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Chunga’s Revenge (LP)

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Chunga’s Revenge receives a 180-gram audiophile repressing on black vinyl via Zappa Records/UMe. The album introduced a new Mothers of Invention lineup that included former Turtles members Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, aka Flo and Eddie, as well as keyboardist George Duke, drummer Aynsley Dunbar and multi-instrumentalist Ian Underwood.

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GTIN (UPC): 824302384411 SKU: JMC-824302384411 Categories: , Tag:

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This 1970 release finds Zappa and band at the apex of their improvisational powers. CHUNGA’S REVENGE largely eschews both high concept and satire in order to focus on the considerable jamming expertise of Zappa and his cohorts. In its original LP form, the album was divided into two discrete halves. The first side consists of extended, largely instrumental pieces where Zappa and his musicians stretch out and show off their improv chops over relatively simple, often blues-based structures. The keyboard-based instrumental interlude “Twenty Small Cigars” provides an interesting semi-classical change of pace. Side two contains shorter, vocal-oriented numbers, with harmonies that draw on the doo-wop influence of Zappa’s youth (a recurrent element in his work). Slightly schizophrenic though it may be, CHUNGA’S REVENGE is something of a showcase for the members of Zappa’s group, displaying their vocal and instrumental interaction to fine effect.

Format: Vinyl

Tracklist
Transylvania Boogie
Sharleena
Road Ladies
Twenty Small Cigars
Nancy & Mary Music, The
Tell Me You Love Me
Would You Go All the Way?
Chunga’s Revenge
Clap, The
Rudy Wants To Buy Yez a Drink

Personnel: Frank Zappa (vocals, guitar, harpsichord, drums, percussion); George Duke (vocals, trombone, electric piano, organ); Jeff Simmons (vocals, bass); Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan (vocals); Ian Underwood (electric alto saxophone with wah-wah pedal, guitar, piano, electric piano, organ, pipe organ); Sugar Cane Harris (organ); Max Bennett (bass); John Guerin, Aynsley Dunbar (drums). Engineers include: Dick Kunc, Stan Agoi, Roy Baker. Recorded at T.T.G. Inc. and The Record Plant, Hollywood, California; Whitney Studios, Glendale, California; Trident Studios, London, England. “The Nancy & Mary Music” was recorded live at the Tyronne Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Digitally remastered by Bob Stone.

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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 1 in
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