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    Posted: November 26 2016 at 14:03
For a very long time I have been irritated by the chronological lists of FZ's albums, mainly because most of them made no sense or were plainly wrong. So I went through all his albums and sorted them the way I saw the order to be correct.

The list follows below and if anyone spots any errors, I would be happy if these were pointed out to me.

There are several points I need to explain:

1) I have included all regular albums, all posthumous releases (marked with a 'P'), and the Beat the Boots series (marked with a 'B'). There are no unofficial bootlegs and no 'best-ofs'.

2) A large number of Zappa's albums, especially the posthumous ones, are collections that span a number of years, if not decades. I have sorted these in a way that they slot into a spot so that the latest track on that album corresponds to the chronological place in the list. Many lists don't do this, but go by the earliest track instead. This doesn't really make sense to me, because listening to the later tracks then becomes a glimpse into the future, which is quite irritating, as the groundwork to those tracks hasn't even been laid yet. The list below treats these tracks as retrospectives, which I find to be a much more natural approach.

3) There are just a handful of posthumous releases that FZ worked on during his lifetime that are original material with no indication of when they were recorded. This applies mainly to his synclavier albums. Where this is the case, I have added them to the end of the list, where they seemed to make the most sense. I assume he worked on these during the few years remaining to him after he was diagnosed, and after he gave up working in any band context.

So, for those who are interested, the list is as follows:

001 Cucamonga (P)

002 Joe's Xmasage (P)

003 Joe's Corsage (P)
004 Mofo (P)

005 Freak Out!

006 Absolutely Free

007 Tis The Season To Be Jelly (B)
008 Lumpy Money (P)

009 We're Only In It For The Money

010 Lumpy Gravy
011 Greasy Love Songs (P)

012 Cruising With Ruben and The Jets

013 Road Tapes Venue 1 (P)

014 Electric Aunt Jemima (B)

015 Beat The Boots 3 Vol 4 (P,B)

016 Uncle Meat

017 Mystery Disc (P)

018 Hot Rats

019 Our Man In Nirvana (B)

020 The Ark (B)

021 Burnt Weeny Sandwich

022 Weasels Ripped My Flesh

023 Ahead of their Time (P)

024 Road Tapes Venue 3 (P)

025 Chunga's Revenge

026 Freaks and Motherf**kers (B)

027 Tengo Na Minchia Tanta (B)

028 Disconnected Synapses (B)

029 Fillmore East - June 1971

030 200 Motels

031 Playground Psychotics

032 Carnegie Hall (P)

033 Swiss Cheese-Fire! (B)

034 Just Another Band From L.A.

035 Finer Moments (P)

036 Waka-Jawaka

037 The Grand Wazoo

038 Joe's Domage (P)

039 Wazoo (P)

040 Imaginary Diseases (P)

041 Little Dots (P)

042 Over-Nite Sensation

043 Piquantique (B)

044 Road Tapes Venue 2 (P)

045 Beat The Boots 3 Vol 5 (P,B)

046 Apostrophe

047 The Crux Of The Biscuit (P)

048 A Token Of His Extreme (P)

049 Roxy & Elsewhere   (049-052 changed, thanks zravkapt)

050 Roxy the Movie Complete Soundtrack (P)   (049-052 changed, thanks zravkapt)

051 Roxy By Proxy (P)   (049-052 changed, thanks zravkapt)
052 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol  2   (049-052 changed, thanks zravkapt)

053 Unmitigated Audacity (B)

054 One Size Fits All

055 Bongo Fury

056 The Lost Episodes (P)

057 Joe's Menage (P)

058 Joes Camouflage (P)

059 Zoot Allures

060 Conceptual Continuity (B)

061 Philly 76 (P)

062 OZ (P)

063 One Shot Deal (P)

064 Chicago '78 (P)

065 Hammersmith Odeon (P)

066 Halloween (P)

067 Beat The Boots 3 Vol 1 (P,B)

068 Lather (P)

069 Zappa In New York

070 Studio Tan

071 Sleep Dirt

072 Orchestral Favorites

073 Saarbrucken 1978 (B)

074 At The Circus (B)

075 Sheik Yerbouti

076 Transmissions

077 Joes Garage

078 Anyway The Wind Blows (B)

079 Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa

080 Buffalo (P)

081 Tinseltown Rebellion

082 Shut Up n Play Yer Guitar

083 Quaudiophiliac

084 You Are What You Is

085 The Dub Room Special (P)

086 As An Am (B)

087 Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch

088 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1

089 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5

090 The Man From Utopia

091 Baby Snakes

092 Baby Snakes Compleat Soundtrack (P)

093 London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I

094 Boulez Conducts Zappa : The Perfect Stranger

095 Beat The Boots 3 Vol 6 (P,B)

096 Them Or Us

097 Thing-Fish

098 Francesco Zappa

099 Meets the Mothers of Prevention

100 Beat The Boots 3 Vol 3 (P,B)

101 Does Humor Belong In Music?

102 Congress Shall Make No Law (P)

103 Jazz from Hell

104 London Symphony Orchestra Vol. II

105 Beat The Boots 3 Vol 2 (P,B)

106 Guitar

107 Broadway The Hard Way

108 The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life

109 Make A Jazz Noise Here

110 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3

111 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4

112 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol  6

113 Trance-Fusion (P)

114 Frank Zappa for President (P)

115 Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison (P)

116 Dance Me This (P)

117 Civilization Phaze III (P)

118 Everything Is Healing Nicely (P)

119 The Yellow Shark (P)

120 Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (P)

121 200 Motels - The Suites (P)




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No dates ?
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Good list impressive - had me checking for some albums eg Finer Moments but it/ they were thereSmile

I wonder if Finer Moments was meant to be part of Zappa's originally planned 10 album set post original Mothers.............


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Dates for (especially) the posthumous and boots releases make no sense, because each track on an album could have a different one, and the album release dates are entirely irrelevant for this list. In fact, they would be blatently incorrect in this chronological context.
As for the regular releases: they can be looked up anywhere, including on this site.


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Shouldn't 049 came after 050-052?
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Just realised 076 Transmissions 

looks a bit odd, is this the unofficial release Transmissions


Or Transmission Impossible

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@zravkapt: I don't believe so. Stage Anymore 2 was, according to credits, recorded sometime in 1974, whereas Roxy and Elsewhere was recorded on various dates in December 1974. It is possible, of course, but it seems unlikely that FZ crammed even more concerts into the very end of the year.

Edit: just found it. The Helsinki concert was recorded in September 1974.

@ EddieRUKiddingVares: it's actually the first one from those two. It must have snuck in somehow. I bought it in a small CD shop in Frankfurt when it was just released and wondered into my collection. Until you mentioned it I was under the impression it was an official release. Cheers.

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Thanks npjnpj , I didn't even know of that release until I saw it in your list I'll have to follow it up 
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[QUOTE=npjnpj]@zravkapt: I don't believe so. Stage Anymore 2 was, according to credits, recorded sometime in 1974, whereas Roxy and Elsewhere was recorded on various dates in December 1974. It is possible, of course, but it seems unlikely that FZ crammed even more concerts into the very end of the year.

Edit: just found it. The Helsinki concert was recorded in September 1974.

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Roxy was taken from two shows: one in 1973 and the other early 1974; that album has two drummers. The Helsinki concert features only one drummer and faster tempos of basically the same material.

Helsinki came after Roxy.
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Thanks, zravkapt, I just checked that, and my information was wrong. I'll change the list acordingly.
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