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“Little Dots is the sequel to 2005's Imaginary Diseases. It features additional hand-picked selections from the Maestro himself of the 10-piece 'Petit Wazoo' tour of late 1972. Although FZ worked on this material during different time periods throughout the 70s and 80s, nothing was ever officially released during his lifetime. Now we get the chance to hear more from this horn-driven ensemble, featuring mammoth improvisations and unreleased compositions. Little Dots features "Cosmik Debris," "Little Dots"...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302002629

"Frank Zappa's 1988 tour turned out to be his last. Many fans consider it to be FZ's best tour ever; the presence of horns, percussion and "stunt guitar" (not to mention the infamous Synclavier) gave the band a tumbrel variety lacking in the synth-dominated '84 tour, and the proliferation of "secret words" made each show unique.
Unfortunately, the tour proved to be a turbulent experience for Zappa due to conflicts among the band members, and this ultimately cut short the existence of this lineup...
Label  Sonic Boom

“Frank Zappa,live at the War Memorial gym, Vancouver on October 1st 1975. Frank Zappa embarked on his first solo tour in the autumn of 1975. This excellent show finds him in superb form, performing a range of material spanning old classics and songs he barely performed again (such as the otherwise unrecorded "Swallow My Pride").
As caustic and musically literate as ever, the show broadcast on CBC-FM, is presented in full here, together with background notes and images.“
Label  Keyhole

"Frank Zappa live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco on November 6th, 1970. In late 1970s Frank Zappa resumed touring with a reformed Mothers, including former Turtles Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, and a stage show involving provocative comedy routines alongside typically complex music.
Originally broadcast on KSAN-FM, this superb show performed at the Fillmore West, San Francisco on November 6th, 1970, features material from the forthcoming 200 Motels (1971), older songs, jazz fusion, touches of...
Label  Rox Vox

"When Frank Zappa teamed up with renowned conductor Kent Nagano and the London Symphony Orchestra for three days in January 1983, he was expecting to walk away with a set of stellar performances of some of his most challenging contemporary classical...
Label  Zappa

Frank's 1st solo album was recorded/edited together at the same time as We're Only In It For The Money, and shares some characteristics and actual recorded sound. It combines musique concrete techniques with orchestral music, and 'the voices in...
Label  Ryko

"Originally released in '91, the third title culled from the 1988 tour. A double live CD, this one includes such classic Zappa compositions as "King Kong," "The Black Page," "Dupree's Paradise" and "Strictly Genteel," as well as pieces from Bartok and...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302388327

"This CD compiles a bunch of songs and tunes that Frank Zappa was involved with in various ways before he became known as the leader of the Mothers Of Invention.
For several years prior to the Mothers becoming MGM-Verve recording artists, Frank was associated with the Pal Recording Studio, whose owner and operator was Paul Buff. It was here, in Cucamonga, under Buff's tutelage, that Frank learned how to use a studio to create music, as opposed to simply writing dots on paper. Frank later bought the...
Label  Gonzo
UPC  5060230866543

"The ZFT has happily seen fit to make generally available (that means, available to us) a lot of items that were previously available by mail only from the ZFT.

"As Gail Zappa's liner notes inform us, this material was all recorded, mixed and produced by FZ and then set aside... It was then much later compiled into this '08 release, and I bet it won't be reissued any time soon, hence the apt title. So, for any FZ fan this is definitely worth getting. It has some great music, with "Occam's Razor"...
Label  Zappa

"Analog transfer by Joe Travers 2012. Source: Original 1975 analog master. Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, 2012."

There are lots and lots of highlights on this album, but any album with "Inca Roads" has gotta be GREAT.
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302385326

"The material on this album originally was intended to be part of a four-record set called Läther, prepared for release in 1977. Then Frank Zappa got into a disagreement with his record company, Warner Bros., and Läther was split up into several...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302386026

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"The material on this album originally was intended to be part of a four-record set called Läther, prepared for release in 1977. Then Frank Zappa got into a disagreement with his record company, Warner Bros., and Läther was split up into several different releases as part of a contractual agreement. The results were dumped on the market during 1978 and 1979, while Zappa moved on to his own record label. Orchestral Favorites consists of material...
Label  Zappa
UPC  0824302386026


The ZFT has happily seen fit to make generally available (that means, available to us) a lot of items that were previously available by mail only from the ZFT. And at lower prices too!

"The live band featured on the recording included Lady Bianca on vocals, who only toured with Zappa's band for a few weeks in the fall of 1976. One cut from this concert ("Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station") was released on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6 in 1992. Prior to the release of Philly '76, no...
Label  Zappa

"By the closing months of 1981 Frank Zappa had already released five albums during that productive year. Three of these records were his instrumental guitar collections - Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar, Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More, and The Return of the Son of Shut up 'n Play Yer Guitar - initially sold via mail order but later released through CBS. There was also the live double Tinseltown Rebellion and the 2-LP studio set You Are What You Is, released in September. Zappa also hit the road...
Label  Goldfish
UPC  823564636320

Ladies and Gentlemen: Watch Ruth!

"Roxy and Elsewhere is arguably Zappa's best live album. It features what was, for my tastes, the best lineup of musicians he ever shared a stage with: Napoleon Murphy Brock, Bruce and Tom Fowler, Ruth...
Label  Zappa

One of the most sought after and wished for archival releases finally squeaks out into the world *only* 42 years after being shot.

The story apparently is that there were terrible sync issues AND speed fluctuations on the original film stock between the visual and the audio and it has taken until today's technology for them to be able to make this a quality product.

All of this is undoubtably true, but the good news is that you would never, ever know from watching this that there were...
Format Type  Blu-Ray
Region Coding  All Region
Label  Eagle Vision

One of the most sought after and wished for archival releases finally squeaks out into the world *only* 42 years after being shot.

The story apparently is that there were terrible sync issues AND speed fluctuations on the original film stock between the visual and the audio and it has taken until today's technology for them to be able to make this a quality product.

All of this is undoubtably true, but the good news is that you would never, ever know from watching this that there were...
Format Type  NTSC
Region Coding  Region 1
Label  Eagle Vision
UPC  801213072798

Frank Zappa – lead guitar, vocals, producer
George Duke – keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
Bruce Fowler – trombone, dancer
Napoleon Murphy Brock – flute, tenor saxophone, vocals
Tom Fowler – bass guitar
Ralph Humphrey – drums
Chester Thompson – drums
Ruth Underwood – percussion

One of Frank's greatest bands of all time (and that's saying something) and all previously unheard performances. YES, you need this.

"Roxy by Proxy is a live album by Frank Zappa, re
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302001721

"Released in May 1982, Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch marks Frank Zappa's entrance into the 1980s. From this point on, his rock records would focus on single, simple rock songs (the previous year's You Are What You Is had them...
Label  Zappa

Frank Zappa (guitar); Warren Cucurullo (guitar, electric sitar); Steve Vai, Denny Walley, Ike Willis, Ray White (guitar); Jean-Luc Ponty (baritone violin); Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Eddie Jobson, Bob Harris, Andre Lewis (keyboards); Arthur Barrow...
Label  Zappa
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"Analog transfer by Joe Travers 2012. Source: Original 1977 analog master. Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, 2012."

What does this mean? It means that for the first time it is issued in it's excellent and actually quite GLORIOUS...
Label  Zappa

"The Crux of the Biscuit was created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Frank Zappa's 1974 album Apostrophe('). As part of Zappa Records' ongoing Frank Zappa Project/Object Audio Documentary Series, it contains rare alternate mixes, live performances, and studio session outtakes."
1. Cosmik Debris
2. Uncle Remus (Mix Outtake)
3. Down In De Dew (Alternate Mix)
4. Apostrophe’ (Mix Outtake)
5. The Story Of Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow/St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302002025

As near as I can tell, this is simply the soundtrack of the DVD of the same title. It's a shame that they didn't just release the elusive TV show.

"All tracks are previously unreleased on CD and with the exception of the "Token" Vamp, appeared..
Label  Zappa

"Analog transfer by Joe Travers 2012. Mastered by Doug Sax, The Mastering Lab, 2012."

After Frank was thrown from the stage in London and broke his leg very badly, he was stuck in a wheelchair and couldn't tour for about 9 months. As Frank...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302384923

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"Analog transfer by Joe Travers 2012. Mastered by Doug Sax, The Mastering Lab, 2012."

After Frank was thrown from the stage in London and broke his leg very badly, he was stuck in a wheelchair and couldn't tour for about 9 months. As Frank was always working, he decided to indulge himself in two larger-scale projects that wouldn't be practical to tour with, but were personally interesting to him. The Grand Wazoo was the second of the two...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302384923

"This little CD of twenty-nine tracks from Frank's Utility Muffin Research Kitchen from his home/basement in the Hollywood Hills really serves as a mini-autobiography of his life and works. How may a composer's life's works be condensed onto a single, shiny plastic disc? Well, it can't, but FZ gave us a taste of what his life's works were all about: Let's just say the "good, bad, and ugly" of it. Yes, tracks 4 and 5 are genuine "booger stories," and who doesn't recount such sophomoric stories of one's...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302388921

"Of all the Frank Zappa tours, the spring of 1975 is the most unusual and frustrating. The performances could range from absolutely exhilarating to rather drab with slopping renditions of composed "core" pieces like "Advance Romance" and "Willie The Pimp" played in the midst of brilliant improvisations by Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the other musicians in the band. Add to this the paucity of really good recordings, and the frustration is obvious. As a radio broadcast however this is the best sounding...
Label  Smokin'
UPC  823564649726

"Named the 'Un-Concert' by Zappa himself, the various live recordings featured on this CD come from a host of venues played by Frank and his then-mothers during their 1973 tours of the US, Canada and Australia. In large part recorded between June and December that year, Mother Superior Frank then chose to provide WLIR-FM New York with his own reels to broadcast this selection of rare diamonds across the airwaves on New Year's Eve 1974. The results are quite astonishing as can now be heard on this CD...
Label  Hobo
UPC  823564692425

Previously only available from the ZFT (tm tm tm), I am personally extremely happy to be able to offer this small treasure up. I bought it from the ZFT and paid much more than this!
This is personally very exciting to me; this lineup of the band was the first rock concert I ever saw, catching them 3 months earlier, when I was 15! The lineup is FZ, George Duke, Tom Fowler, Bruce Fowler, Ian Underwood, Ruth Underwood, Ralph Humphrey and Jean-Luc Ponty. Good god, this was a great band!....
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302013120

Previously only available from the ZFT (tm tm tm), I am personally extremely happy to be able to offer this small treasure up. I bought it from the ZFT and paid much more than this!
This is the entire concert where the very excellent "The Nancy & Mary Music" from Chunga's Revenge came from!

"Road Tapes, Venue #3 features two complete shows from Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN. The July '70 Mothers line-up featured Flo & Eddie, George Duke, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar & Jeff Simmons
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302016121

"Seven CD live archive release. Zappa Records presents The Roxy Performances. A box set that contains the motherlode of all things Roxy. All four public shows from December 9 and 10 1973, remixed in 2016 and presented in their entirety for the first time. Also included is the sound check from December 8th and bonus content that features rehearsal nuggets and unreleased tracks along with highlights from the recording session at Bolic Studios that took place in conjunction with the filming dates."
Label  Zappa

3 reviews from rateyourmusic.com
"The voice of cheesy metal? One of Zappa's worst."
"Whippin´Post has everything that usually is lacking in Zappa's music. It totally blew my mind forever. It's an Allman Brothers Band cover."
"If I were to..
Label  Ryko

"Given his reputation for musical experimentation, snarky humour and love of controversy, it was generally expected that during the early years of the 1970s chart success would remain an elusive ingredient for the Frank Zappa catalogue. However, high sales of two mid-'70s albums - Over-Nite Sensation (1973) and Apostrophe (1974), which hit 31 and 10 respectively on the Billboard chart - reversed this former trend, and in turn pushed Zappa into the big league commercially. Following his dissolving of the....
Label  Zip City
UPC  823564680224

5{s thrown from the stage in London and broke his leg very badly, he was stuck in a wheelchair and couldn't tour for about 9 months. As Frank was always working, he decided to indulge himself in two larger-scale projects that wouldn't be pr...
Label  Ryko

"Analog transfer by Joe Travers 2012. Mastered by Doug Sax, The Mastering Lab, 2012."

After Frank was thrown from the stage in London and broke his leg very badly, he was stuck in a wheelchair and couldn't tour for about 9 months. As Frank...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302384824

"You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 is a double disc collection of live recordings by Frank Zappa, spanning from December 10, 1971 to December 23, 1984. It was released in 1989.
"Sharleena" had been previously issued as a flexi disc in Guitar Player magazine. All the songs on disc one are by the 1984 band (except for brief segments of "Drowning Witch" edited in from the 1982 tour). Disc two includes performances from various years including a section of "King Kong" taken from the December...
Label  Zappa
UPC  0824302388020

"Many Zappa aficionados consider his backing band on the 1978 live release ZAPPA IN NEW YORK to be one of his finest. After all, the group included future Missing Persons/UK drummer Terry Bozzio, Jethro Tull/Roxy Music/UK keyboardist/violinist Eddie...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302385623

The ZFT has happily seen fit to make generally available (that means, available to us) a lot of items that were previously available by mail only from the ZFT. And at better prices than before!
"EIHN (Everything Is Healing Nicely) is an album by Frank Zappa, posthumously released through the Zappa Family Trust in December 1999. It features recordings made with the Ensemble Modern in preparation for The Yellow Shark (1993)."-Wiki

"The Yellow Shark disc...was missing an essential piece. It is...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302999127

The ZFT has happily seen fit to make generally available (that means, available to us) a lot of items that were previously available by mail only from the ZFT.
This great release of very, very early Mothers material was bought by me from the ZFT when it first came out. It's quite fabulous!

"Joe's Corsage is a CD of material recorded by Frank Zappa with The Mothers of Invention in the mid-1960s, before the recording of their debut album Freak Out! (1966). The album was compiled by archivist...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302004128

This has one disc of the 1981/82 band:
Ray White – guitar, vocals
Steve Vai – guitar
Tommy Mars – keyboards, vocals
Scott Thunes – bass guitar
Chad Wackerman – drums
Ed Mann – percussion
Bobby Martin – saxophone, vocals, keyboards
the last track on this CD ends with Zappa's anger at some audience members tossing cigarettes on stage; after a warning to stop was not obeyed, the disc ends with Zappa stating, "Houselights! Concert's over!"
and one disc of the origin
Label  Zappa
UPC  0824302388426

"Analog transfer 2012 by Joe Travers and re-mastered by Doug Sax 2012. All track times identical to the Ryko version but audibly different." What does this mean? It means I'm gonna take it home this weekend and give it a good, hard listen!...
Label  Zappa

This 1993 release is a pretty wonderful archival release of the Mother's 1968 appearance at the Royal Festival Hall with members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. They do a 30' 'operetta' that was probably great to see, but hasn't aged so well for me, and...
Label  Universal
UPC  824302388723

This 1993 release is a pretty wonderful archival release of the Mother's 1968 appearance at the Royal Festival Hall with members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. They do a 30' 'operetta' that was probably great to see, but hasn't aged so well for me, and...
Label  Zappa
UPC  0824302388723

"Analog transfer by Joe Travers 2012. Re-mastered by Bob Ludwig Gateway Mastering 2012."

The very last of the old Mothers' albums to be reissued on CD, I waited and waited, and finally! This is a really good one, and was the next to last by the..
Label  Zappa
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"Analog transfer by Joe Travers 2012. Re-mastered by Bob Ludwig Gateway Mastering 2012."

The very last of the old Mothers' albums to be reissued on CD, I waited and waited, and finally! This is a really good one, and was the next to last by the MOI, before Frank broke up the band in late '69. This includes some of his finest compositions (Holiday In Berlin, Aybe Sea) some fun goofing around (WPLF, Valarie) and the lengthy and impressive The Little House I Used To Live In, which combines some ...
Label  Zappa

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The very first album by Frank and the Mothers, recorded in early 1966. I'm not actually that big of a fan of this album, considering how much I love what came next, but it's still a really brave, striking and unique album for 1966.

"One of the most ambitious debuts in rock history, Freak Out! was a seminal concept album that somehow foreshadowed both art rock and punk at the same time. Its four LP sides deconstruct rock conventions right and...
Label  Zappa
UPC  824302383421

The ZFT has happily seen fit to make generally available (that means, available to us) a lot of items that were previously available by mail only from the ZFT.
This is actually a big deal, as it is the ORIGINAL 1968 mix of the album "Cruising With Rueben & The Jets", without the horrible 80s overdubs that were on the CD of the same title. ALL Mothers fans NEED this.

"The third installment of the Project/Object Audio Documentary series focuses on the 40th anniversary of Zappa's 1968 homage to..
Label  Zappa

Frank Zappa / Ray Collins / Roy Estrada / Don Preston / Ian Underwood / Bunk Gardner / Motorhead Sherwood / Jimmy Carl Black / Billy Mundi
Recorded live at Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden on 9/30/67, this excellent radio recording from the Mothers' first European tour, first surfaced on a bootleg entitled 'Tis The Season To Be Jelly. This bootleg was later made part of the official 'Beat The Boots" series.
Out of print in any form for over a decade, it comes back now just as nice as it ever was...
Label  Keyhole

Previously only available from the ZFT (tm tm tm), I am personally extremely happy to be able to offer this small treasure up. I bought it from the ZFT and paid much more than this!

"In 2008, Frank Zappa’s Masterworks “Lumpy Gravy” & “We’re Only In It For The Money” turned 40 years old. To mark the occasion, the Zappa Family Trust put together an anniversary edition of their Project/ Object Audio Documentary series entitled “LUMPY MONEY.” This extensive release contains unique and rare versions...
Label  Zappa