The Lost Episodes
Four songs on this album are also on Mystery Disc, two
of them in slightly different versions.
- Advance CD (Ryko RCD 40573 ADV, white cover,
black lettering, no book, lists upcoming release date (February 27))
- CD (Ryko RCD 40573, February 27 1996; VACK 5153 in Japan
(not renumbered in 1999, when most of the rest of the line were); JPCD 9609290 DORA in
Russia; also in a BMG Record Club version)
- Cassette (RAC 40573, (February 27?) 1996; also in a BMG Record Club version (1072495))
Some sources list a Zappa Records CD (CDZAP 52) as having been
released in February 1996. Did it really happen? Likewise, a 1992
catalogue lists a TZAPPA52 cassette to be released that year, but a 1993 catalogue does
not list it as having been released.
Relation to MYSTERY DISC
Four songs on The Lost Episodes also appear on Mystery Disc. According to the Mystery
Disc CD booklet, they are:
- "Theme from RUN HOME SLOW": The Mystery
Disc version is a mono mix while on The Lost Episodes it is in
glorious stereo. The Mystery Disc version also includes an
FZ guitar solo missing from The Lost Episodes version.
- "Charva": The Mystery Disc version is a
strange, almost binaural mix/mastering while The Lost Episodes version is
- "Wedding Dress Song"
- "The Handsome Cabin Boy"
From RIFF RAFF FROM MICHIGAN:
The Lost Episodes has relations to Lumpy
Gravy and We're Only in It for the Money, in
addition to Mystery Disc. Listen to "Ronnie
Sings?", and then listen to the sound that begins "Lumpy Gravy, Part
Two". After that, check out the sound immediately before "The Idiot
Bastard Son". Portions of "The Big Squeeze" are heard in
"Lumpy Gravy, Part One", as well. The is
such a good example of Frank's Conceptual Continuity.
From István Fekete:
About Russian CDs, I had two of them in my hands one or two years ago, but
didn't buy them since they were in a very bad shape, scratched all over. One
of them was the We're Only In It for the Money/Lumpy
Gravy twofer, with the purple Zappa face on the disc from the old Ryko
edition. The booklet was just a single folded sheet with two random pages from
the booklet inside. The other one was The Lost Episodes, with the label
name changed to RICODISK.
This edition was not in a digipak, but in a normal jewel case, with a 2-page
fold-out cover insert and no real booklet.
- Any details on the Russian CD?
- Mikael Agardsson
- Victor Dubiler
- Robin Reese
- Patrick Neve