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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, master singer of German art songs, dies at 86.

Fischer-Dieskau & Bernstein

I saw this morning that the famous German baritone Fischer-Dieskau died, and while he doesn’t relate, probably, to my current readers’ album collections, there was a time when I was in college that his voice had me entranced.

D F-D was what was known as a Lieder Singer, a performer of a certain type of folk song. He also performed in Wagnerian operas…famous for his portrayal of Parsifal.

Here’s a sample of D F-D for those who didn’t know his artistry… or for those who do and who will miss him:

Happy Easter, Good Passover, Great Secular Week…

There, is everyone covered?

Here’s Fred Astaire and Judy Garland singing the great Easter songEaster Parade” by composer Irving Berlin. Berlin, of course, is the great Jewish musician known for the greatest songs of Christian holidays: ‘Easter Parade’ and ‘White Christmas.’ I’ve always seen this as a sublime irony.

And tomorrow it all begins again.

Zappadan Info Page: The Frank Zappa Discography

Frank Zappa DISCOGRAPHY 

Zappa by Jeff Wong

Freak Out! (July 1966)

Absolutely Free (April 1967)

Lumpy Gravy (December 1967)

We’re Only In It For The Money (February 1968)

Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (November 1968)

Uncle Meat (March 1969)

Mothermania (April 1969)

Hot Rats (15 October 1969)

Burnt Weeny Sandwich (December 1969)

Weasels Ripped My Flesh (August 1970)

Chunga’s Revenge (23 October 1970)

Fillmore East – June 1971 (August 1971)

200 Motels (October 1971)

Just Another Band From L.A. (March 1972)

Waka/Jawaka (5 July 1972)

The Grand Wazoo (November 1972)

Over-Nite Sensation (7 September 1973)

Apostrophe(‘) (22 March 1974)

Roxy & Elsewhere (10 September 1974)

One Size Fits All (25 June 1975)

Bongo Fury (2 October 1975)

Zoot Allures (29 October 1976)

Zappa In New York (13 March 1978)

Studio Tan (15 September 1978)

Sleep Dirt (12 January 1979)

Sheik Yerbouti (March 3, 1979)

Orchestral Favorites (4 May 1979)

Joe’s Garage (19 November 1979)

Tinseltown Rebellion (11 May 1981)

Shut Up ‘N’ Play Yer Guitar (11 May 1981)

You Are What You Is (September 1981)

Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch (May 1982)

The Man From Utopia (March 1983)

Baby Snakes (March 1983)

London Symphony Orchestra vol 1 (9 June 1983)

The Perfect Stranger (23 August 1984)

Them Or Us (18 October 1984)

Thing-Fish (21 November 1984)

Francesco Zappa (21 November 1984)

FZ Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (21 November 1985)

Does Humor Belong In Music? (27 January 1986)

Jazz From Hell (15 November 1986)

London Symphony Orchestra vol 2 (17 September 1987)

Guitar (April 1988)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 1 (May 1988)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 2 (September 1988)

Broadway The Hard Way (November 1988)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 3 (October 1989)

The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (April 1991)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 4 (June 1991)

Make A Jazz Noise Here (June 1991)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 5 (July 1992)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 6 (July 1992)

Playground Psychotics (27 October 1992)

Ahead Of Their Time (April 1993)

The Yellow Shark (December 1993)

Civilization, Phaze III (December 1994)

Strictly Commercial (August 1995)

The Lost Episodes (February 1996)

Läther (September 1996)

7 bootleg albums rereleased officially with Zappa’s permission.

  • Electric Aunt Jemima (live ??/??/68)
  • Our Man In Nirvana (live 8/11/68)
  • Tengo Na Minchia Tanta (live ??/??/70)
  • Disconnected Synapses (live ??/??/70)
  • Swiss Cheese/Fire (2 LP; 2 CD) (live 4/12/71)
  • Conceptual Continuity (live 19/11/76)
  • At The Circus (live 9/78)

MORE BOOTLEG ALBUMS

  • Announcing To All Disc Jockeys The All New Dynamic Duo (1 disc)
  • Frankie Boy (1)
  • Frank In Frankfurt (1)
  • Frank Zappa (1)
  • The History and Collected Improvisations of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
  • – 10 record set plus 30 page booklet featuring the records: Ultra Modern Stringbean,
  • Nifty, Ein Monster In Der Musikhalle, If You Get A Headache, Frank Zappa Vs. The
  • Tooth Fairy, A Token Of My Extreme, I Was A Teenage Maltshop, Petrouska, Zurkon
  • Music, Back On The Straight And Narrow
  • Indiscreet Picture Show (1)
  • Lectures (1) – soundchecks and alternate studio takes from 1979-1981 (?)
  • The Lone Ranger (2) – from the Lather set
  • Nice Concert Nice People
  • Pa’s Nose Fell Off at Breakfast. It Fell Right Into Ma’s Coffee and Displaced It (1) –
  • studio outtakes
  • Previously Unreleased (3)
  • Please Give Me A Home (1)
  • Realistic Dream (2)
  • Remington Electric Razor (1)
  • The Teenage Rockin’ Combo Concert (1) – Paris
  • The Teenage Rockin’ Combo Concert Vol. 2 (1) – Paris
  • Trick Or Treat
  • Twenty Years of Frank Zappa – 12 records + 16 page booklet: various from entire career
  • We Are The Mothers and This Is What We Sound Like (1)

And here’s a piece for today… MUFFIN MAN… live from Berlin in 1978: