Label: Zappa Records - 0238912,Universal Music Group International - 0238912 • Series: Zappa - 68 • Format: CD Album, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Europe • Genre: Jazz, Rock, Non-Music • Style: Prog Rock, Blues Rock, Field Recording, Avantgarde, Fusion, Psychedelic Rock
That's they way they appear on the CD case, I just copied them. Unfortunately, a lot of that catalog was difficult to come by unless you could find Bossa Nova Pervertamento - Frank Zappa - Mystery Disc vinyl copies. The Ryko CD releases would start to correct this situation in the near future, but in the meantime Frank decided to re-release his albums on vinyl, as a series of boxed sets called The Old Masters.
To entice fans who already owned all these albums, FZ included a "Mystery Disc" with each of the first two boxed sets. These bonus albums were made up of rare, scrapbook type material that Frank had lying around from the early days of the Mothers.
Much of this material eventually got released on various CDs. To Rykodisc's credit, they don't hide this information, and in fact point it out in more than one place in the accompanying CD booklet. This booklet is also chock-full of good pictures of the early Mothers, as well as Zappa's liner notes for the original Mystery Discs. Even though some of the MD material came out on other releases, there were still bits and pieces that had never been put on CD.
I'm not sure if Rykodisc owned the "Mystery Disc" material as part of their original deal with Zappa, or if they somehow got the rights from Gail after Frank's death, but they finally put out a CD Mystery Discwhich contains all the material on both albums except for the Big Leg Emma single, since that showed up on Absolutely Free.
Dropping those two tracks allowed the Slow Healing Heart - Patty Loveless - Patty Loveless thing to fit on one CD, and prevented having to pay double-disc prices, so I for one am not complaining.
Most of the material on the Rossignolet - Bette & Wallet - Voici. Disc is only Bossa Nova Pervertamento - Frank Zappa - Mystery Disc interest to hard-core Zappa fans.
This one isn't as musically interesting as the last half of the Lost Episodes CD, so if you're looking for music you should start there. There are some things worth hearing on the Mystery Disc though. The recordings from the Village Inn the place immortalized in Village of the Sun gives some idea why Frank had such fond memories about his time there. The I Was a Teen-Age Malt Shop "rock opera" shows a lot of promise, but it's disappointing that Zappa only included a minute's worth of it here bootleg versions are several minutes long.
Speed-Freak Boogie is an interesting early experiment with tape speed manipulation. There's also a lot of fun insanity thrown in from the original Mothers. If that sort of thing appeals to you, then you'll probably like this disc. Album Cover.
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - I Cant Dance To That Music Youre Playing / I Tried, How Many - Bill Haley - Greatest Hits - Rock Around The Clock, Change - GonjaSufi - A Sufi And A Killer, Arrow - Bai Bang* - Cop To Con, D Dont Wanna Be A Star - Various - Maxi Dance Vol.1/96