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Frank Zappa / The Mothers - The Grand Wazoo album download
Frank Zappa / The Mothers - The Grand Wazoo album download
Performer: Frank Zappa
Title: The Grand Wazoo
Country: US
Released: 1995
Style: Art Rock, Symphonic Rock
Rating: 4.9/5
FLAC size: 1812 mb | MP3 size: 1184 mb | WMA size: 1413 mb
Genre: Rock

Matrix, Runout (Mirrored, Variant 1-5): DADR 0Q592<910 RCD10517. Mastering SID Code (Mirrored, Variants 1-5): IFPI L482. Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 8134.

The Grand Wazoo is a Jazz fusion album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers, released in November 1972. It was written and recorded during Zappa's period of convalescence after being assaulted in December 1971 in London, UK. Along with its predecessor Waka/Jawaka (July 1972), this album represents Zappa's foray into big band music, the logical progression from Hot Rats (1969) (which used a much smaller lineup). This was the last release on Zappa's own Bizarre Records label.

Frank Zappa & The Mothers - Grand Wazoo - Reprise Records MS Australia. The Grand Wazoo" is probably the most experimental song on the album, but still there is a continuity with the first song and it may be a bit weaker, but still really good. But I knew only one album of Zappa and The Mothers at that time and now with the information power over the net finally I read a lot of news and stories about how unique Frank Zappa as person is (and probably "has been"). That's enough to draw a conclusion that he's definitely prog.

Performer: Frank Zappa & The Mothers Album: The Grand Wazoo Label: Zappa Records.

The Grand Wazoo - This may have been an instrumental version of a song called 'Think It Over' salvaged from part of Frank's aborted musical 'Hunchentoot. It's testimony to Zappa's brilliance as a composer and arranger that he understood intuitively that a list of ingredients does not represent taste.

Wazoo is a live album by Frank Zappa, posthumously released on October 30, 2007. It is a 2-CD set consisting of the complete concert given by "The Mothers of Invention/Hot Rats/Grand Wazoo" 20-piece big band on September 24, 1972 at the Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The material showcases Zappa's endeavors into jazz-based music, and many of the compositions were featured on the 1972 studio albums The Grand Wazoo and Waka/Jawaka and on the 1978 studio album Studio Tan. Rehearsals leading to these albums and concerts are documented on Joe's Domage (2004), while Imaginary Diseases (2006) presents live recordings with a stripped-down version of the big band named 'Petite Wazoo'.

Like its immediate predecessor, Waka/Jawaka, The Grand Wazoo was a largely instrumental jazz rock album recorded during Frank Zappa's convalescence from injuries sustained after being pushed off a concert stage. While Zappa contributes some guitar solos and occasional vocals, the focus is more on his skills as a composer and arranger. Most of the five selections supposedly form a musical representation of a story told in the liner notes about two warring musical factions, but the bottom line is that, overall, the compositions here are more memorably melodic and consistently engaging than.


1 The Grand Wazoo 13:19
2 For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers) 6:06
3 Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus 2:57
4 Eat That Question 6:42
5 Blessed Relief 7:59

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Rykodisc
  • Copyright (c) – Zappa Family Trust
  • Remastered At – UMRK
  • Made By – Disctronics


  • Artwork By – Cal Schenkel
  • Bass – Erroneous
  • Brass – Bill Byers* (tracks: 1, 2), Ernie Tack (tracks: 1, 2), Kenny Shroyer (tracks: 1 to 3), Malcolm McNabb* (tracks: 1, 2), Sal Marquez
  • Drums – Aynsley Dunbar
  • Guitar – Frank Zappa, Tony Duran (tracks: 1, 2, 5)
  • Keyboards – Don Preston (tracks: 1, 2), George Duke (tracks: 3 to 5)
  • Percussion – Alan Estes (tracks: 1, 2), Bob Zimmitti (tracks: 1, 2), Frank Zappa (tracks: 4), Lee Clement (tracks: 4)
  • Producer – Frank Zappa
  • Saxophone – Ernie Watts (tracks: 3)
  • Vocals – Janet Ferguson (tracks: 1, 2), Sal Marquez (tracks: 1, 2)
  • Woodwind – Anthony Ortega (tracks: 1, 2), Earl Dumler (tracks: 1, 2), Fred Jackson (tracks: 1, 2), Joanne Caldwell McNabb (tracks: 1, 2), Joel Peskin (tracks: 4, 5), Johnny Rotella* (tracks: 1, 2), Mike Altschul


Printed and manufactured in the USA.
℗ 1988, 1995 Rykodisc
© 1988, 1995 The Zappa Family Trust
Original 1972 album released under the "Mothers" moniker. Now presented as a Frank Zappa release.

Digitally re-EQ'd & Remastered 1987 UMRK

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: RCD 10517 01 DISCTRONICS
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L205
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant): IFPI L502
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 04A1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant): IFPI 8707

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
MS 2093 The Mothers The Grand Wazoo ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Bizarre Records, Reprise Records MS 2093 US 1972
RCD 10026 Frank Zappa The Grand Wazoo ‎(CD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10026 US 1986
RS 2093 The Mothers The Grand Wazoo ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records RS 2093 New Zealand 1972
RCD 10026 Frank Zappa The Grand Wazoo ‎(CD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10026 US 1986
RCD 10517 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Frank Zappa / The Mothers - The Grand Wazoo ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10517 US 1995