FRANK ZAPPA

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Frank Zappa was one of the great iconoclastic musicians of the 20th Century. He was born in 1940 in Baltimore where his Sicilian-born, Greek-Arab meteorologist father was employed by an arsenal that manufactured poison gas during World War II. The Zappa family eventually settled in Lancaster, Calif., a Mohave Desert town Frank called a cultural wasteland. Ironically, it was here, during his high school years, that Zappa's interest in outlandish combinations of music bloomed. He formed an R&B group called the Blackouts, he bought Stravinsky and Varese records, he played drums in his high school band, where he was introduced to 12-tone music and did some composing and conducting. And he began to suspect he was destined to live a life deviating from the norms of Americana.

Zappa recorded parody and instrumental doo-wop tunes in the early '60s and leased them to record companies like Original Sound in Los Angeles. His
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The Roxy Performances [7 CD][Box Set]The Roxy Performances [7 CD][Box Set]
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Apostrophe (')Apostrophe (')
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Joe's Garage, Acts I, II, & III [2 CD]Joe's Garage, Acts I, II, & III [2 CD]
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Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar [2 CD]Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar [2 CD]
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Greasy Love SongsGreasy Love Songs
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Frank Zappa - Zoot Alors!: The Legendary Broadcasts 4 CD SetFrank Zappa - Zoot Alors!: The Legendary Broadcasts 4 CD Set
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Halloween 77 [3 CD]Halloween 77 [3 CD]
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Over-nite SensationOver-nite Sensation
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Freak Out!Freak Out!
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The Grand WazooThe Grand Wazoo
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FRANK ZAPPA / MOTHERS OF INVENTION - OVER-NITE SENSATION - 1973 - DISCREET FRANK ZAPPA / MOTHERS OF INVENTION - OVER-NITE SENSATION - 1973 - DISCREET USD $13.25 (0 bids)
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FRANK ZAPPA - JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM LA - 1972 - REPRISE RECORDS K44179 FRANK ZAPPA - JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM LA - 1972 - REPRISE RECORDS K44179 USD $13.25 (1 bids)
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FRANK ZAPPA Discography

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FRANK ZAPPA Freak Out! (The Mothers Of Invention) album cover 3.79 | 31 ratings
Freak Out! (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1966
FRANK ZAPPA Absolutely Free (The Mothers Of Invention) album cover 4.20 | 28 ratings
Absolutely Free (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1967
FRANK ZAPPA We're Only in It for the Money (The Mothers Of Invention) album cover 3.94 | 29 ratings
We're Only in It for the Money (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1968
FRANK ZAPPA Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (The Mothers Of Invention) album cover 2.39 | 15 ratings
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1968
FRANK ZAPPA Lumpy Gravy album cover 3.10 | 27 ratings
Lumpy Gravy
Jazz Related Rock 1968
FRANK ZAPPA Hot Rats album cover 4.41 | 55 ratings
Hot Rats
Jazz Related Rock 1969
FRANK ZAPPA Uncle Meat (The Mothers Of Invention) album cover 3.87 | 25 ratings
Uncle Meat (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1969
FRANK ZAPPA Burnt Weeny Sandwich (The Mothers Of Invention) album cover 3.76 | 25 ratings
Burnt Weeny Sandwich (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1970
FRANK ZAPPA Weasels Ripped My Flesh (The Mothers Of Invention) album cover 3.82 | 22 ratings
Weasels Ripped My Flesh (The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1970
FRANK ZAPPA Chunga's Revenge album cover 3.21 | 21 ratings
Chunga's Revenge
Jazz Related Rock 1970
FRANK ZAPPA 200 Motels album cover 2.57 | 17 ratings
200 Motels
Jazz Related Rock 1971
FRANK ZAPPA Waka/Jawaka album cover 4.09 | 25 ratings
Waka/Jawaka
Jazz Related Rock 1972
FRANK ZAPPA The Grand Wazoo (The Mothers) album cover 4.55 | 41 ratings
The Grand Wazoo (The Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1972
FRANK ZAPPA Over-Nite Sensation (The Mothers) album cover 4.18 | 31 ratings
Over-Nite Sensation (The Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1973
FRANK ZAPPA Apostrophe (') album cover 4.02 | 30 ratings
Apostrophe (')
Jazz Related Rock 1974
FRANK ZAPPA One Size Fits All (as Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention) album cover 4.52 | 40 ratings
One Size Fits All (as Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1975
FRANK ZAPPA Zoot Allures album cover 3.00 | 19 ratings
Zoot Allures
Jazz Related Rock 1976
FRANK ZAPPA Studio Tan album cover 2.88 | 15 ratings
Studio Tan
Jazz Related Rock 1978
FRANK ZAPPA Sleep Dirt album cover 3.15 | 15 ratings
Sleep Dirt
Jazz Related Rock 1979
FRANK ZAPPA Orchestral Favorites album cover 2.66 | 10 ratings
Orchestral Favorites
Third Stream 1979
FRANK ZAPPA Joe's Garage: Act I album cover 3.68 | 19 ratings
Joe's Garage: Act I
Jazz Related Rock 1979
FRANK ZAPPA Joe's Garage: Acts II & III album cover 3.72 | 18 ratings
Joe's Garage: Acts II & III
Jazz Related Rock 1979
FRANK ZAPPA You Are What You Is album cover 3.18 | 15 ratings
You Are What You Is
Jazz Related Rock 1981
FRANK ZAPPA Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar album cover 4.06 | 9 ratings
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
Jazz Related Rock 1981
FRANK ZAPPA Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More
Jazz Related Rock 1981
FRANK ZAPPA Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
Jazz Related Rock 1981
FRANK ZAPPA Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch album cover 3.60 | 10 ratings
Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
Jazz Related Rock 1982
FRANK ZAPPA London Symphony Orchestra, Volume 1 album cover 3.21 | 7 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra, Volume 1
Third Stream 1983
FRANK ZAPPA The Man From Utopia album cover 3.32 | 11 ratings
The Man From Utopia
Jazz Related Rock 1983
FRANK ZAPPA Them or Us album cover 3.19 | 8 ratings
Them or Us
Jazz Related Rock 1984
FRANK ZAPPA Thing-Fish album cover 2.88 | 8 ratings
Thing-Fish
Jazz Related Rock 1984
FRANK ZAPPA Francesco Zappa album cover 2.22 | 7 ratings
Francesco Zappa
Third Stream 1984
FRANK ZAPPA Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger album cover 3.43 | 7 ratings
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
Third Stream 1984
FRANK ZAPPA Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention album cover 3.17 | 6 ratings
Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
Jazz Related Rock 1985
FRANK ZAPPA Jazz From Hell album cover 2.60 | 16 ratings
Jazz From Hell
Third Stream 1986
FRANK ZAPPA London Symphony Orchestra, Vol.II album cover 2.88 | 4 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol.II
Third Stream 1987
FRANK ZAPPA Civilization Phaze III album cover 2.29 | 10 ratings
Civilization Phaze III
Third Stream 1994
FRANK ZAPPA The Lost Episodes album cover 3.43 | 7 ratings
The Lost Episodes
Jazz Related Rock 1996
FRANK ZAPPA Mystery Disc album cover 3.58 | 6 ratings
Mystery Disc
Jazz Related Rock 1998
FRANK ZAPPA Everything Is Healing Nicely album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Everything Is Healing Nicely
Jazz Related Rock 1999
FRANK ZAPPA Ensemble Modern Plays Frank Zappa: Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (feat. conductor: Jonathan Stockhammer) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ensemble Modern Plays Frank Zappa: Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (feat. conductor: Jonathan Stockhammer)
Jazz Related Rock 2003
FRANK ZAPPA Joe's Domage album cover 1.50 | 2 ratings
Joe's Domage
Jazz Related Rock 2004
FRANK ZAPPA QuAUDIOPHILIAc album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
QuAUDIOPHILIAc
Jazz Related Rock 2004
FRANK ZAPPA Joe's XMasage album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Joe's XMasage
Jazz Related Rock 2005
FRANK ZAPPA The Making of Freak Out! Project/Object album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
The Making of Freak Out! Project/Object
Jazz Related Rock 2006
FRANK ZAPPA One Shot Deal album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
One Shot Deal
Jazz Related Rock 2008
FRANK ZAPPA The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAA Birthday Bundle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAA Birthday Bundle
Jazz Related Rock 2008
FRANK ZAPPA The Frank Zappa Birthday Bundle: AAAFNRAAAA album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Frank Zappa Birthday Bundle: AAAFNRAAAA
Jazz Related Rock 2010
FRANK ZAPPA 0.00 | 0 ratings
"Congress Shall Make No Law..."
Jazz Related Rock 2010
FRANK ZAPPA The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAAAAM Birthday Bundle 21 Dec. 2011 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAAAAM Birthday Bundle 21 Dec. 2011
Jazz Related Rock 2011
FRANK ZAPPA Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison
Third Stream 2011
FRANK ZAPPA Joe’s Camouflage album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Joe’s Camouflage
Jazz Related Rock 2014
FRANK ZAPPA Dance Me This album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Dance Me This
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2015
FRANK ZAPPA Frank Zappa for President album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Frank Zappa for President
Jazz Related Rock 2016

FRANK ZAPPA EPs & splits

FRANK ZAPPA live albums

FRANK ZAPPA Fillmore East - June 1971 (The Mothers) album cover 3.15 | 8 ratings
Fillmore East - June 1971 (The Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1971
FRANK ZAPPA Just Another Band From L.A. (The Mothers) album cover 2.33 | 6 ratings
Just Another Band From L.A. (The Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1972
FRANK ZAPPA Roxy & Elsewhere (as Zappa/Mothers) album cover 4.09 | 23 ratings
Roxy & Elsewhere (as Zappa/Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1974
FRANK ZAPPA Bongo Fury (with Beefheart & Mothers) album cover 3.61 | 9 ratings
Bongo Fury (with Beefheart & Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1975
FRANK ZAPPA Zappa in New York album cover 3.47 | 21 ratings
Zappa in New York
Jazz Related Rock 1978
FRANK ZAPPA Sheik Yerbouti album cover 3.17 | 19 ratings
Sheik Yerbouti
Jazz Related Rock 1979
FRANK ZAPPA Tinseltown Rebellion album cover 2.00 | 13 ratings
Tinseltown Rebellion
Jazz Related Rock 1981
FRANK ZAPPA Baby Snakes album cover 3.45 | 11 ratings
Baby Snakes
Jazz Related Rock 1983
FRANK ZAPPA Does Humor Belong in Music? album cover 3.29 | 7 ratings
Does Humor Belong in Music?
Jazz Related Rock 1986
FRANK ZAPPA Broadway the Hard Way album cover 3.24 | 10 ratings
Broadway the Hard Way
Jazz Related Rock 1988
FRANK ZAPPA Guitar album cover 3.71 | 12 ratings
Guitar
Jazz Related Rock 1988
FRANK ZAPPA You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 1 album cover 3.56 | 9 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 1
Jazz Related Rock 1988
FRANK ZAPPA You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 2 album cover 4.03 | 15 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 2
Jazz Related Rock 1988
FRANK ZAPPA You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 3 album cover 3.56 | 8 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 3
Jazz Related Rock 1989
FRANK ZAPPA Live At Notre Dame University May 12, 1974 -  Unmitigated Audacity (as Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention) album cover 0.50 | 1 ratings
Live At Notre Dame University May 12, 1974 - Unmitigated Audacity (as Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1991
FRANK ZAPPA 'Tis The Season To Be Jelly (Mothers Of Invention) album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
'Tis The Season To Be Jelly (Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1991
FRANK ZAPPA The Ark (Frank 's Mothers Of Invention) album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
The Ark (Frank 's Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1991
FRANK ZAPPA Make a Jazz Noise Here album cover 3.96 | 13 ratings
Make a Jazz Noise Here
Jazz Related Rock 1991
FRANK ZAPPA The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life
Jazz Related Rock 1991
FRANK ZAPPA You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 4 album cover 3.71 | 7 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 4
Jazz Related Rock 1991
FRANK ZAPPA As an Am [Beat the Boots #1] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
As an Am [Beat the Boots #1]
Jazz Related Rock 1991
FRANK ZAPPA Freaks & Motherfu*#@%!: Live in Fillmore East 1970 [Beat the Boots #3] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Freaks & Motherfu*#@%!: Live in Fillmore East 1970 [Beat the Boots #3]
Jazz Related Rock 1991
FRANK ZAPPA Anyway the Wind Blows [Beat the Boots #5] album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Anyway the Wind Blows [Beat the Boots #5]
Jazz Related Rock 1991
FRANK ZAPPA Piquantique - Stockholm Aug 21st 1973 [Beat the Boots #8] (Frank Zappa / Mothers) album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Piquantique - Stockholm Aug 21st 1973 [Beat the Boots #8] (Frank Zappa / Mothers)
Jazz Related Rock 1991
FRANK ZAPPA Playground Psychotics album cover 3.00 | 5 ratings
Playground Psychotics
Jazz Related Rock 1992
FRANK ZAPPA You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 5 album cover 3.83 | 9 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 5
Jazz Related Rock 1992
FRANK ZAPPA You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 6 album cover 3.50 | 7 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 6
Jazz Related Rock 1992
FRANK ZAPPA Electric Aunt Jemima [Beat the Boots #9] album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Electric Aunt Jemima [Beat the Boots #9]
Jazz Related Rock 1992
FRANK ZAPPA At the Circus [Beat the Boots #10] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Circus [Beat the Boots #10]
Jazz Related Rock 1992
FRANK ZAPPA Our Man in Nirvana [Beat the Boots #11] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Our Man in Nirvana [Beat the Boots #11]
Jazz Related Rock 1992
FRANK ZAPPA The Yellow Shark album cover 3.65 | 15 ratings
The Yellow Shark
Third Stream 1993
FRANK ZAPPA Zappa's Universe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zappa's Universe
Jazz Related Rock 1993
FRANK ZAPPA Ahead of Their Time (as Mothers Of Invention) album cover 3.12 | 7 ratings
Ahead of Their Time (as Mothers Of Invention)
Jazz Related Rock 1993
FRANK ZAPPA Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute
Jazz Related Rock 1996
FRANK ZAPPA FZ:OZ album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
FZ:OZ
Jazz Related Rock 2002
FRANK ZAPPA Halloween album cover 3.58 | 6 ratings
Halloween
Jazz Related Rock 2003
FRANK ZAPPA Joe's Corsage album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Joe's Corsage
Jazz Related Rock 2004
FRANK ZAPPA Trance-Fusion album cover 4.10 | 5 ratings
Trance-Fusion
Jazz Related Rock 2006
FRANK ZAPPA Imaginary Diseases album cover 4.25 | 8 ratings
Imaginary Diseases
Jazz Related Rock 2006
FRANK ZAPPA The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle
Jazz Related Rock 2006
FRANK ZAPPA Buffalo album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Buffalo
Jazz Related Rock 2007
FRANK ZAPPA Wazoo album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Wazoo
Jazz Related Rock 2007
FRANK ZAPPA The Dub Room Special! album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
The Dub Room Special!
Jazz Related Rock 2007
FRANK ZAPPA Joe's Menage album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Joe's Menage
Jazz Related Rock 2008
FRANK ZAPPA Philly '76 album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Philly '76
Jazz Related Rock 2009
FRANK ZAPPA Beat the Boots III (six albums) album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Beat the Boots III (six albums)
Jazz Related Rock 2009
FRANK ZAPPA Hammersmith Odeon album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Hammersmith Odeon
Jazz Related Rock 2010
FRANK ZAPPA Carnegie Hall album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Carnegie Hall
Jazz Related Rock 2011
FRANK ZAPPA Road Tapes, Venue #1 album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Road Tapes, Venue #1
Jazz Related Rock 2012
FRANK ZAPPA Finer Moments album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Finer Moments
Jazz Related Rock 2012
FRANK ZAPPA Road Tapes Venue # 2 album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Road Tapes Venue # 2
Jazz Related Rock 2013
FRANK ZAPPA Roxy By Proxy album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Roxy By Proxy
Jazz Related Rock 2014
FRANK ZAPPA The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle (Anything Anytime Anywhere For No Reason At All) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle (Anything Anytime Anywhere For No Reason At All)
Jazz Related Rock 2014
FRANK ZAPPA Little Dots album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Little Dots
Jazz Related Rock 2016
FRANK ZAPPA Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention : Where the Shark Bubbles Blow - Classic Broadcasts 68-75 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention : Where the Shark Bubbles Blow - Classic Broadcasts 68-75
Jazz Related Rock 2018

FRANK ZAPPA demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

FRANK ZAPPA re-issues & compilations

FRANK ZAPPA Mother's Day album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mother's Day
Jazz Related Rock 1968
FRANK ZAPPA Mothermania album cover 3.86 | 2 ratings
Mothermania
Jazz Related Rock 1969
FRANK ZAPPA The **** of The Mothers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The **** of The Mothers
Jazz Related Rock 1969
FRANK ZAPPA The Mothers of Invention album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Mothers of Invention
Jazz Related Rock 1970
FRANK ZAPPA Frank Zappa and The Mothers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Frank Zappa and The Mothers
Jazz Related Rock 1971
FRANK ZAPPA The Worst of The Mothers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Worst of The Mothers
Jazz Related Rock 1971
FRANK ZAPPA Frank Zappa y The Mothers of Invention album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Frank Zappa y The Mothers of Invention
Jazz Related Rock 1972
FRANK ZAPPA Pop History Vol. 14 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop History Vol. 14
Jazz Related Rock 1972
FRANK ZAPPA Pregnant album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pregnant
Jazz Related Rock 1972
FRANK ZAPPA Superstarshine Vol. 13: The Mothers of Invention album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Superstarshine Vol. 13: The Mothers of Invention
Jazz Related Rock 1972
FRANK ZAPPA Die Frank Zappa Story [Präsentiert von Dolf Hartmann] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Die Frank Zappa Story [Präsentiert von Dolf Hartmann]
Jazz Related Rock 1973
FRANK ZAPPA Pop Giants Vol.27 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop Giants Vol.27
Jazz Related Rock 1973
FRANK ZAPPA Superstarshine Vol. 26 Frank Zappa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Superstarshine Vol. 26 Frank Zappa
Jazz Related Rock 1973
FRANK ZAPPA Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
Jazz Related Rock 1974
FRANK ZAPPA 2 Originals of The Mothers of Invention album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2 Originals of The Mothers of Invention
Jazz Related Rock 1975
FRANK ZAPPA Pop History Vol. 7 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop History Vol. 7
Jazz Related Rock 1975
FRANK ZAPPA Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention (Verve) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention (Verve)
Jazz Related Rock 1975
FRANK ZAPPA Shut Up n' Play Yer Guitar [3 Disc Box Set] album cover 4.04 | 10 ratings
Shut Up n' Play Yer Guitar [3 Disc Box Set]
Jazz Related Rock 1981
FRANK ZAPPA 10c Rare Meat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
10c Rare Meat
Jazz Related Rock 1983
FRANK ZAPPA Them or Us / Thing-Fish album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Them or Us / Thing-Fish
Jazz Related Rock 1984
FRANK ZAPPA Frank Zappa's The Old Masters Box One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Frank Zappa's The Old Masters Box One
Jazz Related Rock 1984
FRANK ZAPPA We're Only in It for the Money / Lumpy Gravy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We're Only in It for the Money / Lumpy Gravy
Jazz Related Rock 1985
FRANK ZAPPA Joe's Grage Acts I, II & III album cover 1.98 | 8 ratings
Joe's Grage Acts I, II & III
Jazz Related Rock 1987
FRANK ZAPPA The Man From Utopia / Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
The Man From Utopia / Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
Jazz Related Rock 1988
FRANK ZAPPA You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Sampler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Sampler
Jazz Related Rock 1988
FRANK ZAPPA Cucamonga Years: The Early Works of Frank Zappa (1962-1964) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cucamonga Years: The Early Works of Frank Zappa (1962-1964)
Jazz Related Rock 1991
FRANK ZAPPA Beat the Boots! II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beat the Boots! II
Jazz Related Rock 1992
FRANK ZAPPA Rare Meat: Early Works of Frank Zappa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rare Meat: Early Works of Frank Zappa
Jazz Related Rock 1994
FRANK ZAPPA London Symphony Orchestra, Volume 1 & 2 album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
London Symphony Orchestra, Volume 1 & 2
Jazz Related Rock 1995
FRANK ZAPPA Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa album cover 3.21 | 5 ratings
Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa
Jazz Related Rock 1995
FRANK ZAPPA Kill Ugly Radio Some More album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kill Ugly Radio Some More
Jazz Related Rock 1995
FRANK ZAPPA Läther album cover 4.19 | 8 ratings
Läther
Jazz Related Rock 1996
FRANK ZAPPA Strictly Genteel: A Classical Introduction to Frank Zappa album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Strictly Genteel: A Classical Introduction to Frank Zappa
Jazz Related Rock 1997
FRANK ZAPPA Have I Offended Someone? album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Have I Offended Someone?
Jazz Related Rock 1997
FRANK ZAPPA Cucamonga album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cucamonga
Jazz Related Rock 1997
FRANK ZAPPA Cheap Thrills album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Cheap Thrills
Jazz Related Rock 1998
FRANK ZAPPA Son of Cheep Thrills album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Son of Cheep Thrills
Jazz Related Rock 1998
FRANK ZAPPA The Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of
Jazz Related Rock 2004
FRANK ZAPPA Greasy Love Songs album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Greasy Love Songs
Jazz Related Rock 2010
FRANK ZAPPA Understanding America album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Understanding America
Jazz Related Rock 2012
FRANK ZAPPA AAAFNRAA: Baby Snakes [The Compleat Soundtrack] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
AAAFNRAA: Baby Snakes [The Compleat Soundtrack]
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2012
FRANK ZAPPA ZAPPAtite: Frank Zappa’s Tastiest Tracks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
ZAPPAtite: Frank Zappa’s Tastiest Tracks
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2016

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FRANK ZAPPA movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Jazz Related Rock 2007
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Jazz Related Rock 2015

FRANK ZAPPA Reviews

FRANK ZAPPA Absolutely Free (The Mothers Of Invention)

Album · 1967 · Jazz Related Rock
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ABSOLUTELY FREE is absolutely just that. Freer than any bird that a certain American Southern rock band would later sing about or even come close to sounding like. I have to always go back and look at the year on the CD when I listen to this. Really? 1967? Uh, wait a minute wasn't that the year of the Summer Of Love and all the other psychedelic and hippie love gracing the musical world? Well, yeah but obviously nobody told Mr. Zappa and the Mothers. They had their own jaded agenda and much more grounded in reality it was. While many were dropping out, Mr Zappa and the Mothers were dropping biting critiques taking pokes at politics and society in general. To this day this remains some of the most intelligently designed musical expressions ever laid down on tape.

After a great start with their debut this is the album where all those wonderful and crazy ideas really came to roost. You know the kind. The kind music that forces you to recalibrate your musical attitude to get it and either fall in love with it like I did or reject it in total dismay because it's just too scary! Mommy help me! Whether you hate it or love it, it forces you to react and you either dive in for repeated listens or you run away in total shock and horror accusing them of blasphemy and being possessed by demons who are out to destroy the status quo. This was not my first Zappa album but it has become one of my top 50! It helps that they dropped the overabundance of doowop and dared to fly their freak flags ever higher. I am inclined to think that the Mothers Of Invention were one of the most significant bands to catalyze what we now call progressive music. Nothing was even close to this style of madness back in 1967 and precious few acts have achieved it since.

This album which has been described as a condensed 2-hour musical was one of the first overtly complex albums that excelled at political and social satire. On this album Bunk Gardner was added on saxophone which created an even richer sound and consists of 2 side long suites that take music in directions never thought possible. Although this is unlike anything else one can still hear the Stravinsky and Varese influences if you're familiar with their music and of course the Mothers were pioneering the unthinkable act of creating jazz-fusion.

This must have been a total slap in the face to any listener when this came out. Between the over-the-top criticism and intelligently delivered lyrics mixed with a musical collage of ideas that rotate like a sampling guide it just plain boggles the mind! This is one of the best albums Mr Zappa and the Mothers ever came up with. It is brilliant from the very first track “Plastic People” to the closing “America Drinks And Goes Home.” Although bonus tracks are extremely hit and miss on Zappa albums, the two tracks “Big Leg Emma” and “Why Don't You Do Me Right” fit in perfectly on my Rykodisc version of this musical masterpiece.

FRANK ZAPPA Hot Rats

Album · 1969 · Jazz Related Rock
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I'll admit to not being familiar with a lot of Frank Zappa's output. If only we adults weren't limited by time and a multitude of distractions from exploring all the music we want to explore! I can't really compare Hot Rats to Frank's other albums. I'm posting my thoughts on JazzMusicArchives as this album compares to other Jazz Fusion music I've heard.

The longer songs here are a bit drawn out IMO. I think that comes with the Jazz Fusion territory. However, that's really the only issue I have with Hot Rats. The playing on the album is brilliant; we would expect no less from Frank and whoever he chooses to work with. My favorite songs come from the second half of the album, but everything here is enjoyable. As a whole, Hot Rats is a great release from one of the early pioneers of Jazz Rock Fusion.

FRANK ZAPPA Sheik Yerbouti

Live album · 1979 · Jazz Related Rock
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In 1977 Frank Zappa’s contract with Warner Brothers ended and he finally got the unfettered freedom that he’d been yearning to have for years. “Sheik Yerbouti” was the first release on Zappa Records and I get the feeling that Frank wanted to celebrate the occasion by having some fun. While many might consider this double LP too frivolous I beg to differ. The man’s humorous side was never hidden from public view so to expect him to conceal it as if it were something he was ashamed of is to dismiss a huge part of his personality for no good reason. For those inclined to limit themselves to his more “serious” endeavors there’s plenty of albums available that more readily accentuate Zappa’s adventurous jazz/rock fusion explorations but I think to do so hampers one’s ability to completely understand his genius. This wasn’t just some wise guy with distinctive facial hair who surrounded himself with eclectic collections of musical virtuosos, this was FRANK ZAPPA! He was openly rebellious and to expect him to play by the rules was pure folly. This is no masterpiece of prog rock or modern jazz but I doubt that he was trying to make one this time around. I think he just wanted to reiterate to the industry that in his realm there were no sacred cows to be revered and, by combining live tracks with studio add-ons and effects, demonstrate that he refused to be restricted or corralled by traditional methodology. “Sheik Yerbouti” displays splendidly the mixture of wit and immense talent that made Frank the stellar, one-of-a-kind 20th century savant who influenced millions of musicians worldwide during his too-short 52 years on Terra Firma.

The first five cuts are a non-stop medley of tunes that appear to be a lampoon of the trends that surfaced and thrived (at least for a while) during the 70s, starting with a hilarious send up of R&B Doo-Wop sensibilities entitled “I Have Been in You.” I find the crude lyrics and the high-pitched backup vocals to be an absolute hoot because Motown was never this brutally honest about sex although they sang about it all the time. From there he cruises into “Flakes,” a great skewering of Californians in general coupled with proggy interludes and rhythm guitarist Adrian Belew’s faux Bob Dylanisms that only the mind of Mr. Zappa could make work. “Broken Hearts are for Assholes” is next, a rocking stab at the New Wave movement that also gives a wink to the pretentious performance artists of that era via free-form word association. “I’m So Cute” then barges in. It reminds me of some of the silly British glam acts that tried so hard to be outrageous but were only successful at becoming ridiculously dated. The southern-fried boogie craze gets its turn on the grill with “Jones Crusher,” a driving number faithfully rendered complete with inane words and an overblown concert finale. “Whatever Happened to All the Fun in the World?” is the first of several brief forays into an abstract dimension that’ll give you cause to grin. It’s not all vaudeville, though. On “Rat Tomago” Frank cuts loose on the fret board and proceeds to dazzle and stun your ears with his inimitable axe-wielding ferocity. It’s pretty much a droning on-stage jam but who cares when the guitar playing is this fierce? “Wait a Minute” is another short spasm of incidental hijinks. Those of the politically correct persuasion had best skip “Bobby Brown Goes Down,” a bold slice of satire that’s bound to offend the sensitive. My opinion is that if you can’t enjoy a chuckle over this song then you’re taking yourself way too seriously (Something Zappa avoided like the plague.) Lighten up, for heaven’s sake.

“Rubber Shirt” is an experimental detour into jazz land where Terry Bozzio’s drums and Patrick O’Hearn’s bass guitar roam free. Frank, ever the mad scientist, combined two totally unrelated tracks to construct something intriguing. It goes to show that he was never afraid to “put it all out there.” He wasn’t as concerned about the common man’s acceptance of his fearless craft as he was of staying true to it. “The Sheik Yerbouti Tango” is a strange journey into Latino territory where Zappa colors far outside the well-defined lines. It’s definitely not for the musically conservative ear. On the odd little ditty, “Baby Snakes,” it’s back to unapologetic funny business for a few minutes. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin” is a sly poke at rock & roll theatrical productions. (Makes me wonder what FZ would’ve thought of extravaganzas like the recent insipid “Rock of Ages” stage show and movie.) “City of Tiny Lites” is a prime example of why there’ll never be another Frank. It’s a tightly-compacted conglomerate of rock, prog, funk, jazz and humor that’s a testament to his unmitigated gall. “Dancin’ Fool” follows, an incredibly spot-on swipe at the vapid disco phenomenon. (The tune actually crossed over into dance clubs for a spell in ’79 to Zappa’s astonishment.) “Jewish Princess” is Spike Jones on LSD. Sometimes making music can be made for no other purpose than to elicit a giggle or two and I’m okay with that. Let it be exactly what it is and don’t overanalyze. “Wild Love” is a highly complex, intricate arrangement of musical passages and assorted absurdities that defies description. Think jazz/rock fusion tossed in a blender. The album ends with 12:36 of “Yo Mama,” an epic that showcases Frank’s progressive leanings eloquently. Here structure and spontaneity get swirled together brilliantly. I realize that a lot of folks won’t “get it” but I’m glad that I do. It’s greatness.

“Sheik Yerbouti” went on to become Zappa’s biggest seller. It rose to #21 on the LP charts and, to date, has sold over 2 million copies. Not bad for an anti-establishment non-conformist. While I can dig that this stuff ain’t for everybody I think it’s still better than most of the self-righteous garbage I hear on radio and TV today. No one dares to be sarcastic anymore for fear of reprisals from the right or left and that’s a shame because we need to be reminded from time to time that we’re all crazy, neurotic messes that don’t seem to know when to take a chill pill and have a good laugh at ourselves. Frank Zappa took on that dirty job with pleasure and, in hindsight, it’s obvious that he didn’t scar anybody for life with his playful jabs. “Sheik Yerbouti” is a harmless yet entertaining escape from the hum drum.

FRANK ZAPPA Freak Out! (The Mothers Of Invention)

Album · 1966 · Jazz Related Rock
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The beginning of a legend. Album #1 of a gazillion more to come. The Mothers Of Invention didn't exactly take the world by storm with this highly cutting edge album from 1966. It barely made a blip in the musical radar and many of those who did pay attention deemed it unworthy of further listening pleasure. Well pooey on them! Little did the world know then that Mr Zappa, leader of this vast ensemble of the musical mad, would go on to shake up the world and inspire the world of music with his highly erratic, eclectic and political biting take on things.

Despite the album title, this is one of the tamest ZAPPA albums with songs that are R&B, doowop and standard bluesy rock all set to avant-garde sound collages. In a way the amalgamation of the decade before with something so revolutionary was his trademark giving accessible music a little kick in the behind. The album isn't totally tame. At the end we get two fully avant-garde tracks with “It Can't Happen Here” and “The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet,” a preview of what would further develop.

It's true that this is the first rock concept album as well as rock double album (if you don't count Dylan as rock) and considering The Beatles released REVOLVER the same year as this, it also seems he was a bit ahead of the game. Despite being ignored by the public at large, this became a cult hit. As cutting edge as this album is I would love to give it five stars, but unfortunately many of the tunes are not as interesting as what would begin on the second album, however this is without a doubt a MUST HAVE for any fan of not only ZAPPA, but of rock and prog alike.

FRANK ZAPPA Lumpy Gravy

Album · 1968 · Jazz Related Rock
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First Frank Zappa record without carrying The Mothers Of Invention name. Well, it was really quite obvious. This album, as you could expect after the first couple of Mothers albums.

The title of the album carry a bit more than just Lumpy Gravy, in fact it is: Frank Vincent Zappa conducts Lumpy Gravy FZ/Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.

Two parts, one each side, almost 16 minutes each, many orchestral moments mixed with crazy sounds and crazy ideas. Including some noise, Avant Garde, Concrete Music, Surf Music and many weird dialogues. That's what you'll get with [Album10129]. It's like Zappa wants to prove that classical music and 'ordinary music' could be joined together and that he could create a new kind of classical music. Well, in a way he did it!

Honestly I don't enjoy the album 100%, cause there's too much experimentalism for me, but, I do agree that was an important step for Zappa to do it.

A worthy 3 stars!

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