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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:37 pm 

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Frank Zappa - Francis Vincent Zappa Conducts The Abnucelas Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra Performing Lumpy Gravy (Capitol/Muntz 4CL-2719) Rare 1967 original withdrawn STEREO 4-track tape cartridge.
This album was issued on this tape format only (no 8-track either). There were acetates cut, but no LPs pressed (although cover slicks were printed). It is not the same content as the Lumpy Gravy LP which was released about a year later on Verve Records.

The stereo version of this album has never been officially reissued (a mono version was issued in 2009).

The tape we are offering is 100% AUTHENTIC, obtained directly from the late HERB COHEN, Frank Zappa's former manager and co-founder of Straight and Discreet Records labels.

As most tapes of this age, the foam pads had decayed over time, rendering the tape unplayable. However, the tape has been professionally repaired with the new pads replacing the old ones, and now plays pefectly.

Tape is in excellent condition, with a little aging to the title sticker on the edge.

After the repair was made, a professional CD transfer of the music was made. This CD will be included with the tape for the winning bidder.

Only a few copies of this 4-track tape are known to exist. A rare chance to own a legendary Zappa rarity.

Free FedEx shipping worldwide included.

The album's history from Wikipedia:

The album's conception came about in late 1966 when a Capitol Records producer named Nick Venet offered Zappa the chance to record an album of orchestral music. At this point in his career he was known to the public only as a rock musician. Zappa assembled approximately 40 of the very best session musicians (including legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco) at the Capitol Records studio in Hollywood in February and March 1967 to record an album of his instrumental compositions. Though Zappa was credited as conductor the ensemble was actually led by veteran Hollywood musician Sid Sharp under Zappa's supervision.Zappa gave the group an absurd name, the "Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra and Chorus", to match the music.

There was a long delay between the initial orchestral recording sessions and final release in May 1968. This was caused by a dispute between MGM Records and Capitol Records. As first prepared for Capitol, the album contained music from the studio orchestra only with a total playing time of about 22 minutes. However MGM had already signed Zappa to their Verve Records division in early 1966 as a member of The Mothers of Invention. Zappa believed his MGM/Verve contract allowed him to work on outside projects as long as he did not sing or play. MGM disagreed. It claimed ownership of the recordings and sued to stop all distribution of the Capitol album. Under terms of the settlement MGM/Verve agreed to purchase the recordings.

During the dispute Zappa seized the opportunity to radically re-edit his work. ... Music from the original Capitol album was completely restructured and some sections were cut. Some material from the Capitol sessions, but cut from the Capitol album, were added back into the final product. Other important new musical segments were also added including a new introduction and ending. These new musical sections came from Zappa's own tape collection of studio and live performances, which was extensive even at this early stage of his career. The completely reworked Verve version of the album was extended to 31 minutes.

The Capitol version was released briefly in the stereo 4-track cartridge tape format in 1967 before MGM threatened legal action. The 4-track cartridge system was an early competitor to the more successful 8-track tape format. According to Zappa himself, the Capitol 4-track of Lumpy Gravy is one of the rarest official Zappa releases - if not the rarest. Capitol had also begun preparation of the vinyl LP record as well as a 7" single from the album ("Sink Trap" b/w "Gypsy Airs") but these did not get past the test pressing stage. A recording of the all-orchestral version, sourced from a stereo acetate demonstration disc believed to have been stolen from Capitol's vaults, circulated amongst collectors for a number of years. In 2009, the Capitol version was finally released officially (sourced from a MONO master tape) as part of the Lumpy Money box set.

This tape was sold on Ebay for $ 902,29 on Nov 28 2010

PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 4:15 pm 
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Thanks for these precious info.
However the story doesn't say whether this 4-track cartridge has Intro A (cut from King Kong in Foamy Soaky) from the acetate/bootleg or Intro B (cut from How Did That Get In Here?) from Lumpy Money.

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