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New ‘Waka/Wazoo’ Box Set To Celebrate Frank Zappa’s ‘Electric Orchestra’

In celebration of half a century of Frank Zappa‘s jazz-influenced 1972 albums Waka/Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo, Zappa Records/UMe will release Waka/Wazoo, a five-disc multi-format box set that features a complete historical rundown of the entire project.

Produced by Ahmet Zappa and Zappa Vaultmeister Joe Travers, the comprehensive 4CD + Blu-Ray Audio set boasts unreleased alternate takes of almost every composition recorded during the album sessions, Vault mix session outtakes and oddities, and also includes the full final show of the 10-piece tour, recorded at the famous Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on December 15, 1972.

The Frank Zappa box set will be released on December 16, just ahead of what would have been the maestro’s 82nd birthday.

The Waka/Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo albums themselves will be presented on Blu-Ray Audio disc in a variety of exciting listening experiences.

The five-disc set will be housed in a clamshell box with a 44-page booklet with unseen photos from the recording sessions, rehearsals, and tour, plus liner notes by Zappa Vaultmeister Joe Travers and Scott Parker.

Waka/Jawaka is available to pre-order now at

A taste of the box set can be experienced with an alternate take of The Grand Wazoo favorite “Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus.”

(Photo: Zappa Records/UMe)

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