Used and abused (not only) in these pages.
Acronyms for officially released movies and videos
|Acronym||Title||First release date||Format|
|200M||Frank Zappa's 200 Motels||October 1971||2 LPs - 2 CDs|
|A||Apostrophe (')||March 1974||1 LP - 1 CD|
|AF||Absolutely Free||June 1967||1 LP - 1 CD|
|AOTT||Ahead Of Their Time||April 1993||1 CD|
|B||Buffalo||April 2007*||2 CDs|
|BF||Bongo Fury||October 1975||1 LP - 1 CD|
|BS||Baby Snakes||March 1983||1 LP - 1 CD|
|BTHW||Broadway The Hard Way||April 1988||1 LP - 1 CD|
|BWS||Burnt Weeny Sandwich||February 1970||1 LP - 1 CD|
|CPIII||Civilization Phaze III||December 1994*||2 CDs|
|CR||Chunga's Revenge||October 1970||1 LP - 1 CD|
|CWR&TJ||Cruising With Ruben & The Jets||December 1968||1 LP - 1 CD|
|DHBIM||Does Humor Belong In Music?||January 1986||1 CD|
|EIHN||Everything Is Healing Nice||December 1999*||1 LP - 1 CD|
|FE||Fillmore East, June 1971||August 1971||1 LP - 1 CD|
|FO||Freak Out!||June 1966||2 LPs - 1 CD|
|FZ||Francesco Zappa||November 1984||1 LP - 1 CD|
|FZMTMOP||Frank Zappa Meets The Mother Of Prevention||November 1985||1 LP - 1 CD|
|FZOZ||FZ:OZ||August 2002*||2 CDs|
|FZPTMOFZ||Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa, A Memorial Tribute||October 1996*||1 CD|
|G||Guitar||April 1988||2 LPs - 2 CDs|
|H||Halloween||February 2003*||1 DVD-A|
|HIOS||Have I Offended Someone?||April 1997*||1 CD|
|HR||Hot Rats||October 1969||1 LP - 1 CD|
|ID||Imaginary Diseases||January 2006*||1 CD|
|JABFLA||Just Another Band From L.A.||March 1972||1 LP - 1 CD|
|JC||Joe's Corsage||May 2004*||1 CD|
|JD||Joe's Domage||October 2004*||1 CD|
|JFH||Jazz From Hell||November 1986||1 LP - 1 CD|
|JG||Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III||Sept. & Nov. 1979||3 LPs - 2 CDs|
|JM||Joe's Menage||October 2008*||1 CD|
|JX||Joe's XMasage||December 2005*||1 CD|
|L||Läther||September 1996*||3 CDs|
|LG||Lumpy Gravy||May 1968||1 LP - 1 CD|
|LM||The Lumpy Money Project/Object||January 2009*||3 CD|
|LSO||London Symphony Orchestra Volumes I & II||June 1983 & Sept. 1987||2 LPs - 2 CDs|
|M||Mothermania||March 1969||1 LP - Out of print|
|MAJNH||Make A Jazz Noise Here||June 1991||2 CDs|
|MD||Mystery Disc||September 1988*/**||1 CD|
|MOFO||The MOFO Project/Object||December 2006*||2 CDs ("deluxe" version: 4 CDs)|
|OF||Orchestral Favorites||May 1979||1 LP - 1 CD|
|OS||Over-Nite Sensation||September 1973||1 LP - 1 CD|
|OSD||One Shot Deal||June 2008*||1 CD|
|OSFA||One Size Fits All||June 1975||1 LP - 1 CD|
|Q||Quaudiophiliac||September 2004*||1 DVD-A|
|PP||Playground Psychotics||October 1992||2 CDs|
|R&E||Roxy & Elsewhere||September 1974||2 LPs - 1 CD|
|SATLTSADW||Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch||May 1982||1 LP - 1 CD|
|SD||Sleep Dirt||January 1979||1 LP - 1 CD|
|ST||Studio Tan||September 1978||1 LP - 1 CD|
|SUNPYG||Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar||May 1981||3 LPs - 3 CDs|
|SY||Sheik Yerbouti||March 1979||2 LPs - 1 CD|
|TBBYNHIYL||The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life||April 1991||2 CDs|
|TDRS||The Dub Room Special!||August 2007*||1 CD|
|TF||Thing-Fish||November 1984||3 LPs - 2 CDs|
|TRF||Trance-Fusion||October 2006*/****||1 CD|
|TGW||The Grand Wazoo||November 1972||1 LP - 1 CD|
|TLE||The Lost Episodes||February 1996*||1 CD|
|TOMB1||The Old Masters Box One||April 1985***||7 LPs - Out of print|
|TOMB2||The Old Masters Box Two||November 1986***||9 LPs - Out of print|
|TOMB3||The Old Masters Box Three||December 1987***||9 LPs - Out of print|
|TOU||Them Or Us||October 1984||2 LPs - 1 CD|
|TPS||Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger||August 1984||1 LP - 1 CD|
|TTR||Tinsel Town Rebellion||May 1981||2 LPs - 1 CD|
|TYS||The Yellow Shark||November 1993||1 CD|
|UM||Uncle Meat||April 1969||2 LPs - 2 CDs|
|W||Wazoo||October 2007*||2 CDs|
|WJ||Waka/Jawaka||July 1972||1 LP - 1 CD|
|WOIIFTM||We're Only In It For The Money||March 1968||1 LP - 1 CD|
|WRMF||Weasels Ripped My Flesh||August 1970||1 LP - 1 CD|
|YAWYI||You Are What You Is||September 1981||2 LPs - 1 CD|
|YCDTOSA1||You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1||April 1988||2 CDs|
|YCDTOSA2||You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2||October 1988||3 LPs - 2 CDs|
|YCDTOSA3||You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3||November 1989||2 CDs|
|YCDTOSA4||You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4||June 1991||2 CDs|
|YCDTOSA5||You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5||July 1992||2 CDs|
|YCDTOSA6||You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 6||July 1992||2 CDs|
|ZA||Zoot Allures||October 1976||1 LP - 1 CD|
|ZINY||Zappa In New York||March 1978||2 LPs - 2 CDs|
|* These records have been released after the death of Frank Zappa.|
** Mystery Disc is the re-release in one cd of two vinyl records originally included in TOMB1 and TOMB2.
*** The Old Masters Box One, Two and Three were vinyl re-issues of all the old albums, from Freak Out to Zoot Allures,
with the exception of Mothermania and Frank Zappa's 200 Motels.
Boxes 1 & 2 also contained each a Mystery Disc with previously unreleased material.
- TOMB1 contained FO, AF, WOIIFTM, LG, CWR&TJ and the first Mystery Disc.
- TOMB2 contained UM, HR, BWS, WRMF, CR, FE, JABFLA and the second Mystery Disc.
- TOMB3 contained WJ, TGW, OS, A, R&E, OSFA, BF and ZA.
**** It had to happen: for the first time with Trance-Fusion we have two identical acronyms, so it will be TRF
Please note you could find in my site and elsewhere another couple of acronyms:
Not all Zappa's compilation are listed here, check the complete and chronological FZ Discography by Román García Albertos.
You may also want to check my notes about the FZ phonography, including a compact mini-guide to different versions of Zappa's Records.
Last, you also can check the many differences exiting in the various editions of these albums in the complete Vinyl-vs-CDs faq at The Zappa Patio or in my simpler Easy Teen-Age version.
Acronyms for officially released records
|Acronym||Title||First release date||Format|
|200M||Frank Zappa's 200 Motels||October 1971||35mm - VHS - Laser disc (Out of print)|
|BS||Baby Snakes||Dec. 1979 & Oct. 1987||35mm - VHS - DVD|
|DHBIM||Does Humor Belong In Music?||Jan. 1985||VHS/BETA - Laser disc - DVD|
|TAMB||The Amazing Mr. Bickford||May 1989||VHS (Out of print)|
|TDRS||The Dub Room Special!||Oct. 1982 & 1985 (or 1982?)*||VHS/BETA - DVD|
|TTNS||The Torture Never Stops||May 2008||DVD|
|TTSO200M||The True Story Of 200 Motels||May 1988 or Jan. 1989*||VHS (Out of print)|
|UM||Uncle Meat||Sept. 1987 or Jan. 1988*||VHS (Out of print)|
|VFH||Video From Hell||Jan. 1987||VHS/BETA (Out of print)|
|*Exact release date for some of the videos is still unclear.|
Note that most of the movies/videos listed above contain live performances not available in official released records (details here: complete list of Frank Zappa's live performances available on Frank Zappa's official videos).
A couple of video clips not available on any of the above main releases are included in the Halloween DVD-Audio release;
the cd version of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels album contains an original theatrical trailer for the movie;
a Valley Girl documentary (from 1982) has been added as bonus video in the The Dub Room Special! DVD release;
a Roxy trailer has been added as bonus video in the Baby Snakes DVD release.
Classic Albums: Frank Zappa - Apostrophe(')/Over-Nite Sensation should be added at the videos above (CAFZ). It was first broadcasted in december 2006 in Norway and then commercially released as DVD in May 2007. It contains various live excerpts (inclundig some previously unseen footage with Bianca), and, as "bonus features", complete live performances of Montana (from one of the December 1973 Roxy shows) and I'm The Slime (from a December live TV appareance at the Saturday Night Live show).
The same Roxy Montana performance, followed by a twenty minutes Dupree's Paradise, is/was also available as low resolution .mov file at Zappa.com (this video was first shown as intro at some 2006 Zappa Plays Zappa shows).
This page created on April 2005 and latest revised on February 21, 2009
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