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Frank Zappa Re-Issues Reach: The Fantastic Fourth Batch!!!

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)
Understanding America

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.

The Frank Zappa Re-Issues Continue With Second Wave (8/31/2012)

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.

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Let Your Music Collection “Freak Out” with Frank Zappa (7/31/2012)

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….

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Frank Zappa: Eighteen Years Gone (12/4/1993-12/4/2011)

It’s pretty wild to realize that it was eighteen years ago today that the world of music lost the genius of Frank Zappa. I have to admit that I was very late in the game in becoming a supporter of what he did and this surprised me since his clever “weirdness” would have been right up my alley had I started listening sooner. At the time I was sadly locked into three or four bands in terms of my musical focus and this is a very unhealthy practice because it limits your discovery to the other wonderful things that are going on in the world of music.

Zappa had been active for pretty much my entire life by the time that I got into him and it was thanks to my friend Riz that I got a couple of albums as a Birthday or Christmas present, I no longer recall which it was but I do remember that it was a vinyl LP of “You Are What You Is”. From there I was hooked and I snared a couple of other albums from the local record store with both “Zoot Allures” and Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Invention”. Really great stuff, but clearly music that you had to let do its thing on your musical psyche first to get the proper effect. Since we were all musicians we used to sometimes have Zappa hangs where all we would do was enjoy his music and drink some cold beers. It was a fantastic way to indulge in his genius with ones own musical comrades.

He was an innovative music creator, a filmmaker, an elder statesman on music life and pretty much a composing genius along with being an ass-kicking guitar player. Thanks to the music of Zappa I first heard of folks like Steve Vai and Terry Bozzio to name a few. The list goes on but I will keep it short. Frank did so much and all of it was inspiring to learn about. I learned a lot about his life in the autobiography “The Real Frank Zappa Book” and cannot recommend it highly enough. Sadly, Zappa would leave us in 1993 because of prostate cancer. According to press reports, it had been working its sinister design on the musician for ten years and was not diagnosed before it was far too late to help him. He died just short of his 53rd birthday. Frank was survived by his wife Gail and their four children. Of them all, his son Dweezil continues to play Frank Zappa music in a touring sense with his “Zappa Meets Zappa” show. I’ve seen the DVD and its fantastic. Well worth buying and seeing live if at all possible.

So much can be learned about the musician and his myriad of achievements for the betterment of what we call music via his Wikipedia page. Check that our HERE.

I created a Widget in Amazon.com that features a ton of his work in music and even some books on his life. If you consider yourself a true Connoisseur of edgy and Progressive music, then you need to do yourself the favor and treat your library to some Frank Zappa if you find that it is sparse along those lines. You can thank me later.

Thank you Mr. Zappa for all that you gave us. You’re sounds will live on forever thanks to all your recordings and ideas along with those whom your style influenced the strongest. We owe you a tremendous debt for trying to make a difference. The world will never know another like you.

Official Zappa Website: http://www.zappa.com/

Oh yeah, before I forget. I shot this photo awhile ago as its in my direct path on the avenue I hit when I am off to the market. It always struck me as a curiosity, but I shot the image for the hell of it and now I have a place to put it. I admit that I am not sure whether this was just someone’s similar surname or if this was a hardcore fan who etched it into the cement forever. I will go with that one okay? Enjoy and again, listen to some Zappa – It does a musical mind good.