Frank Zappa discography

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Frank Zappa discography
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Zappa performing in Ekeberghallen, Oslo, on January 16, 1977.
Studio albums 102
Compilation albums 13
Singles 34
Tribute albums 40
Miscellaneous 6

This is a list of albums by Frank Zappa, including all those credited to the Mothers of Invention. During his lifetime, Zappa released 62 albums. Since 1994, the Zappa Family Trust has released 43 posthumous albums, making a total of 105 albums. The current distributor of Zappa's recorded output is Universal Music Enterprises.[1] A list of albums of Zappa's music by other artists is also included.

Official anthumous albums[edit]

Official

Release #[2]

Released[2] Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Year Month US
[3]
UK
[4]
GER
[5]
NOR
[6]
SWE
[7]
CH
[8]
AUT
[9]
1 1966 Jun Freak Out! 130
2 1967 Apr Absolutely Free 41
3 Aug Lumpy Gravy 159
4 1968 Mar We're Only in It for the Money 30 31
5 Nov Cruising with Ruben & the Jets 110
6 1969 Mar Uncle Meat 43
7 Mar Mothermania
8 Oct Hot Rats 173 9
9 1970 Feb Burnt Weeny Sandwich 94 17
10 Aug Weasels Ripped My Flesh 189 28
11 Oct Chunga's Revenge 119 43
12 1971 Aug Fillmore East – June 1971 38
13 Oct 200 Motels 59
14 1972 Mar Just Another Band from L.A. 85
15 Jul Waka/Jawaka 152
16 Nov The Grand Wazoo
17 1973 Sep Over-Nite Sensation 32 15 US: Gold[10]
18 1974 Mar Apostrophe (') 10 6 US: Gold[11]
19 Jul Roxy & Elsewhere 27 14
20 1975 Jun One Size Fits All 26 5
21 Oct Bongo Fury 66 11
22 1976 Oct Zoot Allures 61 16 17 UK: Silver[12]
23 1978 Mar Zappa in New York 57 55 6 24
24 Sep Studio Tan 147 30
25 1979 Jan Sleep Dirt 175 16 19
26 Mar Sheik Yerbouti 21 32 5 4 6 CAN: Gold[13]
27 May Orchestral Favorites 168
28 Sep Joe's Garage Act I 27 62 1 2 8 CAN: Gold[13]
29 Nov Joe's Garage Acts II & III 53 75 3 4 9
30 1981 May Tinsel Town Rebellion 66 55 13 8 9
31 Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
32 Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More
33 Return of the Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
34 Sep You Are What You Is 93 51 12 22
35 1982 May Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch 23 61 20 26
36 1983 Mar The Man from Utopia 153 87 23
37 Baby Snakes 67
38 Jun London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I
39 1984 Aug Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
40 Oct Them or Us 53 22
41 Nov Thing-Fish
42 Francesco Zappa
43 The Old Masters, Box I
44 1985 Nov Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention 153
45 1986 Jan Does Humor Belong in Music?
46 Nov The Old Masters, Box II
47 Jazz from Hell
48 1987 Sep London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
49 Dec The Old Masters, Box III
50 1988 Apr Guitar 82 25
51 May You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
52 Oct You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
53 Broadway the Hard Way
54 1989 Nov You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
55 1991 Apr The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life 30
56 Jun You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
57 Make a Jazz Noise Here
58 1992 Jul You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
59 You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
60 Nov Playground Psychotics
61 1993 Mar Ahead of Their Time
62 Oct The Yellow Shark 61 30

Official posthumous albums[edit]

Official

Release #[2]

Released[2] Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Year Month US
[3]
UK
[4]
GER
[5]
NOR
[6]
SWE
[7]
CH
[8]
AUT
[9]
63 1994 Dec Civilization Phaze III 87
64 1996 Feb The Lost Episodes 54
65 Sep Läther 50
66 Oct Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute
67 1997 May Have I Offended Someone?
68 1998 Sep Mystery Disc
69 1999 Dec Everything Is Healing Nicely
70 2002 Aug FZ:OZ
71 2003 Feb Halloween
72 2004 May Joe's Corsage
73 Oct Joe's Domage
74 Sep QuAUDIOPHILIAc
75 2005 Dec Joe's XMASage
76 2006 Jan Imaginary Diseases
77 Dec The MOFO Project/Object (4-CD set)
78 The MOFO Project/Object (2-CD set)
79 Oct Trance-Fusion
80 2007 Apr Buffalo
81 Aug The Dub Room Special!
82 Oct Wazoo
83 2008 Jun One Shot Deal
84 Sep Joe's Menage
85 2009 Jan Lumpy Money
86 Dec Philly '76
87 2010 Apr Greasy Love Songs
88 Sep Congress Shall Make No Law...
89 Nov Hammersmith Odeon
90 2011 Sep Feeding the Monkies at Ma Maison
91 Oct Carnegie Hall
92 2012 Oct Road Tapes, Venue #1
93 Oct Understanding America
94 Dec Finer Moments
95 Dec Baby Snakes: The Compleat Soundtrack
96 2013 Oct Road Tapes, Venue #2
97 Nov A Token of His Extreme (Soundtrack)
98 2014 Jan Joe's Camouflage
99 Mar Roxy by Proxy
100 2015 Jun Dance Me This
101 Oct 200 Motels: The Suites (LA Philharmonic-Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen)
102 Oct Roxy—The Soundtrack
103 2016 May Road Tapes, Venue #3
104 Jul The Crux Of The Biscuit
105 Jul Frank Zappa For President

Miscellaneous[edit]

Released Title Peak chart positions
Year Month US
[3]
UK
[4]
GER
[5]
NOR
[6]
SWE
[7]
CH
[8]
AUT
[9]
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
2015 Oct Roxy – The Movie (DVD/CD or BD/CD, Soundtrack CD not available alone)

Compilation albums[edit]

Released Album details Peak chart positions
Year Month US UK GER
[5]
1968 Oct The **** of the Mothers
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]
2014 Dec The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle 21.12.2014

Singles[edit]

[17][18]

Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Peak Chart positions Album
U.S.
[15]
U.S. Rock
[15]
GER
[16]
CH
[8]
AUT
[9]
NOR
[6]
SWE
[7]
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?"
Non-album tracks (later issued on CD version of Absolutely Free)
"Son of Suzy Creamcheese"
b/w "Big Leg Emma"
Absolutely Free
"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!
"Deseri"
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" (Original version)
b/w "Dog Breath" (45-only version w/o lyrics)
Non-LP tracks ("My Guitar" later issued on "You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5" CD)
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.?" [sic]
Chunga's Revenge
1971 "Tears Began to Fall" (remix)
b/w "Junier Mintz Boogie" (non-album track)
Fillmore East – June 1971
"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 Suite"
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"
105
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"
Guitar
"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.

As sideman[edit]

Albums by other artists[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ a b c d "norwegiancharts.com - Frank Zappa - Absolutely Free". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  7. ^ a b c d "swedishcharts.com - Frank Zappa - A Token Of My Extreme". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
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  10. ^ "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-04-05.  Note: User must define 'Artist' search parameter as "Mothers".
  11. ^ "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-12-15.  Note: User must define 'Artist' search parameter as "Frank Zappa".
  12. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 2011-12-15. Note: User needs to enter "Frank Zappa" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  13. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search". Music Canada. Retrieved on 2011-12-15. Note: User must define 'Artist' search parameter as "Frank Zappa".
  14. ^ http://www.zappa.com/fz/aaafnraa/2011aaafnraaaaam.html
  15. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p74796/charts-awards/billboard-singles
  16. ^ "Musicline.de - Chartverfolgung - Zappa,Frank". www.musicline.de. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  17. ^ http://www.zappafrenzy.com/singles/singles.html
  18. ^ http://www.zappafrenzy.com/maxisingles/maxisingles.html
  19. ^ Polish, translates to "Zapparcie, that is, the side effects of eating yellow snow."
  20. ^ ndrbigband united-mutations.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11.

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