Zappa Family Trust Regains Control Of Frank’s Music
Home where it belongs, the music of Frank Zappa is now 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 to release 60 of the iconic composer’s recordings. The roll-out kicks off July 31 with 12 recordings, and 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,” says Gail Zappa. “They made us an 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.”
“Frank Zappa is one of the most important and influential artists in music history with his prolific body of work, including his breakthrough rock ‘n roll concept albums. We are honored that Gail Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust have entrusted us with his legacy. We intend to honor him and bring high quality releases, digital and physical, for his new and longtime fans,” said Bruce Resnikoff, President/CEO, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).
Now fully back in the hands of the Zappa Family Trust, headed by Frank’s widow Gail, the releases will honor the iconic legacy of the composer, musician, bandleader and filmmaker. Frank 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’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 spiff-nificent glory will launch July 31, just in time for Frank’s daughter Diva’s birthday–an occasion that will be celebrated along with Gail, sister Moon Unit and brothers Dweezil and Ahmet.