Zappa Fans Rejoice The Slew of Frank Zappa / The Mothers of Invention Album Releases

Posted by Billyjam, March 29, 2017 01:00pm | Post a Comment

Many Zappa fans crate-digging at Amoeba Music this week and over the weekend got a nice surprise to discover that a slew of Frank Zappa albums, including many rare recordings, had been quietly reissued Friday last under a new deal between UMe and the estate of the influential late artist / frontman of The Mothers of Invention. Released five days ago with little fanfare shy of a press release sent out a week earlier, two dozen albums by the late Frank Zappa (1940-1993), including many previously limited releases, were issued in CD and download formats by UMe (Universal Music Enterprises) as part of a newly agreed global distribution deal the corporation made with the Zappa Family Trust. That agreement led to 24 Frank Zappa albums been physically released last Friday March 24th in the US, with European, Australian, Japanese and other non US countries release dates to follow five weeks later on April 28th. 2017.  The new deal came about following negotiations between Universal and the late artist's son Ahmet Zappa who is the executor of the Zappa Family Trust. "For more than two decades, the only place to get exclusive Frank Zappa albums was through our mail order and website. We are thrilled to be able to make these titles available to fans across the globe with the help of our friends at Universal," said the executor/artist and younger brother of Dweezil Zappa.

The holders of the master recordings released this past Friday describe them as a diverse collection of "previously limited releases comprised of live concerts, taped rehearsals, treasures from Zappa's extensive and extraordinary vault, audio documentaries, archival recordings." These album titles include Imaginary Diseases, Everything Is Healing Nicely Buffalo, and A Token Of His Extreme. As accurately noted on the Amoeba online shop of this 1 hour 17 minute CD, it is "the same performance & master source as most of the material on Dub Room Special (CD)" but, "it is an entirely different mix." Others In the 24 Frank Zappa albums released last Friday included the widely revered late artist's 100th release, Dance Me ThisGreasy Love Songs and the politically titled Congress Shall Make No Law…. by the artist who was an ambassador for freedom of speech and spokesperson against censorship in music . Ranging over a two-decade period and encompassing such labels as Barking Pumpkin, Vaulternative Records and Zappa Records (all Zappa owned independent labels) and include such other releases as  Civilization Phaze IIIFrank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa, Joe's Camouflage  and Joe's XMasage.

Also included are many live recordings such as the 4 CD live set Carnegie Hall, Roxy By Proxy, Fz:oz Live In Australia 1976, Hammersmith Odeon from a 1978 concert at London's venue of same name (previously posthumously released in 2010), and Philly '76. The latter October 29, 1976 live concert at Philly's Spectrum concert venue was initially released posthumously by Vaulternative back on December 21, 2009 to commemorate what would have been the artist's 69th birthday. Note Frank Zappa was a few weeks shy of his 53rd birthday when he died from cancer 24 years ago.  The album, which kicks ass, is a testament to not only the diversity of Zappa who can be filed under such genres as rock, jazz, and classical, but also to his keen ear for musicianship. The other artists on this live concert recording joining Zappa (guitar and vocals) included vocalist/keyboardist Bianca Odin (aka Lady Bianca), rhythm guitarist Ray White, future new age star Patrick O'Hearn on bass/vocals, Terry Bozzio (drums/vocals) who a few years later would co-found popular LA based synth-pop new wave band Missing Persons fronted by ex-wife and former Zappa collaborator Dale Bozzio,   and violinist / vocalist Eddie Jobson formerly with such UK acts as Roxy Music, Jethro Tull and Curved Air.  Find last week's batch of Frank Zappa releases along with all others by the artist under the Amoeba shop pages headed Frank Zappa and also The Mothers of Invention.

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