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  • Audio CD (15 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B001NY42YM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Summit Soul
2. Hypomode Del Sol
3. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
4. The Name of the Game
5. The Loner
6. Waltz for Clara
7. Forget
8. Eighty-one
Disc: 2
1. King Kong
2. Idiot Bastard Son
3. Twenty Small Cigars
4. How Would You Like to Have a Head Like That
5. Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra
6. America Drinks and Goes Home

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Jean-Luc Ponty started out as a straight jazz violinist, but went on to pioneer the electric violin. He joined the Mothers Of Invention in the early 1970s, and then went on to record with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This release features new notes, and has been digitally remastered and slipcased.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jdrmusiclover on 11 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The original CDs have been issued separately, at least for "King Kong - Jean-Luc Ponty plays the music of Frank Zappa" (as you may be able to read if you enlarge the cover image).
This is the one of the two I own and know. I haven't heard the other one yet.
All the music on "King Kong" is composed by Zappa, except #4, by Ponty. And arrangements are said to be by Zappa (who by the way plays [only] one song #4).
I do not listen to this album very often, because it sounds rather jazzy, and yes, because for my part, as my taste is more pop-prog-rock-(jazz) than purely jazz, I prefer albums of Jean-Luc where his pop side is better in evidence.
And in fact, I prefer Ponty as Zappa as a composer. (With Zappa, altough he's a genious, there is more to throw away, before being delighted with the really incredible singularity of his very best).
But on this albums are some very beautiful songs of Zappa :
> "Twenty small cigars" being one of my top choice. [But I prefer the Zappa's version on the "Chunga's Revenge" album where it was first released, and where it sounds more "classical" (also an instrumental there but with a different instrumentation)].
> "Idiot Bastard Song" being my second top choice. (first released in Zappa's album : "We are only in it for the money").
The musician on this album are in order of appearance (on the credit lists) (different for each songs) : Jean-Luc Ponty, George Duke, Gene Estes, Buell Neidlinger, Arthur D. Tripp, Ian Underwood, Wilton Felder, John Guerin, Ernie Watts, Frank Zappa, Donald Christlieb, Gene Cipriano, Vincent DeRosa, Arthur Maebe, Jonathan Meyer, Harold Bemko, Milton Thomas.
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