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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 02:18 AM
The Zappa Family Trust has regained the entire music catalog of Frank Zappa. In honor of this achievement, the trust has partnered with Universal Music Enterprises to release 60 recordings – in physical and digital editions – beginning July 31. Every month, 12 recordings will be released, through the end of the year. Many of these recordings, which originally appeared on Zappa’s independent label Barking Pumpkin Records, have been re-mastered. The track listing for the first release of albums is as follows: 1. Freak Out! (1966)
2. Absolutely Free (1967)
3. Lumpy Gravy (1968)
4. We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)
5. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)
6. Uncle Meat (1969)
7. Hot Rats (1969)
8. Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)
9. Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
10. Chunga’s Revenge (1970)
11. Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971)
12. Just Another Band From L.A. (1972)

 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 10:11 AM
Wow! Anyone know the details of how they pulled this off? Getting control from the usual suspects I mean. Good for the Zappa family and Frank fans everywhere...
 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 10:48 AM
I'm hoping for 16-bit/44.1KHz and ideally 24-bit/48 or 96KHz digital versions.
 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 10:50 AM
Glad to hear this ... I guess.

A couple of years ago, I was on a shopping mission for an FZ disc. First I went to Barking Pumpkin - who turned out to have higher prices for the same discs than ANYBODY else!

Frank once said that he was a "devout capitalist". Glad (I guess) that his family is keeping it alive!

 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 11:07 AM
60 albums. Wow.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 12:57 PM
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Glad to hear this ... I guess.

A couple of years ago, I was on a shopping mission for an FZ disc. First I went to Barking Pumpkin - who turned out to have higher prices for the same discs than ANYBODY else!

Frank once said that he was a "devout capitalist". Glad (I guess) that his family is keeping it alive!


I'm just glad his family has secured control of his musical legacy and it's no longer some shady record company or some other entity that will make the majority of profit and determine what we as fans can and cannot have access to. It is, after all, Frank's genius and so it's his heirs that should control that genius IMO....

 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 04:08 PM
Frank's catalog was under Rykodisc's control after he died. Then, Warner Music Group gobbled up Rykodisc in 2006. That must've had Frank rolling in his grave, given his "relationship" with Warner Bros. back in the 70's. Gail Zappa had filed a lawsuit against Rykodisc, with a final decision handed down in August 2011. I don't know what the final outcome on that lawsuit was, but at least now we see the out-of-print catalog returning.

That it's being released through (the Mega-Giant-Corporation) Universal is a little odd. Don't know how that ended up happening, but it's just the titles that Frank released during his lifetime, not all the posthumous ones issued after his death (on Vaulternative, Zappa Records, etc). Some of my Ryko copies were released back in the early era of CD's, and the sound isn't too great. I might replace some of them with the Universal reissues. I still also have a lot of my old Vinyl copies of the Zappa catalog.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 04:19 PM
Just when the Zappa geeks where about to leave their parents basement due to the lack of new releases !!! This comes out. Maybe I'll see my brother in 2015



 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 06:51 PM
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Wow! Anyone know the details of how they pulled this off? Getting control from the usual suspects I mean. Good for the Zappa family and Frank fans everywhere...


Sure do.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 07:55 PM
I guess Gail has finally ran out of people to sue. . . . .
 
 


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