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Zappa's Universe

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Zappa’s Universe
Studio album by
Various Artists
GenreRock, jazz

Zappa's Universe is a 1993 Frank Zappa tribute album featuring alumni from many of Zappa's bands. The music was compiled from a series of concerts from four consecutive nights of concerts at The Ritz in New York City, and filmed for a concert video of the same name.[2] Steve Vai’s cover of the song "Sofa" from the album won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1994.[3]

Exposing Zappa’s illness[edit]

When the Zappa’s Universe project was first underway Frank Zappa was supposed to be part of the project, but was too ill to attend the shows. When reporters attempted to find out why, they reported that he was ill. This led to Zappa's children, Moon and Dweezil exposing to the public for the first time their father's prostate cancer during a press conference in the fall of 1991. His cancer had been first diagnosed during the spring of 1990.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All Songs were written by Frank Zappa

  1. "Elvis Has Just Left the Building" – 2:48
  2. "Brown Shoes Don’t Make It" – 7:26
  3. "The Jazz Discharge Party Hats" – 4:48
  4. "Inca Roads" – 9:38
  5. "Mōggio" – 2:46
  6. "Nite School" – 5:00
  7. "Echidna’s Arf (Of You)" – 3:53
  8. "Hungry Freaks, Daddy" – 3:28
  9. "Heavenly Bank Account" – 4:12
  10. "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing" – 2:54
  11. "Waka/Jawaka" – 3:28
  12. "Sofa" – 3:51
  13. "Dirty Love" – 7:03
  14. "Hot Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel" – 6:28 [2]



The Persuasions[edit]

  • Jay Otis Washington
  • Jerry Lawson
  • Jimmy Hayes
  • Joe Russell


  • Barry Carl
  • Elliot Kerman
  • Scott Leonard
  • Sean Altman [1]

Production staff[edit]

  • Virgil Blackwell – music coordinator
  • Walt Taylor - Production Manager
  • James Badrak - Stage Manager
  • Mitch Keller - Lighting
  • Dave "Pops" Clements - Guitar Tech

Record Production[edit]

  • Produced (sort of) by Davitt Sigerson
  • Executive Producer and Album Compilation by Guy Eckstine
  • Recorded by David Hewitt[5]
  • Mixed by Carl Beatty


  1. ^ a b "Various - Zappa's Universe: A Celebration Of 25 Years Of Frank Zappa's Music (CD, Album) at Discogs". discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  2. ^ a b "Zappa's Universe - Zappa's Universe | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  3. ^ X Motion Picture and Center for New Art Activities (New York, N.Y.) (1994). "Bomb". Bomb: Conversations Between Artists, Writers, Actors, Directors, Musicians. X Motion Picture and Center for New Art Activities. ISSN 0743-3204. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  4. ^ Icons of Rock: An Encyclopedia of the Legends who Changed Music Forever. ABC-CLIO. 2008-01-01. ISBN 9780313338458.
  5. ^ CD Credits