Frank Zappa / Zappa ’88: The Last U.S. Show

29 unreleased performances

Zappa Records/UMC will release for the first time Frank Zappa’s historic, final American show as Zappa ’88: The Last U.S. Show

Performed with the ‘88 touring band, the album features 29 unreleased live performances taken from Uniondale, New York; Providence, Rhode Island and Towson, Maryland. It includes two additional performances from the same tour: Zappa’s wild interpretations of the Allman Brothers Band’s ‘Whipping Post’ and Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’. The record also contains the first official release of ‘The Beatles Medley’.

Frank Zappa / Zappa '88: The Last U.S. Show - 2CD set
Zappa ’88: The Last U.S. Show is issued on 2CD (shown above) and as a 4LP vinyl box set

The recordings have been newly mixed by Craig Parker Adams from the 48-track digital master tapes. Here’s the science bit: The shows were recorded using two Sony 3324 DASH PCM 24 track tape recorders synced together using a Lynx Time Code Module, thus providing 48 track recording capabilities.

This show is being issued as a two-CD set or as a 4LP 180g vinyl box (the same tracks are repeated across both formats). The album comes with sleeve notes by Joe Travers and Zappa ’88 drummer Chad Wackerman.

Zappa ’88: The Last U.S. Show will be released on 18 June 2021.


Zappa ’88: The Last U.S. Show Frank Zappa / 2CD edition

      1. “We Are Doing Voter Registration Here”
      2. The Black Page (New Age Version)
      3.  I Ain’t Got No Heart
      4. Love Of My Life
      5. Inca Roads
      6. Sharleena
      7. Who Needs The Peace Corps?
      8. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
      9. Dickie’s Such An Asshole
      10. When The Lie’s So Big
      11. Jesus Thinks You’re A Jerk
      12. Sofa #1
      13. One Man, One Vote
      14. Happy Birthday, Chad!
      15. Packard Goose Pt. I
      16. Royal March From “L’Histoire Du Soldat” (Stravinsky)
      17. Theme From The Bartok Piano Concerto #3 (Bartok)
      18. Packard Goose Pt. II
      19. The Torture Never Stops Pt. I
      20. Theme From “Bonanza”

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