On July 31st, a bounty of Frank Zappa’s recordings will be reissued by the Zappa Family Trust, which just acquired the late singer/songwriter/composer’s extensive back catalog.
To celebrate the newly-signed global distribution & licensing deal with Universal Music Enterprises, a dozen of Zappa’s roughly 60 albums will be re-released each month until the end of the year.
Gail Zappa, Frank’s widow and the head of the Zappa Family Trust, was thrilled with the deal, saying:
They made us the offer we couldn’t refuse — for all the right reasons. It is a win-win for all of us, but mostly for Frank Zappa. Long may his baton wave. We are so ready to go.
Zappa’s entire catalog of recordings will be released, with each record’s analog tapes being re-mastered for each special reissue. Not bad!
Due out on July 31st, the first dozen releases will be (in chronological order):
1. Freak Out! (1966) 2. Absolutely Free (1967) 3. Lumpy Gravy (1968) 4. We’re Only In It For The Money (1968) 5. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968) 6. Uncle Meat (1969) 7. Hot Rats (1969) 8. Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970) 9. Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970) 10. Chunga’s Revenge (1970) 11. Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971) 12. Just Another Band From L.A. (1972)
For more details, visit Zappa.com.
Here’s a random video of the song Mother People, from We’re Only In It For The Money: