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Congress Shall Make No Law

Congress Shall Make No Law

Released September 19 2010, on the occasion of Baltimore’s annual Frank Zappa Day.
It should be noted that Zappa’s December 1984 testimony at the Senate Committee is currently freely available in the Public Domain.

Tracklist:

  1. Congress Shall Make No Law (32:46)
  2. Perhaps in Maryland (10:45)
  3. thou shalt have no other gods before Me (2:56)
  4. thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image – any likeness of anything in heaven above, nor in the earth beneath, nor ?n the water under the earth 2:31
  5. thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (2:26)
  6. thou shalt keep holy the Sabbath day (2:05)
  7. thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother (2:21)
  8. thou shalt not Kill (2:06)
  9. thou shalt not commit adultery (0:55)
  10. thou shalt not steal (0:39)
  11. thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor (1:48)
  12. thou shalt not covet the house of thy neighbor, the wife of thy neighbor, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ass, nor anything that belongs to thy neighbor (1:13)
  13. Reagan at Bitburg some more (1:10)

Baby Snakes (DVD)

December 1979/October 1987 – DVD released 1999

Tracklist

  1. Baby Snakes Rehearsal
  2. “This Is The Show They Never See”
  3. Baby Snakes
  4. Bruce Bickford/ “Disco Outfreakage”
  5. The Poodle Lecture
  6. “She Said”/City Of Tiny Lites
  7. New York’s Finest Crazy Person
  8. “The Way The Air Smells…”
  9. Pound – Bass & Kybds Solo
  10. “In You” Rap/Dedication
  11. Managua/ Police Car/ Drum Solo
  12. Disco Boy
  13. “Give People Somewhere To Xscape Thru”
  14. King Kong/Roy’s Halloween Gas Mask
  15. Bobby Brown Goes Down
  16. Conehead/”All You Need To Know”
  17. I’m So Cute/”Entertainment All The Way
  18. Titties ‘N Beer/”Audience Participation”/The Black Page #2 & “The Dance Contest”
  19. Jones Crusher
  20. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes
  21. Punky’s Whips
  22. “Thank You”/ Dinah-Moe Humm
  23. Camarillo Brillo/Muffin Man
  24. San Ber’dino
  25. Black Napkins
  26. New York’s Finest #2 & Credits
  27. “Good Night”

Broadway The Hard Way

Released: November 1988

Tracklist

  1. Elvis Has Just Left The Building
  2. Planet Of The Baritone Women
  3. Any Kind Of Pain
  4. Dickie’s Such An Asshole
  5. When The Lie’s So Big
  6. Rhymin’ Man
  7. Promiscuous
  8. The Untouchables
  9. Why Don’t You Like Me
  10. Bacon Fat
  11. Stolen Moments
  12. Murder By Numbers
  13. Jezebel Boy
  14. Outside Now
  15. Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel
  16. What Kind Of Girl?
  17. Jesus Thinks You’re A Jerk

Line-up
Frank Zappa (lead guitar, vocal), Ike Willis (guitar, vocal), Mike Keneally (guitar, synth, vocal), Bobby Martin (keyboards, vocal), Ed Mann (percussion), Walt Fowler (trumpet), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Paul Carman (alto sax), Albert Wing (tenor sax), Kurt McGettrick (baritone sax), Scott Thunes (bass), Chad Wackerman (drums), Eric Buxton (guest vocalist)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol 3

YCDTOSA 3 – DISC ONE

  1. Sharleena
  2. Bamboozled By Love
  3. Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up
  4. Advance Romance
  5. Bobby Brown Goes Down
  6. Keep It Greasy
  7. Honey Don’t You Want A Man Like Me?
  8. In France
  9. Drowning Witch
  10. Ride My Face To Chicago
  11. Carol, You Fool
  12. Chana In De Bushwop
  13. Joe’s Garage
  14. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?

YCDTOSA 3 – DISC TWO

  1. Dickie’s Such An Asshole
  2. Hands With A Hammer
  3. Zoot Allures
  4. Society Pages
  5. I’m A Beautiful Guy
  6. Beauty Knows No Pain
  7. Charlie’s Enormous Mouth
  8. Cocaine Decisions
  9. Nig Biz
  10. King Kong
  11. Cosmik Debris

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol 2

YCTOSA 2 – DISC ONE

  1. Tush Tush Tush (A Token Of My Extreme)
  2. Stinkfoot
  3. Inca Roads
  4. RDNZL
  5. Village Of The Sun
  6. Echidna’s Arf (Of You)
  7. Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing?
  8. Pygmy Twylyte
  9. Room Service
  10. The Idiot Bastard Son
  11. Cheepnis

YCDTOSA 2 – DISC TWO

  1. Approximate
  2. Dupree’s Paradise
  3. Satumaa (Finnish Tango)
  4. T’Mershi Duween
  5. The Dog Breath Variations
  6. Uncle Meat
  7. Building A Girl
  8. Montana (Whipping Floss)
  9. Big Swifty

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol 1

YCDTOSA 1 – DISC ONE

  1. The Florida Airport Tape
  2. Once Upon A Time
  3. Sofa # 1
  4. The Mammy Anthems
  5. You Didn’t Try To Call Me
  6. Diseases Of The Band
  7. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin
  8. Let’s Make The Water Turn Black – Harry You’re A Beast – The Orange
    County Lumber Truck
  9. The Groupie Routine
  10. Ruthie-Ruthie
  11. Babbette
  12. I’m The Slime
  13. Big Swifty
  14. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow

YCDTOSA 1 – DISC TWO

  1. Plastic People
  2. The Torture Never Stops
  3. Fine Girl
  4. Zomby Woof
  5. Sweet Leilani
  6. Oh No
  7. Be In My Video
  8. The Deathless Horsie
  9. The Dangerous Kitchen
  10. Dumb All Over
  11. Heavenly Bank Account
  12. Suicide Chump
  13. Tell Me You Love Me
  14. Sofa # 2

Guitar

Released: April 1988

Tracklist

  1. Sexual Harassment In The Workplace
  2. Which One Is It?
  3. Republicans
  4. Do Not Pass Go
  5. Challk Pie
  6. In-A-Gadda-Stravinski
  7. That’s Not Really Reggae
  8. When No One Was No One
  9. Once Again, Without The Net
  10. Outside Now (Original solo)
  11. Jim & Tammy’s Upper Room
  12. Were We Ever Really Safe In San Antonio?
  13. That Ol’ G Minor Thing Again
  14. Hotel Atlanta Incidentals
  15. That’s Not Really A Shuffle
  16. Move It Or Park It
  17. Sunrise Redeemer
  18. Varations on Sinister #3
  19. Orrin Hatch On Skis
  20. But Who Was Fulcanelli?
  21. For Duane
  22. GOA
  23. Winos Do Not March
  24. Swans? What Swans?
  25. Too Ugly For Show Business
  26. Systems Of Edges
  27. Do Not Try This At Home
  28. Things That Look Like Meat
  29. Watermelon In Easter Hay
  30. Canadian Customs
  31. Is That All There Is?
  32. It Ain’t Necessarily The Saint James Infirmary

Jazz From Hell

Released: November 1986

Tracklist

  1. Night School
  2. The Beltway Bandits
  3. While You Were Art II
  4. Jazz From Hell
  5. G-Spot Tornado
  6. Damp Ankles
  7. St. Etienne
  8. Massaggio Galore

Line-up
All compositions executed by Frank Zappa on the Synclavier DMS with the exception of “St. Etienne”.
“St. Etienne”: Frank Zappa (lead guitar), Steve Vai (rhythm guitar), Ray White (rhythm guitar), Tommy Mars (keyboards), bobby Martin (keyboards), Ed Mann (percussion), Scott Thunes (bass), Chad Wackerman (drums)

Does Humor Belong In Music?

Released: January 1986

Tracklist

  1. Zoot Allures
  2. Tinsel-Town Rebellion
  3. Trouble Every Day
  4. Penguin In Bondage
  5. Hot-Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel
  6. What’s New In Baltimore?
  7. Cock-Sucker’s Ball
  8. WPLJ
  9. Let’s Move To Cleveland
  10. Whippin’ Post

Line-up
Frank Zappa (lead guitar & vocal), Ike Willis (rhythm guitar & vocal), Bobby Martin (keyboards, sax, vocal), Alan Zavod (keyboard solo on “Cleveland”), Scott Thunes (bass), Chad Wackerman (drums solo on “Cleveland”), Dweezil Zappa (guitar solo on “Whippin’ Post”)

Meets The Mothers Of Prevention

Released: November 1985

Tracklist

  1. Porn Wars
  2. We’re Turning Again
  3. Alien Orifice
  4. Aerobics In Bondage
  5. I Don’t Even Care
  6. Little Beige Sambo
  7. What’s New In Baltimore
  8. One Man, One Vote
  9. H.R. 2911
  10. Yo Cats

Line-up
Frank Zappa, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, Ike Willis, Ray White, Bobby Martin, Moon, Dweezil, Senator Danforth (R-Missouri), Senator Hollings (D-South Carolina), Senator Trible (R-Virginia), Senator Hawkins (R-Florida), Senator Exon (D-Nebraska), Senator Gorton (R-Washington), Senator Gore (D-Tennessee), Tipper Gore, Reverend Jeff Ling, Spider Barbour, All Nite John, unknown girl in piano (voices); Frank Zappa, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, Steve Vai, Ray White, Ike Willis (guitars); Tommy Mars, Bobby Martin (keyboards); Scott Thunes (bass), Chad Wackerman (drums), Ed Mann (percussion), Frank Zappa (synclavier).

The Old Masters Box I, II & III

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Volume I

Released April 1985. 6 vinyls and bonus disc “The Mystery Disc”

Consists of the following albums:
Freak Out!
Absolutely Free
We’re Only In It For The Money
Lumpy Gravy
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
The Mystery Disc

Volume II

Released November 1986. 8 vinyls and bonus disc “The Mystery Disc”

Consists of the following albums:
Uncle Meat
Hot Rats
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Chunga’s Revenge
Fillmore East June 1971
Just Another Band From LA
The Mystery Disc

Volume III

Released December 1987. 8 vinyl case.

Consists of the following albums:
Waka/Jawaka
The Grand Wazoo
Over-Nite Sensation
Apostrophe
Roxy & Elsewhere
One Size Fits All
Bongo Fury
Zoot Allures

Francesco Zappa

Released: November 1984

Tracklist

OPUS I

  1. No. 1 1st Movement ANDANTE
  2. 2nd Movement ALLEGRO CON BRIO
  3. No. 2 1st Movement ANDANTINO
  4. 2nd Movement MINUETTO GRAZIOSO
  5. No. 3 1st Movement ANDANTINO
  6. 2nd Movement PRESTO
  7. No. 4 1st Movement ANDANTE
  8. 2nd Movement ALLEGRO
  9. No. 5 2nd Movement MINUETTO GRAZIOSO
  10. No. 6 1st Movement LARGO
  11. 2nd Movement MINUET

OPUS IV

    No. 1 1st Movement ANDANTINO
  1. 2nd Movement ALLEGRO ASSAI
  2. No. 2 2nd Movement ALLEGRO ASSAI
  3. No. 3 1st Movement ANDANTE
  4. 2nd Movement TEMPO DI MINUETTO
  5. No. 4 1st Movement MENUTETTO

Line-up
Performed by the Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort (Frank Zappa, Conductor)

ThingFish

Released: November 1984

Tracklist
DISC ONE

  1. Prologue
  2. The Mammy Nuns
  3. Harry & Rhonda
  4. Galoot Up-Date
  5. The “Torchum” Never Stops
  6. That Evil Prince
  7. You Are What You Is
  8. Mudd Club
  9. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
  10. Clowns On Velvet
  11. Harry As A Boy
  12. He’s So Gay
  13. The Massive Improve’lence
  14. Artificial Rhonda

DISC TWO

  1. The Crab-Grass Baby
  2. The White Boy Troubles
  3. No Not Now
  4. Briefcase Boogie
  5. Brown Moses
  6. Wistful Wit A Fist-Full
  7. Drop Dead
  8. Won Ton On

Line-Up
Frank Zappa (guitar, synclavier), Steve Vai (guitar), Ray White (guitar), Tommy Mars (keyboards), Chuck Wild (broadway piano), Arthur Barrow (bass), Scott Thunes (bass), Jay Anderson (string bass), Ed Mann (percussion), Chad Wackerman (drums), Steve De Furia (synclavier programmer), David Ocker (synclavier programmer)

Thing Fish: Ike Willis
Harry: Terry Bozzio
Rhonda: Dale Bozzio
Evil Prince: Napoleon Murphy Brock
Harry-as–boy: Bob Harris
Brown Moses: Johnny “Guitar” Watson
Owl-Gonkwin-Jane Cowhoon: Ray White

Them Or Us

Released: October 1984

Tracklist

  1. The Closer You Are
  2. In France
  3. Ya Hozna
  4. Sharleena
  5. Sinister Footwear II
  6. Truck Driver Divorce
  7. Stevie’s Spanking
  8. Baby, Take Your Teeth Out
  9. Marque-son’s Chicken
  10. Planet Of My Dreams
  11. Be In My Video
  12. Them Or Us
  13. Frogs With Dirty Little Lips
  14. Whipping Post

Line-Up
Frank Zappa (guitar & vocals), Ray White, Ike Willis, Napoleon Murphy Brock, George Duke, Bobby Martin, Roy Estrada (vocals, harmony), Tommy Mars (keyboards), Arthur Barrow (bass), Chad Wackerman (drums), Scott Thunes (bass), Ed Mann (percussion), Steve Vai (guitar), Ray White (rhythm guitar), Bobby Martin (harmonica), Dweezil Zappa (guitar solo on “Sharleena”), Patrick O’Hearn (bass on “Planet Of My Dreams”), Thana Harris (harmony on “Planet Of My Dreams”), George Duke (piano on “Planet Of My Dreams”)

The Perfect Stranger

Released: August 23 1984

Tracklist

  1. The Perfect Stranger
  2. Naval Aviation In Art?
  3. the Girl In The Magnesium Dress
  4. Dupree’s Paradise
  5. Love Story
  6. Outside Now Again
  7. Jonestown

Line-Up
Tracks 1, 2, 4: Ensemble InterContemporain conducted by/direction: Pierre Boulez (recorded January 10 & 11 1984 at Ircam, Paris)
Tracks 3, 5, 6, 7: The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort

London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I, II

Released: Vol. I June 1983 – Vol. II September 1987

Tracklist
DISC ONE

  1. Bob In Dacron: First Movement
  2. Bob In Dacron: Second Movement
  3. Sad Jane: Third Movement
  4. Mo ‘N Herb’s Vacation: First Movement
  5. Mo ‘N Herb’s Vacation: Second Movement
  6. Mo ‘N Herb’s Vacation: Third Movement

DISC TWO

  1. Envelopes
  2. Pedro’s Dowry
  3. Bogus Pomp
  4. Strictly Genteel

Line-Up
The London Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Kent Nagano), David Ocker (solo clarinet), Chad Wackerman (drums), Ed Mann (featured percussionist)

Baby Snakes

Released: March 1983

Tracklist

  1. Intro Rap/Baby Snakes
  2. Titties & Beer
  3. The Black Page #2
  4. Jones Crusher
  5. Disco Boy
  6. Dinah-Moe Humm
  7. Punky’s Whips

Line-up
Frank Zappa, Terry Bozzio, Roy Estrada, Adrian Belew, Ed Mann, Patrick O’Hearn, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf

The Man From Utopia

Released: March 1983

Tracklist

  1. Cocaine Decisions
  2. SEX
  3. Tink Walks Amok
  4. The Radio Is Broken
  5. We Are Not Alone
  6. The Dangerous Kitchen
  7. The Man From Utopia Meets Mary Lou
  8. Stick Together
  9. The Jazz Discharge Party Hats
  10. Luigi & the Wise Guys
  11. Moggio

Line-up
Frank Zappa (guitar, vocals, ARP 2600, Lynn Drum Machine), Steve Vai (impossible guitar parts on strat and acoustic), Ray White (guitar, vocals), Roy Estrada (pachuco falsettos etc), Bob Harris (boy soprano), Ike Willis (bionic baritone), Bobby Martin (keyboards, sax, vocals), Tommy Mars (keyboards), Arthur “Tink” Barrow (keyboards, bass, micro-bass, rhythm guitar), Ed Mann (percussion), Scott Thunes (bass), Chad Wackerman (drums), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums on “Dangerous Kitchen”), Dick Fegy (mandolin), Marty Krystall (sax)

Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch

Released: May 1982

Tracklist

  1. No Not Now
  2. Valley Girl
  3. I Come From Nowhere
  4. Drowning Witch
  5. Envelopes
  6. Teen-age Prostitute

Line-up
Frank Zappa (lead guitar, vocals), Steve Vai (impossible guitar parts), Ray White (rhythm guitar, vocals), Tommy Mars (keyboards), Bobby Martin (keyboards, sax, vocals), Ed Mann (percussion), Scott Thunes (bass), Arthur Barrow (bass), Patrick O’Hearn (bass), Chad Wackerman (drums), Roy Estrada (vocals), Ike Willis (vocals), Bob Harris (vocals), Lisa Popeil (vocal on “Teen-age Prostitute”), Moon Zappa (vocal on “Valley Girl”)

You Are What You Is

Released: September 1981

Tracklist

  1. Teenage Wind
  2. Harder Than Your Husband
  3. Doreen
  4. Goblin Girl
  5. Theme From The 3rd Movement Of Sinister Footwear
  6. Society Pages
  7. I’m A Beautiful Guy
  8. Beauty Knows No Pain
  9. Charlie’s Enourmous Mouth
  10. Any Downers?
  11. Conehead
  12. You Are What You Is
  13. Mudd Club
  14. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
  15. Dumb All Over
  16. Heavenly Bank Account
  17. Suicide Chump
  18. Jumbo Go Away
  19. If Only She Woulda
  20. Drafted Again

Line-up
Frank Zappa (lead guitar, vocals), Ike Willis (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ray White (rhythm guitar, vocals), Bob Harris (boy soprano, trumpet), Steve Vai (strat abuse), Tommy Mars (keyboards), Arthur Barrow (bass), Ed Mann (percussion), David Ocker (clarinet, bass clarinet), Motorhead Sherwood (tenor sax), Denny Walley (slide guitar), David Logeman (drums), Craig “Twister” Stewart (harmonica), guest vocalists: Jimmy Carl Black, Motorhead Sherwood, Ahmet, Moon, Denny Walley

Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar

Released: May 11 1981

Tracklist
I. Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar

  1. five-five-FIVE
  2. Hog Heaven
  3. Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar
  4. While You Were Out
  5. Treacherous Cretins
  6. Heavy Duty Judy
  7. Soup ‘n Old Clothes

II. Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar Some More

  1. Variations On The Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression
  2. Gee, I Like Your pants
  3. Canarsie
  4. Ship Ahoy
  5. The Deathless Horsie
  6. Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar Some More
  7. Pink Napkins

III. Return Of The Son Of Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar

  1. Beat It With Your Fist
  2. Return Of The Son Of Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar
  3. Pinocchio’s Furniture
  4. Why Johnny Can’t Read
  5. Stucco Homes
  6. Canard Du Jour

Tinsel Town Rebellion

Released: May 11 1981

Tracklist

  1. Fine Girl
  2. Easy Meat
  3. For The Young Sophisticate
  4. Love Of My Life
  5. I Ain’t Got No Heart
  6. Panty Rap
  7. Tell Me You Love Me
  8. Now You See It – Now You Don’t
  9. Dance Contest
  10. The Blue Light
  11. Tinseltown Rebellion
  12. Pick Me, I’m Clean
  13. Bamboozled By Love
  14. Bown Shoes Don’t Make It
  15. Peaches III

Line-up
Frank Zappa (lead guitar, vocals), Ike Willis (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ray White (rhythm guitar, vocals), Steve Vai (rhythm guitar, vocals), Warren Cucurillo (rhythm guitar, vocals), Denny Walley (slide guitar, vocals), Tommy Mars (keyboards, vocals), Peter Wolf (keyboards), Bob Harris (keyboards, trumpet, high vocals), Ed Mann (percussion), Arthur Barrow (bass, vocals), Patrick O’Hearn (bass on “Dance Contest”), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), David Logeman (drums on “Fine Girl” and first half of “Easy Meat”), Greg Cowan (featured in the role of eccentric well-to-do Oregonian party giver)