Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention
Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
1 x LP
2015 EU reissue on 180g LP-Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison” is a work originally intended for vinyl by Frank Zappa and realized on his Synclavier. (Consider FZ’s Grammy Awarding-winning “Jazz From Hell” as an introductory prequel, having been create...
Release date: 27-11-2015(originally released in 2011 in CD)
( 2011 ) - 2015 EU reissue on 180g LP-Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison” is a work originally intended for vinyl by Frank Zappa and realized on his Synclavier. (Consider FZ’s Grammy Awarding-winning “Jazz From Hell” as an introductory prequel, having been created earlier in the same year.) Cut directly from 1630 Digital Master by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, 2015. First time the three performance will appear on vinyl.
A1 Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison 20:12
B1 Buffalo Voice 11:35
B2 Secular Humanism 6:37
"The Beverly Hills restaurant, Ma Maison, was often referred to as "the clubhouse to the stars". After a bizarre lunch there in the mid 1980s, I was compelled to do a painting based on my experience.
Frank first saw the painting in 1985 at my New York studio and immediately expressed his desire to use the image for a new album cover. Unfortunately, it never came to fruition during his lifetime. Now thirty years later, the fact that it is finally happening makes me smile and gaze toward heavens.", John Alexander, 10 July 2015
- quoted from liner notes on insert sheet.
Frank Zappa's pioneering work on the Synclavier gave him the freedom to hear works that he considered too challenging for live musicians to perform, though Ensemble Modern worked hard enough to be able to play several of his works for the instrument in concert before his death in 1993. Since the technology behind the Synclavier was evolving along with Zappa's music, approximately doubling its processing and memory capacity every two years, it gave the composer greater tools to work with to realize his compositions. Feeding the Monkies at Ma Maison was compiled for an LP by Zappa prior to his death, but never mastered and released, though some of the music on this CD was further edited and eventually issued in altered and brief form. During his lifetime, Zappa often revised his compositions, especially his works for Synclavier, which grew in complexity as he utilized the instrument, incorporating nearly impossible percussion parts and abstract themes that suggested a blend of 20th century classical music and dark, eerie film music. "Buffalo Voice" was cut substantially in length prior to its appearance on Civilization Phaze III, this longer edit is just as valuable, where one can hear snippets of his orchestrations that sound as if they have roots in his writing for 200 Motels, while adding the effects of a violin played to sound like a buzzing fly and daughter Moon Unit Zappa's spoken voice. The eerie choir of speed-manipulated voices is central to "Secular Humanism," while "Worms from Hell" is an example of Zappa as the mad scientist in his studio lab, bringing to life a musical experiment that no one could have created. Both "Feeding the Monkies at Ma Maison" and "Samba Funk" are previously unissued in any form, the former a 20-minute masterpiece and the latter the most accessible of these sessions. While Frank Zappa's music for Synclavier may be too challenging for the casual fan of his music, serious listeners will find much to enjoy in this new treasury from his massive personal library of performances.
Originally released: 2011
This release: 2015