Ah, the ultimate irony, the epitome of unintended consequences. I've been trying subtly and very delicately for a few years now to expose my five-year-old daughter to all manner of music, rock, jazz, classical, pop, world, and she stuns me with her love of the Persuasions singing Frank Zappa.
Such is the lure of this wonderful recording. One of FZ's oldest and most successful proteges, the Persuasions got their start from FZ way back in the 60s. This is their tribute to the man who loved their music and gave them their break.
The choice of "Lumpy Gravy" as the introductory track was truly inspired, expertly voiced and arranged (and it's my daughter's favorite, because it has no words). "Love of My Life" is an absolute delight, a doo-wop lullaby. My other favorites are "Tears Began to Fall," "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing," and "Any Way The Wind Blows." These three tracks are the more wide-open tracks on the album, with broader, sweeping melodies and harmonies, rather than the tight, technical arrangements of many of the other tracks. This is to take nothing away from any of these; this entire CD is an absolute gem, with all of these covers outstanding. Whether you are a hard-core Zappahead or a novice looking for a point of entry, this recording is a superior addition to your collection.
I only wish the Persuasions could have been persuaded to record a few more tracks, like "Sofa," "Florentine Pogen," "Son of Orange County," "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance," or "Uncle Remus." "Peaches En Regalia," now that would've been an a capella challenge like no other.