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Frank Zappa - American Composer


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Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention/Carnegie Hall ....4 CD Set $45.99

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention/Carnegie Hall ....4 CD Set $45.99

As history would have it, and thanks to the persistence of promoter Ron Delsener, Frank Zappa & his Mothers actually played Carnegie Hall. The two shows on October 11th, 1971 were recorded for posterity to mono 1/4' tape using a concealed Nagra tape machine and a Electrovoice 664 microphone. Both shows are presented here in their entirety along with the opening set of show 1 by the fabulous accapella group The Persuasions.

Frank Zappa/Imaginary Diseases ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Imaginary Diseases ....CD $12.99

Released in 2006, Imaginary Diseases compiles for the first time all live recordings from a very rare and undocumented Zappa band line-up. In 1972, after taking a 20-piece 'electric orchestra' on the road for 8 dates as The Grand Wazoo, FZ reduced the personnel to 10 pieces and toured this new band for roughly 2 months. Billed as The Mothers Of Invention but eventually becoming known as the 'Petit Wazoo,' audio from this period was never released during Frank's lifetime.

Frank Zappa/FZ:OZ ....double CD $21.99

Frank Zappa/FZ:OZ ....double CD $21.99

2002 release of double live album recorded at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney Australia on January 20th, 1976. Featuring Terry Bozzio, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Roy Estrada, Andre Lewis and Frank Zappa. This is the first in a series of live recordings, being released on the Zappa label.

Frank Zappa/Buffalo ....double CD $21.99

Frank Zappa/Buffalo ....double CD $21.99

Originally released in 2007, Buffalo captures an entire concert recorded live at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY on October 25, 1980. The original tapes were salvaged from the Vault by Vaultmeister Joe Travers and mixed by Grammy-Award winning engineer Frank Filipetti.

Frank Zappa/Greasy Love Songs ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Greasy Love Songs ....CD $12.99

The third installment of the Project/Object Audio Documentary series focuses on the 40th anniversary of Zappa's 1968 homage to old Doo Wop and Rhythm & Blues. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets was FZ & The Mothers fourth album release. Greasy Love Songs brings together the long awaited release of the original 1968 mix along with mix outtakes, interview excerpts and oddities from the sessions. Also contains liner notes from Cheech Marin.

Frank Zappa/One Shot Deal ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/One Shot Deal ....CD $12.99

Released in 2008, One Shot Deal features chunks of material found in the vault selected by FZ and compiled by Gail Zappa & Joe Travers. Ranging from 1972 to 1981, One Shot Deal blends live compositions, improvisations and guitar solos from various world tours, all recorded live.

Frank Zappa/Philly '76 ....double CD $21.99

Frank Zappa/Philly '76 ....double CD $21.99

Frank Zappa played the Philadelphia Spectrum Theater on October 29th, 1976. The concert was professionally recorded and was a perfect contender for the ongoing concert series from Vaulternative Records. Philly '76 was released in 2009 and features a complete show from a rare band line-up with another stellar mix from Grammy Award winning engineer Frank Filipetti.

Frank Zappa/Roxy By Proxy ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Roxy By Proxy ....CD $12.99

Roxy By Proxy contains material recorded live at the infamous run of shows at The Roxy Theater in Hollywood CA, December 1973. It's the first compilation made from digital mixes created in 1987 by Frank with Bob Stone at FZ's home studio, The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen. The sequencing plays like a full show while the package features extensive liner notes from the one and only Ruth Underwood, then the percussionist in the band.

Frank Zappa/A Token of His Extreme ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Token of His Extreme ....CD $12.99

In August 1974, Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention taped two legendary sets at KCET TV Studios in Hollywood, CA. This popular footage was used by FZ in a number of different edits originally intended as a TV special and eventually featured in the home video release The Dub Room Special (1982). A Token Of His Extreme was officially issued on DVD in 2013 along with the release of the soundtrack on CD.

Frank Zappa/Hammersmith Odeon ....triple CD $28.99

Frank Zappa/Hammersmith Odeon ....triple CD $28.99

In early 1978, Frank Zappa played a string of dates between January & February at the famous Hammersmith Odeon in London, England. Hammersmith Odeon, first issued in conjunction with a special birthday event at The Roundhouse in London in 2010, contains performances from those shows. These recordings are famous for being the basis for the Sheik Yerbouti album. This album contains all alternate performances and highlights from the master show tapes.

Frank Zappa/Everything Is Healing Nicely ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Everything Is Healing Nicely ....CD $12.99

The Ensemble Modern from Frankfurt Germany spent a lot of time with Frank Zappa during the last few years of his life. As the group was working closely with Zappa preparing for a series of concerts scheduled in 1992 (to be known as 'The Yellow Shark'), FZ, in his typical manner, was digitally recording every rehearsal. Everything Is Healing Nicely features highlights from those recordings, hand-picked by Zappa, compiled posthumously by then staff engineer Spence Chrislu, and released exclusively through mail order in 1999.

Frank Zappa/Joe's Camouflage ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Joe's Camouflage ....CD $12.99

In late summer 1975, Frank Zappa formed a band that never got past the rehearsal stage, but managed to have their own band promo shots taken with fall touring rapidly approaching. This Joe's series entry, Joe's Camouflage, finds mainly 4-track rehearsal tapes that captured FZ experimenting with this group, updating arrangements of older songs along with some new compositions, some that were never revisited later in his career. Featuring Novi Novog on viola and keys, Robert 'Frog' Camarena on vocals and Denny Walley on guitar, all three of whom left the band shortly after these recordings were made.

Frank Zappa/Joe's Corsage ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Joe's Corsage ....CD $12.99

Joe's Corsage, the first release created in 2004, was produced in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the creation of The Mothers in 1964. It focuses on the origin of the Mothers Of Invention as told by Frank himself, along with early recordings made before their first record contract in early 1966

Frank Zappa/Joe's Domage ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Joe's Domage ....CD $12.99

Joe's Domage, the second entry from the 'Corsaga' series gives you an insight into how Frank worked. The recording from this primitive cassette tape captures the first rehearsal of the Wazoo band, freezing in time early ideas and arrangements of material that went on to be used on The Grand Wazoo & Waka/Jawaka album sessions of 1972. Recorded ambiently in Frank's rehearsal room in Hollywood, Frank conducted these sessions while confined to a wheelchair after being pushed offstage in London, England roughly three months prior.

Frank Zappa/Joe's Menage ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Joe's Menage ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa, notorious for recording everything, carried cassettes with him on the road. On one occasion backstage during the late 70's, Frank gave longtime fan Ole' Lysgaard a cassette which contained a dub of a live recording excerpt from a concert in Williamsburg, VA 11-1-75. Thanks to Ole', this excerpt has been forever immortalized as the content for 'Corsaga' number 4. Joe's Menage is transferred directly from the show master tape.

Frank Zappa/Joe's Xmasage ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Joe's Xmasage ....CD $12.99

Joe's Xmasage was released on Frank's birthday during the Christmas season of 2005. Joe worked closely with Gail Zappa on this third installment of the 'Corsaga,' showcasing vintage recordings from Frank's life in the early 60's. Music, historical audio documents and Conceptual Continuity clues fill up this special Christmas dish from the Vault for you and yours.

Frank Zappa/Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa ....CD $12.99

When released on Halloween 1996, Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa, A Memorial Tribute was considered to be an 'Audio Tombstone' by the family. It features the three signature guitar pieces: 'Black Napkins,' 'Zoot Allures' and 'Watermelon In Easter Hay' in their original released form (remastered) with added live versions that predate the issued masters. Also included is 'Merely A Blues In A: from Paris '74'. A fitting 'Memorial Tribute' indeed.

Frank Zappa/Civilization Phase III ....double CD $28.99

Civilization Phaze III, one of the final projects to be finished by Zappa before his passing, completes the trilogy of Masterworks established first with Lumpy Gravy and We're Only In It For The Money in 1968. Originally envisioned as Lumpy Gravy, Phase III, this music morphed over a period of years in various states of completion. Realized mainly on the Synclavier and including performances by the Ensemble Modern and newly recorded dialogue from inside the piano, Frank finally put the finishing touches on the double CD in 1992. It received a Grammy for Best Recording Package in 1995.

Frank Zappa/Congress Shall Make No Law... ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Congress Shall Make No Law... ....CD $12.99

Gail Zappa always said that FZ always made a point to 'educate' his audience as well as entertain them. She continued on that note with this release, an informative document that focuses on the importance of FZ's testimonies to fight censorship. FZ's address to the Senate Committee Hearings in 1985 and to the Maryland State Legislature in 1986 are featured here in their entirety combined with various synclavier and interview excerpts found in the Vault.

Frank Zappa/Dance Me This ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Dance Me This ....CD $12.99

The 100th release by the Zappa Family Trust and the last project to be finished by Frank Zappa before his passing, Dance Me This, was composed and realized on the Synclavier, FZ's go-to digital workstation that was state of the art at the time of the recording. The music is described by the Maestro as 'designed for modern dance groups.' The album was finished but shelved by the Trust until finally receiving it's much anticipated release in 2015.

Frank Zappa/Feeding the Monkies at Ma Maison ....CD $12.99

Frank Zappa/Feeding the Monkies at Ma Maison ....CD $12.99

Around 1987 or so, Frank Zappa completed a digital master of this title which was intended for a vinyl release. FZ never released it and re-worked some of the material for another project, mainly Civilization, Phaze III. Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison, realized on the synclavier, eventually found a release in it s original form in 2011. The CD contains unreleased compositions, unedited versions and added bonus tracks from the time period.

 


More Recent Zappa Releases!!!

Los Angeles Philharmonic/Frank Zappa: 200 Motels - The Suites ....double CD $21.99

Los Angeles Philharmonic/Frank Zappa: 200 Motels - The Suites ....double CD $21.99

On the evening of October 23, 2013, Walt Disney Concert Hall was the place to be in Los Angeles, as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale in a spectacular, sold-out orchestral performance of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (The Suites). Recorded for posterity, the acclaimed, one-night-only 13-suite performance of Zappa's 1971 masterwork will be released worldwide on Zappa Records/UMe. This 2CD release's expertly recorded audio brings the listener back to Walt Disney Concert Hall to experience the exciting 200 Motels (The Suites) spectacle, complemented by photos from the evening and essays by the show and recording's producers, Gail Zappa and Frank Filipetti, the evening's director James Darrah, 'Scoremeister' Kurt Morgan, and performers including Diva Zappa, Michael Des Barres, special guest 'Rock' rhythm section drummer Joe Travers, and former Zappa band member Scott Thunes. Essays by some notable members of the audience, including Steve Vai and Peter Asher, are also included.

Dweezil Zappa/Via Zammata ....CD $14.99

Dweezil Zappa/Via Zammata ....CD $14.99

Dweezil Zappa has returned to his musical roots with his new CD release Via Zammata. Fusing analog tape and tube guitar amps alongside surprising instruments such as fretless guitar and the oud, Zappa draws you into his intimate and multifarious musical world.   Armed with unexpected vocal arrangements that sound like the Beach Boys procreated with the Bulgarian Women's choir, this collection of 12 uniquely orchestrated songs represents a true metamorphosis for Dweezil Zappa the solo artist. The album was produced and arranged by Dweezil Zappa and features songwriting collaborations with Frank Zappa and John Malkovich.

Frank Zappa/The Crux of the Biscuit ....CD $16.99

Frank Zappa/The Crux of the Biscuit ....CD $16.99

2016 collection. The Crux of the Biscuit was created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Frank Zappa's 1974 album Apostrophe('). As part of the ongoing Project/Object Audio Documentary Series, it contains rare alternate mixes, live performances and studio session outtakes. This release celebrates the creation of a truly iconic record that reached the Top Ten in the Billboard Chart and earned FZ an RIAA Gold Record Award.

Frank Zappa/Frank Zappa for President ....CD $10.99

Frank Zappa/Frank Zappa for President ....CD $10.99

2016 Collection. Frank Zappa For President? You betcha! We know at various times he wanted to run for office. In the spirit of the 2016 dramatic presidential election adventures, comes a release that gives us a glimpse into what could have been. This album is comprised of unreleased compositions realized on the Synclavier along with other relevant tracks mined from the vault with a political thread tying it all together. Don t forget to Register and Vote!

Frank Zappa/Lumpy Money: Project-Object ....triple CD $29.99

Frank Zappa/Lumpy Money: Project-Object ....triple CD $29.99

Lumpy Money part of a Zappa Family Trust Project/Object Audio Documentary series celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Frank Zappa's Masterworks 'Lumpy Gravy' & 'We're Only in It for the Money.' Contains unique & rare versions of both legendary albums (released digitally in pristine audio quality for the 1st time), nuggets from the Vault (studio outtakes, single versions, instrumental mixes, FZ interviews) with extensive booklet featuring photos & liner notes from David Fricke & Gail Zappa.

Frank Zappa/Road Tapes Venue #1 ....double CD $21.99

Frank Zappa/Road Tapes Venue #1 ....double CD $21.99

The Road Tapes Series focuses on audio from the Vault that is historical yet sonically less than stellar. Described by the man himself as 'Guerilla Recordings,' Frank Zappa tried to document every performance. Road Tapes Venue #1, first in the series, takes us to summertime '68, Vancouver, B.C., where the Mothers of Invention played Kerrisdale Arena to an enthusiastic crowd. Captured on mono reel-to-reel, the concert is inspired and showcases a mixture of classic Mothers & live improvisations.

Frank Zappa/Road Tapes Venue #2 ....double CD $21.99

Frank Zappa/Road Tapes Venue #2 ....double CD $21.99

Road Tapes Venue #2 takes us back to August '73 in Helsinki, Finland. The performances, compiled from 3 shows at Finlandia Hall, are recorded by engineer Kerry McNabb while on his first tour with FZ. This band consists of a lineup that is often regarded as one of FZ's finest. Stars like George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Ruth Underwood shine. The compositions become increasingly challenging yet still maintain the humor expected at a live Zappa show. A potent and rewarding release.

Frank Zappa/Road Tapes Venue #3 ....double CD $21.99

Frank Zappa/Road Tapes Venue #3 ....double CD $21.99

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. FZ's vast Vault does not contain many full shows from this time period, so that alone makes this release a special one. The tapes were recorded to stereo reel-to-reel, but not without problems. Due to their historical relevance, we felt it was worth it, warts 'n all! Venue #3 does not disappoint.

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention/Vancouver Workout ....import double CD $42.99

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention/Vancouver Workout ....import double CD $42.99

Frank & The Mothers live at the War Memorial Gymnasium,Vancouver, October 1st, 1975.   The band includes Frank Zappa, Terry Bozzio, Roy Estrada, Andre Lewis, Ruth Underwood, Napoleon Murphy Brock.

 


The Zappalogue

 

Los Angeles Philharmonic/Frank Zappa: 200 Motels - the Suites ....double CD $21.99
Dweezil Zappa/Via Zammata ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Absolutely Free ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Apostrophe ....vinyl LP $32.99
Frank Zappa/Apostrophe (') ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Bongo Fury ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Buffalo ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Burnt Weeny Sandwich ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Chicago 78 ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Chunga's Revenge ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Civilization Phase III ....double CD $28.99
Frank Zappa/Congress Shall Make No Law... ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Cruising with Ruben & the Jets ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Cruising with Ruben & the Jets ....vinyl LP $32.99
Frank Zappa/The Crux of the Biscuit ....CD $16.99
Frank Zappa/Dance Me This ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Dub Room Special ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Everything Is Healing Nicely ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Fillmore East - June 1971 ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Finer Moments ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Frank Zappa For President ....CD $10.99
Frank Zappa/Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Freak Out ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Freak Out ....double vinyl LP $36.99
Frank Zappa/FZ:OZ ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Grand Wazoo ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Greasy Love Songs ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Guitar ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Hammersmith Odeon ....triple CD $28.99
Frank Zappa/Hot Rats ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Hot Rats ....vinyl LP $32.99
Frank Zappa/Imaginary Diseases ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Jazz from Hell ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Joe's Camouflage ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Joe's Corsage ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Joe's Domage ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Joe's Garage ....triple vinyl LP $45.99
Frank Zappa/Joe's Garage Acts I II & III ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Joe's Menage ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Joe's Xmasage ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Just Another Band from L.A. ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Little Dots ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/London Symphony Orchestra I & II ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Lumpy Gravy ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Lumpy Gravy ....vinyl LP $32.99
Frank Zappa/Lumpy Money Project/ object ....triple CD $29.99
Frank Zappa/Make a Jazz Noise Here ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Man from Utopia ....CD $15.99
Frank Zappa/Meat Light ....triple CD $28.99
Frank Zappa/Mofo Project/ Object ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Mothermania ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/One Shot Deal ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/One Size Fits All ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/One Size Fits All ....vinyl LP $32.99
Frank Zappa/Over-Nite Sensation ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Over-Nite Sensation ....vinyl LP $28.99
Frank Zappa/Philly '76 ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Road Tapes Venue #1 ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Road Tapes Venue #2 ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Road Tapes Venue #3 ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Roxy & Elsewhere ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Roxy & Elsewhere ....double vinyl LP $36.99
Frank Zappa/Roxy By Proxy ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Sheik Yerbouti ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Sheik Yerbouti ....double vinyl LP $36.99
Frank Zappa/Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch ....CD $15.99
Frank Zappa/Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Sleep Dirt ....CD $15.99
Frank Zappa/Studio Tan ....CD $15.99
Frank Zappa/Them or Us ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Tinsel Town Rebellion ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/A Token Of His Extreme ....CD $12.99
Frank Zappa/Uncle Meat ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Uncle Meat ....double vinyl LP $36.99
Frank Zappa/Waka / Jawaka ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Wazoo ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Weasels Ripped My Flesh ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/Weasels Ripped My Flesh ....vinyl LP $32.99
Frank Zappa/We're Only in It for the Money ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/We're Only in It for the Money ....vinyl LP $32.99
Frank Zappa/You Are What You Is ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa/You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore 2 ....CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/Zappa in New York ....double CD $21.99
Frank Zappa/ZAPPAtite - Frank Zappa's Tastiest Tracks ....CD $17.99
Frank Zappa/Zoot Allures ....CD $14.99
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention/Carnegie Hall ….4 CD Set $45.99
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention/Vancouver Workout ....import double CD $42.99


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