Zappa’s Universe

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Zappa’s Universe
Studio album by Various Artists
Released 1993
Genre Rock, Jazz
Label Verve [1]

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 NYC, and filmed for a concert DVD 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 diagnosed since 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
  • Mixed by Carl Beatty