Frank Zappa ‎– Civilization Phaze III

Zappa Records ‎– CDDZAP 56
2 × CD, Album


Act One 56:11
1-1 "This Is Phaze III" 0:48
1-2 Put A Motor In Yourself 5:14
1-3 "Oh-Umm" 0:50
1-4 They Made Me Eat It 1:48
1-5 Reagan At Bitburg 5:39
1-6 "A Very Nice Body" 1:00
1-7 Navanax 1:40
1-8 "How The Pigs' Music Works" 1:49
1-9 Xmas Values 5:31
1-10 "Dark Water!" 0:23
1-11 Amnerika 3:04
1-12 "Have You Heard Their Band?" 0:38
1-13 Religious Superstition 0:43
1-14 "Saliva Can Only Take So Much" 0:28
1-15 Buffalo Voice 5:12
1-16 "Someplace Else Right Now" 0:33
1-17 Get A Life 2:21
1-18 "A Kayak (On Snow)" 0:29
N-Lite (18:01)
1-19.I Negative Light
1-19.II Venice Submerged
1-19.III The New World Order
1-19.IV The Lifestyle You Deserve
1-19.V Creationism
1-19.VI He Is Risen
Act Two 57:38
2-1 "I Wish Motorhead Would Come Back" 0:14
2-2 Secular Humanism 2:41
2-3 "Attack! Attack! Attack!" 1:25
2-4 I Was In A Drum 3:38
2-5 "A Different Octave" 0:58
2-6 "This Ain't CNN" 3:21
2-7 "The Pigs' Music" 1:18
2-8 A Pig With Wings 2:52
2-9 "This Is All Wrong" 1:43
2-10 Hot & Putrid 0:29
2-11 "Flowing Inside-Out" 0:46
2-12 "I Had A Dream About That" 0:28
2-13 Gross Man 2:55
2-14 "A Tunnel Into Muck" 0:21
2-15 Why Not? 2:19
2-16 "Put A Little Motor In 'Em" 0:51
2-17 "You're Just Insultin' Me, Aren't You!" 2:13
2-18 "Cold Light Generation" 0:44
2-19 Dio Fa 8:19
2-20 "That Would Be The End Of That" 0:36
2-21 Beat The Reaper 15:23
2-22 Waffenspiel 4:05

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From the booklet:
In 1967, we spent about four months recording various projects […]. One day I decided to stuff a pair of U-87's in the piano, cover it with a heavy drape, put a sand bag on the sustain pedal and invite anybody in the vicinity to stick their head inside and ramble incoherently about the various topics I would suggest to them via the studio talk-back system.
This set-up remained in place for several days. During that time, many hours of recordings were made, most of it useless. […]
Some of this dialog - after extensive editing - found its way into the "Lumpy Gravy" album. The rest of it sat in my tape vault for decades, waiting for the glorious day when audio science would develop tools which might allow for its resurrection. […]
In "Civilization Phaze III" we get a few more clues about the lives of the piano-dwellers and note that the external evils have only gotten worse since we first met them. The bulk of the musical material comes from Synclavier sequences (all music in act one). In the second act, the music is a combination of Synclavier (70%) and live performance (30%), along with a new generation of piano people.
The new residents […] were recorded in a Bösendorfer Imperial at UMRK during the summer of 1991.[…]"

1967 dialog recorded at Apostolic Studio, NYC.
1991 dialog and chamber group pieces recorded at UMRK, Hollywood.
1991 full ensemble recordings engineered on the Synclavier Direct-to-Disc System at "Joe's Garage", North Hollywood.
1992 Synclavier material and all final mixes engineered at UMRK, Hollywood.

Liner notes: 1993.

Released in Digipak-like hardcover book format (14.5 x 13cm) with a 32-page booklet bound in, printed on semi-gloss white art with interleaved trace sheets (color printed translucent dividers), containing libretto & credits.

All selections © 1994 The Zappa Family Trust, exclusively administered worldwide by Munchkin Music, ASCAP.
℗ 1994 The Zappa Family Trust exclusively licensed worldwide by Barking Pumpkin Records.
Artwork & Liner Notes © 1994 The Zappa Family Trust.
This is album #60.

(P) (C) 1994 The Zappa Family Trust.
Marketed and Distributed by Music For Nations.
Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 016583 605629
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 mirror-printed): MASTERED BY MAYKING CDZAP 56-1 •
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 mirror-printed): MASTERED BY MAYKING CDZAP 56-2 •
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Label Code: LC 5661
  • Distribution Code: RTD GAS 211.60562
  • Distribution Code: BM 652

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CDDZAP 56 P Frank Zappa Civilization Phaze III(2xCD, Album, Promo) Zappa Records CDDZAP 56 P UK 1994 Sell This Version
CDDZAP 56 Frank Zappa Civilization Phaze III(2xCD, Album) Zappa Records CDDZAP 56 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
UMRK 01 Frank Zappa Civilization Phaze III(2xCD, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records UMRK 01 US 1994 Sell This Version


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February 26, 2017
The first posthumous release of this legendary avant-garde artist. This album, which he himself an opera pantomime called it, can be considered the sequel to his legendary album Uncle Meat in 1969. This set consists of two CDs, which are packaged in a beautifully executed digipack with extensive information. A must for the big band Zappa fans.