One Size Fits All

Performers Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention

Rykodisc USA | November 19, 2007 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Frank Zappa (guitar, vocals); Johnny "Guitar" Watson (vocals); Napoleon Murphy Brock (flute, tenor saxophone, vocals); Bloodshot Rollin' Red (harmonica); George Duke (keyboards, synthesizers, vocals); Ruth Underwood (marimba, vibraphone, percussion); Tom Fowler, James Youman (bass); Chester Thompson (drums). Recorded between December 1974 and April 1975. Digitally remastered by Bob Stone. More than any of his other mid-'70s albums, ONE SIZE forecasts the direction Zappa would take in the '80s with the Ike Willis/Steve Vai/Chad Wackerman incarnation of his band, tackling socio-political issues while essaying virtousic jazz/rock/classical fusion with unprecedented facility. Aided by long-timers George Duke and Ruth Underwood as well as powerhouse fusion drummer Chester Thompson, Zappa turns out eight extended pieces that combine grand ensemble work with fiery solos (mostly from Zappa himself) and satirical lyrics that trade Zappa's former goofiness for a more incisive approach. On tracks like "Inca Roads" (arguably ONE SIZE's centerpiece), Zappa ventures into the realm of artsong; Duke's keyboards and Underwood's marimba navigate tricky time signatures, extended melodic lines and adventurous harmonic structures without ever sounding academic. Zappa's soloing, often colored by effects, is at a high point here, highly evolved but not yet marred by the excesses of his latter-day output.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 19, 2007

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1975

Label Name: Rykodisc USA

UPC: 014431052125

Found in: Art Rock, Art Rock

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One Size Fits All

Performers Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
Guest Artist(s) Bloodshot Rollin' Red, George Duke, James Youman, Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Producer Frank Zappa
Engineer Bob Stone

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 19, 2007

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1975

Label Name: Rykodisc USA

UPC: 014431052125


Title Track Time
1.Inca Roads --
2.Can't Afford No Shoes --
3.Sofa No.1 --
4.Po-Jama People --
5.Florentine Pogen --
6.Evelyn, A Modified Dog --
7.San Ber'dino --
8.Andy --
9.Sofa No.2 --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Frank Zappa (guitar, vocals); Johnny "Guitar" Watson (vocals); Napoleon Murphy Brock (flute, tenor saxophone, vocals); Bloodshot Rollin' Red (harmonica); George Duke (keyboards, synthesizers, vocals); Ruth Underwood (marimba, vibraphone, percussion); Tom Fowler, James Youman (bass); Chester Thompson (drums). Recorded between December 1974 and April 1975. Digitally remastered by Bob Stone. More than any of his other mid-'70s albums, ONE SIZE forecasts the direction Zappa would take in the '80s with the Ike Willis/Steve Vai/Chad Wackerman incarnation of his band, tackling socio-political issues while essaying virtousic jazz/rock/classical fusion with unprecedented facility. Aided by long-timers George Duke and Ruth Underwood as well as powerhouse fusion drummer Chester Thompson, Zappa turns out eight extended pieces that combine grand ensemble work with fiery solos (mostly from Zappa himself) and satirical lyrics that trade Zappa's former goofiness for a more incisive approach. On tracks like "Inca Roads" (arguably ONE SIZE's centerpiece), Zappa ventures into the realm of artsong; Duke's keyboards and Underwood's marimba navigate tricky time signatures, extended melodic lines and adventurous harmonic structures without ever sounding academic. Zappa's soloing, often colored by effects, is at a high point here, highly evolved but not yet marred by the excesses of his latter-day output.
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