Trance-Fusion

Trance-Fusion is an album by Frank Zappa. Released posthumously in 2006, 13 years after the musician's death, the album forms the third in a trilogy of instrumental albums which focus on Zappa's improvised guitar solos, after Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar (1981) and Guitar (1988).[1] Trance-Fusion was among the last albums completed by Zappa before his death, along with The Rage & The Fury: The Music Of Edgard Varèse, Dance Me This and Civilization Phaze III.[2] It was also among the first releases by Zappa to be made available digitally via iTunes through Gail Zappa's distribution deal with Universal Music Enterprises.[3]

Trance-Fusion
Trance-Fusion artwork.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 24, 2006
Recorded1977–1988
GenreInstrumental rock
Length61:40
LabelZappa
ProducerFrank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
The MOFO Project/Object
(2006)
Trance-Fusion
(2006)
Buffalo
(2007)

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]

AllMusic wrote that Trance-Fusion "took way too long to see the light of day (and with cover art more suited to a Kitaro album), but for the FZ faithful it was worth the wait. Keep your fingers crossed for more."[1]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written, composed and arranged by Frank Zappa.

No.TitleRecording date and venueLength
1."Chunga's Revenge"Performed at Wembley Arena, London, UK: April 19, 1988. Features Dweezil Zappa7:01
2."Bowling on Charen" (Originally called "The Squirm")Guitar solo from "Wild Love", performed at The Palladium, NYC: October 28, 1977 (early show)5:03
3."Good Lobna"Guitar solo from "Let's Move to Cleveland", performed at Orpheum Theater, Memphis, Tennessee: December 4, 19841:39
4."A Cold Dark Matter"Guitar solo from "Inca Roads", performed at Memorial Hall, Allentown, Pennsylvania: March 19, 19883:31
5."Butter or Cannons"Guitar solo from "Let's Move to Cleveland", performed at The Pier, NYC: August 25, 19843:24
6."Ask Dr. Stupid"Guitar solo from "Easy Meat", performed at Rhein-Neckarhalle, Eppelheim, Germany: March 21, 19793:20
7."Scratch & Sniff"Guitar solo from "City of Tiny Lights", performed at Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK: April 16, 19883:56
8."Trance-Fusion"Guitar solo from "Marque-Son's Chicken", performed at Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany: May 24, 19884:19
9."Gorgo"Guitar solo from "The Torture Never Stops", performed at Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm: May 1, 19882:41
10."Diplodocus"Guitar solo from "King Kong", performed at Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island: October 26, 19843:22
11."Soul Polka"Guitar solo from "Oh No", performed at Memorial Hall, Allentown, Pennsylvania: March 19, 19883:17
12."For Giuseppe Franco"Guitar solo from "Hot-Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel", performed at Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington: December 17, 1984 (late show)3:48
13."After Dinner Smoker"Guitar solo from "The Torture Never Stops", performed at Palasport, Genoa, Italy: June 9, 19884:45
14."Light Is All That Matters"Guitar solo from "Let's Move to Cleveland", performed at Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington December 17, 1984 (late show)3:46
15."Finding Higgs' Boson"Guitar solo from "Hot-Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel", performed at Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria: May 8, 19883:41
16."Bavarian Sunset"Guitar solo from post-"I Am the Walrus" jam, performed at Rudi-Sedlmeyer Sporthalle, Munich, Germany: May 9, 19884:00

PersonnelEdit

  • Frank Zappa – guitar, all tracks
  • Dweezil Zappa – guitar on tracks 1 and 16
  • Adrian Belew – rhythm guitar on track 2
  • Warren Cuccurullo – rhythm guitar on track 6
  • Mike Keneally – rhythm guitar and keyboards on tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 16
  • Denny Walley – slide guitar on track 6
  • Ray White – rhythm guitar on tracks 3, 5, 10, 12, and 14
  • Ike Willis – rhythm guitar on tracks 3, 5, 10, 12, and 14
  • Tommy Mars – keyboards on tracks 2 and 6
  • Bobby Martin – keyboards on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16
  • Peter Wolf – keyboards on tracks 2 and 6
  • Allan Zavod – keyboards on tracks 3, 5, 10, 12, and 14
  • Scott Thunes – bass and mini-Moog on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16
  • Patrick O'Hearn – bass on track 2
  • Arthur Barrow – bass on track 6 (uncredited in the booklet)
  • Chad Wackerman – drums and percussion on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16
  • Terry Bozzio – drums on track 2
  • Ed Mann – percussion on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 16
  • Paul Carman – alto, soprano, and baritone saxophone on tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 16
  • Albert Wing – tenor saxophone on tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 16
  • Kurt McGettrick – baritone, bass saxophone and contrabass clarinet on tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 16
  • Walt Fowler – trumpet, flugelhorn and keyboards on tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 16
  • Bruce Fowler – trombone on tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 16
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – drums on track 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Westergaard, S. (2011). "Trance-Fusion - Frank Zappa | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  2. ^ Bonner, Michael (April 7, 2015). "Frank Zappa's final album gets release date". Uncut Magazine. Retrieved 2023-01-21.
  3. ^ Nieuws (September 23, 2015). "Sixteen Essential Frank Zappa Albums Hit The Internet". Blues Magazine. Retrieved 2023-01-21.

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