Funky Nothingness


Published 2023-05-23 06:00

Frank Zappa's "Funky Nothingness" is available for pre-order now in multiple formats. Listen to the 1st single “Work With Me Annie/Annie Had a Baby” now.

The unearthed vault recordings feature unreleased and rare tracks, and more than 3½ hours of never before heard compositions, covers, and jams recorded primarily in February and March 1970 at the recently opened Record Plant located in Los Angeles. It features Zappa in the producer’s chair as he is joined by several of the musicians that played on "Hot Rats", including Mothers member Ian Underwood, violinist and vocalist Don 'Sugarcane' Harris, and Wrecking Crew bassist Max Bennett. The 5 piece band was rounded out by Aynsley Dunbar, who had just relocated to Los Angeles and moved in with Zappa following his invite to join the band.

Together the group recorded hours’ worth of original compositions, inspired covers and extended improvisations that drew from Zappa’s r'n'b and blues roots, while blending influences of the emerging jazz fusion scene. Largely instrumental, these recordings showcased the guitarist’s virtuosity, while offering what could have easily been the sequel to "Hot Rats", had it ever been released.

"Funky Nothingness" will be available in a 3 disc expanded deluxe edition that contains outtakes, alternate edits, and unedited masters from little known recording sessions. It will also be available as a 2 LP on both 180 gram black vinyl and limited edition clear violet 180 gram vinyl, and available digitally for streaming and download on June 30th, 2023.