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Rampaging Monster or Tragic Antihero?--King Kong in Music

on Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:05 pm
My original intention with this topic was to feature the different incarnations and versions of the Frank Zappa composition "King Kong" but anything else, film music and the like, is most welcome.

The first incarnation, unbeknownst to me at the time, was in FZ's solo album Lumpy Gravy. You can hear it here at 7:56 (the high trumpet counter-melody):


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Re: Rampaging Monster or Tragic Antihero?--King Kong in Music

on Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:40 am
This is the full-blown version we all know and love. Taking up side four of Uncle Meat, it breaks down into the following:

King Kong Itself (As Played By The Mothers In A Studio)
King Kong (Its Magnificence As Interpreted By Don DeWild)
King Kong (As Motorhead Explains It)
King Kong (The Gardner Varieties)
King Kong (Live On A Flat Bed Diesel In The Middle Of A Race Track At A Miami Pop Festival)
King Kong (As Played By 3 Deranged Good Humor Trucks)


"The album concludes with 'King Kong', a piece in 3/8, although the instrumental's prelude, a free jazz improvisation over a rhythm section playing in a 5/8 time signature, occurs much earlier in the album. Six variations of the melody appear as the album's finale, with the first establishing its simple melody, the second being a Fender Rhodes Electric Piano solo by Preston, the third showcasing a saxophone solo by Motorhead Sherwood, and the fourth featuring Bunk Gardner playing a soprano saxophone through various electronic effects that emulate the sound of a contrabassoon doubling his solo lines. Two more variations conclude the piece, which include a live recorded performance featuring a saxophone solo by Ian Underwood and then finally ending with a version with sped up gongs, overblown saxophones and other instruments." (From the album's wiki)


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Re: Rampaging Monster or Tragic Antihero?--King Kong in Music

on Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:54 pm
Now here's a truly weird version I was pointed at recently. Sounds Nice recorded a non-"vocal" version of "Je t'aime" which got a lot of airplay at the time (the original had been banned by the BBC) . This is another ball park entirely!


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Re: Rampaging Monster or Tragic Antihero?--King Kong in Music

on Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:18 am
I bought this album in 1970, being a complete Zappa freak in those days. The wiki is enlightening...  



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Kong:_Jean-Luc_Ponty_Plays_the_Music_of_Frank_Zappa

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