Frank Zappa released (technically for the second time) his debut solo album “Lum…

Written by on May 17, 2018


Frank Zappa released (technically for the second time) his debut solo album “Lumpy Gravy” on May 13, 1968. The album was briefly released on August 7, 1967, by Capitol Records in the 4-track Stereo-Pak format only and then withdrawn due to a lawsuit from MGM Records. MGM Records claimed that the album violated Zappa’s contract with their subsidiary, Verve Records. It was an album of orchestral, electric and concrete sound written by Zappa and performed by a group of session players he dubbed the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra. Zappa conducted the orchestra but did not perform on the album. It is his third album overall: his previous releases had been under the name of his group, the Mothers of Invention.

Produced simultaneously with We’re Only in It for the Money, Zappa saw Lumpy Gravy as the second part of a conceptual continuity that later included his final album, Civilization Phaze III. Later it was re-edited by Zappa as part of a project called No Commercial Potential, which included three other albums: We’re Only in It for the Money, Cruising with Ruben & the Jets and Uncle Meat.

Happy 50th re- Birthday to “Lumpy Gravy”!! Anybody still listen to this one?




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