Frank Zappa's A Token Of His Extreme Finally Being Released

04/17/2013
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Frank Zappa created a TV program called "A Token Of His Extreme" during the summer of 1974 and at long last the program will be released for the very first time commercially on June 4th by Eagle Rock.

Zappa appeared on the Mike Douglas Show in 1976 and had this to say about the program, "This was put together with my own money and my own time and it's been offered to television networks and to syndication and it has been steadfastly rejected by the American television industry. It has been shown in primetime in France and Switzerland, with marvelous results.

"It's probably one of the finest pieces of video work that any human being has ever done. I did it myself. And the animation that you're gonna see in this was done by a guy named Bruce Bickford, and I hope he is watching the show, because it's probably the first time that a lot of people in America got a chance to see it."

Kayos sent over these details: The program was recorded on August 27, 1974 at KCET in Hollywood and feature Zappa on guitar, percussion, vocals; George Duke—keyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine, vocals; Napoleon Murphy Brock—sax, vocals; Ruth Underwood—percussion; Tom Fowler—bass; Chester Thompson—drums.

The release features performances of The Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat, Montana, Florentine Pogen, Stink-Foot, Pygmy Twylyte, Room Service, Inca Roads, Oh No, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, A Token Of My Extreme.

Stereo Mixes Produced by Frank Zappa with Kerry McNabb at Paramount Studios, 1974. Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, 2009.

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