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Post 2007-04-05 09:12   [Quote] 
Completist’s Helper: FZ as Guest Artist, Arranger & Producer

Completely Revised, December 2008


Here is a listing of LPs, CDs, and individual album tracks on which FZ participated as producer, arranger, and/or guest musician.

Ordering these tracks by date of issue would produce chronological chaos, since many of them were issued long after their creation. I have therefore ordered them, wherever possible, by the date of the recording session(s). Date of issue has been used only where recording dates are unknown.

Where Credit Is Due Dept.:


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Helper would not be half as accurate and complete without the active assistance, specialized knowledge and astonishing collection of BengoFury.



1962:
Ray Collins / Paul Buff / Ronnie Williams / FZ
Excerpt from the LP
Looking Up Grandmother’s Dress
(Issued May 10, 1982)

Deseri
FZ: drums

*


July 4, 1966:
The Animals
Excerpts from the LP
Animalism
(Issued November 21, 1966)

All Night Long
FZ: writer, arranger, possibly guitar
The Other Side Of This Life
FZ: arranger, possibly bass or guitar

*


Fall 1966:
Lowell George & The Factory
Excerpts from the CD
Lightning-Rod Man
(Issued November 2, 1993)

Lightning-Rod Man
FZ: producer, piano, backing vocals
The Loved One
FZ: producer, prepared piano

Probably not necessary for completists:
Hey Girl!
Changes
Candy Cane Madness

Recorded at a studio audition for FZ and Herb Cohen, August 18, 1966, but otherwise no FZ involvement

*


April 4, 1968:
Jefferson Airplane
Excerpt from the 3CD set
Jefferson Airplane Loves You
(Issued October 27, 1992)

Would You Like A Snack?
FZ: co-writer with Grace Slick, arranger, conductor

(Also issued as a bonus track on the CD re-issue of Crown Of Creation, August 19, 2003)

*


1968:
Wild Man Fischer
2LP set
An Evening With Wild Man Fischer
(Issued April 28, 1969)

FZ: producer, engineer, editor, overdubs (The Taster, Circle, and probably other tracks)

*


March 1969:
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
2LP set
Trout Mask Replica
(Issued June 16, 1969)

FZ: producer, editor

Of special interest to completists:
Pena
FZ: spoken intro
The Blimp
FZ: spoken intro and outro

*


September 15, 1969:
Lord Buckley
LP
A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat

FZ: editor

*


October 6–7, 1969:
Jean-Luc Ponty
LP
King Kong
(Issued May 25, 1970)

FZ: arranger, composer (5 of 6 tracks)

Of special interest to completists:
How Would You Like To Have A Head Like That
FZ: lead guitar

*


October 25, 1969:
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Excerpt from the 5CD set
Grow Fins: Rarities 1965-1982
(Issued April 24, 2000)

My Human Gets Me Blues
FZ: spoken words

*


December 8, 1969:
GTO’s
LP
Permanent Damage

FZ: editor, producer (15 of 17 tracks)

Of special interest to completists:
I’m In Love With The Oo-Oo Man
FZ: tambourine

*


1969:
Various Artists
Excerpt from the LP
Music From The 21st Century
(Issued October 26, 1981)

The Thrones Of Saturn [a.k.a. Loki] (Don Preston)
FZ: engineer, percussion

(Re-issued on the CD Io Landscapes, 2002, and on the recompiled version of the CD Vile Foamy Ectoplasm, April 14, 2008)

*


February 16, 1970:
Jeff Simmons
LP
Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up

FZ: producer (under the pseudonym “LaMarr Bruister”)

Of special interest to completists:
Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up
FZ: writer, lead guitar
Raye
FZ: lead guitar
Wonderful Wino
FZ: co-writer with Jeff Simmons

*


June 6, 1971:
John Lennon & Yoko Ono
2LP set
Some Time In New York City
(Issued June 19, 1972)

FZ (disc 2 only): guitar, spoken words

(Remixed by FZ and issued on the 2CD set Playground Psychotics, October 27, 1992)

*


May 2–3, 1972:
Ruben & The Jets
LP
For Real!
(Issued March 12, 1973)

FZ: producer

Of special interest to completists:
If I Could Only Be Your Love Again
FZ: writer, arranger
Dedicated To The One I Love
FZ: lead guitar (uncredited)
Mah Man Flash
Santa Kari

FZ: co-arranger with Ruben Guevara

*


1973:
Chunky, Novi & Ernie
Excerpt from the LP
Chunky, Novi & Ernie

Rosalie
FZ: whispering (uncredited)

*


June 30, 1974:
Robert Charlebois
Excerpt from the LP
Swing Charlebois Swing
(Issued 1977)

Petroleum
FZ: arranger (uncredited), lead guitar

*


October 28, 1974:
George Duke
Excerpts from the LP
Feel

Love
Old Slippers

FZ: guitar (under the pseudonym “Obdewl’l X”)

*


October 1, 1975:
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Excerpt from the 5CD set
Grow Fins: Rarities 1965-1982
(Issued April 24, 2000)

Orange Claw Hammer
FZ: guitar, spoken words

*


August 9, 1976:
Grand Funk Railroad
LP
Good Singin’ Good Playin’

FZ: producer, engineer (basic tracks and remix)

Of special interest to completists:
Out To Get You
FZ: guitar

The CD re-issue (January 12, 1999) adds a bonus track:
Rubberneck
FZ: backing vocals

*


October 23, 1978:
Flint
Excerpts from the LP
Flint

Better You Than Me
You’ll Never Be The Same

FZ: guitar

*


December 2, 1978:
Various Artists
Excerpt from the 2LP set
The Nova Convention
(Issued June 18, 1979)

The Talking Asshole (William S. Burroughs)
FZ: reciter

(Re-issued on the LP You're A Hook, June 18, 1984, and on the CD Cash Cow, April 3, 1993)

*


September 24, 1979:
L. Shankar
LP
Touch Me There

FZ: producer, recording arrangements and orchestration (7 of 8 tracks)

Of special interest to completists:
Dead Girls Of London
FZ: writer (lyrics), co-writer with L. Shankar (music), vocals (under the pseudonym “Stucco Homes”)
Knee-Deep In Heaters
Touch Me There

FZ: writer (lyrics)
No More Mr. Nice Girl (instrumental)
FZ: co-writer with L. Shankar

*


August 22, 1986:
Dweezil Zappa
LP
Havin’ A Bad Day

FZ: co-producer with Bob Stone

*


June 24, 1991:
Pražský Vybĕr
Excerpt from the CD
Adieu C.A.
(Issued March 3, 1992)

Improvizace V A Dur S Frankem Zappou
FZ: guitar, spoken words

(Re-issued on the CD Live, July 29, 1994, and on the 2CD set Komplet, 1995)

*


October 26, 1993:
Various Artists
Excerpt from the 2CD set
A Chance Operation

4’33” (John Cage)
FZ: nothing (literally)

*


2003:
Gene Simmons
Excerpt from the CD
Asshole
(Issued June 8, 2004)[/i]

Black Tongue
FZ: co-writer with Gene Simmons, guitar, spoken words

*


June 20, 2006:
Dweezil Zappa
Excerpt from the CD
Go With What You Know

Peaches En Regalia
FZ: original producer and writer, acoustic guitar (double-tracked with Dweezil’s guitar), bass

* * * * * * * * * * * *


Items that Probably Don't Belong on This List


December 12, 1965:
Lenny Bruce
2LP set
The Berkeley Concert
(Issued February 17, 1969)

FZ: co-executive producer with Herb Cohen

(FZ is sometimes incorrectly listed as the co-producer of this LP. He acquired the tape and sponsored its release, but had no participation in the content or sound of the record.)

*


May 23–August 25, 1992:
The Chieftains
Excerpts from the CD
The Celtic Harp: A Tribute to Edward Bunting
(Issued March 8, 1993)

Five tracks, including The Green Fields Of America, recorded at UMRK

Excerpt from the CD
The Long Black Veil
(Issued January 23, 1995)

Tennessee Waltz recorded at UMRK

UMRK tracks produced by Paddy Maloney, engineered by Brian Masterson, Spence Chrislu and Dave Dondorf, and "recorded under the bemused and watchful eye of Frank himself"

(The Chieftains information and quote were obtained via correspondence with Mr. Randi Austring, a Chieftains management representative who was kind enough to answer my queries, and whom I hereby thank.)

* * * * * * * * * * * *


A Random Digression


l admit to having a hard time with 4'33". I have exactly the same problem with this track that I have with, say, paintings in modern art museums with titles like 'Large White Square' that depict — you guessed it! — a large white square. Feel free to disagree with me — but this is silence, people! — philosophically stimulating, perhaps, but aurally meaningless. When I listen to something, I like to hear it, know what I mean? I encourage you to purchase A Chance Operation, both to hear some really good music and to read FZ’s amazing minimalist biography of himself; but if you are buying it solely because you feel a burning need to experience an Expensive Bunch of Nothing, try John Lennon's Nutopian National Anthem, which has the virtue of being 4'28" shorter; or better still, read Heinrich Böll's Murke's Collected Silences; or, best of all, sit motionless in a quiet place for a passing while, and Blessed Relief will soon be yours...

*


As always, information, comments, corrections and criticisms are welcome!

Love — progrockfan

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Post 2007-04-05 19:30   [Quote] 
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Great work Proggers, this is some truely interesting summary. As I said in the channel, nice you took the trouble to mend together all those bits and pieces of information. Did you get some sleep today, after finishing it overnight? Smile
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Post 2007-06-02 15:04   [Quote] 
At the risk of starting another (much longer) list of records that FZ was not involved with, here are some other albums that deserve a quick mention for their confusion factor.

1. Autosalvage - Autosalvage
This 1968 release was long rumoured to have some FZ involvement either as producer or as guitarust in the record. The rumour was perpetuated in an edition of Record Collector magazine from the 1980s, and by the fact that the guitar work sounds very Zappa-like. However, recent correspondance from members of the band had ruled this out - although Zappa was friendly with the band and suggested their name. See http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/related/Autosalvage.html
2. The Monkees - Head
Zappa did feature in the film - but is not on the soundtrack album.

3. Mondo Hollywood - Soundtrack
Zappa and JCB briefly appeared in this film - but there is no FZ/MOI music and nothing related to Zappa on the soundtrack, despite some soundtrack abums reputedly being released with stills of FZ on the back cover.

4. Sandy Hurvitz - Sandy's Album Is Here At Last!
Zappa appears on the Cal Schenkel designed cover of debut - and that is the limit of his involvement. Despite constant misinformation to the contrary Zappa did not produce this album - Ian Underwood did.

Just one correction.....
Don Preston - On The Throne of Saturn from the album Various Artists - Music From The 21st Century
The liner notes read as follows....
Zappa is featured on percussion (and added some engineering expertise) on the Preston contribution

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Post 2007-08-14 14:14   [Quote] 
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Don Preston - On The Throne of Saturn from the album Various Artists - Music From The 21st Century
The liner notes read as follows....
Zappa is featured on percussion (and added some engineering expertise) on the Preston contribution


Excellent catch, StatusBaby-- correction duly incorporated. Smile

Also, new information added on FZ's recordings with The Chieftains, based on correspondence with Randi Austring.

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Post 2007-08-24 04:13   [Quote] 
What about the French LP "Swing, Charleboise, Swing." That has FZ involvement listed on the back.
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Post 2007-08-24 06:55   [Quote] 
Urchinn wrote:
What about the French LP "Swing, Charleboise, Swing." That has FZ involvement listed on the back.


It's there:

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30 Jun. 1974: Robert Charlebois
Excerpt from the LP Swing Charlebois Swing (released 1977)
Petroleum
FZ: arranger (uncredited), lead guitar
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Post 2008-02-10 22:00   [Quote] 
New this day: Alternate sources for a number of pieces on the list.

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Post 2008-02-13 13:37   [Quote] 
New this day: Improved info on Ruben & The Jets - For Real.

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Post 2008-12-31 23:56   [Quote] 
All sections of the Helper were thoroughly revised today, incorporating a full year's new research.

As always, information, comments, corrections and criticisms are welcome!

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progrockfan wrote:


A Random Digression


l admit to having a hard time with 4'33". I have exactly the same problem with this track that I have with, say, paintings in modern art museums with titles like 'Large White Square' that depict — you guessed it! — a large white square. Feel free to disagree with me — but this is silence, people! — philosophically stimulating, perhaps, but aurally meaningless. When I listen to something, I like to hear it, know what I mean? I encourage you to purchase A Chance Operation, both to hear some really good music and to read FZ’s amazing minimalist biography of himself; but if you are buying it solely because you feel a burning need to experience an Expensive Bunch of Nothing, try John Lennon's Nutopian National Anthem, which has the virtue of being 4'28" shorter; or better still, read Heinrich Böll's Murke's Collected Silences; or, best of all, sit motionless in a quiet place for a passing while, and Blessed Relief will soon be yours...


I know you will have read this Proggers - but for those who haven't - here is some more contemplation of the navel that is 4'33"
http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/related/A_Chance_Operation.html

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progrockfan wrote:
March 1969:
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
2LP set
Trout Mask Replica
(Issued June 16, 1969)

FZ: producer, editor

Of special interest to completists:
Pena
FZ: spoken intro
The Blimp
FZ: spoken intro and outro


Besides FZ's spoken intro and outro on The Blimp, MOI plays the Charles Ives part, right? Does that count?

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velvetgrass wrote:


Besides FZ's spoken intro and outro on The Blimp, MOI plays the Charles Ives part, right? Does that count?


Yes, both FZ and Bill Harkleroad/Zoot Horn Rollo have said that the MOI are playing on this track.
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Post 2010-12-15 20:08   [Quote] 
regarding Would You Like A Snack?

progrockfan wrote:

April 4, 1968:
Jefferson Airplane
Excerpt from the 3CD set
Jefferson Airplane Loves You
(Issued October 27, 1992)


The booklet of both the 3CD set and the CD-reissue have this credits:

Recorded June 5, 1968 at RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA
Master number: WPA3-0542

The booklet of the reissue also claims:

Additional Musicians:

Frank Zappa
Arthur Tripp, III
Ian Underwood
Donald Preston

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Post 2010-12-16 04:01   [Quote] 
There also is 2 more tracks with J.A. from that session "The Saga Of Sydney Spacepig" (w/"The air" playing over it somewhere)...10 min.30 and another one that is somewhat in the vein of Return of Monster Magnet 1 min.33 , wich I assume FZ plays or sings on....
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