Frank Zappa discography

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Frank Zappa discography

Zappa performing in Ekeberghallen, Oslo, on January 16, 1977
Official albums 99
Compilation albums 13
Singles 34
Tribute and cover albums 40
Miscellaneous 6

This is a list of albums by Frank Zappa. This list includes all those credited to The Mothers of Invention, as well as tribute albums to him. During his lifetime, Zappa released 62 albums. Between 1994 and 2014, the Zappa Family Trust has released 37 posthumous albums, making for a total of 99 albums. The current distributor of Zappa's recorded output is Universal Music Enterprises.[1]

Official albums[edit]

Released[2] Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Year Month US
1966 Jun Freak Out! 130
1967 Apr Absolutely Free 41
Aug Lumpy Gravy 159
1968 Mar We're Only in It for the Money 30 31
Nov Cruising with Ruben & the Jets 110
1969 Mar Uncle Meat 43
Oct Hot Rats 173 9
1970 Feb Burnt Weeny Sandwich 94 17
Aug Weasels Ripped My Flesh 189 28
Oct Chunga's Revenge 119 43
1971 Aug Fillmore East – June 1971 38
Oct 200 Motels 59
1972 Mar Just Another Band from L.A. 85
Jul Waka/Jawaka 152
Nov The Grand Wazoo
1973 Sep Over-Nite Sensation 32 15 US: Gold[10]
1974 Mar Apostrophe (') 10 6 US: Gold[11]
Jul Roxy & Elsewhere 27 14
1975 Jun One Size Fits All 26 5
Oct Bongo Fury 66 11
1976 Oct Zoot Allures 61 16 17 UK: Silver[12]
1978 Mar Zappa in New York 57 55 6 24
Sep Studio Tan 147 30
1979 Jan Sleep Dirt 175 16 19
Mar Sheik Yerbouti 21 32 5 4 6 CAN: Gold[13]
May Orchestral Favorites 168
Sep Joe's Garage Act I 27 62 1 2 8 CAN: Gold[13]
Nov Joe's Garage Acts II & III 53 75 3 4 9
1981 May Tinsel Town Rebellion 66 55 13 8 9
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More
Return of the Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
Sep You Are What You Is 93 51 12 22
1982 May Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch 23 61 20 26
1983 Mar The Man from Utopia 153 87 23
Baby Snakes 67
Jun London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I
1984 Aug Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
Oct Them or Us 53 22
Nov Thing-Fish
Francesco Zappa
The Old Masters, Box I
1985 Nov Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention 153
1986 Jan Does Humor Belong in Music?
Nov The Old Masters, Box II
Jazz from Hell
1987 Sep London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
Dec The Old Masters, Box III
1988 Apr Guitar 82 25
May You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
Oct You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
Broadway the Hard Way
1989 Nov You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
1991 Apr The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life 30
Jun Make a Jazz Noise Here
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
1992 Jul You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
Nov Playground Psychotics
1993 Mar Ahead of Their Time
Oct The Yellow Shark 61 30
Posthumous albums
1994 Dec Civilization Phaze III 87
1996 Feb The Lost Episodes 54
Sep Läther 50
Oct Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute
1997 May Have I Offended Someone?
1998 Sep Mystery Disc
1999 Dec Everything Is Healing Nicely
2002 Aug FZ:OZ
2003 Feb Halloween
2004 May Joe's Corsage
Oct Joe's Domage
2005 Dec Joe's XMASage
2006 Jan Imaginary Diseases
Dec The MOFO Project/Object (2-CD set)
The MOFO Project/Object (4-CD set)
Oct Trance-Fusion
2007 Apr Buffalo
Aug The Dub Room Special!
Oct Wazoo
2008 Jun One Shot Deal
Sep Joe's Menage
2009 Jan Lumpy Money
Dec Philly '76
2010 Apr Greasy Love Songs
Sep Congress Shall Make No Law...
Nov Hammersmith Odeon
2011 Sep Feeding the Monkies at Ma Maison
Oct Carnegie Hall
2012 Oct Road Tapes, Venue #1
Oct Understanding America
Dec Finer Moments
Dec Baby Snakes: The Compleat Soundtrack
2013 Oct Road Tapes, Venue #2
Nov A Token Of His Extreme (soundtrack)
2014 Jan Joe's Camouflage
Mar Roxy by Proxy


Released Title Peak chart positions
Year Month US
1982 May Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar (Box Set)
1987 May Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III
1991 Jul Beat the Boots
1992 Jun Beat the Boots II
1995 Apr London Symphony Orchestra, Volumes I & II
2009 Jan Beat the Boots III

Compilation albums[edit]

Released Album details Peak chart positions
Year Month US UK GER
1968 Oct The **** of the Mothers
1969 Mar Mothermania
1970 Jul The Mothers of Invention
1971 Mar Worst of the Mothers 201
1987 Jun The Guitar World According to Frank Zappa
1995 Aug Strictly Commercial 45 51
1997 May Strictly Genteel
1998 Feb Cucamonga
Apr Cheap Thrills
1999 Apr Son of Cheep Thrills
2006 Dec The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle 2006
2008 Dec The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAA Birthday Bundle 2008
2010 Dec The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAAA Birthday Bundle 2010
2011 Dec The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAAAAM Birthday Bundle 2011[14]



Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Peak Chart positions Album
U.S. Rock
1966 "How Could I Be Such a Fool?"
b/w "Help I'm A Rock (3rd Movement: It Can't Happen Here)"
Freak Out!
"Trouble Comin' Every Day"
b/w "Who Are The Brain Police?"
1967 "Big Leg Emma"
b/w "Why Don't You Do Me Right?"
Absolutely Free
"Son of Suzy Creamcheese"
b/w "Big Leg Emma"
"Lonely Little Girl"
b/w "Mother People"
We're Only In It For The Money
1968 "Motherly Love"
b/w "I Ain't Got No Heart"
Freak Out!
b/w "Jelly Roll Gum Drop"
Cruising with Ruben & the Jets
"Anyway The Wind Blows"
b/w "Jelly Roll Gum Drop"
1969 "WPLJ"
b/w "My Guitar" (from Weasels Ripped My Flesh)
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
"My Guitar"
b/w "Dog Breath" (from Uncle Meat)
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970 "Peaches en Regalia"
b/w "Little Umbrellas"
Hot Rats
"Tell Me You Love Me"
b/w "Will You Go All The Way For The U.S.A.?"
Chunga's Revenge
1971 "Tears Began To Fall"
b/w "Junier Mintz Boogie"
Non-album tracks
"Magic Fingers"
b/w "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy"
200 Motels
"What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning"
b/w "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy"
1972 "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus"
b/w "Eat That Question"
The Grand Wazoo
1973 "I'm The Slime" (single mix with different guitar solo)
b/w "Montana"
Over-Nite Sensation
1974 "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"
b/w "Cosmik Debris"
86 Apostrophe (')
1975 "Du Bist Mein Sofa"
b/w "Stink Foot" (from Apostrophe ('))
One Size Fits All
1976 "Find Her Finer"
b/w "Zoot Allures"
Zoot Allures
"Disco Boy"
b/w "Ms. Pinky"
1979 "Dancin' Fool"
b/w "Baby Snakes"
45 Sheik Yerbouti
"Bobby Brown"
b/w "Stick It Out" (from Joe's Garage Acts II & III)
4 5 2 1 1
"Joe's Garage"
b/w "Central Scrutinizer"
4 14 Joe's Garage Act I
"Stick It Out"
b/w "Why Does It Hurt" (from Joe's Garage Act I)
Joe's Garage Acts II & III
1980 "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted"
b/w "Ancient Armaments"
103 71 3 Non-album tracks
1981 "Love Of My Life"
b/w "For The Young Sophisticate"
Tinsel Town Rebellion
"Harder Than Your Husband"
b/w "Dumb All Over"
You Are What You Is
"You Are What You Is"
b/w "Pink Napkins" (from Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar)
"Goblin Girl"
b/w "Pink Napkins" (from Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar)
1982 "Valley Girl"
b/w "You Are What You Is" (from You Are What You Is)
32 12 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
1983 "The Man From Utopia Meets Mary Lou"
b/w "Sex"
The Man From Utopia
"Cocaine Decisions"
b/w "Sex"
1984 "Baby Take Your Teeth Out"
b/w "Stevie's Spanking"
Them Or Us
"In France"
B-side unknown
"The Girl In The Magnesium Dress"
b/w "Outside Now, Again"
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
1988 "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace"
b/w "Watermelon In Easter Hay"
"Zomby Woof"
paired with "You Didn't Try To Call Me"
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1991 "Stairway To Heaven"
paired with "Bolero"
9 The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

2014 Don't eat the yellow snow Apostrophe (')

Cover or tribute albums by other artists[edit]


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