Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Frank Zappa


From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Frank Zappa The Mystery Disc album cover
2.01 | 52 ratings | 3 reviews | 6% 5 stars

Collectors/fans only

Write a review
from partners
Boxset/Compilation, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Theme From Run Home Slow (1:23)
2. Original Duke Of Prunes (1:17)
3. Opening Night Party At StudioZ (1:34)
4. The Village Inn (1:17)
5. Steal Away (3:43)
6. I Was A Teen-Age Malt Shop (1:10)
7. The Birth Of Capt. Beefheart (0:18)
8. Metal Man Has Won His Wings (3:06)
9. Saint´s ´N Sinners Segment (0:34)
10. Bossa Nova Pervertamento (2:15)
11. Excerpt - Uncle Frankie Show (0:40)
12. Charva (2:01)
13. Speed-Freak Boogie (4:14)
14. Original Mothers at Broadside (0:55)
15. Excerpt MONDO HOLLYWOOD (1:54)
16. Original Mothers Rehearsal (0:22)
17. How Could I Be Such A Fool? (1:49)
18. Band Intros - The Fillmore (1:10)
19. Plastic People (1:58)
20. Orig. Mothers At Fillmore East (0:50)
21. Harry You´re A Beast (0:30)
22. Don Interrupts (4:39)
23. Piece One (2:26)
24. Jim / Roy (4:04)
25. Piece Two (6:59)
26. Agency Man (3:25)
27. Agency Man (Studio Version) (3:27)
28. Lecture From Fest. Hall Show (0:21)
29. Wedding Dress Song (2:36)
30. Skweezit Skweezit Skweezit (2:57)
31. The Story Of Willie The Pimp (1:33)
32. Black Beauty (5:23)
33. Chucha (2:47)
34. Mothers At KPFK (3:26)
35. Harmonica Fun (0:41)

Total Time: 77:44


Search FRANK ZAPPA The Mystery Disc lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search FRANK ZAPPA The Mystery Disc tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Frank Zappa / guitar, keyboards, vocals

Other musicians:
- see respective albums

Releases information

CD Rykodisc RCD 10580 (1998)

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to NotAProghead for the last updates
Edit this entry

FRANK ZAPPA MP3, Free Download (music stream)

Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with, learn how to submit new MP3s.

Buy FRANK ZAPPA The Mystery Disc Music

No release results - showing artist results instead
Absolutely Free [2 LP]Absolutely Free [2 LP]
Zappa Records 2017
Apostrophe (')Apostrophe (')
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$4.94
$5.99 (used)
Chicago '78 [2 CD]Chicago '78 [2 CD]
Zappa Records 2016
Audio CD$16.76
$16.75 (used)
Philly '76 [2 CD]Philly '76 [2 CD]
Zappa Records 2017
Audio CD$15.28
One Size Fits AllOne Size Fits All
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$10.11
$10.43 (used)
Roxy By ProxyRoxy By Proxy
Zappa Records 2017
Audio CD$8.39
$7.27 (used)
Over-nite SensationOver-nite Sensation
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$10.20
$9.64 (used)
Imaginary DiseasesImaginary Diseases
Zappa Records 2017
Audio CD$6.93
$8.82 (used)
The Grand WazooThe Grand Wazoo
Zappa Records 2012
Audio CD$4.85
$11.63 (used)

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Lot of 4 Different Frank Zappa CDs Lost Episodes, Mystery Disc Grand Wazoo, Used USD $44.99 Buy It Now 10h
Frank Zappa - Mystery Disc CD (2012) USD $11.34 Buy It Now 1 day
Frank Zappa ?- Mystery Disc - RCD 10580 - CD USD $19.80 Buy It Now 1 day
Frank Zappa - Mystery Disc (CD, Sep-1998, Rykodisc) *Like New* USD $8.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Mystery Disc by Frank Zappa. USD $11.68 Buy It Now 3 days
FRANK ZAPPA - Old Masters, Box One 7LP (RARE 1st Five Albums + Mystery Disc) M- USD $299.99 Buy It Now 3 days
FRANK ZAPPA-Mystery Disc JAPAN 1st.Press w/OBI Pink Floyd King Crimson Rush USD $49.99 Buy It Now 5 days
Frank Zappa Mystery Disc Mini LP CD JAPAN VACK-9004 USD $29.99 [0 bids]
5 days
Frank Zappa: Mystery Disc Japan CD Mini-LP VACK-9004 Mint (mothers invention Q USD $52.50 Buy It Now 7 days
Frank Zappa Mystery Disc advance promo cd USD $24.99 Buy It Now 7 days
Mystery Disc by Frank Zappa (CD, Sep-1998, Ryko Distribution) USD $7.33 Buy It Now 9 days
FRANK ZAPPA - Mystery Disc - CD, obi, green case - Rykodisc RCD 10580 USD $15.97 Buy It Now 11 days
Mystery Disc by Frank Zappa (CD, Sep-1998, Rykodisc) USD $9.47 Buy It Now 12 days
FRANK ZAPPA - Mystery Disc - CD - **Excellent Condition** USD $16.95 Buy It Now 12 days
FRANK ZAPPA - Mystery Disc - CD - **BRAND NEW/STILL SEALED** USD $25.95 Buy It Now 19 days
Rare CD! Frank Zappa Mystery Disc Japan Version OBI Free Shipping! USD $95.00 Buy It Now 22 days
Frank Zappa-Mystery Disc (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $8.04 Buy It Now 22 days
Mystery Disc by Frank Zappa (CD, Sep-1998, Rykodisc) USD $14.99 Buy It Now 22 days
FRANK ZAPPA Mystery Disc 1998 USA collectors CD issue USD $13.30 Buy It Now 24 days
Frank Zappa Mystery Disc USA CD album (CDLP) promo RCD10580ADV RYKO 1998 USD $30.48 Buy It Now 25 days
Frank Zappa - Mystery Disc (2012) USD $6.77 Buy It Now 27 days
RARE ADV PROMO Frank Zappa CD Mystery Disc CAPTAIN BEEFHEART Little Feat Mallard USD $19.99 Buy It Now 28 days

More places to buy FRANK ZAPPA music online Buy FRANK ZAPPA & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

FRANK ZAPPA The Mystery Disc ratings distribution

(52 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(16%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (39%)
Poor. Only for completionists (16%)

FRANK ZAPPA The Mystery Disc reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
1 stars Mystery Disc is a compilation album by American experimental rock artist Frank Zappa. The songs are compiled from the two mystery discs from The Old Masters, Box One (1985) and The Old Masters, Box Two (1986). A few songs have been omitted from the original releases to make it fit on a single CD format. Most notably the Big Leg Emma/ Why Don'tcha Do Me Right? single from The Old Masters, Box One (1985) Mystery Disc #1 ( those two songs are included on the CD version of Absolutely Free (1967) so no loss there). and some of the Mothers of Invention concert from The Old Masters, Box Two (1986) Mystery Disc #2 ( the omitted part of the concert is included on Ahead of Their Time (1993) so again no loss there).

The Mystery Disc CD album concentrates on the early output of Frank Zappa and almost all 35 tracks are pre-Mothers of Invention recordings. Most are very short dialogue pieces or badly recorded blues or r´n´b songs and the most interesting parts of the album already appears on other recordings like Ahead of Their Time (1993) and Lost Episodes (1996). To be quite honest I find Mystery Disc to be a totally dispensable album and I wouldn´t even recommend it to the hardcore fans ( I am one myself). Sure there´s the occasional hilarious dialogue or nice little section but as mentioned the best parts have already appeared elsewhere giving this album very little value. I can´t defend giving this album more than a 1 star rating.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars This disk contains most of what was on the two "Mystery Disc" LPs from the two "Old Masters" collections from the mid-eighties, the boxed sets containing Frank's earliest albums. The majority of the best tracks of this album have been released on other discs, mainly "The Lost Episodes" and "Ahead Of Their Time", rendering this CD mostly for collectors or completists. Many of the tracks have been circulaing around for years on various bootleg releases, so in that respect, it's good to have legitimate releases of them.

The best of the tracks not on the other CDs are early recordings of Zappa in various combinations. We actually get to hear him play with Johnny Franklin (mentioned in the song Village Of The Sun on "Roxy & Elsewhere"). Even so, they don't raise the value much. But AI'm glad I own it.

Latest members reviews

1 stars "Frank Zappa's Random Old Stuff That Nobody Needs" could very well be the title of this collection of totally useless tracks. Most of the album is just the Mothers or Frank by himself dicking around like usual, well not exactly like usual since a large portion of this predates the first Mother ... (read more)

Report this review (#68828) | Posted by | Wednesday, February 8, 2006 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of FRANK ZAPPA "The Mystery Disc"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives