Friday, 18 October 2019

Rachel Flowers - Plays Zappa (2018)

Rachel Flowers has always had an affinity with Frank Zappa, sharing a birthday with him on 21st December (1993 for Rachel and 1940 for Frank). Even more spooky is the fact that Zappa died just 17 days before Rachel was born, so believers in reincarnation can draw their own conclusions. She has covered more Zappa compositions than any other artist, even her beloved Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and so I thought it was worth collecting them all together on one 43 minute 'album'. Rachel regularly plays with Dweezil Zappa in his Zappa Plays Zappa band, and excerpts from some of their gigs are available on Youtube, so do search them out. There's also an hour-long video here showing the recording process of the 'Zomby Woof' track, and how Rachel plays and overdubs all the instruments herself to make up the track. So as not to infringe copyright, the links are directly to Rachel's Soundcloud page and to Youtube, and it's entirely up to you if you download them yourself. To reacquaint yourself with Rachel's amazing story then check out her Prog rock post.

Track listing

01 Inca Roads
02 Zoot Allures
03 Montana
04 Peaches En Regalia
05 The Black Page 1
06 The Black Page 2
07 Zomby Woof
08 The Mammy Anthem

All titles composed by Frank Zappa

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