Frank Zappa’s Chunga’s Revenge to Return to Vinyl
Zappa Records will reissue Frank Zappa‘s 1970 album, Chunga’s Revenge, for the first time in over three decades on July 20, as part of the Zappa Family Trust and UMe’s ongoing initiative to restore the iconoclast’s iconic catalog.
Chunga’s Revenge was one of three albums that the highly prolific composer-musician released in 1970, following Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh. The album introduced a new Mothers lineup and marked the first appearance of former Turtles members, bassist Jeff Simmons and keyboardist-trombonist George Duke, also known as Flo & Eddie, on a Zappa record. The record ebbs and flows between instrumental and vocal tracks and, as noted by Zappa himself on the original sleeve, “all vocals in this album are a preview of the story from 200 Motels,” his acclaimed film and soundtrack released the following year.
Unavailable for three decades, the last pressing of Chunga’s Revenge was in 1986 for Zappa’s rare Old Masters Box Two released on his own Barking Pumpkin Records label. The LP will receive a 180-gram audiophile repressing on black vinyl, was specially mastered with all analog production and cut directly from the original 1970 analog master tapes, and will include meticulously reproduced original artwork. A limited edition color vinyl version is also in the works to be released on the same date. Click here to pre-order Chunga’s Revenge on 180-gram black vinyl.