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Published: 2012/08/16

Frank Zappa’s Entire Original Catalog Available On iTunes

For the first time in history, Frank Zappa’s entire original music catalog as it appeared on the legendary and celebrated musician’s own independent label, Barking Pumpkin Records, is being made digitally available on iTunes. Sixty masters, which include 56 albums and 21 re-mastered titles, are being released in digital format following a deal between the Zappa Family Trust and Universal Music Enterprises.

“We are especially pleased to note the timing—that FZ was the first to bring Voter Registration to the concert hall and, since 1971 when the 18-year old vote was passed, he included the admonition to REGISTER & VOTE on every album he released,” says the musician’s widow, Gail Zappa. “Well, his work is back the way he intended it and on each recording you will find his music, the source, the year of release and how old he was when he made it—and the simplest of nods to his love for the idea of Democracy.”

The composer/guitarist passed away in 1993 and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ’95 before receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in ’97. The UME deal also includes the release of several physical CD recordings which will continue to roll out all the way up to November 2012. See below for a list of the albums that are available on iTunes:

July 31:
1. Freak Out! (1966)
2. Absolutely Free (1967)
3. Lumpy Gravy (1967)
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)

August 14:
1. Waka/Jawaka (1972)
2. The Grand Wazoo (1972)
3. Over-Nite Sensation (1973)
4. Apostrophe(‘) (1974)
5. Roxy & Elsewhere (1974)
6. One Size Fits All (1975)
7. Bongo Fury (1975)
8. Zoot Allures (1976)
9. Zappa In New York (1978)
10. Studio Tan (1978)
11. Sleep Dirt (1979)
12. Sheik Yerbouti (1979)


There are 6 comments associated with this post

hmmm.... August 16, 2012, 21:22:49

Gail demands money everytime a Zappa tune is played live (literally) and she choked Zappanale. She don’t give a damn about the fans but maybe she is just over protecting her late husband. Ironically, here is an interview of her bad mouthing itunes.:

YouGotIt August 17, 2012, 07:49:45

I never understood how Gail and the family (Dweezil is included here even though I love the guy) couldn’t see past the greed to actually understand the concept that allowing bands like Phish to play Frank’s music simply opens it up to more people who will want to buy some of Frank’s music because they liked what they were hearing. I never understood how you can be so cheap and petty not to see the big picture. How many Phish heads heard Peaches and went out and bought Hot Rats? Likely a TON! So that is direct money going into the family trust’s pocket but all Gail bitches about are bands playing Frank’s music without paying royalties. She is a real piece of work.

Brian O'Connell August 17, 2012, 12:52:37

Go easy on Gail, she has a right to say anything she wants to about her husband’s work. She manages the estate after all, it’s her stuff. Frank’s music is as top shelf as it comes, most musicians can’t play even his easier stuff. Why have people butcher it? Phish does a decent job at Peaches, of course they do, does she somehow not let them play it? I don’t think that she has that authority to do that. The guys in Phish, although phenomenally talented, would probably not have made the cut in an audition for Zappa’s band. And I don’t think that Gail is worried about how many Phish head do or don’t get into Frank’s music.

adks12020 August 17, 2012, 15:56:53

What about those of us that despise Apple? They should make it available digitally on Amazon or via their website also so everyone can have access. Everyone needs Zappa in their life.

jenkskins August 17, 2012, 19:42:30

omg! can’t believe the haters!!!

more hmmm... August 17, 2012, 23:13:02

Forget about Phish playing Peaches…Any public tribute to Frank has been torn down by her unless she gets to ‘wet her beak’ a little. Even suing over a deadman’s moustache. Disgusting. Its really the antithesis for everything he represented. Great way to honor him…though I can hear him writing a funny great song about it.

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