ASIN B00007KFRM - FRANK ZAPPA FOR COLLECTORS ONLY (CD)
Zappa novices, take note. Despite the "Apostrophe"-era cover photo, this is the latest (and cheapest) CD repackage of early singles written and produced by Zappa recorded at his old Baltimore studio 'Studio Z'. The songs are mostly novelty records cashing in on then-current pop trends. "Dear Jeepers" and "Letter From Jeepers" are bizarre "Monster Mash"-style spoken pieces, "How's Your Bird" is clearly based on "Surfin' Bird", and there are a couple of surf instrumentals. "the World's Greatest Sinners" (sic) is the theme song to a B Movie that Zappa composed the soundtrack to. Frank doesn't sing on any of the tracks, and there are no examples of his virtuoso guitar work.
The only track that might be of some interest is "Heavies" by the Rotations. The first few seconds of this track can be heard on the beginning of side two of "We're Only In It For The Money", just before "Let's Make The Water Turn Black" kicks in. A few sound effects on other tracks (such as the famous 'snork' noise) also cropped up here and there on various Mothers of Invention tracks. Uncle Frank was never one to waste an idea! It's a shame the single he wrote for Batman's Adam West, "Boy Wonder I Love You", doesn't appear here!
All in all, a bit of Zappa prehistory, with some novelty value. Perhaps a more appropriate title would be "For Completists Only"!