Lumpy Gravy is the debut solo album by Frank Zappa, written by Zappa and performed by a group of session players he dubbed the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra. Zappa conducted the orchestra but did not perform on the album. It is his third album overall: his previous releases had been under the name of his group, the Mothers of Invention.
It was commissioned and briefly released, on August 7, 1967, by Capitol Records in the 4-track Stereo-Pak format only and then withdrawn due to a lawsuit from MGM Records. MGM claimed that the album violated Zappa’s contract with their subsidiary, Verve Records. In 1968 it was reedited and reissued by MGM’s Verve Records on May 13, 1968. The reissue consisted of two musique concrète pieces that combined elements from the original orchestral performance with elements of surf music and the spoken word. It was praised for its music and editing.
Produced simultaneously with We’re Only in It for the Money, Zappa saw Lumpy Gravy as the second part of a conceptual continuity that later included his final album, Civilization Phaze III.
Later it was re-edited by Zappa as part of a project called No Commercial Potential, which included three other albums: We’re Only in It for the Money, Cruising with Ruben & the Jets and Uncle Meat.
Time & Date: Thursday December 20th 2018, 7 to 9pm + after party, doors open at 6:30pm
Kent Horne with artist Jono El Grande