Frank Zappa – Finer Moments
Label: Barking Pumpkin Records
Series: Zappa – 94
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 2012
Genre: Rock, Classical
Style: Avantgarde, Contemporary, Psychedelic Rock



Finer Moments is a compilation album by Frank Zappa. It was compiled and mastered by Zappa in 1972 and released posthumously in 2012.

Frank Zappa – Finer Moments
Label: Barking Pumpkin Records
Series: Zappa – 94
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 2012
Genre: Rock, Classical
Style: Avantgarde, Contemporary, Psychedelic Rock


A1 Intro 1:19
A2 Sleazette 3:32
A3 Mozart Piano Sonata In B♭ 6:20
A4 The Walking Zombie Music 3:22
A5 The Old Curiosity Shoppe 7:08
B1 You Never Know Who Your Friends Are 2:19
B2 Uncle Rhebus 17:43
C1 Music From “The Big Squeeze” 0:41
C2 Enigmas 1 Thru 5 8:14
C3 Pumped And Waxed 4:18
C4 “There Is No Heaven From Where Slogans Go To Die” 4:36
C5 Squeeze It, Squeeze It, Squeeze It 3:20
D The Subcutaneous Peril 19:38

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, composer, songwriter, and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse musicians of his generation.

As a self-taught composer and performer, Zappa had diverse musical influences that led him to create music that was sometimes difficult to categorize. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical modernism, African-American rhythm and blues, and doo-wop music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands, later switching to electric guitar. His 1966 debut album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound collages. He continued this eclectic and experimental approach whether the fundamental format was rock, jazz, or classical.

Zappa’s output is unified by a conceptual continuity he termed “Project/Object”, with numerous musical phrases, ideas, and characters reappearing across his albums. His lyrics reflected his iconoclastic views of established social and political processes, structures and movements, often humorously so, and he has been described as the “godfather” of comedy rock. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship. Unlike many other rock musicians of his generation, he disapproved of recreational use of drugs but supported decriminalization and regulation.

Zappa was a highly productive and prolific artist with a controversial critical standing; supporters of his music admired its compositional complexity, while critics found it lacking emotional depth. He had greater commercial success outside the US, particularly in Europe. Though he worked as an independent artist, Zappa mostly relied on distribution agreements he had negotiated with the major record labels. He remains a major influence on musicians and composers. His honors include his 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the 1997 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.


1 1966 Jun Freak Out! (with The Mothers of Invention)
2 1967 Apr Absolutely Free (with The Mothers of Invention)
3 Aug Lumpy Gravy (with Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra)
4 1968 Mar We’re Only in It for the Money (with The Mothers of Invention)
5 Nov Cruising with Ruben & the Jets (with The Mothers of Invention)
6 1969 Mar Mothermania (with The Mothers of Invention)
7 Apr Uncle Meat (with The Mothers of Invention)
8 Oct Hot Rats
9 1970 Feb Burnt Weeny Sandwich (with The Mothers of Invention)
10 Aug Weasels Ripped My Flesh (with The Mothers of Invention)
11 Oct Chunga’s Revenge
12 1971 Aug Fillmore East – June 1971 (with The Mothers of Invention)
13 Oct 200 Motels (with The Mothers of Invention) —
14 1972 Mar Just Another Band from L.A. (with The Mothers of Invention)
15 Jul Waka/Jawaka
16 Nov The Grand Wazoo (with The Mothers of Invention)
17 1973 Sep Over-Nite Sensation (with The Mothers of Invention)
18 1974 Mar Apostrophe (‘)
19 Jul Roxy & Elsewhere (with The Mothers of Invention)
20 1975 Jun One Size Fits All (with The Mothers of Invention)
21 Oct Bongo Fury (with Captain Beefheart and The Mothers of Invention)
22 1976 Oct Zoot Allures
23 1978 Mar Zappa in New York
24 Sep Studio Tan
25 1979 Jan Sleep Dirt
26 Mar Sheik Yerbouti 21
27 May Orchestral Favorites
28 Sep Joe’s Garage Act I
29 Nov Joe’s Garage Acts II & III
30 1981 May Tinsel Town Rebellion
31 Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar
32 Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar Some More
33 Return of the Son of Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar
34 Sep You Are What You Is
35 1982 May Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
36 1983 Mar The Man from Utopia
37 Baby Snakes
38 Jun London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I
39 1984 Aug Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
40 Oct Them or Us
41 Nov Francesco Zappa
42 Dec Thing-Fish
43 1985 Apr The Old Masters, Box I
44 Nov Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
45 1986 Jan Does Humor Belong in Music?
46 Nov The Old Masters, Box II
47 Jazz from Hell
48 1987 Sep London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
49 Dec The Old Masters, Box III
50 1988 Apr Guitar —
51 May You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
52 Oct You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
53 Broadway the Hard Way
54 1989 Nov You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
55 1991 Apr The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life
56 Jun You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
57 Make a Jazz Noise Here
58 1992 Jul You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
59 You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
60 Nov Playground Psychotics (with The Mothers of Invention)
61 1993 Mar Ahead of Their Time (with The Mothers of Invention)
62 Oct The Yellow Shark (with Ensemble Modern)