As a lifelong comic book fan I could NOT resist the chance to reference a great title in my blog title about the fourth batch of Frank Zappa re-issues. I was also happy to find the photo that I used for this posting while searching around the Internet because Zappa was truly a staunch American citizen and one who constantly told his fans to get out and vote. Remember that we have an election tomorrow and its up to you people to help change the way things are done or to continue along with the plans of those already in office. The fourth go round of Frank’s material is a mixed bag of stuff and not only features a LOT of live material but also showcases Zappa getting more involved with the Synclavier in his compositions. Three of the albums released in this batch have a lot of that computerized instrument used in their process. We also get a lot of live stuff which is never a bad thing in terms of Zappa since he ruled on the stage. Many of this grouping of titles are double CD’s so that means more Zappa music in your library.
Francesco Zappa (1984)
Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (1985)
Does Humor Belong In Music? (1986)
Jazz From Hell (1986)
Guitar (2CD) (1987)
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (1988)
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, The Helsinki Tapes, Vol. 2 (1988)
Broadway The Hard Way (CD) (1988)
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (1991)
Make A Jazz Noise Here (1991)
Here are the Amazon.com links for these releases so you can continue building your collection at home. I’ve been trying to do the same because its so nice to have them all on shiny new re-issues in my music library. My favorites in this particular grouping are “Broadway The Hard Way”, “The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life” along with the first two installments of “You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore”. There is also a compilation which surprised me since the one that had originally come out way back in the bands history was NOT a part of the first wave of re-issues. Perhaps we shall see that coming out now as well.
I’m keeping this one very simple and to the point as its the third such posting, and we still have a couple of more to do unless my count is off. With that being said, let’s raise a glass for the Third Wave of Frank Zappa re-issues that have just come out thanks to the association between Universal Music and Zappa Records. For those who might be unaware of this cool musical news, let me quickly recap and state how for the first time in a very long time that the complete catalog of the legendary Frank Zappa is now in his family’s control. This led to their being re-issued in order for new generations of fans to enjoy and those older fans to finally complete their collection or start building a new one. The Third Wave of releases takes us from 1979 to 1984 and while only a few years are the albums that gave us Steve Vai and made Valley Girl speak a nationwide sensation. Fer sure, Ohmagawd, Totally!!! My favorites from this batch are “Joe’s Garage”, “You Are What You Is”, “Baby Snakes” and “Them Or Us” – What are yours? I’ll leave the comments open for you to share your own insight, but please leave the views to this batch of twelve. You can always check the other postings to speak about the earlier twenty four. Continue reading Frank Zappa Re-Issues Continue “Joe’s Garage” Marks Wave 3→
Yes I know that “Freak Out” was the first actual Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention album and hence a part of the first wave of re-issues that were coming care of the arrangement between the Zappa Family Trust and Universal Music but give me a little bit of an artistic license here. I still have a few more chapters to post and make it up to you. For those who are just joining us and seeing this as completely new news, for the first time in many, many years – the entire music catalog of the late great Frank Zappa is back in the hands of the Zappa Family Trust and are being re-issued by Universal Music. I spoke about it in THIS POST in case you are wondering. For those legacy fans who might not have a complete set as yet now is the perfect time to start fixing that. I have also said this in the earlier post but will repeat again that this is great for the new fan and those too young to have experienced Zappa when he was still with us. He was the king of experimentation and innovation along with creativity in sound and they need to follow this legacy especially if they are fans of Progressive music.
There has truly never been a better time to be into or to get into the music of the legendary Frank Zappa. This is especially the case if you are a fan of Progressive or Avant-garde type of stuff because there was no one else quite like him and that is what makes me share this bit of press with you readers of the PiercingMetal Musings blog. Prepare yourself now….go ahead….