The Frank Zappa Songbook Vol. 1

Release Date: 
Monday, January 1, 1973

The original softcover edition of this book includes sheet music of Zappa's compositions, superbly transcribed and arranged for piano/guitar/voice by Ian Underwood, plus 8 full-page pictures, storylines from Ruben & The Jets, Uncle Meat and The Legend of Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus & His Grand Wazoo (the same material which can be found in the album liner notes), and several illustrations by Cal Schenkel.

The Songbook contains piano transcriptions for:

  • Brown Shoes Don't Make It 
  • Mother People 
  • Igor's Boogie 
  • Penis Dimension 
  • How Could I Be Such a Fool 
  • Let's Make the Water Turn Black 
  • Oh No
  • America Drinks and Goes Home
  • Son of Suzy Creamcheese
  • Excerpt from Music for Electric Violin and Low-Budget Symphony Orchestra (piano with concert pitch melody line) 
  • Excerpt from Music for Electric Violin and Low-Budget Symphony Orchestra (transposed Bb Clarinet part) 
  • I'm Not Satisfied 
  • Mom & Dad 
  • Absolutely Free 
  • Uncle Meat 
  • The Idiot Bastard Son
  • Piano Introduction to Little House I Used to Live In (revised) 
  • FZ's manuscripts

 

Frank Zappa
Ian Underwood (transcription)
Frank Zappa Music, Inc. and Munchkin Music co., Los Angeles USA
1973
128 pp, paperback, 30 x 23 cm
English