Waka/Jawaka

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Waka/Jawaka
Studio album by Frank Zappa
ReleasedJuly 5, 1972
RecordedParamount Studios, LA,
April 17–21 and May, 1972
GenreJazz fusion, progressive rock, big band
Length36:08
LabelBizarre/Reprise
ProducerFrank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
Just Another Band from L.A.
(1972)
Waka/Jawaka
(1972)
The Grand Wazoo
(1972)
 
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Waka/Jawaka
Studio album by Frank Zappa
ReleasedJuly 5, 1972
RecordedParamount Studios, LA,
April 17–21 and May, 1972
GenreJazz fusion, progressive rock, big band
Length36:08
LabelBizarre/Reprise
ProducerFrank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
Just Another Band from L.A.
(1972)
Waka/Jawaka
(1972)
The Grand Wazoo
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(B)[2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]
Piero Scaruffi7/10 stars[4]

Waka/Jawaka is an album by Frank Zappa, released in 1972. The album is the jazz-influenced precursor to The Grand Wazoo, and, as the front cover indicates, sequel of sorts to 1969's Hot Rats. According to Zappa, the title "is something that showed up on a Ouija board at one time."[5]

It was reissued in a digitally remastered version on CD by Rykodisc in 1986 (with much digital reverb added and missing the back cover artwork) and in 1995 (restoring the rear cover, but with identical sound). In 2012, Universal Music released a CD containing a remastered version of the original vinyl mix.

Contents

Track listing

All songs by Frank Zappa.

Side one

  1. "Big Swifty" – 17:22

Side two

  1. "Your Mouth" – 3:12
  2. "It Just Might Be a One-Shot Deal" – 4:16
  3. "Waka/Jawaka" – 11:18 Sound-icon.png (song sample, 659Kb)

Credits

Production

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)

YearChartPosition
1972Pop Albums152

References

  1. ^ Couture, F. (2011 [last update]). "Waka/Jawaka - Frank Zappa | AllMusic". allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r53146. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, R. (2011 [last update]). "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 4155". robertchristgau.com. http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist2.php?id=4155. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Houghton, Rob (2011 [last update]). "Frank Zappa: Waka/Jawaka : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. http://web.archive.org/web/20090513083957/http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/frankzappa/albums/album/111805/review/5946768/wakajawaka. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Scaruffi, P. (2011 [last update]). "The History of Rock Music. Frank Zappa: biography, discography, reviews, links". scaruffi.com. http://www.scaruffi.com/vol1/zappa.html. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Frank Zappa interview, November, 1972, on WGOE-FM Richmond VA interview by Jerry Williams from the Frank Zappa GSW Project Vol. 6 1971-72, disk 2 track 22

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