November 7th 2006


  • Chunga's Revenge
  • Bowling On Charen
  • Good Lobna
  • A Cold Dark Matter
  • Butter Or Cannons
  • Ask Dr. Stupid
  • Scratch & Sniff
  • Trance-Fusion
  • Gorgo
  • Diplodocus
  • Soul Polka
  • For Giuseppe Franco
  • After Dinner Smoker
  • Light Is All That Matters
  • Finding Higgs’ Boson
  • Bavarian Sunset

Official Release #79 
Catalog Number: ZR 20002
Produced by Frank Zappa


Frank Zappa Guitar, All Tracks
Dweezil Zappa Guitar, Tracks 1, 16
Tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16:
Mike Keneally Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Bobby Martin Keyboards
Ed Mann Vibes, Marimba, Electronic Percussion
Walt Fowler Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Keyboards
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Paul Carmen Alto, Soprano, Baritone Saxes
Albert Wing Tenor Sax
Kurt McGettrick Baritone, Bass Saxes, Contrabass Clarinet
Scott Thunes Bass, Mini-Moog
Chad Wackerman Drums, Electronic Percussion
Tracks 3, 5, 10, 12, 14:
Ray White Rhythm Guitar
Ike Willis Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Martin Keyboards
Allan Zavod Keyboards
Scott Thunes Bass
Chad Wackerman Drums
Track 6:
Warren Cuccurullo Rhythm Guitar
Denny Walley Slide Guitar
Tommy Mars Keyboard
Peter Wolf Keyboard
Ed Mann Percussion
Arthur Barrow Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Track 2:
Adrian Belew Rhythm Guitar
Tommy Mars Keyboards
Peter Wolf Keyboards
Ed Mann Percussion
Patrick O’Hearn Bass
Terry Bozzio Drums
Recording Engineers:
1977- Kerry McNabb
1979- Mick Glossop
1984- Mark Pinske
1988- Bob Stone
1993- UMRK
Remix Engineer: Spence Chrislu
Mastered 23 May 2005 by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & DVD, Portland, ME (over by the other side of Canada)
Produced/Composed/Arranged/Recorded & Performances by Frank Zappa
Gail Zappa Cover Concept, Text & Art Direction
Keith Lawler Layout, Design, Typography & Field Day
Michael Mesker This just in
eric white Cover Collage
Sherry Spencer Undercover Digital Extravagance
Steve Schapiro FZ Portrait Photos
Bruce Hilliard FZ Onstage Photo
David M. Schrader Dolphin Photos
Melanie Starks Contemplative Production Management
Diva, Ahmet, Dweezil, Moon & Mathilda, Zola, Ceylon, Halo Motivation, Perspective, Humor, Magic
"The present day composer refuses to die." Edgard Varèse
Special thanks to Bob Ludwig & to Dweezil for the suggestion to take this to Bob. Thanks also & always to Joe Travers. And Melanie. Very Special Thanks to Giuseppe Franco & Gorgo for love and kindness to FZ beyond duty. Thanks to James Lance at Corbis (cover images) & Mike Mesker. Thanks to CERN for Z Particle Diagram.
Thanks again to Bob Ludwig & for writing these kind words:
" It was a thrill for me to work on Maestro Zappa’s music again. I last worked with Frank in early 1979 cutting the original vinyl & cassette release of Sheik Yerbouti and this memory was with me the entire time I was mastering Trance-Fusion. I had to work with a previously assembled and “pre-mastered” version of this recording because it was all that existed. With no possibility of remixing, it was fun to deal with all the mix problems in the mastering stage. Tom-tom fills would suddenly leap out of the mix taking over everything around them! Occasionally some really interesting music was very clouded sounding and needed a lot of work to bring out the details. I worked hard to bring out all the musicality that was inherent in the stereo masters. I hope you enjoy this collection of some of the most staggering guitar playing the world has ever heard as much as I did working on it."
Notes from the edge
I’m not certain when this record was known to FZ as an actual project. He might have easily been collecting/collating candidates and building a reel of sorts for a few years. But once he knew his eon was closing this quickly emerged as one among the few projects that he chose to complete. Curiously, the date on the disc from Bob Ludwig is 23 May 2005 and the date on the Master Tape check sheet is 23 May 1993. Other coincidental and tangential collisions have occurred throughout every Zappa project and Trance-Fusion is no exception – check out the gypsy mutant vacuum cleaner swirling in castanets and the glow of the Chunga’s Revenge studio campfire album art. This piece had long been an FZ standard when the existence of a certain famous (sic) flamenco dancer, La Chunga, was brought to our attention.
The last time I heard this record with FZ was Thanksgiving, 1993. Among those present were one or two members of Gorky Park, our friend Beverly D’Angelo, my brother Midget (tech to FZ), Joe Travers (then Drummer for Z), Diva and Dweezil. I might have been the only one considering the gathering gloom of the end of the lease on time. I might have been. And the very something that is the way this album closes and opens with the soon-to-be other Mr. Zappa on Guitar. Once, later and much beyond these last times, I remarked on this very thing. Dweezil said in a measured tone, “It’s just a guitar record,” and of course it is. But also, in the same way that predicting Higgs’ Boson is just another theory. Of Dark Matters and the cold heart of gravity. Surrounded by Music what I miss is the running commentary on the view from the window beyond lightspeed by my favorite Guide to this Universe. And speaking of Science, one little anecdote about his powers of observation, dexterity, and thoughtspeed: Frank was amused by the sport he invented of finding as many possible ways to spell the name of a certain hotelier and lifestyler – with as many effs, pees and aitches in as many combinations thereof as possible, prompted no doubt by the majesty of the pose struck in the wallsized framed photograph of the owner, just opposite the elevators, just off in general and specifically, the lobby of the Hotel in question, where FZ often stayed when performing in Chicago. While advancing on the elevator and in one seamless economic motion, Frank articulated his comment, well comet actually, thoroughly undetected by several others traveling through the same arc towards the same elevator. Well do I remember being boxed in at full capacity load, with the elevator doors slowly closing on the sight before us all – the glistening globulent lobbed lugey oozing in ominous silence down the image from face central. And there was just the most fleeting moment of acknowledgement between us.
My hero.