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Universal To Rep Zappa Catalog

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — The Zappa Family Trust has partnered with Universal Music Enterprises to represent Frank Zappa's entire recorded catalog for new product releases, trademark licensing, film and theatrical production.

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 August 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.

The rights to Zappa's masters reverted to Zappa Records and the Zappa Family Trust and the family has since released all of his material on iTunes and began the work of remastering the albums from the original analogs for reissue on vinyl. CelebrityAccess' own Larry LeBlanc interviewed Gail in 2014.

"This is literally an opportunity of a lifetime for me," says Gail Zappa. "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. I'm especially grateful to announce that Ahmet, my personal Music Sherpa, worked directly with Bruce Resnikoff in creating this relationship and will be taking over the daily operations of the family business." – Staff Writers