Zappa Records and Qobuz, the Hi-Res music streaming and download service, have exclusively partnered together to release several key Frank Zappa albums in Hi-Res, only on Qobuz.


This alliance is the latest in a series of Hi-Res artist exclusives that Qobuz began rolling out this year. Zappa Records is launching a Hi-Res re-issue campaign totalling 29 Frank Zappa albums spanning all phases of his career. In a series of drops until May the 7th, these classic and influential albums will be released for download and streaming in 24-bit Hi-Res audio quality for the first time.

Frank Zappa Qobuz Hi-Res 24-Bit Albums

Nine Hi Res Frank Zappa albums available exclusively on Qobuz


For five weeks from the start of April, fans will be able to stream and download nine of these albums exclusively on Qobuz. The albums will be available in native 24-bit Hi-Res FLAC format. Each will include an extensive PDF digital booklet, a feature only available on Qobuz’s streaming apps. The assortment includes the 2nd album from the original Mothers of Invention, Absolutely Free, first released in 1967, and Halloween 81, documenting Zappa’s famed holiday residency at New York City’s Palladium, in both full box set and edited ‘highlights’ versions.


Representing Zappa Records, Ahmet Zappa says, “I love me some Qobuz! As far as I’m concerned, the ‘z’ in Qobuz stands for Zappa. Qobuz’s awesome combo platter of hi-res audio and the ability for fans to immerse themselves into the album art of their favourite musicians totally kicks ass. It’s a perfect fit for Zappa Records and we’re proud to announce that Frank Zappa’s music has a new hi-res home at Qobuz. We know fans of the ‘World’s Finest Optional Entertainment’ are going to love the Zappa Qobuz experience.”

The Hi-Res Frank Zappa albums to be released exclusively on Qobuz this month are Absolutely Free, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Bongo Fury, Chicago ’78; Zappa In New York (40th Anniversary Deluxe), Orchestral Favorites (40th Anniversary), Halloween 81, Halloween 81 Highlights and The Mothers 1970 Box Set.

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