Offered for sale is an original Japanese white label promotional copy of Zoot Allures by Frank Zappa, complete with original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Zoot Allures is an original 1976 white label promo copy from Japan on the Warner Brothers label, including the lyric insert and obi.
The cover is VG+, with trace ring wear and a couple of corner dents. There is a sticker on the lower right hand corner that says “Sample” in both English and Japanese.
The obi is VG, with a small tear at the bottom edge and a few wrinkles.
The white label promo disc is M- and has no marks whatsoever. There’s a single spindle mark on one label; the record might have been played once.
A beautiful copy of a terrific LP and a very rare one, as Zappa records sold quite poorly in Japan.
Background: Released in 1976, Zoot Allures was Zappa’s only release on the Warner Brothers label and was his 22nd album overall.
The LP peaked at #61 on the U.S. album chart and did not chart in the UK.
Zoot Allures, released in October 1976, is mostly a studio album (there are some basic live tracks, as in the title track and “Black Napkins”) featuring a revolving cast of musicians who, oddly, do not correspond to the ones pictured on the album cover (for instance, Patrick O’Hearn and Eddie Jobson did not contribute). Compared to previous releases like One Size Fits All, Roxy & Elsewhere, or even Over-Nite Sensation, and to upcoming ones such as Zappa in New York, Studio Tan, or Sheik Yerbouti, Zoot Allures sounds very stripped down to bare essentials. Zappa focused on limited instrumentation, lots of bass, and whispered vocals to create a masterpiece of dark, slow, sleazy rock. … Although humor has not been completely evacuated, Zoot Allures comes through as a much more serious rock record. Yet, it is more than a transitional album; it represents one of Zappa’s strongest accomplishments.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Record Label:||Warner Brothers|
|Year of Release:||1976|