|Writer and musician Greg Russo wrote an excellent
book on Zappa: "Cosmik Debris - The Collected History and
Improvisations of Frank Zappa".
Greg Russo's musical project is called Neonfire. The album featured a lot of Frank Zappa-related artists.
Around 2010, Greg Russo released a 35-volume set of "Pal and Original Sound Studio Archives", a series that took a look at the early recording sessions of Paul Buff and of Frank Zappa.
(2005, cd, usa, crossfire publications 9502-2) - feat.candy zappa, napoleon murphy brock
...to be perfectly frank...
(2011, cd, usa, porterville records / crossfire publications) - incl. various frank zappa compositions // feat. frank zappa, ike willis, don preston
For Immediate Release
Crossfire Releases - Led Zeppelin, Zombies and Former Zappa Members - Soon To
Hit The Streets!
- New York - Formidable publisher and record label, Crossfire Records, has some
ambitious new releases lined-up for Spring 2007. Crossfire, who has blazed a
name in the rock music publishing field by issuing invaluable documentations on
music legends like Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull, Manfred Mann and The Zombies, are
sole distributors of Led Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts. Led Zeppelin can be
considered the quintessential rock stars of the 1970s with their special brand
of classic hard rock. Written by Gilles Chateau and Sam Rapallo, the book
explores the band's special relationship with the legendary concert venue, home
of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival. Co-author and photographer of Led
Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts, Gilles Chateau, shares his incredible
never-before-seen collection of photographs along with insightful interviews,
research and text by Sam Rapallo. A portion of the proceeds from the book's
sales go to two of Jimmy Page's charities - The ABC Trust and Casa Jimmy.
keeping with the Led Zeppelin book, Crossfire is making exclusively available
Danish photographer Jorgen Angel's fantastic limited edition lithograph
"The First Performance", with photos from Led Zeppelin's very first
gig in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sept. 7, 1968!
revised edition of Crossfire's critically acclaimed Zombies book Time Of The
Season: The Zombies Collectors Guide , will be issued in early March 2007,
including eight additional pages of material covering the band's activities and
recordings since the original edition.
the record label front, Crossfire has lined-up rare, archival releases by former
Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention members, such as Jimmy Carl Black, Don
Preston and Bunk Gardner. When Do We Get Paid?, an archival collection of Jimmy
Carl Black "the Indian Of The Group" rarities, was originally released
in the UK in 1996. Crossfire head honcho Greg Russo has remastered and re-EQ'd
the original recordings making them sound better than ever! The CD also includes
three bonus tracks. Other CDs in the Crossfire catalogue include two rare
compilations by surf music giants The Tornadoes, Now And Then and Charge Of The
Tornadoes (some of the recordings were engineered by music genius Frank Zappa).
Crossfire has released the Neonfire CD featuring Candy Zappa (Frank's little
sister), Nolan Porter, Napoleon Murphy Brock (Zappa vocalist extraordinaire) and
Andre Cholmondeley (of Project Object) amongst others. Super violinist Joe
Deninzon is also featured on one track. The adventurous label also offers
Yardbirds - Reunion Jam , fifteen live recordings from the legendary British
ensemble's reunion shows in December 1991 and March 1992. Also available is From
Rock 'n' Roll To R&B, an extremely rare edition CD that was available only
from the Museum of Richmond in the UK. The CD showcases performances by The
Bruvvers, The Downliners Sect, Tom Nolan Blues Trio and four exclusive tracks
from the Yardbirds concert on October 15, 1998.
the works: Crossfire Records has an exciting release schedule for 2007, which
includes ex-Zappa frontman Bob Harris's The Great Nostalgia from 1986, which
features guest performances by guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. Nolan Porter has two
upcoming Crossfire releases No Apologies and Nolan (containing the Northern soul
classics "If I Could Only Be Sure" and "Keep On Keeping On"
- these have been in great demand in British clubs for years), whilst sister of
music icon Frank Zappa, Candy Zappa's future Crossfire CD is entitled My Brother
Was A Mother. Also in the can, I Believe In Music: The History Of The Gross
Prophet. The Gross Prophet was formed by Gerald Sanders of The Tornadoes in 1970
after the surf legends disbanded. The Gross Prophet featured many musicians
throughout its 23-year career, like Tornadoes members Jesse Sanders, Leonard
Delaney and George White, Wayne Charvel (creator of Charvel guitars), the late
Jack Sessums (well-known special effects master for film and TV), Genteels
drummer Carl Hubert, and Truants keyboardist/vocalist Dick Zeiner. Twenty-three
unreleased tracks by The Gross Prophet join super rarities by The Genteels, The
Tornadoes, The Truants, Never So Few, The Insects, Gerald Sanders, Jon &The
Nightriders, Mike Methane and the Blue Flames and Sand to create a two-disc
extravaganza that surf and garage fans cannot miss. Also in the works: Jon
&The Nightriders Stampede. This is the first CD release of these 1986
recordings featuring retro surf guitar master John Blair. Jon &The
Nightriders carried the torch of surf music during its quiet period during the
1970s and 1980s, and no one did surf instrumentals better. Stampede includes
many fine sax contributions from Tornadoes member George White, making it
essential. Finally, soon to be available from Crossfire, the legendary Paul
Buff's PAL Studio recordings with Frank Zappa and many others - seven releases
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