Frank Zappa
Lumpy Gravy (Capitol Version)


1.0
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Review

by Thing-Fish USER (37 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2013 | 59 replies | 2,681 views


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No commercial potential indeed...

18 of 22 thought this review was well written

There are times when two completely different things do not mesh well together, like smothering ketchup on a medium rare steak, ruining the whole meal. Another grouping that doesn’t work at all is the mix of Frank Zappa and “bad music”. On the original version of ‘Lumpy Gravy’, these two extremely polar opposites come together to make one of the, if not the most, disappointing piece of music Zappa has ever produced.

‘Lumpy Gravy’ contains several ideas from Zappa, and with this album, those ideas fail to gel, and in comparison to his work with The Mothers of Invention and his later work, make his work on ‘Lumpy Gravy’ look extremely unprofessional. From first listen, there is absolutely nothing enticing to the ear, which is unlike Zappa, whose use of odd instruments and quirky dialogue, made for a fun experience. On here however, none of those are present, making for an emotionless experience. ‘Gravy’ somehow manages to be sterile as well, with nothing lively coming out of the woodworks, making the extremely short album, all twenty minutes of it, seem as it was rushed with no aspirations of making any influence whatsoever on the buying public.

Not long after the original release of ‘Lumpy Gravy’, it would be pulled from retailers after MGM filed a lawsuit, claiming that the release of the album on Capitol Records violated Zappa’s contract with the label. The album would be re-edited and re-released the following year with new music and dialogue split into two parts. Considering the big difference between the two version of ‘Lumpy Gravy’, it was for the best that a superior version came along.

‘Lumpy Gravy’, unlike any of Zappa’s other material, manages not only to disappoint, but also to bore the listener as well. It is only essential for a hardcore Zappa fan looking to absorb every single note of his discography. Zappa named his project, which included this album, “No Commercial Potential”. When looking back at it, there is no potential in this album in any way.



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Frippertronics
June 22nd 2013



4270 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I might as well get ready for the ghost negs considering I already got one.
I'd like feedback though.

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sanic
June 22nd 2013



1 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

not bad

dannyboy89
June 22nd 2013



7357 Comments


Since there's another album with the Lumpy Gravy name, perhaps you
could point out, with more detail, why this is a weaker version of it.

I pos'd anyway.

Also:

when you try mix incompatible chemicals
(first
paragraph)

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Frippertronics
June 22nd 2013



4270 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I flat out listed it was the original version, but thanks.

StallionMang
June 22nd 2013



4263 Comments


So... why didn't you just review the original album?

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Frippertronics
June 22nd 2013



4270 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I did.

Ire
June 22nd 2013



41453 Comments


zappp

tommygun
June 23rd 2013



21345 Comments


when you pair two polar opposites together.


opposites attract do your chemistry homework frippman!

Frippertronics
June 23rd 2013



4270 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

spoiler: not doing chemistry until I'm a senior in high school-- three more years. Damn double
negatives!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2013



48520 Comments


lol what

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DrGonzo1937
June 23rd 2013



3356 Comments


(Capitol Version). I know you are reviewing the original album, but I'm curious to know what the difference is :/

ViperAces
June 23rd 2013



12357 Comments


wait. are you 13?

ksoflas
June 23rd 2013



265 Comments


Pos'd cause you are 13!

DrGonzo1937
June 23rd 2013



3356 Comments


^

wtf?

Frippertronics
June 23rd 2013



4270 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

@ Viper I'll 16 in October; @Dr. Gonzo the original has completely different pieces, is lacking in the quirkiness of other Zappa releases, it seems like it doesn't go anywhere with its themes, and is just bland in every sense of the word. It has to be his worst release, and is quite unfortunate. You're better off with the 1968 edited release.

Frippertronics
June 23rd 2013



4270 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Link to the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw2NvS9BPwg

DrGonzo1937
June 23rd 2013



3356 Comments


Cheers man, I'll check it out.

ViperAces
June 23rd 2013



12357 Comments


did you stay a few classes?

Frippertronics
June 23rd 2013



4270 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

what do you mean?

ViperAces
June 23rd 2013



12357 Comments


well i turned 16 last month, and im finishing high school in two years



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