Frank Zappa Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets is his doo-wop concept album, in which his Mothers Of Invention dress up as the titular fictional band. That makes it remarkably coherent for a 60’s Zappa album, though traces of weirdness certainly remain. 180g vinyl reissue.
A typically straight-laced affair from Frank Zappa here. First pressed in 1970, Chunga’s Revenge marks the beardy weirdy’s first album with a Mothers Of Invention lineup that included former Turtles Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. Musically it’s … well, it’s Frank Zappa, so it’s more a case of bands sounding like him rather than the other way round. This reissue is the first vinyl release of the LP for three decades.
Often closer to idiot than genius on the genius/idiot spectrum, Frank Zappa nonetheless had both an incredible moustache and a career which spanned all kinds of styles and mediums. This 1970 album has been lovingly restored by the Zappa family trust who are slowly re-issuing his large and sprawling back catalogue. At the time of release the album was actually a posthumous Mothers of Invention record after Zappa dissolved the band and is comprised of studio and live elements.
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
One of composer-rocker Frank Zappa's most beloved records, Absolutely Free turns fifty years old this year. You can't tell but I typed that sentence out with horror on my face, such was my shock. A blueprint of the gleefully lamentable and satirical psychedelia that marked this period of Zappa and the Mothers, this reissue comes with lotsa extras to poke several sticks at.
- Vinyl Double LP (0238351)
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Reissues afoot of two Frank Zappa albums on Universal. Sheik Yerbouti is mostly a live album, though Zappa added in some studio wizardry to round things out. Features all the typical Zappa-isms, with lots of highly technical guitar and rhythm lines and a bit of ‘wackiness’. Double LP reissue.
Frank Zappa’s Zoot Allures (what an incredibly Frank Zappa title for an album) was released in 1976 in the midst of some legal stresses. Frank’s intense guitar stylings are at the centre of the album’s sound, which seems to have learned lessons from heavy metal and applied them to the weird world of Zappa. Reissued to vinyl by Universal.
An early piece of the strange and wonderful Frank Zappa puzzle, recorded as a solo album by Zappa in 1969. Hot Rats is a spiralling, mostly instrumental suite of music recorded with cutting-edge 16-track studio technology that allowed for greater complexity: you can bet Zappa loved that. Reissued on vinyl by Universal.
Francis Vincent Zappa Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus
A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. Lumpy Gravy is Zappa’s debut solo album from 1967, released under the name Francis Vincent Zappa and utilising the talents of The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus (some session musicians). Big time musique concréte and contemporary composition, as translated via Zappa’s playful mind.
A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. Weasels Ripped My Flesh is one of his best-loved albums with The Mothers Of Invention, being a frenzied blend-up of edited live recordings that refers to all sorts of experimental music modes in typically playful Zappa style. 180g vinyl reissue.
A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. Joe’s Garage - Acts 1, 2 & 3 is his 1979 rock opera about (among other things) music being made illegal. Needless to say, it is a grandly absurd undertaking, full of scatological comedy and hard-rock-jazz-fusion. Triple vinyl reissue.
A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. We’re Only In It For The Money is his third album with The Mothers Of Invention, and it’s got a wild blend of psych-rockin’, weirdo voice / tape experimentation, skitty bits, doo-wop and much more. Sounds pretty out there, even for 1968. 180g vinyl reissue.
Reissues afoot of two Frank Zappa albums on Universal. Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison features the typical Zappa-isms, with lots of highly technical guitar and rhythm lines, but also a large amount of very synthetic-sounding synthesisers. The title track is a bizarre suite of semi-ambience. Coloured vinyl LP reissue, remastered for the purpose.
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
One Size Fits All
Frank Zappa brought his most famous band, The Mothers Of Invention, to a close with 1975’s One Size Fits All, a gnarly example of his super-complex weird-rock. One of the techniques used here is something called “xenochrony”, so you know this will be quite a ride. The LP is reissued by Universal.
Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart were childhood friends. Both men viewed music from a different perspective than most - twisted, original, musically adept. Beefheart had fallen out with Zappa after Trout Mask Replica was released, Beefheart accusing Zappa of marketing him as a freak. The Pair reunited for the tour which included the Providence College, Rhode Island, April 26th 1975 gig, finding both artists in scintillating form. They would go on to make Bongo Fury together which was released later that year.
- Vinyl Triple LP (KH3LP9028)
Fucking Frank Zappa. Of course he'd release a record named '. The loopy bandleader and fun time avant-garde artist originally released his eighteenth record in 1974, so we can forgive him for not realising how hard it would be to Google search in the future. It leans to the more comical side of Zappa's work, with hard-to-grasp lyrical content and gleefully silly melodies. Stop listening to Ariel Pink and check this out instead, yeah?
The zany experiments of Frank Zappa and his several mothers are documented here in Roxy & Elsewhere, a grab-bag live album that places him firmly in the Roxy Theatre, but also in a few other randomly selected venues, because the moustached avant-jazz stalwart can't stay in the same place for too long.