Frank Zappa - Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (180g) Deluxe Box Set (5LP)

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Frank Zappa - Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (180g) Deluxe Box Set (5LP)

Deluxe 180g Vinyl 5LP Box Set

Includes 12 Unreleased Tracks, Plus More Rarities

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


  • 5LP Box Set

  • 180g Vinyl

  • Deluxe Format With 68 Tracks

  • Original motion picture soundtrack to acclaimed "Zappa" documentary by Alex Winter

  • 12 Unreleased Tracks from the Zappa Vault

  • Rare Tracks - some pressed on vinyl for the first time

  • Selections from the original score, composed specifically for the film

  • Box with lift-off lid

  • This is Official Release #118

  • Made in Germany


Track Listing:

Record One; Side 1

  1. Any Way The Wind Blows - From the album: Freak Out! (1966)
  2. You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here - From the album: Freak Out! (1966)
  3. Everytime I See You - Performed by The Heartbreakers
  4. Motherly Love - From the album: Freak Out! (1966)
  5. You Didn't Try To Call Me (Basic Tracks) - From the album: the MOFO project/object (2006)
  6. How Could I Be Such A Fool? - From the album: Mystery Disc (1985)
  7. "The Reason We Have Stayed Together..." - Interview with WMEX Boston, MA 1/31/1969

Record One; Side 2

  1. Memories Of El Monte - Recorded live at the Whisky a Go Go 6/23/1968
  2. Oh! In The Sky - Recorded live at the Whisky a Go Go 6/23/1968
  3. The Duke - Recorded live at the Whisky a Go Go 6/23/1968
  4. Absolutely Free - From the album: We're Only In It For The Money (1968)
  5. Agency Man (Studio Version) - From the album: Mystery Disc (1986)

Record Two; Side 3

  1. Black Beauty - From the album: Mystery Disc (1986)
  2. Oh No - From the album: Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
  3. Mother People - From the album: We're Only In It For The Money (1968)
  4. The Firebird Suite: Finale - Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille - Myung-whun Chung
  5. FZ On Varèse - Interview with Craig Eldon Pinkus, 4/25/1974
  6. Ionisation - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Pierre Boulez

Record Two; Side 4

  1. The Captain's Fat Theresa Shoes - Performed by the GTO's - From the album: Permanent Damage (1969)
  2. No Longer Umpire - Performed by Alice Cooper - From the album: Pretties For You (1969)
  3. Road Ladies - From the album: Chunga's Revenge (1970)
  4. Call Any Vegetable (Excerpts) - Taken from the VPRO Documentary, 1971 - Recorded live at Fillmore West, 11/06/1970
  5. Happy Together - Taken from the VPRO Documentary, 1971 - Recorded live at Fillmore West, 11/06/1970
  6. Scumbag - From the album: Playground Psychotics (1992)


Record Three; Side 5

  1. Your Mouth - From the album: Waka/Jawaka (1972)
  2. Cheepnis - From the album: The Roxy Performances (2018)
  3. Apostrophe' - Recorded live in Los Angeles, Rehearsal Hall, 6/21/1974
  4. Muffin Man - From the album: Baby Snakes - The Compleat Soundtrack (2012)
  5. Dancin' Fool - Recorded live in New York City at NBC Studios, Saturday Night Live, 1/21/1978

Record Three; Side 6

  1. Mo's Vacation - Recorded live at Circus Krone, Munich, Germany, 8/31/1978
  2. The Black Page #1 (Piano Version) - From the album: Zappa In New York - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (2019)
  3. Sofa - From the album: Zappa In New York - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (2019)
  4. Fembot In A Wet T-shirt - From the album: Joe's Garage (1979)
  5. Valley Girl - From the album: Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch (1982)


Record Four; Side 7

  1. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing - Recorded live at The Pier, NYC, 8/25/1974
  2. H.R. 2911 - From the album: Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (1985)
  3. Overture - Performed by Ensemble Modern, Conducted by FZ - Recorded in Frankfurt, Germany, 9/19/1992
  4. G-Spot Tornado - from the album: The Yellow Shark (1993)

Record Four; Side 8

  1. Envelopes (1983 Original Vinyl Mix) - from the album: London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I (1983)
  2. Get Whitey - from the album: The Yellow Shark (1993)
  3. Nap Time - From the album: Everything Is Healing Nicely (1999)


Record Five; Side 9

Original Score From The Film "Zappa" Composed by John Frizzell with Nick Cimity And David Stal

  1. Frank's Library

  2. Edgewood Arsenal

  3. Frank's Parents

  4. The Blackouts

  5. Greeting Cards

  6. Studio Z

  7. Frank Goes To Jail

  8. Musically Difficult

  9. The Parts Are Complicated

  10. Murray Roman's TV Show

  11. Frank Puts His Foot Down

  12. Laurel Canyon

  13. The Manson Family

  14. Are We Going To Get Paid?

  15. Steve Vai's Perspective

  16. Frank Could Be Hardcore

Record Five; Side 10

"Zappa" Score Continued

  1. Bruce Bickford's Zappa Head

  2. If I'm Alive

  3. Keep This Guy Under Check

  4. Frank's Business Perspective

  5. Fake It

  6. Don't Have Any Friends

  7. Hi, I'm Moon

  8. Frank Addresses Congress

  9. Turn Off That Zappa Music

  10. Frank Getting Sick

  11. Watermelon In Easter Hay (Live) - From the album: Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa: A Memorial tribute (1996)

Format: LP Vinyl
Label: Zappa Records
Catalog No: ZR200351
Barcode: 0600753933428
Genre: Rock
No of Discs: 5
Release Date: 5/7/2021
UPC:  600753933428