RCD 10521 One Size Fits All
Produced by Frank Zappa
Released on June 25, 1975
US CHART POSITION #26
Find it at GEMM
RCD 10521 cover  

Z appa and the Mothers continue to explore rhythmically intricate arrangements and observational absurdities on One Size Fits All. Similar in scope and effect to Roxy & Elsewhere, there are complex songs that feature George Duke’s dexterous vocals and Ruth Underwood’s dazzling percussion (“Inca Roads,” “Florentine Pogen”), comparatively conventional rock songs fettered by Frank’s vocals and unleashed by his brilliant guitar work (“Po-jama People”), and even a few throwbacks to the band’s semi-classical posturing (“Sofa Nos. 1 & 2” and the epic “Andy”). The supporting cast ranks with the best Frank ever had, allowing him to fade into the background on occasion and showcase the estimable talents of Duke, Underwood, Tom Fowler and Chester Thompson. In fact, it’s perhaps in this incarnation that the Mothers came closest to the egalitarian accomplishments of an actual band. Compositionally, however, the album finds Zappa at a crossroads; clearly wishing to show off the band’s technical skill on the one hand, but at the same time attracted to rock and its relatively limited structures. As a result, songs like “San Ber’dino” are odd amalgams of the two styles that find Zappa cramming complex arrangements into the crevices of a semi-conventional rock song, like a composer determined to use the cannons at his disposal. One Size Fits All remains a challenging album -- the last to resurrect his jazz/rock/classical tendencies for some time (the Lather project notwithstanding) -- and despite the lack of a recognizable hit it’s as essential as anything from this period.

TRACK LISTING

  1. INCA ROADS
  2. CAN'T AFFORD NO SHOES
  3. SOFA NO. 1
  4. PO-JAMA PEOPLE
  5. FLORENTINE POGEN
  6. EVELYN, A MODIFIED DOG
  7. SAN BER'DINO
  8. ANDY
  9. SOFA NO. 2

CREDITS

FRANK ZAPPA --
NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK --
GEORGE DUKE --
TOM FOWLER --
BLOODSHOT ROLLIN' RED --
CHESTER THOMPSON --
RUTH UNDERWOOD --
JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON --
JAMES "BIRD LEGS" YOUMAN --
Michael Braunstein -- engineer
Kerry McNabb -- engineer, mixing
Gary O. -- engineer
Bob Stone -- engineer
Cal Schenkel -- art

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US June 25, 1975 Discreet LP/8T DS 2216 gatefold cover
UK August? 1975 Discreet LP K59207 gatefold cover
US Apr/May 1995 Rykodisc CD/CS RCD/RAC10521 digitally remastered
UK 1995 Rykodisc CD RCD 80521 20-bit digital remaster, gold disc
JPN 2001 Rykodisc CDLE VACK-1220 limited to 2000 copies, lyric sleeve

 

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