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Lost Episodes
Frank Zappa
Lost Episodes
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
 
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All Artists: Frank Zappa
Title: Lost Episodes
Members Wishing: 9
Total Copies: 0
Label: Zappa Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1993
Re-Release Date: 2/27/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Comedy & Spoken Word, Experimental Music, Progressive, Progressive Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 014431057328, 014431057342

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FZ Gives Us More Treasures For The "Die-Hard" Fan
William Caputo | Scranton, PA United States | 10/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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!

This song is a must have if you are a true fan. To have a "complete" Zappa collection without I DON'T WANNA GET DRAFTED is IMPOSSIBLE! If you're a big Zappa fan and have never heard it, hear it now. It's a very catchy song that the Mercury label would not release. Enjoy!"
This is GREAT! 1 of my favorite FZ compilations!
Blackzoner | St. Louis MO. US of A | 12/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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.

Besides the historical significance this cd has, being able to hear the 1st original recordings of songs i've become SO FAMILAR WITH over the years, eg:Fountain Of Love-RDNZL-Sharlenna-The Grand Wazoo-Lost in a Whirlpool, & so many more, is a true revelation for me & I would think for anyone that was familar w/these songs, many of which weren't released until MANY yrs after they were composed!! Just great to have.

Lastly. I believe FZ's "Project/Object & Coceptual Continuity" idea began w/some of the songs on this disc, & you'll be able to hear this for yourself, this is also fascinating to me. So if you only own 1 album of his from the 60's-70's or 80's, this would be of great interest to you! I think this cd & it's music ect stands on it's own! It all ended way too soon(basically) sadly. For me, like 10's of 1000's of others had hoped we'd STILL be hearing & enjoying the great music of Zappa today!

So do yourself a favor & buy this incredible cd.

Plus. If SOMEHOW Mrs. Gail Zappa could read this(?)PLEASE do as your husband was before his death(As he was putting together & releasing material whilst being very sick, this cd being the final 1 FZ ever did!)& make all of us very happy by releasing more of his work!!

For example: On the re-release of the dvd "Baby Snakes" 2 or 3 yrs ago, this great dvd had a 'trailer' telling us that all 3 shows, or 4 hours of the brilliant live performances at the "Roxy" on Dec. 8-9 & 10th 1973 that FZ had already mixed, would ALL be available soon! Only the 1 show that FZ released long before his death on the vid "The Dub Room Special" has ever seen the light of day! These great performances(the only thing that could have possibly made them better were if the 2nd drummer Ralph Humphries were on these gems from 1 of the best M.O.I. bands ever!) So my ? is, What in God's name is holding things up?? {ls release these & make so many happy & make alot of money!"
Zappa taps early years and Rad Outtakes
Blackzoner | 11/21/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Lost Episodes are pretty much what they sound like, a collection of studio work that never made it to an album. Much of this was culled from Frank's early recording output at Paul Buff's Z studios that Frank bought. There is the story behind, "Let's Make the Water Turn Black" told by the original booger smearers, Knny and Ronny. Some of Zappa's early orchestral works are here to. This album paints a general picture of Zappa's surroundings just before he formed the Mother's. Included also are various 70's and 80's outttakes including a scorching rendition of "Wonderful Wino"."