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Live album by
ReleasedOctober 30, 2007
RecordedSeptember 24, 1972, Music Hall, Boston,
51:35 (Disc 1)
44:30 (Disc 2)
ProducerFrank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
The Dub Room Special
One Shot Deal
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
Rolling Stone [2]

Wazoo is a live album by Frank Zappa, posthumously released in October 2007 as a 2-CD set consisting of the complete concert given by "The Mothers of Invention/Hot Rats/Grand Wazoo" 20-piece big band on September 24, 1972 at the Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It is the third installment on the Vaulternative Records label that is dedicated to the posthumous release of complete Zappa concerts, following the releases of FZ:OZ (2002) and Buffalo (2007).


It is the last concert of a brief series of shows that marked Zappa's return to the stage after his forced temporary retirement from the touring scene due to the injuries he suffered from an assault during a concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London on December 10, 1971.

The material showcases Zappa's endeavors in jazz-based music, and many of the compositions were featured on the 1972 studio albums The Grand Wazoo and Waka/Jawaka and on the 1978 studio album Studio Tan. Rehearsals leading to these albums and concerts are documented on Joe's Domage (2004), while Imaginary Diseases (2006) presents live recordings with a stripped-down version of the big band named 'Petit Wazoo'.[3]


Sleeve design

The album cover is a visual parody of Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire, by Salvador Dalí. Frank Zappa's face replaces that of Voltaire's in the original, among other changes.

Track listing

All tracks written, composed and arranged by Frank Zappa. At the concert, "Big Swifty" was played between "The Adventures of Greggery Peccary" and "Penis Dimension".[4]

Disc one
1."Intro Intros"3:19
2."The Grand Wazoo (Think It Over)"21:17
4."Big Swifty"11:49
Disc two
1."Ulterior Motive"3:19
2."The Adventures of Greggery Peccary
  • Movement I – 4:50
  • Movement II – 9:07
  • Movement III – 12:33
  • Movement IV - The New Brown Clouds - 7:35"
3."Penis Dimension"3:35
4."Variant I Processional March"3:28


The Mothers of Invention / Hot Rats / Grand Wazoo:


  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Wazoo! > Overview )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-11-27.
  2. ^ "Frank Zappa: Zappa/Wazoo : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-27.
  3. ^ "The Petit Wazoo Tour". fzpomd.net. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  4. ^ "FZShows: 1972 - Grand and Petit Wazoo".