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FRANK ZAPPA Complete Discography

This web-page has detailed descriptions and background information on FRANK ZAPPA and the complete discography of his first band "The Mothers of Invention", In addition to detailed description you will find high resolution scans of album covers (front and back), inner sleeves and the vinyl records

 

 

 

 

 

FRANK ZAPPA

The first section of this web-page lists Frank Zappa's discography in alphabetical order and contains both official and un-official (aka bootleg) albums. The second section lists the "Mothers of Invention" discigraphy. Near the end of this discography you will find a Google Custom Search, which is particular useful in search related to Frank Zappa vinyl discography

The complete album and record discography of

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Record Catalogno
Band/Performers - Album Title
Year
Country

United Artists Records UAS 29 218 XD

FRANK ZAPPA - 200 Motels Gatetold

"200 Motels" is the 1971 American-British musical surrealist film cowritten and directed by Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer and starring The Mothers of Invention, Theodore Bikel and Ringo Starr. The film covers a loose storyline about The Mothers of Invention going crazy in the small town Centerville. This soundtrack album was released in the same year.

1971 Germany

TMOQ TradeMark Of Quality

FRANK ZAPPA & MOTHERS OF INVENTION - 200 Motels TMOQ Green Vinyl

this bootleg is 200 Motels Live - although it is also known as Contempo '70 by some collectors to avoid confusion with the official 200 Motels release.

1971

USA

original USA vinyl pressing

DISCREET DIS 59201

 

FRANK ZAPPA - Apostrophe

This is the album by Frank Zappa, his eighteenth, released on March 22, 1974

Collector's info: first German pressing with "A DiscreetRecording...By WEA MUSIK" on the record label, DIS 59 201 (Y) printed on the top right hand corner of the album back cover, "A Warner Communications Company" printed at the bottom of the back cover

1974 Germany
FOO-EEE RI 70538
FRANK ZAPPA & Mothers Of Invention- The Ark, Wowie Zowie  

FRANK ZAPPA & Mothers Of Invention - The Ark, Wowie Zowie

 

   
FOO-EEE RI-70537
 FRANK ZAPPA As An Am

FRANK ZAPPA - As An Am

"As an Am" features recordings from three separate shows. Track 1 is from May 19, 1981 at Rockline, KLOS-FM, Los Angeles, California; tracks 2 and 3 are from May 21, 1982 at Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany and tracks 4-6 are from October 31, 1981 at The Palladium, New York City.
 

   
CBS S 8216
FRANK ZAPPA - Bobby Brown / Stick it Out

FRANK ZAPPA - Bobby Brown / Stick it Out

   

DISCREET DS 2234 / 31,936

FRANK ZAPPA CAPTAIN BEEFHEART THE MOTHERS - Bongo Fury

 

FRANK ZAPPA CAPTAIN BEEFHEART THE MOTHERS - Bongo Fury

This is the album released by Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart in 1975. The live portions were recorded on 20 & 21 May 1975 at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas. Studio tracks were recorded in January 1975 (during the sessions which produced One Size Fits All and much of Studio Tan).

1975 USA

REPRISE Records REP 44020

FRANK ZAPPA - Chunga's Revenge FOC

"Chunga's Revenge" is the album by Frank Zappa, released on October 23, 1970. Zappa's first effort of the 1970s marks the first appearance of former Turtles members Flo & Eddie on a Zappa record, and signals the dawn of a controversial epoch in Zappa's history (this era is both hated and loved by Zappa fans in equal measure). Chunga's Revenge represents a shift from both the satirical political commentary of his 1960s work with The Mothers of Invention, and the jazz fusion of Hot Rats.

1970 German
Reprise Records RS 2030 31,107

FRANK ZAPPA - Chunga's Revenge Gatefold

"Chunga's Revenge" is the album by Frank Zappa, released on October 23, 1970. Zappa's first effort of the 1970s marks the first appearance of former Turtles members Flo & Eddie on a Zappa record, and signals the dawn of a controversial epoch in Zappa's history (this era is both hated and loved by Zappa fans in equal measure). Chunga's Revenge represents a shift from both the satirical political commentary of his 1960s work with The Mothers of Invention, and the jazz fusion of Hot Rats.

1970 Germany
Reprise MS 2030

FRANK ZAPPA Chunga's Revenge

Chunga's Revenge is an album by Frank Zappa, released on October 23, 1970. Zappa's first effort of the 1970s marks the first appearance of former Turtles members Flo & Eddie on a Zappa record, and signals the dawn of a controversial epoch in Zappa's history

1970 Canada
FOO-EEE RI 70539
 FRANK ZAPPA Freaks And Motherfu*#@%!

FRANK ZAPPA Freaks And Motherfu*#@%!

Freaks & Mother*#@%! was recorded at Fillmore East, New York City on November 13, 1970. 

   

REPRISE 44209

FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS - Grand Wazoo

This is the 1972 jazz fusion album by Frank Zappa. Composed and recorded during Zappa's period of convalescence following his assault in London, the album, along with its "twin brother" Waka/Jawaka (July 1972), represent Zappa's foray into big band fusion, the logical progression from Hot Rats (1969), which used a much smaller lineup.

1972 Germany
Barking Pumpkin Records D1-7421

FRANK ZAPPA Guitar 2LP

Guitar is the 1988 album by Frank Zappa. It is the follow-up to 1981's Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar; like that album it features Zappa's guitar solos excerpted from live performances, recorded between 1979 and 1984. It garnered Zappa his 6th Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance".

1988 USA

REPRISE Records RS 6356

 

FRANK ZAPPA - Hot Rats Reprise Teldec FOC

"Hot Rats" is the second solo album by Frank Zappa. It was released in October 1969. Five of the six songs are instrumental ("Willie the Pimp" features a short vocal by Captain Beefheart). It was Zappa's first recording project after the dissolution of the original Mothers of Invention. In his original sleeve notes Zappa described the album as "a movie for your ears."

Collector's Info: record label has TELDEC

1969 Germany

Reprise Records 44 078 RS 6356 30,936

FRANK ZAPPA - Hot Rats Gatefold

"Hot Rats" is the second solo album by Frank Zappa. It was released in October 1969. Five of the six songs are instrumental ("Willie the Pimp" features a short vocal by Captain Beefheart). It was Zappa's first recording project after the dissolution of the original Mothers of Invention. In his original sleeve notes Zappa described the album as "a movie for your ears."

1969 Germany

WORLDWHITE Hi-Fi Concert Serie WWA 13

 

 

FRANK ZAPPA & MOTHERS OF INVENTION - In Europe / Inspiration WorldWhite WWA 13

this unofficial album was most likely recorded in 1971 in the Ahoy Hallen in Rotterdam

1971 Holland

CBS 86101

FRANK ZAPPA - Joe's Garage

This album "FRANK ZAPPA - Joe's Garage" is the 1979 rock opera by Frank Zappa. Zappa self-deprecatingly describes the album as a stupid little story about how the government is going to do away with music

1979  

VERVE 2317046

FRANK ZAPPA & Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra - Lumpy Gravy

 

FRANK ZAPPA & Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra - Lumpy Gravy

Lumpy Gravy is the debut solo album by Frank Zappa, recorded with a group of session players he dubbed the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra.

Collectior's Info: Black Verve Label with Silver print and largeT shaped logo. White Spine, Black Label, Brown Cover, MacNeill Press Lt

1968

UK / GB

original UK/GB Pressing

CBS 25251

 

FRANK ZAPPA The Man From Utopia Steve Vai

This s the 1983 album by Frank Zappa. The album is named after a 1950s song, written by Donald and Doris Woods, which Zappa covers as part of "The Man from Utopia Meets Mary Lou".

Collector's Info: This is the original first pressing from Holland with the yellow sticker on the front cover: "Cocaine and The Man from Utopia..."

1983 Holland

Barking Pumpkin Records ST-74203

 

FRANK ZAPPA - Meets the Mothers of Prevention

This is the 1985 album by Frank Zappa. It was originally released in two slightly different versions in the US and Europe. The album's title is a reference to the lobby group, the PMRC, who were campaigning to require record companies to put warning stickers on albums they considered offensive, and to Zappa's former band, The Mothers of Invention.

Collector's Info: album cover black text on white background, custome black inner sleeve, label: Pink Barkin Pumpkin Records , Matrix / Stamper codes (hand written) "ST-74203-1-A-SH1 GF FZ HOTUNE 818-Pumpkin SLM-11027" / "ST-74203-1-B-SH2 EF FZ HOTUNE 818-Pumpkin SLM-11027-X"

1985

USA

original USA vinyl pressing

DiscReet Records DIS 59207

FRANK ZAPPA & MOTHERS OF INVENTION - One Size Fits All FOC

This album "FRANK ZAPPA & MOTHERS OF INVENTION - One Size Fits All FOC" is the 1975 rock album by Frank Zappa The album features the final version of The Mothers of Invention, with George Duke, Chester Thompson, Ruth Underwood, Tom Fowler and Napoleon Murphy Brock.

Collector's Info: this the Genuine (original) German first pressing with the "(Z)" on the record'ls label

1975 Germany
Discreet Records DSK 2294
FRANK ZAPPA Orchestral Favorites  

FRANK ZAPPA Orchestral Favorites

   
FOO-EEE RI 60544
FRANK ZAPPA Piquantique Stockholm 1973

FRANK ZAPPA Piquantique Stockholm 1973

Piquantique was recorded at Solliden, Skansen, Stockholm on August 21, 1973, with the exception of track 4, which is taken from a concert at the Roxy, December 1973.
 

   

AMAZING KORNYFONE

FRANK ZAPPA & MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Poot Face Booogie

is an unofficial recording of Frank Zappa Live Ahoy Rotterdam 1971 and studio recordings 1968-1868

1971  

DISCREET 2DS 2202 31,792

FRANK ZAPPA & MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Roxy & Elsewhere DLP FOC

This is the live album by Frank Zappa & The Mothers, which was released in 1974. Most of the songs were recorded at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California on December 8, 9 and 10, 1973. The material taken from the Roxy concerts was later amended with some overdubs in the studio, while the "Elsewhere" tracks ("Son of Orange County" & "More Trouble Every Day") were recorded on May 8, 1974, at the Edinboro State College, Edinboro, Pennsylvania (and parts of "Son of Orange County" on May 11, 1974, at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois (late show)) and do not contain overdubbed material

1974

USA

original USA vinyl pressing

FOO-EEE RI-70543
 FRANK ZAPPA Saarbrucken 1978
FRANK ZAPPA Saarbrucken 1978    
CBS 83551 / 88339
FRANK ZAPPA Sheik Yerbouti
FRANK ZAPPA Sheik Yerbouti 1978 England

CBS 88339

FRANK ZAPPA - Sheik Yerbouti 2LP FOC  is the live double album with studio elements by Frank Zappa made up of material recorded in 1977 and 1978.

 

FRANK ZAPPA - Sheik Yerbouti 2LP FOC (MINT/NM)

is the live double album with studio elements by Frank Zappa made up of material recorded in 1977 and 1978.

1979 Holland

CBS 85804

FRANK ZAPPA - Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch

Price 13.49€

 

FRANK ZAPPA - Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch

is the album by Frank Zappa, released in May 1982. It features five tracks composed by Zappa, and one song, "Valley Girl", co-written with Moon Unit Zappa, his daughter, who provided the spoken monologue mocking some of the Valley girls at her school including "Gag me with a spoon!".

1982 Holland

CBS 66368

FRANK ZAPPA - Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar 3LP Box-set

As the title implies, the triiple LP album consists solely of instrumentals and improvised solos, largely performed on electric guitar.

1981 Holland

EMI Pumpkin Industries 2402343

FRANK ZAPPA Them Or Us DLP FOC

FRANK ZAPPA Them Or Us DLP FOC

is the rare French releas, released in October 1984. Its opening and closing tracks are covers: "The Closer You Are", which was written by Earl Lewis and Morgan Robinson and originally released by The Channels; and "Whippin' Post", originally recorded by The Allman Brothers Band. Zappa also produced and arranged the album.

1984

France

Rare French Import Pressing

CBS 88516

This album "FRANK ZAPPA - Tinsel Town Rebellion DLP FOC" is the double live LP album released by Frank Zappa in 1981. The album was conceived by Zappa after he scrapped the planned albums "Warts and All" and "Crush All Boxes", and it contains tracks that were intended for those albums.

 

FRANK ZAPPA - Tinsel Town Rebellion DLP FOC

This album "FRANK ZAPPA - Tinsel Town Rebellion DLP FOC" is the double live LP album released by Frank Zappa in 1981. The album was conceived by Zappa after he scrapped the planned albums "Warts and All" and "Crush All Boxes", and it contains tracks that were intended for those albums.

1981 Holland
FOO-EEE RI 70542
FRANK ZAPPA 'Tis The Season To Be Jelly , Live in Sweden 1967    
FOO-EEE RI-70540
FRANK ZAPPA Unmitigated Audacity
FRANK ZAPPA Unmitigated Audacity    

Blue Label Bizarre MS 2094

This is the 1972 album by Frank Zappa, . The album is the jazz-influenced precursor to The Grand Wazoo (November 1972), and, as the front cover indicates, sequel of sorts to 1969's Hot Rats. According to Zappa, the title "is something that showed up on a Ouija board at one time."

FRANK ZAPPA - Waka / Jawaka - Hot Rats

This is the 1972 album by Frank Zappa, . The album is the jazz-influenced precursor to The Grand Wazoo (November 1972), and, as the front cover indicates, sequel of sorts to 1969's Hot Rats. According to Zappa, the title "is something that showed up on a Ouija board at one time."

Collectors Info: Genuine First Pressing, on Blue Bizarre Label with RE1. Later pressings / issues have been released on the Reprise label.

Label info: Warner Seven Arts, Bizarre Custom Inner Sleeve, Matrix / Stamper codes (hand written) "MS 2094 31456-1" / "MS 2094 31457-1"

1972 USA

CBS 88560

 

FRANK ZAPPA You Are What You Is 2LP FOC

This album "FRANK ZAPPA You Are What You Is 2LP FOC" is the double album by Frank Zappa.

1981 Holland

Warner Bros WB 56298

 

FRANK ZAPPA - Zoot Allures

This is the 1976 rock album by Frank Zappa. This was Zappa's only release on the Warner Bros. Records label. Due to a lawsuit with his former manager Herb Cohen Frank Zappa's recording contract was temporarily re-assigned from DiscReet Records to Warner Bros.

Collector's Info: Genuine (Original) 1976 German pressing, WB 56298, Record label has "Burbank Home of Warner..." printed near 12 O'Clock, "A Warner Bros Recording..." printed near 8 O'Clock, Album Back Cover has Z printed on upper right corner, first track is listed as "Wind Up Working..."

   

The complete album and record discography of The Mothers of Invention

Record Catalogno
Band/Performers - Album Title
Year
Country

Blue Label Verve V6-5013 / MGS-672

MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Absolutely Free

is the second album by The Mothers of Invention, led by Frank Zappa. Absolutely Free is, again, a display of complex musical composition with political and social satire. The band had been augmented since Freak Out! by the addition of saxophone player Bunk Gardner, keyboardist Don Preston, guitarist Jim Fielder and drummer Billy Mundi. Fielder quit the group before the album was released and his name was removed from the album credits.

Collector's info: Blue Verve Label with empty "T" logo, No Hollywood Address on Label, Stamper / Matrix codes (hand-written) "V6-5013 Side 1 MGS-672-RE-1" / "V6-5013 Side 2 MGS-673"

1967

USA

original USA vinyl pressing

Blue Label Bizarre RS 6370

MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Burnt Weeny Sandwich

is the album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, released in 1970. It consists of both studio album and live

Collectors info: Blue Bizarre record label with vacuum-pump (or whatever it may be), Warner Seven Arts. Stamper / Matrix codes (handwritten) "RS-6370-A 30975" / "RS-6370-B 30976"

1970

USA

original USA vinyl pressing

Black Label Verve 2317 069

MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Cruising with Ruben & The Jets

is the fourth studio album by the Mothers of Invention. Released on December 2, 1968 on Bizarre and Verve Records with distribution by MGM Records,

Collector's Info: This is the first pressing from 1972 and has black Verve label with silver printing. The large non-empty T Verve logo. "Made under License From" printed above the T logo. Back side of the album cover has printed "printed and made by E.J. Day Group, London..."

1968

Great Britain

original UK/GB Pressing

Reprise Records REP 44150

 

FRANK ZAPPA's MOTHERS - Fillmore East June 1971

is a live album by The Mothers, released in 1971. It was the twelfth album by Frank Zappa. It was produced by Frank Zappa, and mixed by Toby Foster.

1971 Germany

Verve V6/5005-2 MGS 296

 

MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Freak Out! DLP FOC

This album "MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Freak Out! DLP FOC" Freak Out! is the first album by American band The Mothers of Invention, released June 27, 1966 on Verve Records. Often cited as one of rock music's first concept albums, the album is a satirical expression of frontman Frank Zappa's perception of American pop culture.

The genuine first 1st US pressing included a blurb for a "Freak Out Hot Spots!" map. Inside the gatefold jacket the small ad was aimed at people coming to visit Los Angeles and it listed several famous restaurants and clubs including Canter's and The Whiskey A Go-Go. The phony map blurb was not included on later pressings but was removed and the space was left blank.

Later re-issues of this album may have this map AD re-included.

"Freak Out!" has also been re-issued in variations of coloured vinyl.

 

1969

USA

original USA vinyl pressing

REPRISE 44209

 

FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS - Grand Wazoo

This is the 1972 jazz fusion album by Frank Zappa. Composed and recorded during Zappa's period of convalescence following his assault in London, the album, along with its "twin brother" Waka/Jawaka (July 1972), represent Zappa's foray into big band fusion, the logical progression from Hot Rats (1969), which used a much smaller lineup.

Collector's Info: Genuine 1972 issue with Warner Bros / Kinney / WEA on the record's label

1972 Germany

Reprise Records K 44179

 

FRANK ZAPPA's MOTHERS - Just Another Band from L.A.

is the live album by The Mothers, released in 1972 . It was recorded live on August 7, 1971 in Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles.

1972

UK

original UK/GB Pressing

DISCREET DIS 41000

FRANK ZAPPA & MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Over-Nite Sensation FOC

 

FRANK ZAPPA & MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Over-Nite Sensation FOC

This is the seventeenth studio album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. Released on September 7, 1973, it was followed by Zappa's solo album Apostrophe (') (1974), which was recorded during the same sessions.

Collector's Info: This is the original German first pressing with "A Discreet Recording distributed by WEA MUSIK" and NO "Alle urheber..." printed at 7 O'Clock printed on the record's label. Album's back cover has the (Y) printed on the upper right corner

1973 Germany

Reprise MS 2024/1

 

MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Uncle Meat

This is the fifth studio album by the Mothers of Invention, released as a double album in 1969. Uncle Meat was originally developed as a part of No Commercial Potential, a project which spawned three other albums

Collector's Info: Original 1969 Issue with "Made in Germany by TELDEC" and NO "Telefunken Decca" printed on the record's label with "9 Types of Pollution" on the tracklisting

 

1969 Germany

VERVE Records V6-5045 / MGS 1250

 

MOTHERS OF INVENTION - We're only in for the Money USA FOC

This is the third studio album by The Mothers of Invention. Released on March 4, 1968 on Verve Records

Collectors Info: original 1968 pressing, black Verve label with silver printing, empty Verve T logo, bottom of the label near 6 o'clock has "7165 Sunset Blvd", album cover spine has X, album cover back has "V6 5045X", matrix/stamper codes (hand written): "V6-5045 Side 1 MGS 1250 REV F" / "V6-5045 Side 1 MGS 1251 REV F"

1968

USA

original USA vinyl pressing

REPRISE RS 2028

MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Weasels Ripped my Flesh

 

MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Weasels Ripped my Flesh

Original First German Pressing with German releases of the album featuring a metal baby caught in a rat trap (Rat Trap Cover). This cover was not approved by Zappa.

1969 Germany
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