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Frank Zappa's terrific 'mess': L.A. Phil's live recording of '200 Motels' out Nov. 20

Frank Zappa's terrific 'mess': L.A. Phil's live recording of '200 Motels' out Nov. 20

A recording of one of the most unorthodox performances in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s history — a 2013 rendition of the orchestral suites from Frank Zappa’s “200 Motels” — will be released Nov. 20.

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the concert, “200 Motels: The Suites,” to celebrate Walt Disney Concert Hall's 10th birthday. It will be available as a two-CD set or as downloads from the Zappa Records/UMe label.

“200 Motels: The Suites” is the 101st album of the late Zappa’s career, according to his son Ahmet. It's also the last prepared by Gail Zappa, the composer’s widow, who died Oct. 7 at age...

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