Qobuz to offer Frank Zappa albums in Hi-Res 24-bit audio for the first time in exclusive partnership

March 31, 2021 – Zappa Records and Qobuz, the world’s leading Hi-Res music streaming and download service, have exclusively partnered together to release several key Frank Zappa albums in Hi-Res, only on Qobuz. This alliance is the latest in a series of Hi-Res artist exclusives that Qobuz began rolling out this year.

Zappa Records is launching a Hi-Res re-issue campaign totalling 29 Frank Zappa albums spanning all phases of his career. In a series of drops between now and May 7, these classic and influential albums will be released for download and streaming in 24-bit Hi-Res audio quality for the first time.

Beginning on April 2, for five weeks, fans will be able to stream and download nine of these albums exclusively on Qobuz. The albums will be available in native 24-bit Hi-Res FLAC format. Each will include an extensive PDF digital booklet, a feature only available on Qobuz’s streaming apps.

The assortment includes the 2nd album from the original Mothers of Invention, Absolutely Free, first released in 1967, and Halloween 81, documenting Zappa’s famed holiday residency at New York City’s Palladium, in both full box set and edited ‘highlights’ versions. 

Representing Zappa Records, Ahmet Zappa says, “I love me some Qobuz! As far as I’m concerned, the ‘z’ in Qobuz stands for Zappa. Qobuz’s awesome combo platter of hi-res audio and the ability for fans to immerse themselves into the album art of their favorite musicians totally kicks ass. It’s a perfect fit for Zappa Records and we’re proud to announce that Frank Zappa’s music has a new hi-res home at Qobuz. We know fans of the ‘World’s Finest Optional Entertainment’ are going to love the Zappa Qobuz experience.”

On April 1, Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers, the Zappa “Vaultmeister” will join Qobuz Chief Hi-Res Evangelist David Solomon and the Qobuz team for a livestream discussion. This upcoming event is part of Qobuz’s weekly Qobuz Live series that features hot topics, brands and personalities in the music-lover and audiophile worlds. The livestream will cover the story of Zappa Hi-Res archives, the importance of audio quality, and the upcoming Zappa Hi-Res catalogue release. Additionally, Joe Travers is curating an exclusive annotated Zappa playlist for Qobuz, which will be released later in April.

According to Qobuz USA Managing Director Dan Mackta, “Presenting the work of iconic artists in the best possible quality is our reason for existence. Frank Zappa’s music continues to inspire listeners all over the world and Qobuz is honoured to be able to promote his artistic vision.” 

See below the list of Hi-Res Frank Zappa albums to be released exclusively on Qobuz on April 2:

  • Absolutely Free
  • Burnt Weeny Sandwich
  • Bongo Fury
  • Chicago ’78
  • Zappa In New York (40th Anniversary Deluxe)
  • Orchestral Favorites (40th Anniversary)
  • Halloween 81
  • Halloween 81 Highlights
  • The Mothers 1970 Box Set

Listen to Frank Zappa on Qobuz here.

About Qobuz 
Founded in 2007, a pioneer of high-quality sound, Qobuz is the French music streaming and download service that meets the needs of demanding music lovers and audiophiles. Available in 12 countries around the world, in Europe and in the United States, Qobuz offers an exceptional range of exclusive editorial content written by a team of experts. With its catalog of more than 70 million titles, Qobuz also has the richest choice of high-resolution (Hi-Res) references on the market. For more information: qobuz.com

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