Stream ‘Sharleena’ From Frank Zappa ‘The Mothers 1970’ Box Set
An early mix of Frank Zappa & The Mothers’ “Sharleena” has been unveiled as a preview of the forthcoming The Mothers 1970 box set. Zappa Records/UMe will issue the 4-CD box set, which chronicles a short-lived but important lineup of Frank’s band, on June 26.
Roy Thomas Baker — who would go on to find fame working as a producer with Queen, Alice Cooper & Journey, among other acts — served as the engineer for Frank Zappa & The Mothers’ sessions at Trident Studios in London on June 21 & 22, 1970. The early “Sharleena” mix was made by Roy Thomas Baker and has quite a few differences from the track that would appear on Chunga’s Revenge the following October. “Sharleena (Roy Thomas Baker Mix)” is one of 12 tracks from the Trident Studio sessions that makes up The Mothers 1970‘s first disc.
Zappa’s band for the time frame 50 years ago celebrated on the box set saw him backed by keyboardist George Duke, drummer Aynsley Dunbar, bassist Jeff Simmons and multi-instrumentalist Ian Underwood as well as Flo & Eddie (Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman). The other three The Mothers 1970 discs contain live tracks including a “hybrid concert” simulating one of the group’s shows and highlights captured to tape by Zappa himself.
Listen to “Sharleena (Roy Thomas Baker Mix),” which premiered via Rolling Stone, below: