Frank Zappa

Real Name:
Frank Vincent Zappa
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American composer, lyricist, songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, bandleader, conductor, producer, filmmaker.
Born 21 December 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Died 4 December 1993 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Frank Vincent Zappa was of Italian origin, his grandfather having arrived in America from Partinico, Sicily. Frank Zappa grew to be one of the most accomplished composers of the rock idiom, his music combining an understanding and appreciation for such contemporary classical figures as Igor Stravinsky, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Edgard Varèse. These influences, coupled with an affection for late '50s doo-wop, rock & roll, and skillful guitar-heavy rock, dominated pop in the '70s. However, Zappa was also a keen satirist, whose reserves of scorn and parody seemed bottomless, and whose wicked sense of humor and absurdity continued to delight his numerous fans -- even when his lyrics crossed the broadest bounds of taste.

Zappa was a prolific record-maker, astutely producing massive amounts of music on his own labels of Bizarre Records, Straight, and Barking Pumpkin Records. And through distribution deals with Rykodisc and Rhino Entertainment Company. This after long unhappy associations with industry giants like Warner Bros. Records and the now-defunct MGM. In the '80s, Zappa gained the rights to his old albums and began to reissue them, first on his own and then through Rykodisc. Throughout his recording career Zappa stayed consistently at the forefront of technology, investing in equipment, home-studio facilities and vault storage that would enable the fullest control over production of his works.

In 1988 his official autobiography emerged and he embarked on a world tour. Sadly, that was the end of his live performing when, in late 1991, it was confirmed that Zappa was seriously ill with cancer. Nevertheless, his schedule of album releases continued to be rapid. The Zappa Family Trust (ZFT) continued with his wife Gail Zappa (aka Pumpkin (5)) as the figurehead of the ZFT, until her death in 2015. The ZFT produced numerous posthumous releases and remasters of the back catalog. The children inherited the ZFT and remain in the industry, Dweezil Zappa the force behind "Zappa Plays Zappa" as well as an accomplished guitarist in his own right; Moon Zappa, Diva Zappa and the more reserved Ahmet Zappa.

Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 (Performer).
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4CL-2719 Lumpy Gravy — Frank Zappa Francis Vincent Zappa* Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus* Francis Vincent Zappa* Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus* - Lumpy Gravy (Album) Capitol Records 4CL-2719 US 1967 Sell This Version
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V6-8741 Lumpy Gravy — Frank Zappa Francis Vincent Zappa* Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus* Francis Vincent Zappa* Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus* - Lumpy Gravy (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records V6-8741 US 1967 Sell This Version
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RS 6356 Hot Rats — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Hot Rats (Album) Bizarre Records, Reprise Records RS 6356 US 1969 Sell This Version
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M 82030, 2030 Chunga's Revenge — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Chunga's Revenge (Album) Bizarre Records, Reprise Records M 82030, 2030 US 1970 Sell This Version
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C-7020 200 Motels — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa 200 Motels (Album) United Artists Records C-7020 US 1971 Sell This Version
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PCS 7161, PCS 7162 Some Time In New York City — Frank Zappa John & Yoko* / Plastic Ono Band* With Elephant's Memory* And Invisible Strings, Mothers of invention*, Frank Zappa John & Yoko* / Plastic Ono Band* With Elephant's Memory* And Invisible Strings, Mothers of invention*, Frank Zappa - Some Time In New York City (Album) Parlophone, Parlophone PCS 7161, PCS 7162 Israel 1972 Sell This Version
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ZCK4 44203 Waka / Jawaka - Hot Rats — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Waka / Jawaka - Hot Rats (Album) Bizarre Records, Reprise Records ZCK4 44203 UK 1972 Sell This Version
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REP 44 209, REP 44209, MS 2093 The Grand Wazoo — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa And The Mothers Frank Zappa And The Mothers - The Grand Wazoo (Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records REP 44 209, REP 44209, MS 2093 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
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MS 2149 Over-nite Sensation — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa And The Mothers Frank Zappa And The Mothers - Over-nite Sensation (Album) Discreet MS 2149 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
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K 489200, 2DS 2202 Roxy & Elsewhere — Frank Zappa Zappa* / Mothers* Zappa* / Mothers* - Roxy & Elsewhere (Album) Discreet K 489200, 2DS 2202 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
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P-8467D Apostrophe (') — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Apostrophe (') (Album) Discreet P-8467D Japan 1974 Sell This Version
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DS 2234 Bongo Fury — Frank Zappa Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* - Bongo Fury (Album) Discreet DS 2234 US 1975 Sell This Version
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DS 2216 One Size Fits All — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention* - One Size Fits All (Album) Discreet DS 2216 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
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none Kendun Recorders 4/1/75 — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Kendun Recorders 4/1/75(Acetate, LP, S/Sided) Discreet none US 1975 Sell This Version
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M5-2970 Zoot Allures — Frank Zappa Zappa* Zoot Allures (Album) Warner Bros. Records M5-2970 Scandinavia 1976 Sell This Version
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Series #4, Show #12 Innerview — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Innerview(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #4, Show #12 US 1976 Sell This Version
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RL 20-6 Bongo Fury / Another Live — Frank Zappa Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* / Todd Rundgren's Utopia* Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* / Todd Rundgren's Utopia* - Bongo Fury / Another Live(LP, Transcription) AFRTS RL 20-6 US 1976 Sell This Version
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NNC-20 1976 Backstage Special — Frank Zappa Zappa* 1976 Backstage Special(LP, Transcription) Music Special Program 20 NNC-20 US 1976 Sell This Version
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SRZ-4-1500 L?ther — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa L?ther (Album) Rykodisc SRZ-4-1500 US 1977 Sell This Version
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TC 69204C Zappa In New York — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Zappa In New York (Album) Discreet, Discreet TC 69204C Greece 1977 Sell This Version
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DSK 2291 Studio Tan — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Studio Tan (Album) Discreet DSK 2291 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
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59212 Orchestral Favorites — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Orchestral Favorites (Album) Discreet 59212 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
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SRZ-2-1502 Joe's Garage Acts II & III — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Joe's Garage Acts II & III (Album) Zappa Records SRZ-2-1502 US 1979 Sell This Version
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SRZ-2-1501 Sheik Yerbouti — Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Sheik Yerbouti (Album) Zappa Records, Zappa Records SRZ-2-1501 US 1979 Sell This Version
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ZT4 1-1603 Joe's Garage Act I — Frank Zappa Zappa* Joe's Garage Act I (Album) Zappa Records ZT4 1-1603 US 1979 Sell This Version

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moominmammaa

moominmammaa

October 29, 2022
Greeks sure appreciated the genius of the one and only Frank Zappa. There's his greek brother from another mother, Γι?ργο? Μακρ??, and my personal favorite, Ariadne MacKinnon Andrew - Naughty Dreams. Poor clones or worthy followers? Cast your votes!
JorgAusfelt

JorgAusfelt

August 9, 2022
edited about 1 month ago
For those who don't know better (but think they do): The Zappa trust was dissolved last month. As late as five-six years ago, Dweezil and Ahmet weren't on speaking terms since Ahmet threatened to sue if Dweezil continued to play their dad's music. An insightful docu was made, and I haven't heard anything since I on 18 July 2022 read that the trust is no more. Some are only in it for the money...

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/dweezil-zappa-opens-up-about-family-feud-fathers-013103928.html
JorgAusfelt

JorgAusfelt

August 7, 2022
So his kids finally stopped fighting and sold the whole catalog to Universal for an undisclosed sum 5 weeks ago...
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openwater7

openwater7

December 4, 2021
bro is seriously down bad holy shit ?? ?? ??
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djgaryciow

djgaryciow

November 1, 2021
Has anyone ever met a female Zappa fan? At all -ever???
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REZAP

REZAP

October 9, 2019
A Great alchemist and a cynical satirist! I'm missing your guitar solos... :(
bjornark

bjornark

January 29, 2019
As hard as it is to pick favorite albums from the vast Zappa catalouge, I do have to say I find "You cant do that on stage anymore Vol.2 The Helsinki concert" mindblowing! He had such a amzing band on tour at that time. Just to have Napoleon Murphy Brock, George Duke, Chester Thompson in the same band, playing at their best is just amazing. I highly recomend a listen to that CD.
richardcostantino

richardcostantino

October 12, 2018
edited over 4 years ago
If you are unfamiliar with FZ, and are looking at which albums to delve into, it will all depend on your personal musical preferences, because Frank's music spans a wide range of musical styles.

If you like straight ahead rock, try 'Chunga's Revenge', 'Zoot Allures', 'One Size Fits All', 'Imaginary Diseases', 'Apostrophe', 'Hot Rats', 'Bongo Fury', 'You Are What You Is'.

If you like avant-garde, try 'Uncle Meat', 'Lumpy Gravy', '200 Motels', 'Orchestral Favourites'.

If you like rock mixed with bawdy humour, try 'Live In NYC', 'Joe's Garage', 'Sheik Yerbouti', 'Does Humour Belong In Music'.

If you like Jazz Rock, try 'Grand Wazoo', 'Waka Jawaka', 'Yellow Shark', 'Make A Jazz Noise Here'.

If you like Doo-Wop, try 'Cruising with Reuben & The Jets', 'Cucamonga'.

If you like social satire, try 'Freak Out', 'We're Only In It For The Money', 'Absolutely Free'.

If you like guitar instrumental workouts, try the 'Shut Up & Play Your Guitar' series of albums.
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maxal

maxal

September 22, 2018
Thanks for the all the below help for the "newbies" - which I am. I have avoided Zappa for decades, simply because there is too much, at the same time knowing I would like some (but what?).

So, now I am diving in, with the help of the below. Cheers!
reservoir_dog

reservoir_dog

May 12, 2018
A lot of Zappa's releases have been either wrongly listed or duplicated - if you are interested in this problem please consult the post i created on The Mothers master page
http://www.aninacollins.com/artist/286086-The-Mothers
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