Frank Zappa

Peaches en Regalia

Composed by Frank Zappa

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"Peaches en Regalia" is one of Frank Zappa's most perennial melodies. This instrumental rock song first appeared as the opening track on the 1969 LP Hot Rats. Its introductory drum fill has become classic, and neither Zappa himself nor the various artists who covered the tune ever strayed afar from the original cue-in fill. It has become an instantly recognizable tag, only equaled in the composer's book to the one starting "Montana." The piece was released on three albums. The Hot Rats version, also released as a 1970 Bizarre single (backed with the album track "Little Umbrellas"), remains the strongest, the cheerful melody being backed by a solid rhythm section. A second arrangement, including wordless vocals by Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, appeared on Fillmore East, June 1971. Finally, the 1981 LP Tinseltown Rebellion contained another one, titled "Peaches III," featuring Tommy Mars' signature synthesizer sound and a very weird bridge. "Peaches en Regalia" was part of Zappa's live shows in 1971, from 1976 to 1980, and again during his last tour in 1988. It often served as a show opener in 1976-1977 (the drum fill made a fantastic curtain rise) and as an encore in 1980. Many Zappa-related bands such as the Grandmothers and Dangerous Kitchen covered the song, as did more exotic artists such as the Dixie Dregs (on California Screamin') and the Ed Palermo Big Band.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1969
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Peaches en Regalia 1987 Rykodisc 3:37
No Image 1991 Foo-Eee Records / Rhino
Any Way the Wind Blows 1991 Rhino
No Image 1992 Foo-Eee Records
Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa 1995 Rykodisc 3:37
Threesome, Vol. 2 2002 Rykodisc 3:38
Instrumental Nuggets Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Hammersmith Odeon 2011 Universal / Zappa Records 2:36
Magic Bus 2015
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:39
Zappatite: Frank Zappa's Tastiest Tracks 2016 Frank Zappa Catalog / Universal 3:39
Lumpy Gravy/Hot Rats Matrix Music Marketing
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