Tuesday, September 2, 2008

sleep dirt

photograph by w. eugene smith, 1918-1978.

With guitar by James "Bird Legs" Youman. Originally recorded with The Mothers Of Invention between 1974 and 1976 for the unreleased box set, "Lather".

FRANK ZAPPA: SLEEP DIRT from "Sleep Dirt" LP (Warner Bros.) 1979 (US)



Empire Hancock said...

I'm a huge, huge Zappa fan going back to when I was a wee lad in the early 80s, and as far as this piece is from being representative of his work in some ways, it remains one of my all-time favorites.

Worth searching for is a string quartet version of "Sleep Dirt" by Rosamonde Quartet, arranged by Francois Sarhan (and no, I don't know who any of these people are ;P), which I feel is pretty fantastic!. I have an mp3 of it if you're interested (tho I'm on dialup, so the transfer could take a little while...)

ib said...

The instrumental side of Zappa tends to be the stuff which gets played more often round here. I only really began to appreciate him fully in the last several years or so, and I dip in and out...

The Rosamonde Quartet version sounds very interesting; I can 'visualise' it working very well in a classical string format. The Kronos Quartet adaptations of Television work particularly well too. Thanks for your kind offer, Empire Hancock. I will try and track it down elsewhere first.

I was on dial-up myself for years. I only opted for a faster connection very recently.

ib said...

Actually, Empire Hancock, if you don't mind too much you could e-mail me the MP3 at:


If the file's small enough to get past the global size limit. Thanks.

Empire Hancock said...

ib, I sent it to you from an AOL address. I don't know how your spam filter treats AOL mail, but... it's about 4mb. Hope it makes it thru, and hope you enjoy it!