Frank Zappa released over 60 studio albums over the course of a career that spanned four decades. Frank Zappa also has some of the most dedicated, obsessive fans in all of popular music. These same fans inevitably already own EVERY one of those studio albums as well as A LOT of Zappa’s many, many live albums and bootlegs. These same fans, MOST LIKELY, own multiple copies of some of these albums: LP, cassette, CD, remastered CD. Finally, these same fans would DEFINITELY buy these albums again, regardless of added extras, additional remastering, or bonus booklet-based content, only because of their obsessive completist nature.
Consequently, Universal Records, who needs spending cash to use for the company trip to Disney World this summer, has entered into an agreement with the Zappa Family Trust to reissue ALL of Frank Zappa’s albums that were originally released through Zappa’s Barking Pumpkin Records. By the end of the month, record store shelves will be brimming with shiny, new, remastered versions of Zappa’s first 12 records, listed below:
Freak Out! (1966)
Absolutely Free (1967)
Lumpy Gravy (1968)
We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)
Uncle Meat (1969)
Hot Rats (1969)
Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)
Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
Chunga’s Revenge (1970)
Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971)
Just Another Band From L.A. (1972)
If you happen to be one of the aforementioned Zappa completists, you can expect to find the other albums at your local record store, released sporadically over the course of the next year.