Back in april we reported that Universal would reissue a batch of Frank Zappa albums, starting late june. Back then it wat still unclear who now owns the rights to the Frank Zappa catalog, but finally the word is out: the music of Frank Zappa back in the hands of the Zappa Family Trust.
To celebrate this, the estate has signed a global license and distribution deal with Universal Music Enterprises to release 60 of the iconic composer’s recordings. The roll-out kicks off July 31 with 12 recordings, with another dozen recordings to be released monthly through the end of 2012.
Now fully back in hands of the Zappa Family Trust – headed by Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa – the releases will honor the Zappa legacy as a the composer, musician, bandleader and filmmaker. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
The UME deal is for the entire Zappa Catalog as it appeared on Frank Zappa’s own independent label, Barking Pumpkin Records. Many of the original analog masters have been re-mastered for this occasion. Yes that’s right, you heard right. The entire Catalog, in all its spiffnificent glory will launch July 31, just in time for Frank Zappa’s daughter Diva’s birthday.