Frank Zappa
Lumpy Gravy (Capitol Version)


1.0
awful

Review

by Aaron Webster USER (41 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2013 | 33 replies | 3,429 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 putting synthesizers over hard rock music. 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.



Recent reviews by this author
A Slow Descent Dance With Me Upon His Secret OceanYes Heaven and Earth
The Flaming Lips 7 Skies H3Swans To Be Kind
The Mothers of Invention Uncle MeatOctobre Octobre
user ratings (24)
Chart.
1.6
very poor

Comments:Add a Comment 
sanic
June 22nd 2013



1 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

not bad

dannyboy89
June 22nd 2013



11952 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)

StallionMang
June 22nd 2013



5411 Comments


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

Digging: Morning Effort - I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny

Ire
June 22nd 2013



41753 Comments


zappp

tommygun
June 23rd 2013



24417 Comments


when you pair two polar opposites together.


opposites attract do your chemistry homework frippman!

Digging: The National - Cherry Tree

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2013



50055 Comments


lol what

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

DrGonzo1937
June 23rd 2013



5469 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



12394 Comments


wait. are you 13?

ksoflas
June 23rd 2013



361 Comments


Pos'd cause you are 13!

DrGonzo1937
June 23rd 2013



5469 Comments


^

wtf?

DrGonzo1937
June 23rd 2013



5469 Comments


Cheers man, I'll check it out.

ViperAces
June 23rd 2013



12394 Comments


did you stay a few classes?

ViperAces
June 23rd 2013



12394 Comments


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

ViperAces
June 23rd 2013



12394 Comments


isnt senior year the tenth grade?

dannyboy89
June 23rd 2013



11952 Comments


You're pretty young Viper. I'm 24.

ViperAces
June 23rd 2013



12394 Comments


not a boy anymore : D

ViperAces
June 23rd 2013



12394 Comments


are you american or britian? im pretty sure its different between these two

ViperAces
June 23rd 2013



12394 Comments


yea, i guess. anyways i learned chemistry last year and im done with it for life. : D

ViperAces
June 23rd 2013



12394 Comments


really? over here we choose in the 9th grade what we want to study and then we study it for the next three years.

ViperAces
June 23rd 2013



12394 Comments


physics is actually harder so that would be the wiser choice.
and we dont learn ONLY about the subject, we learn math, english and other crap too



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy