Zappa Reissue Program

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)
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