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  • Audio CD (December 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • ASIN: B008XNPM72
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Blackouts
2. Lost In A Whirlpool
3. Ronnie Sings?
4. Kenny's Booger Story
5. Ronnie's Booger Story
6. Mount St. Mary;s Concert Excerpt
7. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
8. Tiger Roach
9. Run Home Slow Theme
10. Fountain Of Love
11. Run Home Cues, #2
12. Any Way The Wind Blows
13. Run Home Cues, #3
14. Charva
15. The Dick Kunc Story
16. Wedding Dress Song
17. Handsome Cabin Boy
18. Cops & Buns
19. The Big Squeeze
20. I'm A Band Leader
See all 30 tracks on this disc

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Official Release #64
Originally Released: February 1996
Produced by: FZ

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Throughout the CD there are tons of the "Conceptual Continuity Clues" , which Zappa freaks love.
Andreas C G
Lost episodes is a great album that show's once again that Frank was a true musical visionary and composer, even as a teenager.
Al
So if you only own 1 album of his from the 60's-70's or 80's, this would be of great interest to you!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Caputo on October 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Lost Episodes, one of the last projects FZ ever worked on, is a compilation of the earliest recordings of Zappa material. the tracks on this album go back to 1958...8 years before his premiere album! there are 30 tracks ( I say "tracks" because many are not songs) yet every one of them is very significant and entertaining.

A 60 page booklet comes with the album that describes the history of every track....a giant "plus" in the compilation department and a mandatory read if you want to entirely grasp and appreciate this album. there are very many highlights on this album and I'll name a few:

"The Blackouts" lets you hear how FZ sounded as a teenager in the late 1950's.

"Lost in a Whirlpool", a song from 1958, is Captain Beefheart as a teenager singing a blues parody that contains the word "mother******" (the oldest song I know of to contain that word).

"Cops & Buns" is a real 2 1/2 minute confrontation FZ had with the NYPD as they stormed into his studio on a noise disturbance call. the recorder was left on and captured all of it.

There's also the movie score Zappa wrote for his high school english teacher, who had written a western screenplay. "Run Home Slow theme" is the score and it was finally made into a movie in 1965, never released on video of course. there are awesome instrumentals as usual and a few humorous songs.

But the best thing about lost episodes is that it contains the extremely rare 1980 single "I DON'T WANNA GET DRAFTED!" that is not found on ANY other Zappa album whatsoever. The 1981 album "You Are What You Is" has a revised and inferior version called "Drafted Again"....this version is not worth anybody's time to listen to. I repeat: YOU CANNOT FIND THIS SONG ANYWHERE ELSE BUT HERE!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blackzoner on December 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wow. While I understand the other reviewer's(like kaysixone)saying that 'this cd would appeal to only hardcore Zappaphiles' imo, the great music that was totally unreleased before the "Last Episodes" came out, & the historical significance & comedic value contained within, would make this cd great for anyone that had just a few of FZ's recordings.

I began buying FZ's material in 1965 w/the release of the then unheard of 2 album(vinyl)release of "Freak Out"(i'm dating myself by saying this)& I just never stopped buying FZ's recordings! Besides having every official release, & having all but 3 of his official video's, I also STILL have many of the bootleg recordings of Zappa as well. Having said that, "The Lost Episodes" finds it's way into my cd player more than most other

FZ recordings!! Tho MANY of those are often played too. I just can't get enough. Which is why I wish Gail Zappa was as prolific

at releasing her husbands cd's & VIDEO's as Frank was!!

For me "The Lost Episodes" shows you the evolution of the 1 of a kind composer of both orchestral & R&R musics, & the evolution of the man as well!! Imo FZ was the greatest composer of the last 100 years.

Hearing the beginning of Zappa's musical career, almost from the very start, & also hearing snippets of his orchestral works(Of which he wrote at a very young age, AND spent his own $300 to hire a collegiate orchestra to play!)from the start, along w/the funny stories, interviews & songs FZ did w/his friend Don Van Vliet(They originally became friends b/c they both had extensive collections of 45's & albums)makes buying this cd & it's price ALONE, worth it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "omniscientfool" on December 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Uninitiated fans such as myself will find more than enough tidbits for intelligent Zappa chats in the extensive liner booklet (a la "Yellow Shark). Every track has a background check; these and the description of Zappa's lair (i.e. Reagan reich poster) enhance the experience greatly. This is a nostalgia trip that will engage and corrupt the mind. Fans must have it; nonfans need to be offended by it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The Lost Episodes are pretty much what they sound like, a collection of studio work that never made it to an album. Much of this was culled from Frank's early recording output at Paul Buff's Z studios that Frank bought. There is the story behind, "Let's Make the Water Turn Black" told by the original booger smearers, Knny and Ronny. Some of Zappa's early orchestral works are here to. This album paints a general picture of Zappa's surroundings just before he formed the Mother's. Included also are various 70's and 80's outttakes including a scorching rendition of "Wonderful Wino".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By COMPUTERJAZZMAN on June 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There is a lot of lunacy here, mixed in with some rare musical gems. The "booger" stories are hilarious, and the beginning is kind of weird and quirky (Lost in a whirlpool and Ronnie Sings). I would say that this CD is for serious Zappa collectors only. The "uninitiated" just won't get it.....
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This is one of the best and most crucial releases since Frank Zappa's death. Serious fans will absolutely want this one. This album collects recordings from various phases of his carreer from 1958 - 1980. Almost all of this material was never released previously.

The one previously released item, the single version of "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted", appeared until then only on a hard to find 12" single. This version is far superior to the one on "You Are What You Is" . Not everything on it is necessarily fantastic, but overall it's a fascinating look at his artistic development. There are some versions of well-known songs that are very different from the previously released versions. Most notably an early instrumental jazzy version of the "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" theme, and a version of "Wonderful Wino" from the "Overnite Sensation" days featuring Ricky Lancelotti (of "Zombie Woof" fame). There is an early instrumental version of "Inca Roads", played in the "Uncle Meat" / "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" style. There are some early recordings with Captain Beefheart which, while not on par with their later work, are still quite entertaining. The later stuff includes Zappa's first incursion into electronic music from 1977. Throughout the CD there are tons of the "Conceptual Continuity Clues" , which Zappa freaks love. There are some spoken word excerpts which are entertaining, One is the real story behind "Let's Make the Water Turn Black". Another one is a recording of a policeman pleading with the band to not make him have to answer so many noise complaints (from the period in 1967 when the Mothers where living in NYC). You probably won't be listening to these often, but they are fun.

Consider this a high 4-star rating. 4.5 really. I reserve the 5 stars for his most crucial recordings (there are many of those, BTW)
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