Thursday, May 14, 2020

Frank Zappa Trust to Release Mothers 70 Box Set

On the recordings 50th anniversary the Zappa Trust is releasing Mothers 70 to highlight one of Frank Zappa's strongest, but short lived, lineups which was responsible for recording the landmark studio effort Chunga's Revenge and worked on 200 Motels a Zappa film

Mothers 70 was not only recorded in 1970 but contains 70 songs a collection of outtakes, live tunes and more. Full info can be found here, but some highlights are below:

Overseen by the Zappa Trust and produced by Ahmet Zappa and Zappa Vaultmeister, Joe Travers, The Mothers 1970 collects together more than four hours of previously unreleased performances by the heralded lineup which lasted roughly seven months: Aynsley Dunbar (drums), George Duke (piano/keys/trombone), Ian Underwood (organ/keys/guitar), Jeff Simmons (bass/vocals) and Flo & Eddie aka Howard Kaylan (vocals) and Mark Volman (vocals/percussion) of The Turtles who performed under the aliases to skirt contractual limitations of performing under their own names. This iteration of The Mothers, which likely began rehearsals fifty years ago this month, came to an end in January of 1971 when Simmons quit the band during the making of the “200 Motels” movie.
The Zappa Trust released "Portuguese Fenders" as a first taste of the box set which you can check out yourself:

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