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* {{Instrumentals}}: All tracks are recorded with an orchestra.

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* {{Instrumentals}}: All tracks are recorded with an orchestra.instrumental.


'''Orchestral Favorites''' is a 1979 album by Music/FrankZappa, notable for being his first full length ClassicalMusic album. It has been praised for its rich colorful sound and marked the debuts of "Bogus Pomp" and "Pedro's Dowry".

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'''Orchestral Favorites''' ''Orchestral Favorites'' is a 1979 album by Music/FrankZappa, notable for being his first full length ClassicalMusic album. It has been praised for its rich colorful sound and marked the debuts of "Bogus Pomp" and "Pedro's Dowry".


** "Strictly Genteel" from ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'' is heard here in an instrumental version.

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** "Strictly Genteel" from ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'' is heard here in an a (gorgeous) instrumental version.



* ClassicalMusic: The music is orchestral.

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* ClassicalMusic: The music is orchestral.orchestral, with a rock rhythm section.


However, at the time, just like ''Music/StudioTan'' (1978) and ''Music/SleepDirt'' (1978), the album was released by his label Warner Brothers without Zappa's permission. The company had indulged in ExecutiveMeddling on ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'' (1977) and re-released the album in a censored version, which prompted Zappa to sue both Warners and his former manager Herb Cohen for contract violation. As a result Warners froze all of Zappa's production temporarily, while he was forced to continue touring as it was the only way to make new money. To add insult to injury Warners released all these three albums as separate records, while Zappa intended them to appear on [[DistinctDoubleAlbum a triple album]] ''Music/{{Lather}}''. Not only was this done without his permission, but there were no liner notes or art work prepared, causing the musicians to remain uncredited. Comic strip artist Creator/GaryPanter was brought in to design the album cover and sleeve art, without being informed of all this backstabbing.

Meanwhile Zappa provided a TakeThat against Warners by bringing all the tracks from these albums to a local radio station and broadcasting them live on air for his fans to tape and bootleg. Luckily he would eventually win his lawsuit and become owner of his entire catalogue. The CD versions of "Studio Tan", "Sleep Dirt" and "Orchestral Favorites" give the musicians proper credit, but after Zappa's death most of the material was also made available on the triple album he originally intended it for: ''Music/{{Lather}}'' (1996).

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However, at the time, just like ''Music/StudioTan'' (1978) and ''Music/SleepDirt'' (1978), the album was released by his label Warner Brothers without Zappa's permission. The company had indulged in ExecutiveMeddling on ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'' (1977) and re-released the album in a censored version, which prompted Zappa to sue both Warners and his former manager Herb Cohen for contract violation. As a result Warners froze all of Zappa's production temporarily, while he was forced to continue touring as it was the only way to make new money. To add insult to injury Warners released all these three albums as separate records, while Zappa intended them to appear on [[DistinctDoubleAlbum a triple quadruple album]] (eventually released as 3 [=CDs=]) ''Music/{{Lather}}''. Not only was this done without his permission, but there were no liner notes or art work prepared, causing the musicians to remain uncredited. Comic strip artist Creator/GaryPanter was brought in to design the album cover and sleeve art, without being informed of all this backstabbing.

Meanwhile Zappa provided a TakeThat against Warners by bringing all the tracks from these albums to a local radio station and broadcasting them live on air for his fans to tape and bootleg. Luckily he would eventually win his lawsuit and become owner of his entire catalogue. The CD versions of "Studio Tan", "Sleep Dirt" ''Studio Tan'', ''Sleep Dirt'' and "Orchestral Favorites" ''Orchestral Favorites'' give the musicians proper credit, but after Zappa's death most of the material was also made available on the triple album he originally intended it for: ''Music/{{Lather}}'' (1996).


* EverythingIsAnInstrument: During "Bogus Pomp"

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* EverythingIsAnInstrument: During "Bogus Pomp"Pomp" we can hear the musicians clap and cheering at a certain point.

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'''Orchestral Favorites''' is a 1979 album by Music/FrankZappa, notable for being his first full length ClassicalMusic album. It has been praised for its rich colorful sound and marked the debuts of "Bogus Pomp" and "Pedro's Dowry".

However, at the time, just like ''Music/StudioTan'' (1978) and ''Music/SleepDirt'' (1978), the album was released by his label Warner Brothers without Zappa's permission. The company had indulged in ExecutiveMeddling on ''Music/ZappaInNewYork'' (1977) and re-released the album in a censored version, which prompted Zappa to sue both Warners and his former manager Herb Cohen for contract violation. As a result Warners froze all of Zappa's production temporarily, while he was forced to continue touring as it was the only way to make new money. To add insult to injury Warners released all these three albums as separate records, while Zappa intended them to appear on [[DistinctDoubleAlbum a triple album]] ''Music/{{Lather}}''. Not only was this done without his permission, but there were no liner notes or art work prepared, causing the musicians to remain uncredited. Comic strip artist Creator/GaryPanter was brought in to design the album cover and sleeve art, without being informed of all this backstabbing.

Meanwhile Zappa provided a TakeThat against Warners by bringing all the tracks from these albums to a local radio station and broadcasting them live on air for his fans to tape and bootleg. Luckily he would eventually win his lawsuit and become owner of his entire catalogue. The CD versions of "Studio Tan", "Sleep Dirt" and "Orchestral Favorites" give the musicians proper credit, but after Zappa's death most of the material was also made available on the triple album he originally intended it for: ''Music/{{Lather}}'' (1996).

'''Tracklist'''

'''Side 1'''
# "Strictly Genteel" (7:03)
# "Pedro's Dowry" (7:41)
# "Naval Aviation In Art" (1:22)

'''Side 2'''
# "The Duke Of Prunes" (4:20)
# "Bogus Pomp" (13:29)

'''Personnel'''
* Music/FrankZappa: guitar
* Michael Zearott: conductor
* Terry Bozzio: drums
* Dave Parlato: bass
* Mike Lang: keyboards
* Emil Richards: percussion
* Pamela Goldsmith: viola
* John Wittenberg and Bobby Dubow: violin
* Jerry Kessler: cello
* Bruwe Fowler: trombone
* Earle Dumler: oboe
* Mike Altschul: flute, trumpet
* Malcolm [=McNabb=]: trumpet
* David Duke: French horn
* Dana Hughes: bass trombone
* Ray Reed and Dave Shostak: flute
* Tommy Morgan: harmonica

!! Orchestral Tropes
* AllThereInTheManual: On ''Music/LondonSymphonyOrchestra'' (1984) Zappa explains what "Pedro's Dowry" is about and does the same with "Naval Aviation In Art?" on ''Music/ThePerfectStranger'' (1984).
* CallBack and ContinuityNod:
** "Strictly Genteel" from ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'' is heard here in an instrumental version.
** "Strictly Genteel", "Pedro's Dowry" and "Bogus Pomp" would later be orchestrally performed again on ''Music/LondonSymphonyOrchestra'' (1984).
** "Naval Aviation In Art" would later be performed again on ''Music/ThePerfectStranger'' (1984).
** "Duke Of Prunes" was heard with lyrics on ''Music/AbsolutelyFree'' (1967).
** Most of the tracks here would later re-appear on ''Music/{{Lather}}'' (1996), except for "Strictly Genteel" and "Bogus Pomp".
** "Bogus Pomp" was performed live in 1968 during Zappa's legendary Royal Albert Hall concert, which can be heard on "Ahead Of Their Time" (1993) as "Progress?", while "Sealed Tuna Sandwich" from ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'' (1971) is also an early predecessor.
* ClassicalMusic: The music is orchestral.
* CoolShades: The guitar-nosed character wears them on the cover.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: Creator/GaryPanter's cover art.
* EpicRocking: The 7:03 "Strictly Genteel", the 7:41 "Pedro's Dowry" and the 13:29 "Bogus Pomp".
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: During "Bogus Pomp"
* GagNose: The character on the cover has a guitar for a nose.
* {{Instrumentals}}: All tracks are recorded with an orchestra.
* NonAppearingTitle: The album title doesn't appear in any of the tracks.
* OneManSong: "The Duke Of Prunes".
* ShoutOut: On the back cover we can see the head of WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}.
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