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."
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.
All songs by Frank Zappa.
- "Big Swifty" – 17:22
- "Your Mouth" – 3:12
- "It Just Might Be a One-Shot Deal" – 4:16
- "Waka/Jawaka" – 11:18 (song sample, 659Kb)
- Frank Zappa – guitar, percussion, electric bed springs
- Tony Duran – slide guitar, vocals
- George Duke – ring-modulated & echoplexed electric piano, tack piano
- Sal Marquez – trumpet, vocals, flugelhorn, chimes
- Erroneous (Alex Dmochowski) – electric bass, vocals, fuzz bass
- Aynsley Dunbar – drums, washboard, tambourine
- Chris Peterson – vocals
- Joel Peskin – tenor sax
- Mike Atschul – baritone saxophone, piccolo, bass flute, bass clarinet, tenor sax
- Jeff Simmons – Hawaiian guitar, vocals
- Sneaky Pete Kleinow – pedal steel guitar
- Janet Ferguson – vocals
- Don Preston – guitar, Minimoog
- Bill Byers – trombone, baritone horn
- Ken Shroyer – trombone, baritone horn
- Gerry Sack - muted maracas
- Producer: Frank Zappa
- Engineers: Marshall Brevitz, Kerry McNabb
- Mastering: Frank Zappa
- Supervisor: Marshall Brevitz
- Concept: Sal Marquez
- Creative consultant: Sal Marquez
- Design: Cal Schenkel
- Cover Design: Cal Schenkel
- Cover illustration: Marvin Mattelson
- Illustrations: Marvin Mattelson
- Photography: Philip Schartz
- Back cover: Philip Schwartz
- Packaging: Cal Schenkel
- Repackaging: Ferenc Dobronyi
Album - Billboard (North America)
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