This is a CD reissue of Zappa Volume I with the addition of the 24 1/2-minute "Bogus Pomp" and the deletion of "Pedro's Dowry" and "Envelopes." Common to both LP and CD are "Sad Jane" and "Mo 'N Herb's Vacation." These are orchestral works by Frank Zappa, played by The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano. 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