UMRK

UMRK

Profile:
Frank Zappa’s home recording studio “Utility Muffin Research Kitchen”. (Also referred to as "UMRK, Hollywood" or "UMRK Central"). This facility is strongly featured in FZs work, not only for recording but for remixes, overdubbing, etc.
For the remote facility use: UMRK Mobile

The acronym "UMRK" features in Zappa's mobile/remote recording facility title "UMRK Mobile" (Originally the remote facility of The Beach Boys). Zappa's last recording outside of UMRK was Zappa* - Joe's Garage Act I, before the Rudy Brewer designed UMRK studio was completed in FZ's basement in 1979. One of the first recordings to emerge was Frank Zappa - I Don't Wanna Get Drafted!, originally begun at Ocean Way Recording with Allen Sides. Mark Pinske was the first engineer employed by FZ to sit at the UMRK console.

Much of UMRK was rebuilt in 1980 by engineer Dave Dondorf. Other than Zappa works, one of the first recordings to come from the updated studio was by Zappa personnel in the form of Missing Persons. Zappa continued to evolve the UMRK studio with the latest technology, right up until his death. Even in sickness he didn't have far to go to make good music, working at UMRK to the last - with groups such as The Chieftains ( The Chieftains With The Belfast Harp Orchestra - The Celtic Harp: A Tribute To Edward Bunting ) and his teenage hero Johnny Guitar Watson, an event that was featured in a BBC TV documentary.

With Dweezil Zappa now firmly at the helm in the UMRK the studio continues at the cutting edge, with FZ's past equipment being uncovered and a rebuilding process being undertaken to get material catalogued. Dweezil has even uncovered Paul Buff's console from the days of Pal Recording Studio that became Studio Z. The vaults of the UMRK are much the domain of 'The Vaultmeister' Joe Travers, with engineering at UMRK by the likes of Bob Stone, Jeff DeMorris, Beau Hill, Jared Gosselin, etc.
Sublabel
Contact Info:
7885 Woodrow Wilson Drive, Los Angeles, CA., USA
Sites:
[l24772]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1C 164 Y 24 0234 3 Them Or Us  album cover Zappa* Them Or Us (Album) 1C 164 Y 24 0234 3 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
1C 064-24 0492 1 Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (European Version)  album cover Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (European Version)(LP, Album) EMI, EMI, EMI 1C 064-24 0492 1 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
1C 064-27 0256 1 Francesco Zappa  album cover Frank Zappa Francesco Zappa(LP, Album, DMM) EMI, EMI 1C 064-27 0256 1 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
4XT 6518 Francesco Zappa  album cover Frank Zappa Francesco Zappa(Cass, Album) Capitol Records 4XT 6518 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
4XT-74202 Francesco Zappa  album cover Francesco Zappa - The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort, Frank Zappa Francesco Zappa - The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort, Frank Zappa - Francesco Zappa(Cass, Album) Barking Pumpkin Records 4XT-74202 US 1992 Sell This Version
25AP 2362 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch  album cover Zappa* Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 25AP 2362 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25AP 2642 The Man From Utopia  album cover Zappa* The Man From Utopia (Album) 25AP 2642 Hong Kong 1983 Sell This Version
31C 164 240234/5 Them Or Us  album cover Zappa* Them Or Us(2xLP, Album, Gat) EMI 31C 164 240234/5 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
54 Muffin Research Kitchen  album cover Frank Zappa Muffin Research Kitchen(3xCD, Unofficial) Scorpio (UK) 54 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
064 · EJ 27 0256 1 Francesco Zappa  album cover Francesco Zappa Performed By The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort , Conductor Frank Zappa Francesco Zappa Performed By The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort , Conductor Frank Zappa - Francesco Zappa(LP, Album, DMM) EMI, EMI Digital 064 · EJ 27 0256 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
066 EL 27 0153 1 The Perfect Stranger  album cover Boulez* Conducts Zappa* Boulez* Conducts Zappa* - The Perfect Stranger(LP, Album) EMI, EMI, EMI 066 EL 27 0153 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
339 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch  album cover Zappa* Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch(LP, Album, Unofficial) High Stereo Light 339 South Korea 1982 Sell This Version
20.459 The Man From Utopia - El Hombre De Utopia  album cover Zappa* The Man From Utopia - El Hombre De Utopia (Album) 20.459 Argentina 1983 Sell This Version
25251 The Man From Utopia  album cover Zappa* The Man From Utopia(LP, Album) CBS 25251 Israel 1983 Sell This Version
60.459 The Man From Utopia = El Hombre De Utopia  album cover Zappa* The Man From Utopia = El Hombre De Utopia(Cass, Album) CBS 60.459 Argentina 1983 Sell This Version
85804 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch  album cover Zappa* Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch (EP, Single, Album) 85804 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
88560 You Are What You Is  album cover Frank Zappa You Are What You Is(2xLP, Album) CBS Records 88560 Israel 1981 Sell This Version
101581 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore (Sampler)  album cover Frank Zappa You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore (Sampler)(2xLP, Comp, Smplr, Gat) N.E.W Musidisc 101581 France 1988 Sell This Version
103434 Broadway The Hard Way  album cover Frank Zappa Broadway The Hard Way(Cass, Album) Zappa Records 103434 France 1988 Sell This Version
0238382 Cruising With Ruben & The Jets  album cover Frank Zappa With Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa With Mothers Of Invention* - Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (Album) 0238382 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238562 Zappa In New York  album cover Frank Zappa Zappa In New York (Album) 0238562 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238592 Sheik Yerbouti  album cover Frank Zappa Sheik Yerbouti(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records, Universal Music Group International 0238592 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238622 Tinseltown Rebellion  album cover Frank Zappa Tinseltown Rebellion (Album) 0238622 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238642 You Are What You Is  album cover Frank Zappa You Are What You Is (Album) 0238642 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238662 The Man From Utopia  album cover Zappa* The Man From Utopia (Album) 0238662 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238672 Baby Snakes  album cover Frank Zappa Baby Snakes (Album) 0238672 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238682 The London Symphony Orchestra - Zappa Vol. I & II  album cover Zappa* / The London Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Kent Nagano Zappa* / The London Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Kent Nagano - The London Symphony Orchestra - Zappa Vol. I & II (Album, Comp) 0238682 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238702 Them Or Us  album cover Zappa* Them Or Us (Album) 0238702 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238722 Francesco Zappa  album cover Francesco Zappa - The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort, Frank Zappa Francesco Zappa - The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort, Frank Zappa - Francesco Zappa (Album) 0238722 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238732 Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention  album cover Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention(CD, Album, RE) Zappa Records, Universal Music Group International 0238732 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238742 Does Humor Belong In Music?  album cover Frank Zappa Does Humor Belong In Music? (Album) 0238742 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238752 Jazz From Hell  album cover Frank Zappa Jazz From Hell (Album) 0238752 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238762 Guitar  album cover Frank Zappa Guitar (Album) 0238762 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238782 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2  album cover Zappa* You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2 (Album) 0238782 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238792 Broadway The Hard Way  album cover Frank Zappa Broadway The Hard Way (Album) 0238792 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238802 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3  album cover Zappa* You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records, Universal Music Group International 0238802 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238862 Playground Psychotics  album cover Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* - Playground Psychotics (Album) 0238862 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238872 Ahead Of Their Time  album cover Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* - Ahead Of Their Time (Album) 0238872 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238892 The Lost Episodes  album cover Frank Zappa The Lost Episodes (Album) 0238892 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238932 Läther  album cover Zappa* Läther(3xCD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records, Universal Music Group International, Barking Pumpkin Records 0238932 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
270153 El Desconocido Perfecto  album cover Boulez* Conducts Zappa* Boulez* Conducts Zappa* - El Desconocido Perfecto(LP, Album) Angel Records 270153 Argentina 1984 Sell This Version
514488L The Celtic Harp: A Tribute To Edward Bunting  album cover The Chieftains With The Belfast Harp Orchestra The Chieftains With The Belfast Harp Orchestra - The Celtic Harp: A Tribute To Edward Bunting(CD, Album) Musical Heritage Society 514488L US 1997 Sell This Version
968002 Zoot Allures  album cover Zappa* Zoot Allures(CD, Album, RE, RM) Eldorado, Rykodisc 968002 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
968015 Chunga's Revenge  album cover Frank Zappa Chunga's Revenge(CD, Album, RM) Eldorado, Rykodisc 968015 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
968047 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3  album cover Frank Zappa You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3(2xCD, Album) Rykodisc 968047 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
968050 Ahead Of Their Time  album cover Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* - Ahead Of Their Time(CD, Album) Rykodisc 968050 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
968053 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5  album cover Frank Zappa You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5(2xCD, Album, RE) Rykodisc 968053 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
2402343 Them Or Us  album cover Zappa* Them Or Us(2xLP, Album) EMI, EMI 2402343 France 1984 Sell This Version
2608141 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch  album cover Zappa* Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch(LP, Album, RE, RM) EMI 2608141 Portugal 1986 Sell This Version
064 24 0673 1 Jazz From Hell  album cover Frank Zappa Jazz From Hell (Album) 064 24 0673 1 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
164 24 0234 3 Them Or Us  album cover Zappa* Them Or Us(2xLP, Album) EMI 164 24 0234 3 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
064 2404921 Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (European Version)  album cover Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (European Version)(LP, Album) EMI 064 2404921 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
09026-61490-2 The Celtic Harp: A Tribute To Edward Bunting  album cover The Chieftains With The Belfast Harp Orchestra The Chieftains With The Belfast Harp Orchestra - The Celtic Harp: A Tribute To Edward Bunting (Album) 09026-61490-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
09026-62702-2 The Long Black Veil  album cover The Chieftains The Long Black Veil (Album) 09026-62702-2 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
09026 62702-4 The Long Black Veil  album cover The Chieftains The Long Black Veil(Cass, Album) RCA Victor 09026 62702-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
210075-2311 Broadway The Hard Way  album cover Frank Zappa Broadway The Hard Way (Album) 210075-2311 Czechoslovakia 1991 Sell This Version
210076-1311 Joe's Garage Acts I-III  album cover Frank Zappa Joe's Garage Acts I-III (Album) 210076-1311 Czechoslovakia 1991 Sell This Version
2-62 2402343 Them Or Us  album cover Zappa* Them Or Us(2xLP, Album) EMI 2-62 2402343 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
74321 25167 2 The Long Black Veil  album cover The Chieftains The Long Black Veil (Album, EP, Comp) 74321 25167 2 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
210076-8-2313 Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III  album cover Frank Zappa Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III(2xCD, Album, Comp, RM) Globus International 210076-8-2313 Czechoslovakia 1990 Sell This Version
69286-01125-9-9 QuAUDIOPHILIAc  album cover Frank Zappa QuAUDIOPHILIAc(DVD-A, Album, Multichannel, NTSC, Adv) DTS Entertainment, Barking Pumpkin Records 69286-01125-9-9 US 2004 Sell This Version
0824302001721 Zappa* / Mothers* Zappa* / Mothers* - Roxy By Proxy(CD, Album, RE) Zappa Records, UMe 0824302001721 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
00824302123072 Rollo  album cover Frank Zappa Rollo(10", Ltd, Num, Cle) Zappa Records, Universal Music Group International 00824302123072 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
A-1622 You Are What You Is  album cover Frank Zappa You Are What You Is(7", Single) CBS, CBS A-1622 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
ASF2868 The Man From Utopia  album cover Zappa* The Man From Utopia(LP, Album) CBS ASF2868 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
BFV 41581 Havin' A Bad Day  album cover Dweezil Zappa Havin' A Bad Day (Album) BFV 41581 US 1986 Sell This Version
BG2 61490 The Celtic Harp: A Tribute To Edward Bunting  album cover The Chieftains With The Belfast Harp Orchestra The Chieftains With The Belfast Harp Orchestra - The Celtic Harp: A Tribute To Edward Bunting(CD, Album) RCA Victor, BMG Classics BG2 61490 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
BG2 62702 The Long Black Veil  album cover The Chieftains The Long Black Veil (Album) BG2 62702 US 1995 Sell This Version
BG4 62702 The Chieftains The Long Black Veil (Album) BG4 62702 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
BH1 Bat Chain Puller  album cover Beefheart* Bat Chain Puller(LP, Unofficial) VAULTernative Records (2) BH1 US 2012 Sell This Version
BPR 1230 Rollo  album cover Frank Zappa Rollo(10", Num, Cle) Zappa Records, UMe BPR 1230 US 2017 Sell This Version
BPR-7777 The Old Masters, Box One  album cover Zappa* The Old Masters, Box One(7xLP, Album, RM + Box, Comp) Barking Pumpkin Records BPR-7777 US 1985 Sell This Version
BVCF-1509 The Celtic Harp: A Tribute To Edward Bunting  album cover The Chieftains With The Belfast Harp Orchestra The Chieftains With The Belfast Harp Orchestra - The Celtic Harp: A Tribute To Edward Bunting(CD, Album, Promo) RCA BVCF-1509 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
C2L-18 Tinsel Town Rebellion  album cover Frank Zappa Tinsel Town Rebellion(2xLP, Album, Gat) CBS C2L-18 Colombia 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 25251 The Man From Utopia  album cover Frank Zappa The Man From Utopia (Album) CBS 25251 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
CBS 85804 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch  album cover Zappa* Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch(LP, Album) CBS CBS 85804 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 88560 You Are What You Is  album cover Frank Zappa You Are What You Is(2xLP, Album, Gat) CBS CBS 88560 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
CDC 7 47125 2 The Perfect Stranger  album cover Boulez* Conducts Zappa* Boulez* Conducts Zappa* - The Perfect Stranger (Album) CDC 7 47125 2 1985 Sell This Version
CDD ZAP 8 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1  album cover Frank Zappa You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1 (Album) CDD ZAP 8 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CDD ZAP 9 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2  album cover Frank Zappa You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2(2xCD, Album) Zappa Records, Zappa Records CDD ZAP 9 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CDDZAP 17 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3  album cover Frank Zappa You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3 (Album) CDDZAP 17 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDD ZAP 19 Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar  album cover Frank Zappa Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records, Zappa Records CDD ZAP 19 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
CDD ZAP 21 Thing-Fish  album cover Frank Zappa Thing-Fish(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records CDD ZAP 21 UK 1990 Sell This Version
CDD ZAP 37 Zappa In New York  album cover Zappa* Zappa In New York(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records CDD ZAP 37 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
CDDZAP 46 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5  album cover Frank Zappa You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5 (Album) CDDZAP 46 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDDZAP 47 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 6  album cover Frank Zappa You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 6 (Album) CDDZAP 47 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
CDD ZAP 55 Playground Psychotics  album cover Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* - Playground Psychotics (Album) CDD ZAP 55 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
CDDZAP 56 Civilization Phaze III  album cover Frank Zappa Civilization Phaze III (Album) CDDZAP 56 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CDP 7 46188 2 Does Humor Belong In Music?  album cover Frank Zappa Does Humor Belong In Music? (Album) CDP 7 46188 2 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
CDP 7 90074 2 The Man From Utopia / Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch  album cover Frank Zappa The Man From Utopia / Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch(CD, Comp) EMI CDP 7 90074 2 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CDP 7 90075 2 You Are What You Is  album cover Frank Zappa You Are What You Is(CD, Album, RE, RM) EMI, EMI CDP 7 90075 2 UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
CDP 7 90077 2 Tinseltown Rebellion  album cover Frank Zappa Tinseltown Rebellion(CD, Album, RE) EMI, EMI CDP 7 90077 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDP 7 90078 2 Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention / Jazz From Hell  album cover Frank Zappa Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention / Jazz From Hell(CD, Album, Comp) EMI Records Ltd. CDP 7 90078 2 UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
CDP 7 90080 2 Them Or Us  album cover Zappa* Them Or Us(CD, Album, RE) EMI Records Ltd. CDP 7 90080 2 UK 1986 Sell This Version
CD ZAP 1 Freak Out!  album cover Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Freak Out! (Album) CD ZAP 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CD ZAP 2 Hot Rats  album cover Frank Zappa Hot Rats (Album) CD ZAP 2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CD ZAP 11 One Size Fits All  album cover Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention* - One Size Fits All(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records, Zappa Records CD ZAP 11 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CDZAP 15 Bongo Fury  album cover Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* - Bongo Fury (Album) CDZAP 15 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CDZAP 16 Baby Snakes  album cover Frank Zappa Baby Snakes (Album) CDZAP 16 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CDZAP 18 Apostrophe' / Overnite Sensation  album cover Frank Zappa Apostrophe' / Overnite Sensation(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Zappa Records, Zappa Records CDZAP 18 Europe 1990 Sell This Version