The Big Note: A Guide To The Recordings of Frank Zappa

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  1. GregK

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  2. GregK

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    I'm surprised that no one is interested in this at all..
     
  3. simon-wagstaff

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    Thanks for the info. Ordered! ( how is that?).
     
  4. JayB

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    Definitely on my "to get" list. Wish there was a kindle version though.
     
  5. zen archer

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    I ordered a copy and the BIG Note is on it's way!
     
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  6. Hey Vinyl Man

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    Zappa is one of those artists I feel like I'm "supposed" to like, but nothing I've heard has ever really done anything for me. Recommendations welcome for what you think ought to appeal to a big classic rock fan.
     
  7. mcchocchoc

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    I have it, will start reading it this weekend. I've been looking forward to this book for a while. I'm certain Charles will not disappoint!
     
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  8. Confuseacat

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    Wow, this looks great. I'm ordering it now. Thanks for the heads-up!
     
  9. Ben Adams

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    It's only through 2015? Some of the releases I'd love to read about came out after that. Ah well. I'll still get it.
     
  10. mcchocchoc

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    Well, let's hope for an updated/expanded 2020 edition!
     
  11. Instant Dharma

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    Where to even start? His classic rock period is definitely Apostrophe/ Overnight Sensation. There is also Sheik Yerbouti for a more late 70’s feel.
     
  12. mcchocchoc

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    "An astonishing 15 year work of research, Ulrich has created the ultimate encyclopedia of all Zappa & Mothers recordings. The details of the sessions and of the musicians who participated are as fascinating as one of Frank's best compositions." --Art Tripp, Mothers Of Invention percussionist, '68 -- '69
     
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  13. mcchocchoc

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    "Charles Ulrich's The Big Note is your Amazingly Breathtakingly Complete, Definitively Encyclopedic, Frankly Gargantuan, Highly Interesting And Informative, Jaw Droppingly Knowledgeable, Lovingly Monumentally Notoriously Obsessive, Precisely Quote filled, Quintessentially Researched, Stupendously Terrifically Useful, Voluminously Weighty, Xenochronically Yeomanly Zappa centric Guide to Conceptual Continuity. Destined to be the essential Zappa listening companion for the 21st century. "--David Ocker, Zappa copyist, Synclavier assistant, and clarinettist, '77 -- '84
     
  14. CBS 65780

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    Over-Nite Sensation
     
  15. sheffandy

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    I started with Joe’s Garage Acts I To III and never looked back.
     
  16. Denim Chicken

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    Recommend checking out One Size Fits All
     
  17. Many many threads here on this. Variations on 'Zappa recommendations for a newbie' is one of the classic SH.tv thread themes. Search 'Zappa' with titles and this forum only checked and you'll find them all. But with all the conflicting recommendations therein though, whether you'll be any more certain of what to try!

    The book looks really good. Will have to put that on the Christmas list and hope Mrs K-G's feeling generous.
     
  18. GregK

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    yeah I agree but with the depth of material here, it must take a long time to compile everything. I may have seen some mentions of later releases, but not individual entries for them (for example, some songs are mentioned as being released on later albums).
     
  19. pbuzby

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    I was involved in preparing the book and yes, each chapter did take time so for the book to come out Charles had to stop somewhere.
     
  20. mBen989

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    Added to my Amazon wish list

    @DrBeatle
    Here's another book to add to your review pile.
     
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  21. Instant Dharma

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    Your own gargantuan efforts over the years have definitely not gone unnoticed.
     
  22. DrBeatle

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    Noted! Thanks for the heads up!
     
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  23. mcchocchoc

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    Been reading the book and it is fantastic. I've been a pretty hardcore Zappa fan for decades and this sucker is loaded with bits of info I had not known about. Simply amazing. This book is a must buy for any Zappa fan. Amazing work.
     
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  24. Holy wah... I was not aware of this. I will be ordering a copy for sure.
     
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  25. citizensmurf

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    I've loved Charles' articles and insights about Zappa since the Patio linked me to his website. I will gladly buy a copy of this. It will probably get as much use from me as Robert Campbell's "The Earthly Recordings of Sun Ra (2nd Edition)" (which sorely needs an updated edition).
     
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