Wild Man Fischer ‎– An Evening With Wild Man Fischer

Reprise Records ‎– 2XS 6332, Bizarre Records ‎– 2XS 6332, Reprise Records ‎– 6332
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Engineered at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA.
(Portions recorded live on Uher stereo tape machine, on the street at Sunset Strip [Whisky A Go Go & the Hamburger Hamlet])
Solo material recorded at Sunset & The Log Cabin. Collective improvisations recorded at The Log Cabin, where Zappa also finalised the material.

(Schenkel occupied accommodation in The Log Cabin during the period this album was produced)

Tan center labels in auto-coupled sequence with Roman numerals; Side I - Side IV & Side II - Side III. [See images]
(1st press has blue labels).

Grey paper "Warner Bros. Records" imprint liners with $2 dollar perforated coupon-response deal in white text.[See images]

Inside cover spread: Frank Zappa production & credit notes (left) & Fischer 'celebrity' chart (right) [See images].

Back Cover "...mental institution..." comment. [See images]
Bizarre (logo)
"Reprise Records, A Division of Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records, Inc., 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, 321 W. 44th Street, New York, New York".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1, Side I, hand-etched): 2XS-1-6332-WW 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1, Side IV, hand-etched): 2xS-4-6332-WW 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2, Side II, hand-etched): 2xS-2-6332-WW 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2, Side III, hand-etched): 2xS-3-6332-WW 1

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January 14, 2015
Every home should have one!


December 7, 2009

Wild Man Fischer could well have been a characterized bi-product of Zappa's astute observations on society. Sadly, he wasn't. Larry is real. A manic-depressive and dysfunctional street busker who performed along LA's Sunset Strip. A scary acid casualty and misunderstood individual, who's mother had him once committed to a mental institution in his teens for singing in his room and attacking her with a knife.

Zappa has assembled 36 tracks on this double vinyl that reveal the inner workings of Fischer's mind, employing accompaniments from the likes of Kim Fowley, members of The GTO's and the MOI. Here too are the beginnings of field recording techniques by Dick Kunc and Zappa that would emerge to full effect a year later on Trout Mask Replica. Fischer's demeanor in the Zappa household finally caused a permanent rift and no further material was produced between the two. However, this album helped put Fischer "The Jackass King...", as Fowley describes him, into the spotlight of celebrity attention. Yes, there's more of this guy out there on other labels.

A must for Zappa collectors, but not an accessible work for the uninitiated. Perhaps start with "The Taster" or "Circle" and proceed inwards...