The Crux of the Biscuit
Compilation album by
ReleasedJuly 15, 2016 (2016-07-15)
RecordedMay 24, 1972–
June 24, 1973[1]
LabelZappa Records
Catalog Number: ZR20020
ProducerGail Zappa, Joe Travers
Frank Zappa chronology
Road Tapes, Venue #3
The Crux of the Biscuit
Frank Zappa For President

The Crux of the Biscuit is a compilation album by American musician Frank Zappa, released in July 2016, originally intended to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his album Apostrophe (').[2] It is the fourth project in a series of 40th Anniversary FZ Audio Documentaries, following MOFO (2006), Lumpy Money (2009) and Greasy Love Songs (2010). The name is based on the same lyric from "Stink-Foot" that Apostrophe (') is based on—"the crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe."

Track listing

All tracks are written by Frank Zappa except where noted.

1."Cosmik Debris"4:21
2."Uncle Remus (Mix Outtake)" (Zappa, George Duke)3:59
3."Down in de Dew (Alternate Mix)"3:16
4."Apostrophe' (Mix Outtake)" (Zappa, Jim Gordon, Jack Bruce)9:07
5."The Story of Don't Eat the Yellow Snow/St. Alphonzo's Pancake Breakfast"2:25
6."Don't Eat the Yellow Snow/St. Alphonzo's Pancake Breakfast (Live)"19:26
7."Excentrifugal Forz (Mix Outtake)"1:34
8."Energy Frontier (Take 4)"3:04
9."Energy Frontier (Take 6 with Overdubs)"4:15
10."Energy Frontier (Bridge)"8:23
11."Cosmik Debris (Basic Tracks - Take 3)"5:11
12."Don't Eat the Yellow Snow (Basic Tracks - Alternate Take)"2:12
13."Nanook Rubs It (Basic Tracks - Outtake)"0:42
14."Nanook Rubs It (Session Outtake)"0:48
15."Frank's Last Words..."0:16
Total length:1:08:59


  1. ^ "globalia". globalia. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Frank Zappa Vault Opens for Two New Releases in July". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 26 August 2016.