Frank Zappa Discography

Let's hear it for another great Italian composer... Frank Zappa. FZ might well be the greatest avant garde composer of the latter 20th century, in terms of commercial appeal anyway. His earliest recordings (under The Mothers moniker) were a reaction to the music of the '50s and the culture of the '60s, though Zappa's experimental side always allowed for some strangeness. Paranoid whispers, snatches of conversations, seemingly normal songs (with tongue in cheek), scathing assessments of American culture and bizarre noise collages could often be found on the same Zappa record. At the close of the '60s, Zappa was branching out into increasingly complex jazz/rock that put his brilliant guitar work and compositional genius to better use. Among these recordings, Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh stand out as career highlights. Beginning with Chunga's Revenge, however, Zappa and The Mothers (which now featured Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman) became something of a touring comedy troupe, shifting the emphasis to humorous performances heavy on the sexual innuendo. Like W.A. Mozart (another notey fella), sexuality seemingly drove Zappa's creativity (drugs and alchohol, however, did not). Through the remainder of the century (sorry, I'm running out of room here) Zappa's catalog was a mixture of live performances (featuring mostly new material), studio albums (often with live recordings mixed in) and bits of the larger project Lather released in drips and drabs. Unfortunately, it was Zappa's sense of humor that earned him radio play, which marginalized him to some as a novelty act. Yet if Frank Zappa challenged us to take his music seriously, its genius demands that we do.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1966 Help I'm A Rock
1996 July FREAK OUT!
1966 November It Can't Happen Here
1966 Trouble Every Day
1967 April Big Leg Emma
1967 May 26 ABSOLUTELY FREE
1967 December Mother People
1968 March LUMPY GRAVY
1968 September WE'RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY
1968 October CRUISING WITH RUBEN & THE JETS
1968 December Deseri
1969 April MOTHERMANIA: THE BEST OF THE MOTHERS
1969 June UNCLE MEAT
1969 September My Guitar
1969 October 10 HOT RATS
1970 January Peaches En Regalia
1970 February BURNT WEENY SANDWICH
1970 March WPLJ
1970 August WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH
1970 October 23 CHUNGA'S REVENGE
1970 November Tell Me You Love Me
1971 August FILLMORE EAST, JUNE 1971
1971 August Tears Began To Fall
1971 October 200 MOTELS
1971 October Magic Fingers
1971 November What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?
1971 WORST OF THE MOTHERS
1972 April JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM L.A.
1972 July 5 WAKA/JAWAKA
1972 December THE GRAND WAZOO
1972 December Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus
1973 January OVERNITE SENSATION
1973 February I'm The Slime
1974 March APOSTROPHE (')
1974 August Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
1974 August Cosmik Debris
1974 September 10 ROXY & ELSEWHERE
1975 June 25 ONE SIZE FITS ALL
1975 September Stink-Foot
1975 ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS: ROCK FLASHBACK
1975 October 2 BONGO FURY
1976 October Find Her Finer
1976 October 29 ZOOT ALLURES
1976 December Disco Boy
1978 June ZAPPA IN NEW YORK
1978 September 15 STUDIO TAN
1979 January 19 SLEEP DIRT
1979 March 3 SHEIK YERBOUTI
1979 April Dancin' Fool
1979 May 4 ORCHESTRAL FAVORITES
1979 September JOE'S GARAGE ACT I
1980 January Joe's Garage
1980 January JOE'S GARAGE ACT II & III
1980 June I Don't Want To Get Drafted
1981 May 11 RETURN OF THE SON OF SHUT UP 'N PLAY YER GUITAR
1981 May 17 TINSEL TOWN REBELLION
1981 September YOU ARE WHAT YOU IS
1981 November Goblin Girl
1982 February You Are What You Is
1982 May SHIP ARRIVING TOO LATE TO SAVE A DROWNING WITCH
1982 July Valley Girl
1982 August SHUT UP 'N PLAY YER GUITAR
1982 September Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar
1983 The Man From Utopia Meets Mary Lou (Medley)
1983 June THE MAN FROM UTOPIA
1983 June 9 LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, VOL. 1
1983 March BABY SNAKES
1984 September Baby Take Your Teeth Out
1984 October THEM OR US
1984 TRUE GLOVE (EP)
1984 November THING-FISH
1984 November FRANCESCO ZAPPA
1984 BOULEZ CONDUCTS ZAPPA: THE PERFECT STRANGER
1985 FRANK ZAPPA MEETS THE MOTHERS OF PREVENTION
1986 February DOES HUMOR BELONG IN MUSIC?
1986 December JAZZ FROM HELL
1987 July OLD MASTERS - BOX ONE
1987 July OLD MASTERS - BOX TWO
1987 November OLD MASTERS - BOX THREE
1988 January THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, VOLUME II
1988 April Sexual Harrassment in the Workplace
1988 April GUITAR
1988 April YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE, VOL. 1
1988 May Zomby Woof
1988 May Montana
1988 October YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE, VOL. 2
1988 December BROADWAY THE HARD WAY
1991 April THE BEST BAND YOU NEVER HEARD IN YOUR LIFE
1991 June MAKE A JAZZ NOISE HERE
1991 June YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE, VOL. 3
1991 June 4 AS AN AM ZAPPA
1991 June 4 FREAKS & MOTHERFUCKERS
1991 June 4 TIS THE SEASON TO BE JELLY
1991 June 21 YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE, VOL. 4
1991 July 16 ANYWAY THE WIND BLOWS
1991 July 16 THE ARK
1991 July 16 UNMITIGATED AUDACITY
1991 July 16 SAARBRUCKEN 1978
1991 July 16 PICANTIQUE - STOCKHOLM 1973
1991 September L.S.D. VOLUME 1
1991 December 3 INTERVIEW
1991 TRICK OR TREAT
1992 October PLAYGROUND PSYCHOTICS
1992 October YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE, VOL. 5
1992 October 23 YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE, VOL. 6
1993 February Stairway To Heaven
1993 March 23 AHEAD OF THEIR TIME
1993 November 2 THE YELLOW SHARK
1994 RARE MEAT
1995 February CIVILIZATION PHAZE III
1995 May MAGAZINE + CD
1995 August 22 STRICTLY COMMERCIAL
1995 CLEAN AMERICAN VERSION
1996 February 26 THE LOST EPISODES
1997 November PROPHETIC ATTITUDE
1997 April 8 HAVE I OFFENDED SOMEONE?
1997 May 20 STRICTLY GENTEEL
1998 April 28 CHEAP THRILLS
1999 April 27 SON OF CHEEP THRILLS
2002 October 15 ZAPPA PICKS BY JON FISHMAN OF PHISH
2002 October 15 ZAPPA PICKS BY LARRY LALONDE OF PRIMUS
2003 January 14 FOR COLLECTORS ONLY
2003 February 4 HALLOWEEN
2004 September 14 QUAUDIOPHILIAC
2005 May 31 THE CLASSIC INTERVIEWS

SEE ALSO...
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ARTHUR BARROW discography
ADRIAN BELEW discography
ROY ESTRADA discography
BRUCE FOWLER discography
TOM FOWLER discography
BUNK GARDNER discography
THE GRANDMOTHERS discography
MIKE KENEALLY discography
BILLY MUNDI discography
DON PRESTON discography
ART TRIPP discography

 

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