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Frank Zappa - The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life

  • Performer: Frank Zappa
  • Title: The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
  • Genre: Jazz / Rock
  • Country: Japan
  • Record source: 2 × CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
  • Released: Mar 1992
  • Style: Jazz-Rock, Avantgarde, Parody
  • Label: Barking Pumpkin Records
  • Cat#: MSI 80052 / 80053
  • MP3 album: 2918 mb
  • FLAC album: 1366 mb
  • Rating: 4.5/5
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Frank Zappa - The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life


1I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Words By, Music By – Douglas Cross, George C. Cory, Jr.
2The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue
Music By – FZ
3When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Words By, Music By – Chancey Olcott, Ernest Ball, George Graff
4"Godfather Part II" Theme
Music By – Nino Rota
5Heavy Duty Judy
Music By – FZ
6Purple Haze
Words By, Music By – Jimi Hendrix
7More Trouble Every Day (Swaggart Version)
Words By, Music By – FZ
8Find Her Finer
Words By, Music By – FZ
9Zomby Woof
Words By, Music By – FZ
10Florentine Pogen
Words By, Music By – FZ
11Penguin In Bondage (Swaggart Version)
Words By, Music By – FZ
12Who Needs The Peace Corps?
Words By, Music By – FZ
13Cosmik Debris
Words By, Music By – FZ
14Sofa #1
Music By – FZ
15Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Swaggart Version)
Music By – FZ
16Ring Of Fire
Words By, Music By – June Carter, Merle Kilgore
17Stairway To Heaven
Words By, Music By – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
18Let's Move To Cleveland
Music By – FZ
19Mr. Green Genes
Words By, Music By – FZ
20Theme From "Bonanza"
Words By, Music By – Ray Evans & Jay Livingstone
21The Torture Never Stops (Part Two)
Words By, Music By – FZ
22The Torture Never Stops (Part One)
Words By, Music By – FZ
23A Few Moments With Brother A. West
Words By, Music By – Brother A. West, FZ
24Sunshine Of Your Love
Words By, Music By – Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Brown
Words By, Music By – FZ
26Inca Roads
Words By, Music By – FZ
27Zoot Allures
Music By – FZ


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
D2 74233Frank Zappa The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life ‎(2xCD, Album)Barking Pumpkin RecordsD2 74233US1991
968052Frank Zappa The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life ‎(2xCD, Album, RE, RM)Eldorado, Rykodisc968052Brazil1995
D2 74233Zappa The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life ‎(2xCD, Album)Barking Pumpkin RecordsD2 74233US1991
D2 74233Zappa The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life ‎(2xCD, Album)Barking Pumpkin RecordsD2 74233US1991
RCD 10653/54Frank Zappa The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life ‎(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, RP)RykodiscRCD 10653/54EuropeUnknown


  • Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone SaxophonePaul Carman
  • Artwork [Cover Art]Cal Schenkel
  • Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Contrabass ClarinetKurt McGettrick
  • Design [CD Repackage]Ferenc Dobronyi
  • Design [Original]Tracy Veal
  • Drums, Percussion [Electronic]Chad Wackerman
  • Electric Bass, Synthesizer [Mini-moog]Scott Thunes
  • Keyboards, VocalsBobby Martin
  • Lead Guitar, Synthesizer [Computer-synth], VocalsFrank Zappa
  • Liner Notes大山甲日
  • Producer, Arranged By, Compiled By, Edited ByFrank Zappa
  • Rhythm Guitar, Synthesizer, VocalsIke Willis, Mike Keneally
  • Supervised By [Engineering Supervision]Bob Stone
  • Tenor SaxophoneAlbert Wing
  • TromboneBruce Fowler
  • Trumpet, Flugelhorn, SynthesizerWalt Fowler
  • Vibraphone, Marimba, Percussion [Electronic]Ed Mann


From the sleeve notes:
The 1988 road band self-destructed before U.S. audiences in the South, Midwest and West could hear it perform. It was, however, heard and appreciated by East Coast and European audiences during its brief existence (four months of rehearsal in 1987/88, followed by a tour, February through June, 1988), and it is from those performances that this compilation has been made.
The collection features big-band arrangements of concert favorites and obscure album cuts, along with deranged versions of cover tunes and a few premiere recordings.
In a world where most of the "big groups" go on stage and pretend to sing and play, we proudly present this quaint little audio artefact. Yes, once upon a time, live musicians actually sang and played this. All material contained herein is 100% live, and there are no over-dubs of any kind.

Album in which song first appeared / Locations
- Track 1-1: Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar / Rotterdam, Wurzburg
- Track 1-2: Premiere recording / Wurzburg
- Track 1-3: Apostrophe / Wurzburg
- Track 1-4: Zoot Allures / Munich
- Track 1-5: We're Only In It For The Money / Munich, Wurzburg
- Track 1-6: Premiere recording / Wurzburg
- Track 1-7: Over-nite Sensation / Munich, Allentown, PA
- Track 1-8: Zoot Allures / Brighton
- Track 1-9: Uncle Meat / Strasbourg
- Track 1-10: One Size Fits All / NY
- Track 1-11: One Size Fits All / Allentown, PA, Binghampton, NY
- Track 1-12: One Size Fits All / Allentown, PA, Grenoble
- Track 1-13: One Size Fits All / Munich
- Track 2-1: Premiere recording / Linz (soundcheck)
- Track 2-2: Premiere recording / Linz (soundcheck)
- Track 2-3: Does Humor Belong In Music? / Modena, Grenoble
- Track 2-4: Premiere recording / Binghampton, NY
- Track 2-5: Premiere recording / Binghampton, NY
- Track 2-6: Premiere recording / Philadelphia, PA
- Track 2-7: Zoot Allures / London, England
- Track 2-8: Premiere recording / London, England
- Track 2-9: 200 Motels / Pittsburgh, PA
- Track 2-10: Zoot Allures / Teaneck, NJ
- Track 2-11: Roxy & Elsewhere / Poughkeepsie, NY
- Track 2-12: Roxy & Elsewhere / Poughkeepsie, NY
- Track 2-13: Weasels Ripped My Flesh / Syracuse, NY, Detroit, MI, Vienna
- Track 2-14: Premiere Recording / Vienna, Florence, London

All tracks published by The Zappa Family Trust d/b/a Munchkin Music (ASCAP) except tracks 1-5, 1-9, 2-11 by The Zappa Family Trust d/b/a Frank Zappa Music (BMI); track 1-2 by Painted Desert Music Corp. (BMI); track 1-6 Colgems-EMI Music, Inc. (ASCAP); track 2-1 by Bella Godiva Music (ASCAP); track 2-2 by Dratleaf Music Ltd./E.C. Music Ltd. (PRS) and Unichappel Music Inc. (BMI)/Chappel & Co. (ASCAP); track 2-4 by Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP); track 2-5 by Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP); track 2-8 by Jay Livingstone Music & St. Angelo Music (ASCAP); track 2-14 by Superhype Publishing Inc. (ASCAP) (worldwide rights administered by WB Music Corp.)

℗ 1991 Rykodisc.
Original cover illustration © 1995 Cal Schnekel Artworks.
Interior CD package © 1991, 1995 The Zappa Family Trust.
Reproduced under license.

Liner notes © 1991 The Zappa Family Trust.

Note: This version comes without Ravel's "Bolero", formerly being Track 8 on CD1 of the first release.

Released with a 3-fold - 8-pages leaflet and a 34-pages booklet with the lyrics in japanese and english and liner notes


  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 - Mirrored): 818-PUMPKIN MSI-80052 D2853 C
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 - Mirrored): 818-PUMPKIN MSI-80053 D2854 B
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: JASRAC


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Rykodisc
  • Copyright (c) – Zappa Family Trust
  • Published By – Zappa Family Trust
  • Published By – Munchkin Music
  • Published By – Painted Desert Music Corp.
  • Published By – Colgems-EMI Music Inc.
  • Published By – Bella Godiva Music
  • Published By – Dratleaf Music Ltd.
  • Published By – E.C. Music
  • Published By – Unichappell Music, Inc.
  • Published By – Chappell & Co.
  • Published By – Warner Bros. Inc.
  • Published By – Famous Music Corporation
  • Published By – Jay Livingston Music
  • Published By – St. Angelo Music
  • Published By – Frank Zappa Music
  • Published By – Superhype Music, Inc.
  • Published By – Wb Music Corp.
  • Distributed By – Music Scene, Inc.
  • Marketed By – Music Scene, Inc.
  • Licensed From – Barking Pumpkin Records


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