C O M M E N T S
From: Paul Core <PAULCORE@delphi.com>
Zappalog is essentially a discography with graphics. Lots of pictures of
single labels, picture sleeves, album covers (including the German Weasels
Ripped My Flesh cover), inserts, and other visual aids. Before resources like
alt.fan.frank-zappa were available, books like this were invaluable. Concise
and believable information on Zapppa releases. Even the legit stuff was not
always easy to find in some places (small to medium sized towns - Centerville)
and you sure didn't hear about it on the radio. Having a source of
information on bootlegs was even more valuable. The information in this book
is similar to that in the FAQs for alt.fan.frank-zappa and in fact much more
up to date information (minus the cool pictures) is available here than in
Zappalog. Still, for it's time it was GREAT. On the down side, the
photographs are not reproduced well, especially photographs of color materials
(The book is completely black and white).
For a while, this edition was available through regular Rhino distribution
channels in the U.S. I got my copy at a local record store in Baton Rouge,
LA. Zappa sued Rhino (or threatened to sue, I don't recall any details of the
suit) and got distribution stopped. I have no idea how many copies were
distributed before the law intervened.
Contents of the Zappalog are:
1. A list of 52 singles including their title, catalog number, and
release date (most only give the year). Includes German, Dutch,
Italian, Spanish releases. The last listing is Goblin Girl/Pink
Napkins 12" picture disc (Barking Pumpkin w 99 02616). Photos of
15 single labels, 14 picture sleeves, and the Goblin Girl/Pink
Napkins picture disc are included.
2. A list of 35 lp's with the country of issue, and catalog number for
each country (169 separate catalog numbers for the 35 albums).
Musicians, songs, recording info, etc. is included for each album.
Alternate versions (i.e. Zappa in New York with a version of Punky's
Whips) are listed. The last listing is Shut Up'N Play Yer Guitar (3
lp set, CBS - europe - 66368) Photos of album covers (including the
German cover of Weasels Ripped My Flesh) and inserts are included.
3. A list of 10 unreleased projects. The list includes projects which
were never released in their original form even though they were at
least partially officially released at a later date. Project
description/history included. Projects are:
Sink Trap/Gypsy Airs single (includes photos of the hand written
label of the 8" test pressing on Capitol).
Our Man In Nirvana
The History And Collected Improvisation Of The Mothers Of
Invention (includes original titles of the 12 lps in the
Four Generation Of Mothers (that's how it's listed in the book,
Zoot Allures (double lp)
Zoot Allures (single lp)
Warts And All
Crush All Boxes
4. A list of 57 unreleased compositions (songs, instrumentals,
orchestral pieces and ballets). Since this book appeared many have
been released (Cocaine Decisions, In France, We're Turning Again,
etc.). And of course Frank's compositions had a way of changing
names. Other compositions from this list MAY (only Frank knows for
sure) have been released under another name.
5. A list of 17 compilation (various artists) albums which include some
Zappa/Mothers material (Zapped, The Big Ball, Underground, etc.).
Lists album title, catalog number and Zappa songs included. Photos
of six album covers, including two different "Zapped" covers, are
6. A list of 47 bootleg lp's and box sets. Song list, musicians, and
recording information included for most entries. Last listing is
20 Years Of Frank Zappa - 12 lp box set (Mud Shark MZ 4801-4812).
A cross listing of the box set that a single bootleg albumn is
included with is provided (for bootlegs that were released as part
of a box set and as a single album). Photos of 18 album covers and
one picture disc are included.
7. A list of 24 singles with contributions by Frank. Pictures of ten
labels are included. Artists include Ned & Nelda, The Hogs, Burt
Ward, etc. Last listing L. Shankar, Dead Girls Of London (Zappa
Records MK 114). Cross listing of bootleg lps where songs from
singles can be found (if available on a bootleg) is provided.
8. A list of 45 lp's with contributions by Frank. The title, catalog
number, and Zappa's contribution are listed. A cover version of a
Zappa song is enough to get mentioned here. Of course it also
includes albums Frank produces, plays on, etc. Photos of 13 album
9. A list of the output of Bizarre Productions (3 singles/6 lp's), the
Bizarre Label (7 singles/12 lp's), the Straight Label (10 singles/16
lp's), the Discreet Label (15 singles/17 lp's), Zappa Records (4
singles/7 lp's including promo and unreleased lp's), and Barking
Pumpkin Records (1 single/8 lp's including promotional lp's). These
all include the artist, title, catalog number and year of issue.
The last listing is "You Are What You Is" (Promotional lp) AS
1294, 1981. Photos of L. Shankar - Dead Girls Of London 12", Frank
Zappa - Shiek Yerbouti Clean Cuts, and Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage
Promotional lp covers are included.
10. A list of 15 "Oddities". Includes radio spots, interviews,
bootleg singles, etc. Most just have the name and a brief
description. Includes a photo of the Nova Convention (various
artists) lp cover showing Frank with William S. Burroughs (GREAT
photo though the reproduction is only fair).
11. A list of the first 9 bands Zappa played in (Ramblers, Blackouts,
Boogie Men, Joe Peerino And The Mellow Tones, Soots, Muthers, Soul
Giants, Captain Glasspack And His Magic Mufflers). Includes brief
histories and personnel for most bands.
12. Misc. information about several projects. Bicycle Concerto For Two,
I Was A Teenage Maltshop, Mt. St. Mary's College lecture, Contempo
'70 w/ Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestral Favorites at UCLA 1975
are listed. Very brief descriptions.
13. A list of 14 books about Frank Zappa, most not in english. The only
english language title which I have never seen is "Good Night Boys
And Girls - Frank Zappa In Words And Pictures" by Michael Gray,
England 1975. Photos of 9 book covers and 4 tour books are included.
Interestingly, it only lists the 1981 first edition of Zappalog here
(though it is the second edition).
14. A list of 12 video projects from Run Home Slow (1959) to Baby Snakes
(1979). Entries provide a brief description, including Zappa's
contribution (example: Head - This is another film by the Monkees.
Zappa appears as a critic, keeping a cow on the lead.)
15. A list of 225 musicians who have played with Zappa. The list
includes instrument(s) played and the date(s) they played with
Zappa. Also includes other bands with which each artist has played
(32 entries for Don Preston, 63 entries for Victor Feldman, etc.).
16. A list of 332 songs released (through Return Of The Son Of Shut Up'n
Play Yer Guitar) by Zappa - including singles. A key to the
album(s) on which each song appears is provided.