Frank Zappa recorded most of his live performances as he strived to produce the perfect music and experience for his fans.
This has led to a large number of albums being released during his lifetime and also many more being released after his death in December 1993.
Like the Grateful Dead, this large number of albums means that it’s confusing for both eager fans and people who are coming new to his recordings, to find the best.
That’s why I have set up a readers poll.
The Contenders For The Best Live Album By Frank Zappa?
Perhaps you think that his best period was from the late 1960s and very early 1970s with the original Mothers Of Invention like Fillmore East – June 1971.
Or perhaps you like his next band that gave us Roxy & Elsewhere and You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore The Helsinki Concert.
Or perhaps you like his late 1970s and early 1980s period best.
Or you might like his entire period and love the live compilations he gave us before he died, where he picked the best versions of songs in the rest of the You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore series of releases.
Or perhaps the real gems lie elsewhere and are little known outside the most devoted of Zappa fans.
The choice is yours but please help guide other people to the fascinating live recordings of Frank Zappa.
The Poll For The Best Frank Zappa Live Albums
I realise that few people will have heard all of these albums but which of the albums that you have heard, would you recommend to other people?