Zappa Reissue Program

By swagski swagski
updated over 3 years ago

The ZFT reissue program in 2012
For better or worse, in the demise of vinyl and all its little idiosyncrasies, the ZFT begun diving into the Vaults in 2012 and initiated a roll-out of 56 remastered CDs of Frank's gems, each numbered on the CD face. I shan't comment further, other than to say anyone snagging a copy should also have the vinyl to hand - otherwise you won't know what you missed, especially the tactile enjoyment and intricacies of cover art and inserts, as opposed to the nano versions.
          (A reissue update for 2013. Vinyl reissues are to emerge from June 2013. Likely to be pressed by Pallas.
          When available I shall add them in at the foot of each CD reissue)


Any Frank Zappa is better than no Frank Zappa. (I shall add and comment as time allows. PMs are welcome)

I shall add the original from DB, if it exists, directly below the CD reissue - along with a brief scenario and any 'conceptual continuities' to be found (just a few for interest - things may grow in time, as all the issues arrive). All release dates are USA.

Having gained full control over the works of FZ, the ZFT announced and signed this 56-release CD reissue deal with Universal Music Enterprises. The first 12 reissues in 2012 planned to coincide [almost] with Diva's birthday, on 31st July. The entire set of works, from 1966 to 1993, can be 'mail-order purchased' in advance - or monthly-released issues purchased as a set, or singularly.

Chronologically-ordered reissue sets, covering releases from 1966 to 1993. (Issue numbers added, where subbed).
(Since the initial announcement, the list has expanded [still in sets of 12] to include releases up to 2012 - plus vinyl up to 2013)

Cat# ZP09COMBO; The 1st set of 12 (mail-order at $173.76) 1966 - 1972
ZPCD104 #01 - Freak Out! (1966)
ZPCD105 #02 - Absolutely Free (1967)
ZPCD106 #03 - Lumpy Gravy (1968)
ZPCD107 #04 - We're Only In It For The Money (1968)
ZPCD108 #05 - Cruising with Ruben & The Jets (1968)
ZPCD109 #06 - Uncle Meat (1969)
ZPCD110 #08 - Hot Rats (1969)
ZPCD111 #09 - Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)
ZPCD112 #10 - Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
ZPCD113 #11 - Chunga's Revenge (1970)
ZPCD114 #12 - Fillmore East 1971 (1971)
ZPCD115 #14 - Just Another Band From L.A. (1972)

Cat# ZP10COMBO; All 56 reissues - 1966 - 1993 (mail-order at $963.80)
(Content sent piecemeal, in roll-out order as each item is issued)

Cat# ZP11COMBO; The 2nd set of 12 (mail-order at $173.76) 1972 - 1979
ZPCD119 #15 - Waka / Jawaka (1972)
ZPCD120 #16 - The Grand Wazoo (1972)
ZPCD121 #17 - Over-Nite Sensation (1973)
ZPCD122 #18 - Apostrophe (') (1973)
ZPCD127 #19 - Roxy & Elsewhere (1974)
ZPCD123 #20 - One Size Fits All (1974)
ZPCD124 #21 - Bongo Fury (1975)
ZPCD116 #22 - Zoot Allures (1976)
ZPCD117 #23 - Zappa In New York (1977 withdrawn /1978 reissued)
ZPCD125 #24 - Studio Tan (1978)
ZPCD126 #25 - Sleep Dirt (1979)
ZPCD118 #26 - Sheik Yerbouti (1979)

Cat# ZP12COMBO; The 3rd set of 12 (mail-order at $201.76) 1979 - 1984
ZPCD128 #27 - Orchestral Favorites (1979)
ZPCD129 #28/29 - Joe's Garage I, II & III (I -1979 / I & II - 1979 / I, II & III - 1987)
ZPCD130 #30 - Tinsel Town Rebellion (1981)
ZPCD131 #31/32/33 - Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar (1981)
ZPCD132 #34 - You Are What You Is (1981)
ZPCD133 #35 - Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch (1982)
ZPCD134 #36 - The Man From Utopia (1983)
ZPCD135 #37 - Baby Snakes (1983)
ZPCD136 #38/#48 - London Symphony Orchestra/Kent Nagano - Zappa: Vol. I & II (1983) (1987)
ZPCD137 #39 - Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger (1984)
ZPCD138 #40 - Them Or Us (1984)
ZPCD139 #41 - Thing-Fish (1984)

Cat# ZP13COMBO; The 4th set of 12 (mail-order at $191.76) 1984 - 1991
ZPCD140 #42 - Francesco Zappa (1984)
ZPCD141 # - Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (1985)
ZPCD142 # - Does Humor Belong In Music? (1986)
ZPCD143 #47 - Jazz From Hell (1986)
ZPCD151 #50 - Guitar (1988)
ZPCD144 #51 - You Can't Do That Onstage Anymore Vol 1 (1988)
ZPCD145 #52 - You Can't Do That Onstage Anymore [Helsinki Concert] Vol 2 (1988)
ZPCD146 #53 - Broadway, The Hard Way (1988)
ZPCD148 #55 - The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (1991)
ZPCD150 #57 - Make a Jazz Noise Here (1991)
ZPCD160 #7 - Mothermania - Best Of The Mothers (1969)
ZPCD161 #93 - Understanding America

The 5th set of 12 "One Dozen Masters" (mail -order at $216.76 - 14 Dec 2012)
ZPCD147 #54 - You Can't Do That Onstage Anymore Vol 3 (1989)
ZPCD149 # - You Can't Do That Onstage Anymore Vol 4 (1991)
ZPCD152 # - You Can't Do That Onstage Anymore Vol 5 (1992)
ZPCD153 # - You Can't Do That Onstage Anymore Vol 6 (1992)
ZPCD154 # - Playground Psychotics (1992)
ZPCD155 #63 - Ahead Of Their Time (1992)
ZPCD157 #64 - The Lost Episodes (1994)
ZPCD163 #65 - LÄTHER (1996)
ZPCD156 #62 - The Yellow Shark (1997)
ZPCD159 # - Have I Offended Someone? (1997)
ZPCD158 #68 - Mystery Disc (1998)
ZPCD164 #94 - Finer Moments (2012)

The following linked List provides firstly the USA CD reissue, secondly the very first USA issue [vinyl or CD], then the Euro CD reissue.
Each followed by the Vinyl reissues begun in Mid 2013.
(All when available in database - where, in an ideal world, audio-sources should also be found)

  1. Zappa Family Trust

    See interested parties:
    Gail Zappa / Dweezil Zappa / Moon Zappa / Diva Zappa / Ahmet Zappa.

    This Los Angeles Times article, written in Dec 1989 ( some 4 years prior to FZ's death) may be of interest regarding the Zappa family unit and work ethic; Zappa Keeps An Eye On The Bottom Line
                                                       Acknowledgements to KillUglyRadio.com

  2. The Mothers Of Invention* - Freak Out!

    USA CD Reissue #01 - Zappa Records - ZR 3834 / ZPCD104 - 31 July 2012
    (From the transfer to 1630 digital Master of 1987).
    Contains CD-Text

    See original vinyl below.

  3. The Mothers Of Invention* - Freak Out!

    Original US vinyl issue: Verve Records - V6-5005-2 - Jun 27/Jul 1966
    Ground-breaking first 'Rock double album' (whilst Dylan's 'Blonde On Blonde' double release hit another market). First issues with the ultra-rare mail-order 'Freak-Map'. Birth of the groupie leitmotif Suzy Creamcheese and Zappa's intriguing "Freak List" of 179 names under "These people have contributed materially in many ways to make our music what it is. Please do not hold it against them".
    (Many of whom were my heros as a 'freaking out' teenager of the time).
    Originally released as a double and a single [flipback] LP in the UK.

  4. The Mothers Of Invention* - Freak Out!

    USA Vinyl reissue #01 - Zappa Records - ZR 3834-1 - 18 Jun 2013
    Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
    Uses the 1987 Sony 3324 digital transfer made by FZ.
    When Travers compared the 2006 transfer against FZ's transfer, made in '87 to Sony 3324, the Sony transfer sounded better.
    The original "Freak Out!" master is on acetate tape and acetate tape is not heat-treatable. As Travers said, "It is what it is. It's also fragile, acetate tape tends to warp over time and many plays. The tape pack can be less then ideal in the end. So, with this in mind, the decision to use the 1987 digital transfer made sense... As far as the critique of the "brightness" or the mix itself, always remember that Frank DID NOT LIKE the original mix of "Freak Out!". But, historically speaking, it's what people have come to know & love and it is a part of legend. Had we used Frank's remix for CD, we would have come under fire for that! You know how it is".

  5. The Mothers Of Invention* - Freak Out!

    UK & Euro Vinyl Reissue #01 - Zappa Records - 0238341 18 June 2013

  6. Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free

    USA CD Reissue #02 - Zappa Records - ZR 3835 / ZPCD105 - 31 July 2012
    There is a bit of a 'cop-out' on this reissue.
    All reference to "War Means Work For All", above the American flag on FZ's original art (of Dec 1966) has been removed. Sad really...
    Here's a ref to FZ's original signed & dated art for the back cover
    See original (mono) vinyl below: Verve Records - V/V6-5013X

  7. The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free

    Original vinyl issue [mono]: Verve Records – V-5013, Verve Records – V/V6-5013X - Jun 1967
    (Possibly May 26)
    The "War Means Work For All" text 'tweak' + Censorship & a Libretto held up this release. (Libretto issued separately & also reproduced in UK's 'underground' IT magazine [See Mick Farren]).
    Pumpkin on the cover & 90-degree design orientation - artwork done by FZ, whilst performing at The Garrick & staying at the Hotel Van Rensselaer, NY.
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    It may be worth noting here, that Verve catalog numbering went along these broad lines; V=Mono, V6=Stereo and, with some later change or manipulation, with an 'X' suffixed
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  8. Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free

    UK & Euro CD Reissue #02 - Zappa Records - 0238352 / ZPCD105 - 31 July 2012

  9. Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy

    USA CD Reissue #03 - Zappa Records – ZR 3836 / ZPCD106 - 31 Jul 2012

    See original vinyl below. Verve Records - V6-8741

  10. Francis Vincent Zappa* Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus* - Lumpy Gravy

    Original vinyl issue: Verve Records - V6-8741 - May 1968
    Pumpkin gets a mention, the folk of Apostolic show out and the scene is set for Civilization Phaze III.

  11. Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money

    US CD Reissue #04 - Zappa Records – ZR 3837 / ZPCD107 - 31 Jul 2012
    Issued with uncensored cover, one of Cal Schenkel's first projects in a long creative relationship with FZ.
    < See original vinyl below: Verve Records - V6 5045X

  12. The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money

    Original vinyl issue: Verve Records - V6-5045X - Mar 1968
    Censored cover - so, inner used as outer. (FZ meets Schenkel, courtesy of Hurvitz aka 'Uncle Meat')
    Versions: Peppered with nuances. The insert also printed by 'Queens Litho' in the same press-run as the US "Sgt Pepper - which the cover of this was intended to parody. Subsequent releases under FZ's control have intended cover.

  13. The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money

    UK & Euro CD Reissue #04 - Zappa Records – 0238372 / ZPCD107 - 31 Jul 2012

    See original above: Verve Records - V6 5045X

  14. Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* - Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

    USA CD Reissue #05 - Zappa Records – ZR 3838 / ZPCD108 - 31 Jul 2012

    See original below: Verve Records - V6 5055-X

  15. The Mothers Of Invention* - Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

    Original vinyl issue: Verve Records - V6 5055-X - Nov/Dec 1968
    With liner notes based around faux band member Ruben Sano, plus insert: "How To Comb & Set A Jellyroll" and "Bop Dance Step Instructions".
    Conceptual Continuity: "Cruising For Burgers", "Just Another Band From L.A.", *SNAT, and more...

  16. Zappa*, The Mothers Of Invention* - Uncle Meat

    USA CD reissue #06 Zappa Records - ZR 3839 - 31 Jul 2012

  17. The Mothers Of Invention* - Uncle Meat

    < See original vinyl.
    Original vinyl issue: Bizarre Records - 2MS 2024 - Apr 1969
    The sleeve design by Schenkel was created in the first 'studio' on Melrose Avenue, that was once a dental practice - hence the resources for the collage. (also the venue where Wild Man Fischer & TMR art began). The '1348' on the skull is, according to Schenkel, arbitrary and coincidentally 'The Year Of The Plague'.
    After art completion Buzz Gardner joined and his name was added as a boxed note. Collins' departure was simply indicated by an 'X' through his pic. The art was then in print stage when Lowell George joined and his name was added to the film separations - hence the noticeable text color change on early-issue gatefold art. (Neither new member features). Schenkel was actually working on this art when the incident of the two hitch-hikers occurred - see The Mothers - The Grand Wazoo - in a 1959 white Jaguar convertible, previously owned by Don Van Vliet and birthday-gifted to Janet Ferguson by FZ.

  18. Zappa*, The Mothers Of Invention* - Uncle Meat

    UK & Euro CD reissue #06 Zappa Records - 0238392 - 31 Jul 2012

  19. Zappa* / The Mothers Of Invention* - Uncle Meat

    US 2xVinyl reissue #?? Zappa Records - ZR 3839-1 - 17 Dec 2013
    Pressed by Pallas
    Joe Travers: "New hi-res digital patchwork edit master was created in 2013, with all damaged sections restored from safeties in The Vault"

  20. Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

    USA CD Reissue #08 - Zappa Records – ZR 3841 / ZPCD110 - 31 Jul 2012
    Now, if you had the LP-sized issue, you could see the sign "Shame on you. You didn't trust Mothers" just below the "Dedicated to Dweezil, Bub & Gil" text. An 'all's well now update' advert for "Mothers' Gefilte Fish". 'Hot Ratz' is a star in the OSFA sleeve 'star map'. However, this is the vinyl mix.
    See original below: Bizarre Records - RS 6356

  21. Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

    Original vinyl issue: Bizarre Records - RS 6356 - Oct 1969
    Created parallel to "Trout Mask Replica", the Caraeff images of TMR are evident here. Beefheart has his vacuum cleaner and an infra-red Miss Christine emerges from a derelict Hollywood pool.
    Conceptual continuity: Dweezil's first album credit as a baby, Zoot 'Soots' & GTOs, 'Hotratz' on the OSFA [SOFA?] star map...

  22. Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

    UK & Euro CD reissue #08 Zappa Records - 0238412 - 27 Jul 2012

  23. FZ* / The Mothers Of Invention* - Burnt Weeny Sandwich

    USA CD reissue #9 - Zappa Records ‎– ZR 3842 / ZPCD111 - 2012
    See original vinyl below.

  24. The Mothers Of Invention* - Burnt Weeny Sandwich

    Original vinyl issue: Bizarre Records - RS 6370 - Feb 1970

  25. The Mothers Of Invention* - Burnt Weeny Sandwich

    UK & Euro CD reissue #9 - Zappa Records - 0238422 - 27 Jul 2012