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I just got a set that is very similar to this Sgt Pepper set... Frank Zappa's MOFO (Making of Freak Out). It's a four CD set covering one of the most innovative albums of all time. Freak Out was Zappa's debut record in 1965, it was the first rock "concept album:, and it was also the first rock double LP set. The Beatles cited it as a big influence on Sgt Pepper. The 4 CD set includes the original LP mix of Freak Out, which is quite different from the thinned out, digital reverb swamped version on the Ryko CD release. It has songs recorded but not included in the album, broken out mix elements, live versions, alternate takes and alternate approaches to songs, and clips from contemporary interviews where Zappa explains his process. All of it is amazing, and listening again to Freak Out showed me how forward thinking it really was. There are things in it that even the Beatles never approached.
There is a 2 CD version of the set at Amazon, or you can get the 4 CD version by mail order through the Zappa web site. It's worth getting both, because there are things on the two CD set that aren't on the 4 CD set. It's part of a series called "Project/Object" where they are going back to the original sessions tapes and releasing the original mixes and rare outtakes. These flew under my radar because they aren't called the same title as the LPs they represent... Lumpy Money is Lumpy Gravy / We're Only In It For The Money, Greasy Love Songs is Cruising With Ruben and the Jets, Meat Light is Uncle Meat, and Crux Of The Biscuit (Apostrophe). There are also a couple of live versions of Grand Wazoo (Zappa Wazoo and Imaginary Diseases). All well worth getting.
Last edited by sworth; 04-30-2017 at 09:49 AM.