Last week (4/16), they released a vinyl version of Frank Zappa’s Finer Moments, which was recorded in the early 1970s, but not released until 2012. Fans can find it here on Amazon.com.
In June, look for new vinyl versions of Frank Zappa’s 1966 debut album Freak Out! and Over-Nite Sensation on Zappa Records/Barking Pumpkin Records. Joe Travers, vaultmaster for the Frank Zappa archives is working with Chris Bellman of Bernie Grundman mastering on the new vinyl projects. Freak Out! will be a 180-gram reissue of the original 1966 stereo mix of the album whose title still says it all. The album marked Frank Zappa’s legendary debut album with the Mothers of Invention and proved to be rock ‘n roll’s first concept/double album. Back on vinyl 40 years after its original release, Over-Nite Sensation will also be 180-gram vinyl; the album includes the tracks “Camarillo Brillo,” “I’m The Slime” and “Dinah-Moe Humm,” among others.
Last year when the rights to the iconic composer’s music reverted back to Zappa Records and the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST–headed by Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa–the family made all his music available on iTunes for the first time. The releases honor the iconic legacy of the Composer, Guitarist, Bandleader, Filmmaker and Wit. ZAPPA was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 (although the family would like to know where it is–does anyone have any information???). The official biography: Frank Zappa, American composer, fl. 1940-1993.
For more information, go to www.zappa.com.