Frankly a Cappella

Frankly A Cappella: The Persuasions Sing Zappa is a 2000 album by the singing group The Persuasions. Frank Zappa heard them over the phone while they were singing in a record shop on the East Coast and flew them out to L.A. to record their first LP, in 1969, for Zappa's label. The album was the brainchild of Rip Rense, a friend of Zappa, as a tribute to the late composer. Rense executive produced and worked with lead singer/arranger Jerry Lawson on selecting the tracks and guest artists, who included Zappa alums Bruce Fowler, Robert Martin, Mike Keneally. Gary Mankin and Lawson co-produced the music, and Gail Zappa had final approval of the project. All arrangements by Jerry Lawson. The album is the first of several in which The Persuasions paid tribute to the songs of a specific group or artist.

Frankly A Cappella
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Studio album by
LabelEarthBeat!, distributed by Rhino Records
ProducerRip Rense

Rense also conceived of and produced The Persuasions on "Persuasions of the Dead" (2011), a two-disc Grateful Dead tribute album for the Zoho Roots label.

Track listingEdit

Songs composed by Frank Zappa.

  1. "Lumpy Gravy"
  2. "Any Way the Wind Blows"
  3. "Electric Aunt Jemima"
  4. "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing"
  5. "Interlude"
  6. "Cheap Thrills"
  7. "Hotplate Heaven at the Green Hotel"
  8. "Love of My Life"
  9. "You Are What You Is"
  10. "Interlude 2"
  11. "Harder Than Your Husband"
  12. "Find Her Finer"
  13. "Interlude 3"
  14. "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Momma"
  15. "Tears Began to Fall"
  16. "Mystery Track"