Frankly a Cappella: The Persuasions Sing Zappa

Frankly a Cappella: The Persuasions Sing Zappa

by The Persuasions


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One of the most off-the-wall projects of 2000, THE PERSUASIONS SING ZAPPA turns out to be one of the most marvelous and surprising discs of the year. Frank Zappa's songs merged pointed commentary with virtuoso performances and a colorful zany streak. Here, a cappella group the Persuasions -- who were signed as unknowns by the rock provocateur to his Straight label in 1969 -- honor him with a startlingly original set of vocals-only Zappa covers. On the opening number, the group attacks Zappa instrumental classic "Lumpy Gravy" with gusto, breaking it down into incredible six-part vocal arrangements. The vocal pyrotechnics will stretch your preconceptions of doo-wop as they burn up "Cheap Thrills" and "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama." But no song shines as much light as the Persuasions' rendition of Zappa's jab at religion, "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing," which interjects a new level of subversive commentary by singing it in gospel-based harmony. In seizing his idiosyncratic songs and making them their own, the Persuasions pay tribute to both Zappa's songs and his unrelenting creative spirit with a novelty record that's much more than novel.

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Release Date: 04/04/2000
Label: Earthbeat
UPC: 0081227983222
catalogNumber: 79832

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