Frank Sinatra never dies. Neither will Frank Zappa, his brother in marketing heaven.

Frank Zappa smokes at a diner table. Photo by Philip Gould/Corbis via
Frank Zappa smokes at a diner table. Photo by Philip Gould/Corbis via
The Zappa Family Trust has announced a deal with Universal Music Enterprises to license Frank Zappa’s recorded catalog as well as rights management to a vast music and film vault for new product releases, trademark licensing, film and theatrical production.

“This is literally an opportunity of a lifetime for me,” says Gail Zappa, Frank’s widow and and trustee of the trust. Frank died of cancer in 1993.

The first Zappa Records/UMe release under the new agreement will be a remastered 40th anniversary edition of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention’s One Size Fits All album, to be released Aug. 14 on 180-gram vinyl.

Originally released in 1975, it was Zappa’s final album with the Mothers of Invention line-up, featuring guest vocals by Johnny “Guitar” Watson on two tracks, “San Ber’dino” and “Andy.” Additional releases confirmed for 2015 will be announced.

“I am universally thrilled with this partnership because the fans will have unparalleled access to Frank Zappa’s Works — the doors to the Vault are now officially WIDE open,” Gail Zappa said.

Gail Zappa with son Ahmet and Bruce Resnikoff of UME. Photo courtesy of UME
Gail Zappa with son Ahmet and Bruce Resnikoff of UMe. Photo courtesy of UMe
Ahmet Zappa, one of Frank’s four children, said: “Stepping into this partnership with Bruce Resnikoff and Universal means we get to expand the business and continue to maintain the integrity of Frank Zappa’s entire body of Work.”

“The fans of Frank Zappa will have more music and more access — when they want it and how they want it. With Universal as our partner, I look forward to bringing to life ‘Joe’s Garage, The Musical,’ the release of ‘The Roxy Movie,’ the release of the Disney Hall performance of 200 MOTELS under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen and so many more projects of this caliber.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the future. It has been a privilege working with Gail and I’m passionate about what this opportunity with Universal means for our family moving forward. It is an honor to be stepping into my new role.”

Bruce Resnikoff, president and CEO of Universal Music Enterprises, said: “Frank Zappa is one of the most important and influential artists in music history.

“An artist and composer, his prolific body of work, includes breakthrough and unforgettable rock ‘n roll concept albums. With his legacy protected and guided by Gail Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust, we are privileged and look forward to collaborating and bringing his creative legacy in various forms to his new and longtime fans.”

In 2012, when the rights to the pioneering composer’s masters reverted back to Zappa Records and the Zappa Family Trust, the family made his entire recorded catalog available on iTunes for the first time and began remastering the albums from the original analogue masters for reissue on vinyl.

Frank Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award in 1997.

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