Frank Zappa’s catalog to be reissued

on June 11, 2012, 5:06pm

frank zappa Frank Zappas catalog to be reissued

The extensive back catalog of music legend Frank Zappa will be reissued throughout the rest of 2012 as part of a new licensing and distribution agreement between Universal Music Enterprise and the Zappa Family Trust, which recently acquired the rights to Zappa’s music.

The campaign comprises the entire catalog as it appeared on Frank Zappa’s own independent label, Barking Pumpkin Records, amounting to some 60 recordings, with many of the original analog masters having been re-mastered for this occasion. The first 12 releases — including his 1966 debut Freak Out! and his concert album series No Commercial Potential — will be available on July 31st. Check out the full list below.

The remaining releases will be released monthly through the end of 2012.

1. Freak Out! (1966)
2. Absolutely Free (1967)
3. Lumpy Gravy (1968)
4. We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)
5. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)
6. Uncle Meat (1969)
7. Hot Rats (1969)
8. Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)
9. Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
10. Chunga’s Revenge (1970)
11. Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971)
12. Just Another Band From L.A. (1972)


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Isaac M. Baranoff
July 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Looking on Amazon, the track listings seem to indicate the masters Zappa prepared for the CDs. I.E., Uncle Meat has the film excerpts. But the track listing for “Fillmore East” claims to have “Willie the Pimp Part Two”, which was edited off of the earlier CD reissues, so I could be wrong here. Unless some of these are restored from the original masters, I don’t see any reason to buy all these again. I’m mostly sticking to the specialty boxes like Lumpy Money.

July 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I’d like to know if they’d be released to major retailers or not.

June 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Also on vinyl?


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