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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 5:50 am 
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As mentioned in other posts, one of my main Frank Zappa album fantasies is in the form of hoping for what hasn't been done EVER!!!.

That would be a couple of complete recording Frank Zappa box sets. Imagine a special edition box set featuring all 102 official Frank Zappa albums for example!!! :)

Alright, now back to reality, not many people would be able to afford it (what do you reckon the price on such a set would be fellow fans? Starting price $2500+ you reckon? (That would equate to approximately $1500 USD and no change at all I would imagine).

A more realistic set of box sets for this fan would be something like this:

Frank Zappa Ultimate Collection Box Set 1
Featuring:
1. Freak Out (1966)
2. Absolutely Free (1967)
3. Lumpy Gravy (1967)
4. We're Only In It For The Money (1968)
5. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)
6. Uncle Meat (1969)
7. Hot Rats (1969)
8. Burnt Weeny Sandwhich (1970)
9. Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
10. Chunga's Revenge. (1970)
11. Waka/Jawaka (1972)
12. The Grand Wazoo (1972)
13. Over-Nite Sensation (1973)
14. Apostrophe' (1974)
15. One Size Fits All (1975)
BONUS: The Lost Episodes Collection.


Frank Zappa Ultimate Collection Box Set 2
Featuring:
16. Bongo Fury (1975)
17. Zoot Allures (1976)
18. Lather (1978)
19. Sheik Yerbouti(1979)
20. Joe's Garage Acts I, II and III. (1979)
21. Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Collection (1981)
22. You Are What You Is (1981)
23. Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch (1982)
24. The Man From Utopia (1983)
25. London Symphony Orchestra Volumes 1 and 2 (1983,1987)
26. Them Or Us (1984)
27. Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (1985)
28. Jazz From Hell (1986)
29. The Yellow Shark (1993)
30. Civilisation Phase III (1994)
Bonus (Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt, Zappa In New York and Orchestral Favourites).

The Live Albums is where it would get tricky but perhaps a number of collections

Frank Zappa Ultimate Collection Box Set 3 - Live and Alive - Beat The Boots Vol 1 and 2.

Frank Zappa Ultimate Collection Box Set 4 - You Simply Can't Do That On Stage Or In A Box Set Anymore!
All of the 'You Can't Do That On Stage Volumes' plus
Guitar
Broadway The Hard Way
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
Make A Jazz Noise Here
Playground Psychotics
Ahead Of Their Time

Frank Zappa Ultimate Collection Box Set 5 - Let Me Take You To The Box (I think that's got a lot of Frank in that title. :) ).
Everything From 1996's Tribute to and including: 'The Dub Room Special'.

Frank Zappa Ultimate Collection Box Set 6 - The Box Set Is The Ultimate Solution
Everything From 2007's Wazoo to Road Tapes, Venue #2.

Frank Zappa Ultimate Collection Box Set 7 - Box Proxy
Everything from A Token Of His Extreme till there is at least another 15 releases to add to the set.

Just imagine, each box could feature special extra's like rare printings of original Frank Zappa transcriptions and writings, perhaps badges or T-shirts(well it worked for the Beet The Boots box sets). I'm sure most fans would love a copy of an original Frank Zappa composition featuring his unique words and ideas highlighting sections etc.

Yeah, I know, it could be over the top but as a fan who's owned the main bulk of Frank's work 2.5 times and ends up giving albums away to awaken people to Frank's music, set's like this would be fantastic to instantly top up the collection again. Some people purchase up to 10 copies of albums they like just to get alternate mixes, bonus tracks and special printings. It's no different for us Zappa fans right?

PS. A Dweezil Zappa box set is a long time coming as well. Some Dweezil albums are only available on Vinyl and while I love vinyl, it's an inconvenient medium for playing music on the go(eg, in my car on the CD player is sometimes the only chance I for one get to listen for example).
Dweezil Zappa Collection Box Set - My Box Set Want To Kill Your Mama (LOL. OK, perhaps a better title is in order).
Featuring:
1982 – "My Mother Is a Space Cadet"/"Crunchy Water", 12" single, produced by Frank Zappa
1986 – Havin' a Bad Day
1988 – My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama
1991 – Confessions
2000 – Automatic
2006 – Go with What You Know
2015 – Via Zammata'
1994 – Shampoohorn
1996 – Music For Pets
2008 – Zappa Plays Zappa
2010 – Return of the Son of...
2011 – In the Moment
2012 – F.O.H.
2012 – F.O.H. III: Out of Obscurity[17]
PLUS: Bonus guitar magazine and never before released tracks etc. Featuring a bonus shampoo horn to hold all your albums on while swapping them in and out of your CD player. :)

Well there's my Zappa album collection box set dreams fellow fans. What's yours?

RELEASE THESE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 7:12 am 
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frank's guitar solos minus all backing tracks,
interview clips with people NOT making excuses for frank's *rudeness



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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 7:35 am 
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lapsed maps wrote:
frank's guitar solos minus all backing tracks,
interview clips with people NOT making excuses for frank's *rudeness



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Hey, I like that, what a great idea. Agreed. Frank was seriously against censorship and would any self respecting fan want other peoples yak yak over the top of our hero?
You could certainly do an Interviews box set perhaps interspersed with Frank's guitar pieces between the interviews to break it up a bit and turn into a nice Zappa interview musical. I'd certainly love to purchase an official collection as opposed to all those bootleg interview albums you see popping up on ebay and collector sites across the globe. Excellent idea.


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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 7:46 am 
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I'd like just backing tracks, minus frank's guitar solos.
He wasn't a great guitar player really.
And maybe get someone else singing - what was he thinking?
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 5:10 pm 
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Couldn't disagree with you more on those points Deuce.

Frank added a different method of vocal delivery. Having no doubt sustained throat injuries from being pushed off stage in London, I think he did a superb job of delivering his unique vocal style. But like all vocalists, you either like them or you don't.

On the guitar though, even Steve Vai declared him a legend. He did some amazing guitar work. To me, Frank was more about delivering good music, not shredding notes till they all sound like one note. The way he jumped between different time signatures, improvisations, classical, blues, jazz, rock. That's something not every guitarist can do. Especially the odd timing part.

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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 6:02 pm 
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A Xenochrony collection like Frank did on Joe's Garage where he took recorded live solos and put them on totally new (different) backing tracks. Take this concept and give a good sampling of live FZ solos to different artists to marry a Frank solo with their own music (either something they've already done or something new). I think you could get some interesting results if you picked the right people.


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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 8:50 pm 
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Three unreleased recordings of Dweezil, Moon, Ahmet and Diva fighting in the dressing-room of the Laurel Canyon East!

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 2:01 am 
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I don't like his songs much either - a little simplistic for my tastes.
I prefer the stuff he wrote after his lifetime best.
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 2:56 am 
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deuce wrote:
I don't like his songs much either - a little simplistic for my tastes.
I prefer the stuff he wrote after his lifetime best.
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Amazing how even people who are not really into Frank's songs, still enjoy his music. There's some songs that don't do much for me either but overall, I find them terrific. Especially, 'I Am The Slime' which to me is a brilliant song that is so very relevant to this very day.


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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 10:05 am 
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deuce wrote:
I don't like his songs much either - a little simplistic for my tastes.
I prefer the stuff he wrote after his lifetime best.
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Music from beyond the grave! :D

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lol deuce

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deuce wrote:
I don't like his songs much either - a little simplistic for my tastes.

i had never really thought about this until just now, but yeah...
i kinda like the 4/4 foot tappers. sue me.

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Full OZ 1973 run.
I would pay a mint for that.

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BillyDaMt wrote:
Full OZ 1973 run.
I would pay a mint for that.


For sure. Imagine the live versions of RDNZL for starters.


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