Frank Zappa - Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [5LP] (180 Gram, 12 previously unreleased recordings from archive)

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Deluxe 5LP Box Set!
Includes 12 Unreleased Tracks, Plus More Rarities!

TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sonics in the May/June 2021 Issue of The Absolute Sound!

Forget Black Friday, Franksgiving is the real event as November 27 ushers in the long-awaited release of Alex Winter's highly acclaimed documentary, "Zappa," about the prolific genius composer, free speech activist, cultural ambassador to Czechoslovakia and legendary musician, Frank Zappa, as well as the surprise digital release of the corresponding Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A perfect complement to the film, the soundtrack features 68 tracks.

Today also sees the launch of pre-orders for several physical releases of the soundtrack including in a deluxe 5LP box set planned for May 7, 2021, which will be available on 180-gram black vinyl The deluxe edition showcases Zappa's unique sonic brilliance and nearly every song heard in the film, including 12 previously unreleased recordings from The Vault, which include performances from the Whisky A Go-Go in 1968, the Fillmore West in '70 and Zappa's famed performance of "Dancin' Fool" on "Saturday Night Live" in '78.

The soundtrack spans Zappa's expansive catalog with 25 additional songs from across his peerless and influential career, from his seminal 1966 debut double album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, to the final release of his lifetime, 1993's The Yellow Shark, a live orchestral album performed by the Ensemble Modern in Europe in 1992.

The soundtrack features songs from Zappa's record labels Straight and Bizarre Records such as "No Longer Umpire" from Alice Cooper's debut album, Pretties For You, originally released on Straight in 1969; "The Captain's Fat Theresa Shoes" by GTO's, from the all-girl group's one and only album, Permanent Damage, produced by Zappa. It also includes two classical compositions by Zappa's lifetime inspirations Edgard Varese and Igor Stravinsky as well as several interview clips. The soundtrack is rounded out with 26 original score cues newly composed by John Frizzell for the documentary.

A 2LP edition on 180-gram clear vinyl will also be available, collecting together eight of the unreleased recordings from the Zappa archive, the SNL performance and 13 recordings from Zappa's extensive recording career.

With unfettered access to the Zappa Trust and all archival footage, "Zappa" explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Winter's assembly features appearances by Zappa's widow Gail Zappa and several of his musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others. Announced on Kickstarter in 2016, the film became the highest-funded documentary in the crowdfunding site's history.

Taken together "Zappa" and the companion soundtrack offer a riveting, revealing and emotional portrait of Frank Zappa, a trailblazer, iconoclast, virtuosic musician and fearless artist who forever changed music and culture with his unconventional and uncompromising vision. From his early psychedelic rock beginnings to his avant-garde experimentation, jazz-rock explorations, symphonic suites and satirical send-ups to his conceptual, compositional and technological innovations, Zappa shattered the norms every step of the way and his influence and ethos continues to reverberate as strongly today as ever.

A treasure trove for Zappa completists.
-Bill Milkowski, The Absolute Sound, May/June 2021, Music 4/5, Sonics 3.5/5



Features

  • 5LP Box Set
  • Deluxe Format With 68 Tracks
  • 12 Unreleased Tracks from the Zappa Vault
  • Rare Tracks
  • 180g

Selections

LP1

SIDE A:
  1. Anyway The Wind Blows (from Freak Out!) - The Mothers of Invention
  2. You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here (from Freak Out!) - The Mothers of Invention
  3. Everytime I See You - The Heartbreakers (Rare)
  4. Motherly Love (from Freak Out!) - The Mothers of Invention
  5. You Didn't Try To Call Me (Basic Tracks) (from The Mofo Project/Object) - Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
  6. How Could I Be Such A Fool? (from Mystery Disc) - Frank Zappa
  7. "The Reason We Have Stayed Together..." - Frank Zappa interview with Warren Duffy / WMEX Boston, MA - January 31, 1969 (Previously Unreleased)
SIDE B:
  1. Memories Of El Monte (Live from the Whisky 1968) - The Mothers of Invention (Previously Unreleased)
  2. Oh! In The Sky (Live from the Whisky 1968) - The Mothers of Invention (Previously Unreleased)
  3. The Duke (Live from the Whisky 1968) - The Mothers of Invention (Previously Unreleased)
  4. Absolutely Free (from We're Only In It For The Money) - The Mothers of Invention
  5. Agency Man (from Mystery Disc) - Frank Zappa

LP2

SIDE C:
  1. Black Beauty (from Mystery Disc) - Frank Zappa
  2. Oh No (from Weasels Ripped My Flesh) - The Mothers of Invention
  3. Mother People (from We're Only In It For The Money) - The Mothers of Invention
  4. Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite: Finale - Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille & Myung Whun Chung
  5. "FZ on Varèse" - Frank Zappa interview with Craig Eldon Pinkus - Indiana University Radio-TV Center - April 25, 1974 (Previously Unreleased)
  6. Varèse: Ionisation - Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Pierre Boulez
SIDE D:
  1. The Captain's Fat Theresa Shoes - GTO's (Rare)
  2. No Longer Umpire - Alice Cooper
  3. Road Ladies (from Chunga's Revenge) - Frank Zappa
  4. Call Any Vegetable (Excerpts) (Live at Fillmore West - November 6, 1970) - Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention (Previously Unreleased)
  5. Happy Together (Live at Fillmore West - November 6, 1970) - Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention (Previously Unreleased)
  6. Scumbag (Live at Fillmore East, NYC, 1971) (from Playground Psychotics) - Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

LP3

SIDE E:
  1. Your Mouth (from Waka/Jawaka) - Frank Zappa
  2. Cheepnis (Live at the Roxy, 12/10/73, Show 1) (from The Roxy Performances) - Frank Zappa
  3. Apostrophe' (Live in Los Angeles, Rehearsal Hall - June 21, 1974) - Frank Zappa (Previously Unreleased)
  4. Muffin Man (Live at The Palladium, NYC, 1977) (from Baby Snakes - The Compleat Soundtrack) - Frank Zappa
  5. Dancin' Fool (Live on "Saturday Night Live" - October 21, 1978) - Frank Zappa (Previously Unreleased)
SIDE F:
  1. Mo's Vacation (Live in Munich 1978) - Frank Zappa (Previously Unreleased)
  2. The Black Page #1 (Piano Version) (from Zappa In New York 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) - Frank Zappa
  3. Sofa (1977 Mix, Live) (from Zappa In New York 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) - Frank Zappa
  4. Fembot In A Wet T-shirt (from Joe's Garage - Act I) - Frank Zappa
  5. Valley Girl (from Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch) - Frank Zappa & Moon Zappa

LP4

SIDE G:
  1. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing (Live at The Pier, NYC - 1984) - Frank Zappa (Previously Unreleased)
  2. H.R. 2911 (from Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention) - Frank Zappa
  3. Overture (Live in Frankfurt, Germany - September 19, 1992) - Ensemble Modern, Conducted by Frank Zappa
  4. G-Spot Tornado (from The Yellow Shark) - Frank Zappa
SIDE H:
  1. Envelopes (1983 Original Vinyl Mix) - Frank Zappa, London Symphony Orchestra (Rare)
  2. Get Whitey (from The Yellow Shark) - Frank Zappa
  3. Nap Time (from Everything Is Healing Nicely) - Frank Zappa

LP5

SIDE I:
  1. Frank's Library - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  2. Edgewood Arsenal - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  3. Frank's Parents - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  4. The Blackouts - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  5. Greeting Cards - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  6. Studio Z - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  7. Frank Goes To Jail - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  8. Musically Difficult - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  9. The Parts Are Complicated - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  10. Murray Roman's TV Show - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  11. Frank Put His Foot Down - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  12. Laurel Canyon - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  13. The Manson Family - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  14. Are We Going To Get Paid - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  15. Steve Vai's Perspective - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  16. Frank Could Be Hardcore - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
SIDE J:
  1. Bruce Bickford's Zappa Head - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  2. If I'm Alive - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  3. Keep This Guy Under Check - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  4. Frank's Business Perspective - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  5. Fake It - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  6. Don't Have Any Friends - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  7. Hi, I'm Moon - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  8. Frank Addresses Congress - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  9. Turn Off That Zappa Music - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  10. Frank Getting Sick - Original Documentary Score by John Frizzell
  11. Watermelon In Easter Hay (Live, 1978) (from Frank Zappa Plays The Music of Frank Zappa - A Memorial Tribute) - Frank Zappa

2021 Zappa Records

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