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    Wed, 13 Jun 2012 11:26:48

    Frank Zappa's Music Back in Hands of Zappa Family Trust - That's good news as they control how it's used and where you hear it

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    • Frank Zappa - Ian Gillan of the English rock band Deep Purple performs in the Auditorium Stravinski, during the closing night of the 40th Montreux Jazz festival, 15 July 2006 in Montreux. Deep Purple's most famous song 'Smoke on the Water' tells the true story of the fire which burned on December 1971 the Montreux Casino during Frank Zappa's concert, and Deep Purple's difficulties recording their Machine Head album.
    • Frank Zappa - Ian Gillan of the English rock band Deep Purple performs in the Auditorium Stravinski, during the closing night of the 40th Montreux Jazz festival, 15 July 2006 in Montreux. Deep Purple's most famous song 'Smoke on the Water' tells the true story of the fire which burned on December 1971 the Montreux Casino during Frank Zappa's concert, and Deep Purple's difficulties recording their Machine Head album.
    • Frank Zappa - Ian Gillan of the English rock band Deep Purple performs in the Auditorium Stravinski, during the closing night of the 40th Montreux Jazz festival, 15 July 2006 in Montreux. Deep Purple's most famous song 'Smoke on the Water' tells the true story of the fire which burned on December 1971 the Montreux Casino during Frank Zappa's concert, and Deep Purple's difficulties recording their Machine Head album.

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    The music of the late legend Frank Zappa is now back in the hands of the Zappa Family Trust, where it belongs.

    To celebrate this, the estate has signed a global license and distribution deal with UME 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.

    "The ink is not yet dry on The Zappa Family Trust's worldwide deal with Universal Music Enterprises," says Gail Zappa. "They made us the offer we couldn't refuse--for all the right reasons. It is a win-win for all of us, but mostly for Frank Zappa. Long may his baton wave. We are so ready to go."

    Now fully back in hands of the Zappa Family Trust--headed by Zappa's widow Gail Zappa--the releases will honor the iconic legacy of 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 (although the family would like to know where it is).

    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.

    What is your favorite Frank Zappa song?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    06.12.12



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