Frank Zappa

Frank Vincent Zappa

Also known as Appaz, ザッパ, F. Z., F. Zappa, F.Z., F.Zappa, Francis Vincent Zappa, Franck Zappa, Frank, Frank Vincent Zappa, Frankie Zappo, FZ, Z, Zappa
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Discography of Frank Zappa:

# 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
12 Cheap Thrills 13 Audio 1998 Rykodisc
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
16 Halloween 13 Audio 2003
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
20 Tinseltown Rebellion 15 Audio 1981 CBS
21 Cheap Thrills - Special Edition 13 Audio 1998 Rykodisc
22 Freak Out! 15 Audio 1995 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
26 Tinseltown Rebellion 15 Audio 1987-04-00
27 Absolutely Free 17 Audio 1995 Rykodisc
28 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1 28 Audio 1988 Rykodisc
29 Studio Tan 4 Audio 1995 Rykodisc
30 Baby Snakes 8 Audio 1988 Zappa Records
31 Freaks And Motherfu*#@%! 10 Audio 1991-07-16
32 Sheik Yerbouti 18 Audio 1995-05-02 Rykodisc
33 Bongo Fury 9 Audio 1995 Rykodisc
34 Bobby Brown / Baby Snakes 2 Audio 1979 CBS
35 Joe's Garage 2 Audio 1979 CBS
36 One Size Fits All 9 Audio 1995 Rykodisc
37 The Lost Episodes 30 Audio 1996-02-27 Rykodisc
38 Orchestral Favorites 5 Audio 1995-05-02 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
45 Sheik Yerbouti 18 Audio 1986-04-00 EMI
46 Läther 31 Audio 1996 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).

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