|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|1||Jazz From Hell||8||Audio||1987-04-00||Rykodisc|
|2||Meets The Mothers Of Prevention||10||Audio||1990|
|3||Jazz From Hell||8||Audio||1986||Barking Pumpkin Records|
|4||We're Only In It For The Money / Lumpy Gravy||23||Audio||1985|
|5||Sleep Dirt||7||Audio||1991||Zappa Records|
|6||Strictly Commercial The Best Of Frank Zappa||19||Audio||1995||Rykodisc|
|7||You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 6||37||Audio||1992-07-10||Rykodisc|
|8||Them Or Us||14||Audio||1995||Rykodisc|
|9||Hot Rats||6||Audio||Reprise Records|
|10||Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III||22||Audio||1995-05-02||Rykodisc|
|11||Zoot Allures||9||Audio||1976-11-29||Warner Bros. Records|
|13||You Are What You Is||20||Audio||1986-04-00|
|14||Zappa - Vol. I & II||15||Audio||1995-04-18||Rykodisc|
|15||Montana (Whipping Floss)||2||Audio||1988||Rykodisc|
|17||The Best Of Frank Zappa||15||Audio||2004||Rykodisc|
|18||Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar||23||Audio||1981||CBS|
|19||Zoot Allures||9||Audio||1990||Zappa Records|
|21||Cheap Thrills - Special Edition||13||Audio||1998||Rykodisc|
|23||One Size Fits All||9||Audio||1988|
|24||Roxy & Elsewhere||10||Audio||1992||Barking Pumpkin Records|
|25||Fillmore East - June 1971||11||Audio||1990||Zappa Records|
|28||You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1||28||Audio||1988||Rykodisc|
|30||Baby Snakes||8||Audio||1988||Zappa Records|
|31||Freaks And Motherfu*#@%!||10||Audio||1991-07-16|
|34||Bobby Brown / Baby Snakes||2||Audio||1979||CBS|
|36||One Size Fits All||9||Audio||1995||Rykodisc|
|37||The Lost Episodes||30||Audio||1996-02-27||Rykodisc|
|39||You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5||38||Audio||1995||Rykodisc|
|40||Apostrophe' / Overnite Sensation||18||Audio||1990||Zappa Records|
|41||Cruising With Ruben & The Jets||13||Audio||1985||Zappa Records|
|42||You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2||20||Audio||1988|
|43||You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3||25||Audio||1989||Zappa Records|
|44||You Are What You Is||20||Audio||1995-05-02||Rykodisc|
|47||Lumpy Gravy||2||Audio||1972||Verve Records|
|48||One Size Fits All||9||Audio||1975-08-00||DiscReet|
|49||You Are What You Is||20||Audio||1981||CBS|
|50||Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch||6||Audio||1982-06-00||Barking Pumpkin Records|
American composer, lyricist, songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, bandleader, conductor, producer, filmmaker.
Born 21 December 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Died 4 December 1993 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
[b]Frank Vincent Zappa[/b] was of Italian origins, his grandfather having arrived in America from Partinico, Sicily. [b] Frank Zappa[/b] grew to be one of the most accomplished composers of the rock era, his music combining an understanding and appreciation for such contemporary classical figures as [b][a=Igor Stravinsky][/b], [b][a=Karlheinz Stockhausen][/b] and [b][a=Edgard Varèse][/b]. These influences, coupled with an affection for late '50s doo-wop, rock & roll and skillful guitar-heavy rock, dominated pop in the '70s. However, [b]Zappa[/b] was also a keen satirist, whose reserves of scorn and parody seemed bottomless and whose wicked sense of humor and absurdity continued to delight his numerous fans - even when his lyrics crossed the broadest bounds of taste.
[b]Zappa[/b] was also a prolific record-maker in his time, astutely producing massive amounts of music on his own labels of [b][l=Bizarre Records], [l=Straight][/b] & [b][l=Barking Pumpkin Records][/b] and through distribution deals with [b][l=Rykodisc][/b] and [b][l=Rhino Entertainment Company][/b]. This after long unhappy associations with industry giants like [b][l=Warner Bros. Records][/b] and the now-defunct [b][l=MGM][/b]. In the '80s, [b]Zappa[/b] then gained the rights to his old albums and began to reissue them, first on his own and then through [b][l=Rykodisc][/b]. Throughout his recording career Zappa stayed consistently at the forefront of technology, investing in equipment, home-studio facilities and vault storage that would enable the fullest control over production of his works.
In 1988 his official autobiography emerged and he embarked on a world tour. Sadly, that was the end of his live performing when, in late 1991, it was confirmed that [b]Zappa[/b] was seriously ill with cancer. Nevertheless, his schedule of album releases continued to be rapid. The [l301432] continues to this day with posthumous releases and remasters of the back catalog. His family remain in the industry, his wife [a498325] (aka [a2117913]) the figurehead of the ZFT; [a237886] the force behind "[i]Zappa Plays Zappa[/i]" as well as an accomplished guitarist in his own right; [a296279], [a1635870] and the more reserved [a296276].
Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 (Performer).