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Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats Sessions Box Tops Today’s Album Announcements

The master's jazz-rock classic gets a major makeover for its 50th anniversary.

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A couple of weeks ago, I watched Dweezil Zappa and his crack band play his dad Frank’s 1969 jazz-rock classic Hot Rats in its entirety. So it only makes sense that today — on the 50th anniversary of the album’s release — the Zappa Family Trust has announced that Hot Rats will be the next FZ title to get the box-set treatment. Due Dec. 20, The Hot Rats Sessions will be a six-disc set featuring rare and unedited mixes, work mixes, relevant vault nuggets and complete basic tracks mixed from the original multi-track master tapes. To whet your appetite, the Central Scrutinizer shared a mix outtake of It Must Be a Camel, which you can hear below. Want more Zappa? The previously announced four-disc box set Halloween 73, with two complete vintage Chicago shows, comes out Oct. 25. Talk about a treat. Of course, as always, umpteen more upcoming releases were also announced today. Scroll down to see all the latest additions, and head over to the Upcoming Releases page to scrutinize the whole damn list.

October 18

Joy Orbison | Slipping EP
Mark Korven | The Lighthouse Soundtrack

October 25

Locket | All Out
The Slow Readers Club | Live At The O2 Apollo Manchester

November 1

Coco Love Alcorn | Rebirth
Rosecrans Vic | A Ride Down Rosecrans
Wished Bone | Sap Season

November 8

Traversable Wormhole | Regions Of Time

November 15

Aïsha Devi | S.L.F. Versions Remix EP
INXS | Live Baby Live: Wembley Stadium Reissue
Space Dimension Controller | Love Beyond the Intersect

November 22

Moloko | Statues Vinyl

December 6

The Go-Betweens | G Stands for Go-Betweens Vol 2
Various Artists | 20 Years of Fabric

December 13

Lynyrd Skynyrd | I’ll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours DVD

December 20

Frank Zappa | The Hot Rats Sessions

February 7

American Nightmare | Year One
OvO | Miasma