Frank Zappa

For Collectors Only

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"Out in Cucamunga, many years ago, near a Holy Roller Church," Frank Zappa owned a recording studio he called Studio Z. This was the early '60s, before the formation of the Mothers of Invention. Zappa wanted in to the record biz by any means necessary, and in the early '60s it seemed to him that novelty records, doo wop, and surf singles might be a good way to get your foot in the door. And here are the fruits of those labors, such as they are, collected (again) as For Collectors Only. This is basically a budget-line reissue of Del-Fi's Cucamonga, with the tracks in a different running order. All these tracks originally appeared as Del-Fi singles, credited to various groups, as Zappa was essentially a nobody at this point. The tunes are lightweight and generally amusing, but far from essential. Astute listeners will recognize "Heavies" by the Rotations as the intro to side two of We're Only in It for the Money. There are traces of elements that would be seen as Zappa trademarks, but nothing to really indicate what a powerful and original musical force he would become. This is a collection for dedicated Zappa fans who are looking to check out the very beginnings of his musical career.

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