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The Frank Zappa Album Versions Guide - Index

Welcome to the Frank Zappa Album Versions guide, aka the vinyl-vs-CD FAQ! Here, we sort out the many differences between the various versions of Zappa's albums. Please read the FAQ if you haven't already, or if you are new to the site.


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The Core Catalog (sorted by original US release date)

Freak Out!  (1966)

Absolutely Free (1967)

We're Only In It for the Money (1968)

Lumpy Gravy (1968)

Cruising with Ruben & the Jets (1968)

Uncle Meat (1969)

Hot Rats (1970)

Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)

Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)

Chunga's Revenge (1970)

Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971)

200 Motels (1971)

Just Another Band from LA (1972)

Waka/Jawaka (1972)

The Grand Wazoo (1972)

Over-Nite Sensation (1973)

Apostrophe (') (1974)

Roxy & Elsewhere (1974)

One Size Fits All (1975)

Bongo Fury (1975)

Zoot Allures (1976)

Läther (1977/1996)

Zappa in New York (1978)

Studio Tan (1978)

Sleep Dirt (1979)

Sheik Yerbouti (1979)

Orchestral Favorites (1979)

Joe's Garage, Acts I-III (1979)

Tinsel-Town Rebellion (1981)

Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar (1981)

You Are What You Is (1981)

Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch (1982)

The Man from Utopia (1983)

Baby Snakes (1983)

The London Symphony Orchestra I-II (1983/7)

Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger (1984)

Them Or Us (1984)

Thing-Fish (1984)

Francesco Zappa (1984)

Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention (1985)

Does Humor Belong in Music? (1986)

Jazz from Hell (1986)

Guitar (1988)

You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore (various)

Broadway the Hard Way (1988)

The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life (1991)

Make a Jazz Noise Here (1991)

Playground Psychotics (1992)

Ahead of Their Time (1993)

The Yellow Shark (1994)

Civilization Phaze III (1994)

Twilight of the Final Tour (Posthumous Releases)

The Lost Episodes (1996)

Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa (1996)

Everything Is Healing Nicely (1999)

FZ:OZ (2002)

Halloween [DVD-A] (2003)

Joe's Corsage (2004)


Joe's Domage (2004)

Joe's XMASage (2005)

Imaginary Diseases (2006)

Trance-Fusion (2006)

Buffalo (2007)

The Dub Room Special!
One Shot Deal
Joe's Menage
Philly '76
Greasy Love Songs (see Ruben)
"Congress Shall Make No Law . . ."
Hammersmith Odeon
Feeding the Monkies at Ma Maison
Carnegie Hall
Road Tapes (series) Finer Moments
A Token Of His Extreme Soundtrack Joe's Camouflage Roxy By Proxy
Dance Me This Roxy: The Soundtrack The Crux Of The Biscuit
Frank Zappa For President Meat Light (see Uncle Meat) Chicago '78
Little Dots  

A Flurry of Compilations

(for additional compilations, see the weirdo discography)

Mothermania (1969)

Strictly Commercial (1996)

Have I Offended Someone? (1997)

Strictly Genteel (1997)*

Cheap Thrills (1998)*

Mystery Disc (1998)

Son of Cheep Thrills (1999)*

X-Mas in Japan [series] (1999)*

Zappa Picks [series] (2002)*

The Best of Frank Zappa (2004)*

The Frank Zappa AAFRNRAA Birthday Bundles (2006; in progress)

Understanding America (2012)

Zappatite: Frank Zappa's Tastiest Tracks


*=no new material

Boxes or Else

The Old Masters [all three & samplers]

Beat the Boots [and individual titles]

Threesome [both of 'em]

MoFo [both versions]

Lumpy Money 


The Future?

Trance-Fusion [external link]
(another guitar-solo collection)

Dance Me This [external link]
(a synclavier album (of percussion pieces?))

The Rage & the Fury [external link]
(Ensemble Modern + Varèse)

Lost Episodes Vol. II




Articulate - Articles, Links, and What Have You

  Yes, that incredibly nested 
molested tuplets thing again! 

That's what we're here for. 

Not to mention a "buzz" in 
an unknown bootleg from 
Brazil, or the discovery of a 
rare cover made out of a 
dead rat! Also, one day a 
guy might hear a "click" in 
"The Ocean Is the Ultimate 
Solution" nobody ever noticed.  Until Now! And the day you hear that annoying click, you really realize: What a fantastic, unbeatable and wonderful newsgroup this is, I am so lucky! Hooray!

Geir Corneliussen,
frank-zappa, January 1999

Zappa Patio Articles and Examinations

External Articles and Examinations

Four Stereophile Magazine articles:

Originally created by Vladimir Sovetov, and maintained for many loving years by Bossk(R).

Special credits, thanks and acknowledgements: Vladimir Sovetov, who devised, created, masterminded and did most of the work on this project, back when the Internet consisted of nothing more elaborate than usenet newsgroups; Michael Gray, who researched release dates and catalogue numbers like crazy for his book Mother!; Leslie Watson, who researched release dates and catalogue numbers even crazier, Ben Watson and Leslie Cheung (RIP) ; Rykodisc, for their never-ending stream of...well, at least they try; Mikael Agardsson,, Heikki Poroila & Heikki Karjalainen and their Zappa äänitteillä-esittelevä diskografia 1961-1995, Juha Sarkkinen, Román García Albertos, JWB, Patrick Neve, Biffy the Elephant Shrew,, Zappateers, Dimeadozen, my Easter Island Statue, and, of course, everyone else whose name appears on any of these pages. Special thanks to NOBBI (THE FIRST STEP OF ZAPPOLOGY).

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