vincent Zappa 1940-1993) was an American musician, composer, and bandleader. He was a pioneer of avant-garde rock and fusion music, known for his innovative and eclectic musical style. Zappa produced over 60 albums and worked with many notable musicians, including the Mothers of Invention, a band he formed in the 1960s. He was also a political activist and spoke out against censorship, making him a controversial figure in his time. Zappa died in 1993 from prostate cancer.
Frank Vincent Zappa Jr was born in Baltimore City, Maryland, United States on 21/12/1940. He was the first child of Francis Vincent Zappa 07/05/1906 and Rose Marie Colimore 07/06/1912. He had two brothers: Charles Robert “Bobby” Zappa 28/08/1943, Carl Lewis Zappa 10/09/1947.
When he was 32 years old, his father Francis Vincent Zappa died (07/04/1973).
He married Kay Sherman in 1960. On 21/09/1967, he married Adelaide Gail Sloatman 01/01/1945 in New York City, New York, United States. He was 19 years old when he married Kay Sherman. He was 26 years old when he married Adelaide Gail Sloatman, who was 22 years old at that time. He got divorced from Kay Sherman in 1964.
On 06/04/1950, he lived in Bush, Harford, Maryland, United States. On 04/12/1993, he lived in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.
On 04/12/1993, he died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States when he was 52 years old. In 1993, he was buried in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. His wife Adelaide Gail Sloatman died on 07/10/2015, 22 years after him.