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Smart Went Crazy

Meridian Arts Ensemble

Frank Zappa, John Halle, Phillip Johnston, Billy Strayhorn, Kirk Nurock, Norman Yamanda, Jimi Hendix, Traditional Afro/Cuban

SKU: 4192

Year of release: 1992

Zappa 11:23
1. Big Swifty Frank Zappa 05:01
2. Harry, You're A Beast Frank Zappa 00:48
3. The Orange County Lumber Truck Frank Zappa 00:41
4. T'Mershi Duween Frank Zappa 01:37
5. Dupree's Paradise Frank Zappa 03:13
Softshoe 08:43
6. Softshoe John Halle 04:15
7. Boots John Halle 04:28
Sleeping Beauty 06:54
8. Outtake Phillip Johnston 00:27
9. Sleeping Beauty Phillip Johnston 06:26
10. Lush Life Billy Strayhorn 03:30
11. Smart Went Crazy Kirk Nurock 18:47
Mundane Dissatisfaction 11:01
12. Go Norman Yamanda 01:25
13. Everyone complains Norman Yamanda 02:34
14. It's better to forget what you can't remember Norman Yamanda 03:11
15. Paste Norman Yamanda 01:05
16. The usual regrets Norman Yamanda 02:06
17. Stop Norman Yamanda 00:38
Purple Haze 08:11
18. Introduction Jimi Hendix 02:27
19. Purple Haze Jimi Hendix 05:44
20. Revoltillo Traditional Afro/Cuban 03:47
Total time: 72:19

About this album

On March 12, 1993 the Meridian Arts Ensemble performed these pieces for Mr. Zappa at his home in Los Angeles. The composer worked with us by critiquing the performance, making corrections in the arrangements, and giving suggestions for future interpretations. As is the case with all modern music performed by the MAE, this composer/performer collaboration has allowed us to function as a direct link between Frank Zappas music and audiences around the world. We feel very fortunate to have worked with him, and to have received his support for our continuing to adapt his work for this ensemble….

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essential collection (...)


Na het beluisteren van Smart Went Crazy heb je het gevoel -toe maar!- dat je leven niet meer hetzelfde is. (...) (...) Klassiek, rock, blues, jazz, salza: de benepen hokjesgeest wordt aan het einde van de twintigste eeuw door het Meridian Arts Ensemble de concertzalen uitgeblazen.

The Wire (England)

There is a higher density of worthwhile composition here than on the average Kronos release.

Lynn Watson

(...) An intriguing musical melange (...)

Tubas Journal

A unique recording has hit the marketplace (...) The Horn Call, May 1994 The playing on the disc is wonderful, the feeling this group provides to the music is superb. (...) This is a disc to be savoured over and over. It is a must.

CD Review

One thing's certain: There is nothing standard or even predictable in this program. (...) maybe even Zappa never sounded better (...)

Classical CD Guide

this is a cross over album par excellence (...)


Als totaal een uiterst prikkelend geheel, dat iedere seconde overtuigd door de enorme technische n, veel belangrijker, spirituele toewijding waarmee de musici te werk gaan. (...) Een ware voltreffer (...)


Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSony digital Editor 3000
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatPCM 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateMarch 1993
Recording LocationRaphaelplein Kerk, Amsterdam Holland
EditingJared Sacks
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerJared Sacks