Make a Jazz Noise Here

SOME copies of the old Zappa Records CD is missing two tracks that all other CDs have: Stravinsky's "Royal March from L'Histoire du Soldat" and "Theme from the Bartok Piano Concerto #3". The 1995 Ryko CD has these two tracks, and is not otherwise different from earlier CDs.

We Need: Does the 1995 disc sound different as compared with earlier discs?

ESSENTIAL VERSIONS FOR COMPLETISTS: Any version with "Royal March from L'Histoire du Soldat" and "Theme from the Bartok Piano Concerto #3" on it. (The 1995 CD is a remaster.) [completist's guide]


  • Original CDs (Barking Pumpkin D2-74234 in the US, Zappa Records CDDZAP 41 in the UK, June 1991)
  • Double cassette (Barking Pumpkin in the US, Zappa Records TZAPPA41 in the UK)
  • Pre-1995 Japanese CDs (VACK 5095/6 and Music Scene Inc. MSI-0054/5, possibly as "Make a Jazz Noise Here - 1988 Live")
  • 1995 CD (Ryko RCD 10555/56, May 2 1995; VACK 5095/6 in Japan, renumbered 5230/1 in 1998)
  • Japanese mini-LP sleeve issue (VACK 9002, Feb 16th 2004)
  • 2012 UMe CD

Track Titles

This album spells "T'Mershi Duween" with three Es - "T'Mershi Duweeen". On early copies, there was a typo in the "booklet" reading "Toot Allures". :)

Original CDs

  • Barking Pumpkin D2-74234 in the US
  • Zappa Records CDDZAP 41 in the UK

For some reason, some copies of the European version on Zappa Records does not have Stravinsky's "Royal March from L'Histoire du Soldat" and "Theme from the Bartok Piano Concerto #3" on it. But they do appear on the 1995 CD, in Europe too. From Maurice Vergeer:

I heard or read somewhere that relatives of the composers did not approve of Zappa's interpretations of the works.

From Juha Sarkkinen:

Wrong timings on some songs, for example "Strictly Genteel" is really 06:37, not 05:37. (Ed: Recent discussion on has shown that the timing information is generally a mess on this album. See this thread for some in-depth discussion of this problem)

From Michael Pierry:

Remember those long boxes CDs used to come in? No point, really, I was just thinking of those things, they were the biggest waste of cardboard. I used to have a whole bunch of 'em that I saved, but I guess I threw them out at some point.  Had a whole buncha red Barking Pumpkin longboxes. God, I remember drooling over The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life and Make a Jazz Noise Here when they first came out, NEW ZAPPA!

Double Cassette

James Kerr reports a screwed-up version of the cassette which had a side 4 that played side well as side 3, backwards, on top.

From JWB:

The cover lists the side break on cassette one as being between "Eat That Question" and "Black Napkins", but the side break is really between "Oh No" and "Theme from Lumpy Gravy". The print on the cassette itself is correct.

1995 CD

Official Ryko statement: "New master. New timing sheet." [full statement]

From Pat Buzby:

... one thing that bugs me greatly about the Ryko reissue is that the switch from "When Yuppies Go to Hell" to "Fire & Chains" seems to have been changed. If the track times are correct, "Fire & Chains" should have been just Zappa's solo, but the Ryko CD switches tracks the first time Bobby sings "fire and chains." I suppose it's a matter of taste, but this annoys me a lot from an aesthetic perspective. Why would people want to jump into the track in the middle of the vocal improv section?

2012 CD

Official ZFT Statement: NOT a remastered title, but may have adjusted indexing. Says Knepo on Zappateers:

Maybe not so important, but I think it's nice that "Fire And Chains" does not start with the end of "When Yuppies Goes To Hell" on Make A Jazz Noise Here


  • It seems that there had been two CDs in Japan prior to 1995 - VACK and MSI. How come?

Additional Informants

  • Dr. István Fekete
  • "U"
  • Thomas Marrot

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