This LP completes the release of the recordings of Frank Zappa's music made by The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano, in January 1983. Zappa Volume I, released on June 9, 1983, was the first part. London Symphony Orchestra, a 1986 Rykodisc CD reissue, added "Bogus Pomp" to the first volume while deleting "Pedro's Dowry" and "Envelopes." This album contains "Bogus Pomp" plus "Bob In Dacron" and "Strictly Genteel." Although Zappa himself has criticized these recordings, they represent the best rendition so far of his orchestral ambitions, more accomplished than Lumpy Gravy or Orchestral Favorites. The music is moody and ponderous, slow with sudden dramatic passages, in the manner of Stravinsky, and exhibits little of Zappa's usual melodic invention and humor.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann