Gail Zappa daughter of a rocket scientist, wife of composer Frank Zappa, mother of Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva Zappa. Writer, Art Director, Provocateur. Has changed a million diapers and a few minds — including her own. [Grammy winner: Gail and Frank Zappa, Art Directors, Best Recording Package - Boxed - 1995, CIVILIZATION, Phase III]

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Re: re-releases

February 13th, 2013

On Oct 28, 2012, at 6:32 AM, frank balmaekers wrote:


We are planning to buy all the 60 albums from Frank, but want to do it with CD WOW HD.
Can we trust them as we asked them what pressings they have: they said Canadian.
Now we received the first 3 but we can’t see nowhere on the cd or package Made in Canada or Made in USA.
There’s only: under exclusive license to Universal, address 2220 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Zappa Records 824302385326 (UMe)
Question 1: Could you please say what pressing this is?
Question 2: Are these digitally remasters?

Thanks and with regards,

Frank Balmaekers

As far as I can understand what you are asking for does not currently exist. 22 Titles were remastered only. Those same masters are ALSO available at iTunes as MFiT. Check that list for guidance. If you buy them in Europe, they are most likely manufactured in Europe. If you purchase them in North America they are most likely manufactured in the USA. FYI, we are planning vinyl re-issues for some titles, as well as HD but not all the same titles. In other words, not all titles will appear in all formats. If you have other questions please go ahead and ask but please also be as specific as possible. Meanwhile I will check out the number below for you.

Thanks for your interest.

“Music is the Best!”~fz

Re: Läther Album Cover

February 11th, 2013

On Feb 6, 2013, at 12:42 PM, Kirk Gauthier  wrote:

I was just perusing and noticed, under FZ’s official discography, there’s a new cover for Läther that’s not the photo of a cow. Was this the original album cover, or was it an unused cover photo to coincide with the catalog relaunch? And is/was it an homage to the cover of Fugazi’s second release, Margin Walker (for reference, see this)?

As always, thanks for all the tunes!
– Kirk Gauthier

This was a proposed original cover but the album was not released until much later – and we used the cow instead. With the re-release of everything (the entire catalog) all at once, it seemed more than appropriate to go back and rethink/restore quite a few of the original covers. The photographs are from the shoot from which the covers of Joe’s Garage, Acts 1, 2 & 3 originated. These albums were released in 1979. In this case it is obvious that FZ’s album was first and therefore not influenced in any way by Fugazi’s cover. Quite the opposite I would tend to suspect.


“Music is the Best!”~fz (and of course, this quote is also directly from Joe’s Garage!)

Re: Long time fan salutes Zappa family, send them fond regards.

February 4th, 2013

On Feb 3, 2013, at 12:48 PM, Christopher Slitor wrote:

Dear Gail and Zappa Family and helpers,

This is really not a question, just a message, to be put up in your FAQs or in a comments category. Consider it a SALUTE to the legacy of Frank Zappa and good wishes to all of you

The first time I heard the Mothers of Invention was in 1968, on a hot July afternoon, in an un-air-conditioned second story room of my teenage friend, Dave. He had just purchased We’re Only In It for the Money, at Zayre’s record bin, for the sum of about $3.47. The cover was obviously a satire on SGT PEPPER by the Beatles.

The music and the socio-political lyricism blew us teenage boys away! Both of us became hooked on Frank Zappa’s clever arrangements, unique musical style, his cynical but funny satire. It inspired my buddy Dave to become a guitarist. Even though he became an electrical engineering professor, he does excellent college town bar room rock n roll music with other talented local musicians. They even won a state battle of the bands contest, but they did not secure a record contract. Thus, they stuck with their day jobs.

Frank was born in Baltimore. The great columnist and political pundit H L Mencken was known as the Sage of Baltimore, at least until some of his commentary, post-posthumously, was adjudged too Politically Incorrect and offensive. All I can say about HLM is that he managed to offend everybody, equally, of every race, creed and color. His sarcastic and biting commentary was not always easy to handle or endure. It was his stock in trade. Frank Zappa was the other Sage of Baltimore.

Later, from 1969-82, I purchased various FZ and MOI albums of my own, including Mothermania, Ruben and the Jets, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Uncle Meat, Joe’s Garage. FZ’s prolific output outpaced my ability to buy his albums. Usually, as people get beyond their teenage and college years, they spent less and less time and money on record albums, CDs, etc.

When I heard that Frank Zappa died in 1993, I was very sad. I felt that a huge, under-served batch of sentient beings were having their fix of political-music satire laid to rest, that a sincere-controversial proponent for artistic freedom had been quelched.

I felt that no one could equal the quality of Frank Zappa. He was a terrific artist with an indefatigable energy. As the years passed, I learned a lot more about music. Frank Zappa and Brian Wilson inspired me to teach myself music theory, in my mid-50s. I am now composing little ditties of my own, but do not pursue it as a day job. The greatest message of Frank Zappa was to be ACTIVE, to make your own opportunity, make your OWN DOOR when “opportunity” doesn’t knock. Take your musical-political-satirical desires and give them VOICE, by whatever means at your disposal. Get busy, be disciplined and bring your dreams to life. Frank wasn’t perfect, but he was FUNNY, a bit eccentric, and his human-ness showed threw his often iconoclastic displays. I salute FZ, will always remember him, and have learned great lessons from this self-made, hard-working genius.

FZ was a huge inspiration to millions of people. Dweezil is a superb guitarist and musician, and he is helping preserve and expound-expand upon father Frank’s great work. I regret never having seen Frank Zappa in concert. Maybe the wife and I will try to see Dweezil and his gang next time they tour in the Washington, DC metro area.

To Gail, Dweezil, Moon, Diva, Ahmet, and other family and Family Trust folks, carry on this fine legacy, build upon it, and may more folks join you in continuing the essence and most positive aspects of Frank Zappa’s artistic mission.

Very Kindest Regards,
Christopher “Kit” Slitor
born in early 1950’s
Arlington, VA
Home to Arlington Cemetery, suburb of Washington, DC
across Potomac River from Nation’s Capital

Dear Christopher,

Thank you so very much for sharing your sentiments with us. It is always appreciated, especially when one’s voice is so obviously sincere and well-considered.

And by the way, I know where you are coming from in so many ways. Apart from my father being buried in Arlington National Cemetery, I spent 2 of my high school years at Falls Church and Jeb Stuart, respectively and for a time lived on John Marshall Drive in Arlington.

Thanks on behalf of my family, Kit.

“Music is the Best!”~fz

Re: WHY?!!!

January 27th, 2013

On Jan 25, 2013, at 2:03 PM, Joseph D’Alessandris wrote:

Why do you and your kids continue to perform and market new versions of Frank’s homophobic songs like “Bobby Brown” and “Punky’s Whips”? Frank had some gay fans, and these songs are very hurtful! Please consider putting them away. This is 2013 Gail!

Joseph D’Alessandris

The Zappa Family is not a pop hit cover band. You must be thinking of some other group. And there are no “homophobic songs” anywhere in FZ’s catalog.

Re: First Batch (Freak Out to Just Another Band From LA)

January 10th, 2013

On Jan 8, 2013, at 4:18 AM, john cina wrote:

Hello there

I was wondering if the first batch (Freak Out to JABFLA) will be available to buy in a bundle again. Just curious.

Thank you!

~ john

There is no reason for you not to be able to buy each bundle as advertised. Let me know if there is a problem. Thanks!


Re: A question about you!

January 10th, 2013

On Jan 7, 2013, at 8:51 AM, VINCENT CANNATA wrote:

There’s a ‘tale’ deep in the heart of the internet that you once ‘gonked’ Jim Morrison the head with a hammer when you both were in kindergarden in Florida! I know,I know; “Too weird to be true”. But, perhaps, you can shed some truth to this weird and (IMO) funny rumor!

Your pal,
Vince Cannata

Yes – in New Mexico (another story altogether) – in a fight where he had the advantage by pulling my hair, I did use a hammer from an adjacent table top to defend myself. However, we got into more trouble together with adults than we ever did with each other – a tradition that continued well into our own adult lives, although separately.

Re: Fillmore East 1971

January 3rd, 2013

On Jan 2, 2013, at 1:22 PM, Lloyd Zufelt wrote:

Will you release fillmore east on dvd?????

Maybe you think you know something I don’t?

Re: Roxy by Proxy/Roxy Performances DVD

December 20th, 2012

On Dec 18, 2012, at 4:31 PM, Jim, the Mailman wrote:

Hi Gail;
Firstly, thank you for all the efforts to keep Uncle Frank’s music coming. Many wonderful hours of listening have come our way!

My question concerns the Roxy by Proxy deal and the Roxy Performances DVD.
Will the DVD not be brought to fruition if you don’t get 1,000 people to sign on as licensees?
I ask because, in this digital age, it’s really hard to see 1,000 folks trying to compete with each other, as well as Barfko-Swill to sell the product, and enough units to make the venture at least break even.
I can understand your wanting to get others to take on that responsibility, owing to file-sharing and it’s sinister effects on profitability to the one who actually DOES put up the front money to sell CDs.

I don’t see the Roxy by Proxy deal happening and fear that the DVD will never see the light of day.

Dear Mr. Jim the Mailman,

Have you no faith in the fans??!! Realistically, the idea of the contributors/distributors breaking even is some very tasty pie-in-the-sky. This is an appeal to help fund the The Roxy Performances – The Movie – but with a kick! We wanted to give something back to the main contributors for their effort on behalf of this film seeing the light of day/theater/tv & computer screen. A One-of-a-Kind Collector’s item, if you will. This is not really about competition but rather about community – of a Special Nature – brought to you by the people, for the people, all of whom are The Other People. I will continue to cross my fingers for FZ and maybe even extend the time frame if need be. No matter what, Roxy by Proxy will get out there.

Don’t worry, but if you must, send me your chewed up fingernails.


“Music is the Best!”~fz

Re: Roxy soundtrack

December 18th, 2012

On Dec 17, 2012, at 4:52 PM, gouldson wrote:

can i buy this record from you?


Yes – it will be available at Barfko-Swill!


December 18th, 2012

On Dec 17, 2012, at 10:19 AM, Phypers, William wrote:

Hi Gail!

As I’m sure you know, Friday, 21 December is FZ”s birthday. Will there be an AAAFNRAA birthday bundle offered this year and most importantly, will it be released before or after the end of the world?


Bill Phypers
Brewster, NY

Yes. During.


“Music is the Best!”~fz