Frank Zappa discography

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It should be noted that this is a MASSIVE list, as Zappa typically released about 365 albums a year. However, these are the 'big ones' that everybody owns. Do not read if you have not taken proper safety measures. This is your last warning.

Main albums[edit]

  • Fuck Off! (June 27, 1966]), US #130
  • Absolutely Me (May 26, 1967), US #41
  • I Named My Daughter Moon-Unit (September 1967)
  • We're Only in It for the Pony (January 1968), US #30
  • Hitler Was Better Than Hippies (March 1968)
  • Chunky Gravy (May 1968), US #159
  • Cruising with Ruben & the Jets (December 2, 1968), US #110
  • Cruising with Frank Zappa & the Mothers Of Invention as Themselves and Not A Fake Doo-Wop Group, But Still Playing Doo-Wop Standards (December 82, 1968)
  • Uncle Feet (April 1969), US #43
  • Terrapins Nibbled My Ankles (April 1969)
  • Warthogs Devoured My Earlobes (September 1969)
  • I Named My Son Dweezil (September 1969)
  • Hot Bats (A.K.A. This Album Is Just One Huge Jam Session) (October 1969), US #173
  • Return of the Son of Mr. Green Genes (December 1969)
  • Up, up and away ((on BarfPuke #82634185-de) Smarch 1970)
  • Burnt Peeny Sandwich (February 1970), US #94
  • Weasels Ravaged My Poodle (August 10, 1970), US #189
  • Chunga's Revenge (October 1970), US #119
  • Cold Mice (October 1970)
  • Warm Gerbils (October 1970)
  • Luke-warm Hamsters (December 1970)
  • Fucking the Stupidity Out of America (And Some of France) (January 1971)
  • Lumpy Gravy Train (February 1971)
  • Fillmore East - June 1971 (August 1971), US #38
  • 200 Motels (October 1971), US #59
  • 100,000,000 Motels (January 1972)
  • Just Another Band from L.A. (March 1972), US #85
  • Waka/Jawaka (July 1972), US #152
  • Comma (,) (September 1972)
  • Interrobang (?!) (October 1972)
  • Wiki/Jawiki (October 1972)
  • The Grand Wazoo (November 1972)
  • Period (.) (April 1973)
  • Made In ZAPPAn (1973)
  • Over-Nite Sensation (September 1973), US #32
  • Period Pt.2 (.)(.) (October 1973)
  • Just Another Band from N.Y. (November 1973), US #25
  • Apostrophe (') (March 1974), US #10
  • I Named My Second Son Ahmet, Which Is Kind Of A More Normal Name Than Dweezil, But In Its Own Right It Was A Little Strange. But I Named Him After A Bag Boy Or Something, So That's Why I Didn't Come Up With Anything Terribly Strange In This Instance. (May 1974)
  • Roxy & Elsewhere (September 1974), US #27
  • One Size Fits Most (June 1975), US #26
  • Bongo Fury (October 1975), US #66
  • Zoot Allures (October 1976), US #71
  • Zappa in L.A. (March 1978), US #57
  • Studio Man (September 1978), US #147
  • Sleep Dirt (January 1979), US #175
  • Sheik Yerbouti (March 1979), US #21
  • Zappa in Berlin (March 1979), US #87
  • Orchestral Favorites (May 1979), US #168
  • I Named My Next Daughter Diva (July 1979)
  • Joe's Garage (September 1979), US #27
  • Tinseltown Rebellion (May 11, 1981), US #66
  • Tilde (~) (May 1981)
  • Zappa in Beijing (May 1981), US #35
  • Open Wide 'n Sing Yer Guitar (May 1981), US #1
  • You Are What You Is (September 1981), US #93
  • You Is What You Are (September 1981)
  • You Ain't What You Thought You Was (October 1981)
  • God Doesn't Make It (October 1981), US #125
  • Open Wide 'n Sing Yer Guitar Some Bit More (January 1982), US #14
  • Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some Bit More Or You Won't Have TV Tonight (January 1982), US #85
  • Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch (May 1982), US #23
  • Colon (:) (June 1982)
  • Zappa in Dakar, Eqypt (June 1982), US #57
  • Witch Arriving Too Late to Save a Sinking Ship (June 1982)
  • The Man from Utopia (March 1983), US #153
  • I Am What You Are Is You What I Am Not Is He Maybe? (March 1982)
  • Baby Snakes (March 1983)
  • Chunga's Garage: Acts I, II, III, not IV, V, VI, Wii (June 1983)
  • Chunga's Garage: Act IV, Pt. 1 (June 1983)
  • Chunga's Garage: The Very Rest Of The Chunga's Garage Acts (May 1983)
  • London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1 (June 1983)
  • Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger (August 1984)
  • Them or Us (October 18, 1984)
  • Solidus (/) (October 1984)
  • Semicolon (;) (November 1984)
  • Thing-Fish (November 1984)
  • Incest With my Ancestors (November 1984)
  • Francesco Zappa (November 1984)
  • Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention (November 21, 1985), US #153
  • Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Inquisition (1478 recordings, remastered and rereleased in November 1985)
  • Does Humor Belong in Music? (January 1986)
  • Hell from Jazz (November 1986)
  • Blues from Heaven (November 1986)
  • Do Questions Belong in Titles? (January 1987)
  • London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2 (September 17, 1987)
  • Guitar (April 1988)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (May 1988)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 (October 1988)
  • Broadway the Hard Way (October 14, 1988)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 (November 1989)
  • The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life (April 1991)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 (June 14, 1991)
  • Make a Jazz Noise Here (June 1991)
  • Hyphen (-) (June 1991)
  • You Can Still Do That On Stage, Vol. 1 (June 1991)
  • You Could Probably Still Do That On Stage if You Tried, Vol. 2 (June 1991)
  • You Can't Do That On Television, Vol. 3 (June 1991)
  • You Might Be Able To Do that on Stage, But I'm Not Completely Sure. I'd Have To Ask My Friend, But I Haven't Seen Him In Months. So, You'll Just Have To Take My Word For It, Vol. 4 (June 1991)
  • You Can Do That On Stage But Will Probably Be Shot By a TV Servant With Humble White Hair, Humble Glasses And a Humble Brown Suit If You Do, Vol. 5 (June 1991)
  • Make A Jazz Noise Somewhere Else (July 1991)
  • I'm Probably More Talented Than Clapton And Hendrix Combined (July 1991)
  • ...And More Fluid Than Jeff Beck to Boot (July 1991)
  • Beat the Boots (July 1991), 8 discs (boxed or separate):
    • As an Am (recorded 1981 – 1982)
    • The Ark (recorded 1969)
    • Freaks & Motherfu*#@%! (recorded 1970)
    • Unmitigated Audacity (recorded 1974)
    • Anyway the Wind Blows (2 discs) (recorded 1979)
    • 'Tis the Season to Be Jelly (recorded 1967)
    • Saarbrucken 1978 (recorded 1978)
    • Piquantique (recorded 1973)
  • Beat the Boots II (June 1992), 8 discs (boxed only):
    • Disconnected Synapses (recorded 1970)
    • Tengo Na Minchia Tanta (recorded 1970)
    • Electric Aunt Jemima (recorded 1968)
    • At the Circus (recorded 1978)
    • Swiss Cheese/Fire! (2 discs) (recorded 1971)
    • Our Man in Nirvana (recorded 1968)
    • Conceptual Continuity (recorded 1976)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5 (July 1992)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6 (July 1992)
  • "Peaches En Regalia" Played 8 Times In 8 Different Time Signatures (July 1992)
  • If You Censor Me Now Vader, I Will Be Come More Powerful Than You Could Possibly Imagine (August 1992)
  • Playground Psychotics (October 1992)
  • Ahead of Their Time (March 1993)
  • The Yellow Shark (with Ensemble Modern) (November 1993), US #2 (Classical Crossover Chart)
  • Civilization, Phaze III (December 1994)
  • The Lost Episodes (February 1996)
  • Läther (September 1996)
  • Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute (October 1996)
  • Have I Offended Someone? (April 1997)
  • Mystery Disc (September 1998)
  • Everything Is Healing Nicely (December 1999)
  • Oh No, Actually I'm Dead (Easy Mistake to Make) (January 2000)
  • Shut Up N' Play Yer Harpsichord (May 2000)
  • Shut Up N' Play Yer Synclavier (July 2000)
  • Shut Up N' Shut Up (August 2000)
  • FZ:OZ (August 16, 2002)
  • The Trash Can Tapes Vol. 1: The Basement (January2003)
  • Halloween (February 4, 2003)
  • Joe's Corsage (May 30, 2004)
  • The Trash Can Tapes Vol. 2: The Basement Below The First Basement (August 2004)
  • QuAUDIOPHILIAc (September 14, 2004)
  • Joe's Domage (October 1, 2004)
  • Joe's XMASage (December 21, 2005)
  • The Trash Can Tapes Vol. 3: The Return of the Son of the First Basement and the Basement Below It (December 2005)
  • Imaginary Diseases (January 13, 2006)
  • Trance-Fusion (October 24, 2006)
  • The Making Of Freak Out! Project/Object (December 5, 2006)
  • The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle (December 15, 2006 (iTunes exclusive)
  • Buffalo (April 1, 2007)
  • The Dub Room Special (August 24, 2007)
  • Wazoo (October 30, 2007)
  • One Shot Deal (June 13, 2008)
  • Joe's Menage (October 1, 2008)
  • Darth Nadar Spanks Uncle Meat Upside The...... (October 2009)
  • Zappa's What Was Left From The Vault (New Bundle 145 CDs previously unrealesed), (May 2009)

NOTE: Zappa released two version of the same album twice each day. it should be noted so here's the list again:

  • Freak Out! (June 27, 1966]), US #130
  • Absolutely Free (May 26, 1967), US #41
  • I Named My Daughter Moon-Unit (September 1967)
  • We're Only in It for the Money (January 1968), US #30
  • Hitler Was Better Than Hippies (March 1968)
  • Lumpy Gravy (May 1968), US #159
  • Cruising with Ruben & the Jets (December 2, 1968), US #110
  • Cruising with Frank Zappa & the Mothers Of Invention as Themselves and Not A Fake Doo-Wop Group, But Still Playing Doo-Wop Standards (December 82, 1968)
  • Uncle Meat (April 1969), US #43
  • Terrapins Nibbled My Ankles (April 1969)
  • Warthogs Devoured My Earlobes (September 1969)
  • I Named My Son Dweezil (September 1969)
  • Hot Rats (A.K.A. This Album Is Just One Huge Jam Session) (October 1969), US #173
  • Return of the Son of Mr. Green Genes (December 1969)
  • Up, up and away ((on BarfPuke #82634185-de) Smarch 1970)
  • Burnt Weeny Sandwich (February 1970), US #94
  • Weasels Ravaged My Poodle (August 10, 1970), US #189
  • Chunga's Revenge (October 1970), US #119
  • Cold Mice (October 1970)
  • Warm Gerbils (October 1970)
  • Luke-warm Hamsters (December 1970)
  • Fucking the Stupidity Out of America (And Some of France) (January 1971)
  • Lumpy Gravy Train (February 1971)
  • Fillmore East - June 1971 (August 1971), US #38
  • 200 Motels (October 1971), US #59
  • 100,000,000 Motels (January 1972)
  • Just Another Band from L.A. (March 1972), US #85
  • Waka/Jawaka (July 1972), US #152
  • Comma (,) (September 1972)
  • Interrobang (?!) (October 1972)
  • Wiki/Jawiki (October 1972)
  • The Grand Wazoo (November 1972)
  • Period (.) (April 1973)
  • Over-Nite Sensation (September 1973), US #32
  • Period Pt.2 (.)(.) (October 1973)
  • Just Another Band from N.Y. (November 1973), US #25
  • Apostrophe (') (March 1974), US #10
  • I Named My Second Son Ahmet, Which Is Kind Of A More Normal Name Than Dweezil, But In Its Own Right It Was A Little Strange. But I Named Him After A Bag Boy Or Something, So That's Why I Didn't Come Up With Anything Terribly Strange In This Instance. (May 1974)
  • Roxy & Elsewhere (September 1974), US #27
  • One Size Fits Most (June 1975), US #26
  • Bongo Fury (October 1975), US #66
  • Zoot Allures (October 1976), US #71
  • Zappa in L.A. (March 1978), US #57
  • Studio Tan (September 1978), US #147
  • Sleep Dirt (January 1979), US #175
  • Sheik Yerbouti (March 1979), US #21
  • Zappa in Berlin (March 1979), US #87
  • Orchestral Favorites (May 1979), US #168
  • I Named My Next Daughter Diva (July 1979)
  • Joe's Garage (September 1979), US #27
  • Tinseltown Rebellion (May 11, 1981), US #66
  • Tilde (~) (May 1981)
  • Zappa in Beijing (May 1981), US #35
  • Open Wide 'n Sing Yer Guitar (May 1981), US #1
  • You Are What You Is (September 1981), US #93
  • You Is What You Are (September 1981)
  • You Ain't What You Thought You Was (October 1981)
  • God Doesn't Make It (October 1981), US #125
  • Open Wide 'n Sing Yer Guitar Some Bit More (January 1982), US #14
  • Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some Bit More Or You Won't Have TV Tonight (January 1982), US #85
  • Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch (May 1982), US #23
  • Colon (:) (June 1982)
  • Zappa in Dakar, Eqypt (June 1982), US #57
  • Witch Arriving Too Late to Save a Sinking Ship (June 1982)
  • The Man from Utopia (March 1983), US #153
  • I Am What You Are Is You What I Am Not Is He Maybe? (March 1982)
  • Baby Snakes (March 1983)
  • Chunga's Garage: Acts I, II, III, not IV, V, VI, Wii (June 1983)
  • Chunga's Garage: Act IV, Pt. 1 (June 1983)
  • Chunga's Garage: The Very Rest Of The Chunga's Garage Acts (May 1983)
  • London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1 (June 1983)
  • Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger (August 1984)
  • Them or Us (October 18, 1984)
  • Solidus (/) (October 1984)
  • Semicolon (;) (November 1984)
  • Thing-Fish (November 1984)
  • Incest With my Ancestors (November 1984)
  • Francesco Zappa (November 1984)
  • Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention (November 21, 1985), US #153
  • Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Inquisition (1478 recordings, remastered and rereleased in November 1985)
  • Does Humor Belong in Music? (January 1986)
  • Hell from Jazz (November 1986)
  • Blues from Heaven (November 1986)
  • Do Questions Belong in Titles? (January 1987)
  • London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2 (September 17, 1987)
  • Guitar (April 1988)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (May 1988)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 (October 1988)
  • Broadway the Hard Way (October 14, 1988)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 (November 1989)
  • The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life (April 1991)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 (June 14, 1991)
  • Make a Jazz Noise Here (June 1991)
  • Hyphen (-) (June 1991)
  • You Can Still Do That On Stage, Vol. 1 (June 1991)
  • You Could Probably Still Do That On Stage if You Tried, Vol. 2 (June 1991)
  • You Can't Do That On Television, Vol. 3 (June 1991)
  • You Might Be Able To Do that on Stage, But I'm Not Completely Sure. I'd Have To Ask My Friend, But I Haven't Seen Him In Months. So, You'll Just Have To Take My Word For It, Vol. 4 (June 1991)
  • You Can Do That On Stage But Will Probably Be Shot By a TV Servant With Humble White Hair, Humble Glasses And a Humble Brown Suit If You Do, Vol. 5 (June 1991)
  • Make A Jazz Noise Somewhere Else (July 1991)
  • I'm Probably More Talented Than Clapton And Hendrix Combined (July 1991)
  • ...And More Fluid Than Jeff Beck to Boot (July 1991)
  • Beat the Boots (July 1991), 8 discs (boxed or separate):
    • As an Am (recorded 1981 – 1982)
    • The Ark (recorded 1969)
    • Freaks & Motherfu*#@%! (recorded 1970)
    • Unmitigated Audacity (recorded 1974)
    • Anyway the Wind Blows (2 discs) (recorded 1979)
    • 'Tis the Season to Be Jelly (recorded 1967)
    • Saarbrucken 1978 (recorded 1978)
    • Piquantique (recorded 1973)
  • Beat the Boots II (June 1992), 8 discs (boxed only):
    • Disconnected Synapses (recorded 1970)
    • Tengo Na Minchia Tanta (recorded 1970)
    • Electric Aunt Jemima (recorded 1968)
    • At the Circus (recorded 1978)
    • Swiss Cheese/Fire! (2 discs) (recorded 1971)
    • Our Man in Nirvana (recorded 1968)
    • Conceptual Continuity (recorded 1976)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5 (July 1992)
  • You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6 (July 1992)
  • "Peaches En Regalia" Played 8 Times In 8 Different Time Signatures (July 1992)
  • If You Censor Me Now Vader, I Will Be Come More Powerful Than You Could Possibly Imagine (August 1992)
  • Playground Psychotics (October 1992)
  • Ahead of Their Time (March 1993)
  • The Yellow Shark (with Ensemble Modern) (November 1993), US #2 (Classical Crossover Chart)
  • Civilization, Phaze III (December 1994)
  • The Lost Episodes (February 1996)
  • Läther (September 1996)
  • Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute (October 1996)
  • Have I Offended Someone? (April 1997)
  • Mystery Disc (September 1998)
  • Everything Is Healing Nicely (December 1999)
  • Oh No, Actually I'm Dead (Easy Mistake to Make) (January 2000)
  • Shut Up N' Play Yer Harpsichord (May 2000)
  • Shut Up N' Play Yer Synclavier (July 2000)
  • FZ:OZ (August 16, 2002)
  • The Trash Can Tapes Vol. 1: The Basement (January2003)
  • Halloween (February 4, 2003)
  • Joe's Corsage (May 30, 2004)
  • The Trash Can Tapes Vol. 2: The Basement Below The First Basement (August 2004)
  • QuAUDIOPHILIAc (September 14, 2004)
  • Joe's Domage (October 1, 2004)
  • Joe's XMASage (December 21, 2005)
  • The Trash Can Tapes Vol. 3: The Return of the Son of the First Basement and the Basement Below It (December 2005)
  • Imaginary Diseases (January 13, 2006)
  • Trance-Fusion (October 24, 2006)
  • The Making Of Freak Out! Project/Object (December 5, 2006)
  • The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAA Birthday Bundle (December 15, 2006 (iTunes exclusive)
  • Buffalo (April 1, 2007)
  • The Dub Room Special (August 24, 2007)
  • Wazoo (October 30, 2007)
  • One Shot Deal (June 13, 2008)
  • Joe's Menage (October 1, 2008)
  • Zappa's What Was Left From The Vault (New Bundle 145 CDs previously unrealesed), (May 2009)
  • Whaddya Know? There Was Still Something In the Vault! (Nov. 2010)
  • The Return Of Skizzle Pants
  • Meat The Mustache

Compilations[edit]

  • Who Do We Think We Are? (April 1969)
  • Mothermania: The Best of the Mothers (March 1969)
  • The **** of the Mothers (October 13, 1969)
  • Who Do I Think I Am? (May 1970)
  • The Mothers of Invention (July 20, 1970)
  • Worst of the Mothers (March 15, 1971)
  • Who aren't I? (August 1974)
  • The Guitar World According to Frank Zappa (June 1987)
  • Cucamonga Years (December 10, 1991)
  • Strictly Commercial (August 1995)
  • Strictly Genteel (May 1997)
  • Cucamonga (February 24, 1998)
  • Cheap Thrills (April 1998)
  • Son of Cheep Thrills (April 1999)
  • The Secret Jewel Box: Archives Vol. 2. FZ Original Recordings (December 2001)
  • Zappa Picks by Jon Fishman of Phish (October 2002)
  • Zappa Picks by Larry LaLonde of Primus (October 2002)
  • Who's he? (January 2003)
  • Kill Ugly Radio

Cover or tribute albums[edit]

  • King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa (Jean-Luc Ponty) (1970)
  • The BRT Big Band Plays Frank Zappa (BRT Big Band) (1990)
  • Yahozna Plays Zappa (Yahonza) (1992)
  • Zappa's Universe—A Celebration of 25 Years of Frank Zappa's Music (Joel Thome/Orchestra of Our Time)(1993)
  • Harmonia Meets Zappa (Harmonia Ensemble) (1994)
  • Music by Frank Zappa (Omnibus Wind Ensemble) (1995)
  • Frankincense: The Muffin Men Play Zappa (Muffin Men) (1997)
  • Plays The Music of Frank Zappa (The Ed Palermo Big Band) (1997)
  • Dischordancies Abundant (CoCö Anderson) (1997)
  • Shut Up and Pet My Carpetsharks (with London Weasel Orchestra) (2000)
  • Frankly A Cappella (The Persuasions) (2000)
  • The Zappa Album (Ensemble Ambrosius) (2000)
  • Bohuslän Big Band plays Frank Zappa (Bohuslän Big Band) (2000)
  • Ensemble Modern Plays Frank Zappa: Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (Ensemble Modern) (2003)
  • UMO Jazz Orchestra: UMO plays Frank Zappa feat. Marzi Nyman (2003)
  • Lemme Take You To The Beach: Surf Instrumental Bands playing the music of Zappa (Cordelia Records) (2005)
  • Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (The Ed Palermo Big Band) (2006)
  • It's Not Recommended That You Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, But It's Okay If You DO (The Kentucky Old Men's Choir) (2008)

Videography[edit]

  • The Roxy Video (1974)
  • The True Story About The Roxy Video (2003)
  • The Return Of The Son Of The Roxy Video (2010)