Collector's Info: This is the original first pressing from Holland with the yellow sticker on the front cover: "Cocaine and The Man from Utopia..."


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Album Description & Collectors information: 

In the world of music, few artists have been as enigmatic and boundary-pushing as the legendary Frank Zappa. A true musical visionary, Zappa's eclectic and experimental style captivated audiences for decades, leaving an indelible mark on the world of rock, jazz, and everything in between. One of his lesser-known but equally fascinating albums, "The Man From Utopia", holds a special place in the hearts of vinyl collectors, particularly those who seek out the rare and coveted Dutch pressing with its distinctive yellow sticker on the front cover. Let's take a journey into the realm of this remarkable LP, exploring the music, the personnel, and the collector's appeal that surrounds it.

Released in 1983, "The Man From Utopia" arrived at a time when Zappa's music was evolving and diversifying. This album marked yet another departure from convention, showcasing Zappa's trademark wit and musical innovation. As the man behind the concept, production, and a significant portion of the instrumentation, Zappa demonstrated his unwavering commitment to artistic exploration.

Zappa's music has always been characterized by its intricate arrangements and virtuosic performances, and "The Man From Utopia" is no exception. The album features an array of talented musicians, including the iconic Steve Vai, who would later become a prominent figure in his own right. Vai's guitar work on tracks like "The Dangerous Kitchen" and "Moggio" is nothing short of mesmerizing, serving as a testament to his technical prowess and creative collaboration with Zappa.

Recording at Zappa's own UMRK Central studio, the sound engineering team of Bob Stone, Mark Pinskke, and Dave Jerdan played a pivotal role in capturing the album's sonic essence. Their expertise ensured that every note, every nuance, and every eccentricity of Zappa's vision was faithfully preserved on tape.

The album cover, a crucial aspect of any vinyl release, was designed by John Vince, with Tanino Liberators providing the captivating illustration. The imagery evokes a sense of surrealism and intrigue, mirroring the album's unconventional musical journey.

However, it's the Dutch pressing of "The Man From Utopia" that adds an extra layer of intrigue for collectors. The yellow sticker on the front cover, boldly proclaiming "Cocaine and The Man from Utopia...", has become a symbol of this specific release. Collectors around the world eagerly seek out this version, considering it a rare and unique artifact that encapsulates a moment in musical history.

The list of band members, musicians, and performers on this album reads like a who's who of accomplished artists. Alongside Zappa and Vai, the LP features the talents of Ray White, Roy Estrada, Bob Harris, Ike Willis, Bobby Martin, Tommy Mars, Arthur "Think" Barrow, Ed Mann, Scott Thunes, Chad Wackerman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Craig "Twister" Steward, Dick Parry, and Marty Krystall. Their collective contributions contribute to the album's rich tapestry of sound, further solidifying its status as a remarkable and multifaceted creation.


This album "FRANK ZAPPA The Man From Utopia Steve Vai" s the 1983 album by Frank Zappa. The album is named after a 1950s song, written by Donald and Doris Woods, which Zappa covers as part of "The Man from Utopia Meets Mary Lou".

Music Genre:
  Rock, Jazz Rock 
Album Production Information:

The album: "FRANK ZAPPA The Man From Utopia Steve Vai" was produced by: Frank Zappa

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Bob Stone, Mark Pinskke,Dave Jerdan

This album was recorded at: U.M.R.K Central

Album cover design: John Vince

Album cover Illustration: Tanino Liberators

Label Information:
  CBS 25251
Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year and Country:
  1983 Made in Holland
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: FRANK ZAPPA The Man From Utopia Steve Vai
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Frank Zappa
  • Steve Vai
  • Ray White
  • Roy Estrada
  • Bob Harris
  • Ike Willis
  • Bobby Martin
  • Tommy Maps
  • Arthur "Think" Barrow
  • Ed Mann
  • Scott Thunes
  • Chad Wackerman
  • Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Craig "Twister" Steward
  • Dick Pegy
  • Marty Krystall
Complete Track-listing of the album "FRANK ZAPPA The Man From Utopia Steve Vai"

The detailed tracklist of this record "FRANK ZAPPA The Man From Utopia Steve Vai" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Cocaine Decisions
  2. The Dangerous Kitchen
  3. Tink Walks Amok
  4. The Radio is Broken
  5. Moggio
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. The Man From Utopia Meets Mary Lou
  2. Stick Together
  3. Sex
  4. The Jazz Dicharge Party Hats
  5. We are not alone
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Frank Zappa's Biography:

  Frank Zappa (Full-name: Frank Vincent Zappa 1940-1993) was an American musician, composer, and bandleader. He was a pioneer of avant-garde rock and fusion music, known for his innovative and eclectic musical style. Zappa produced over 60 albums and worked with many notable musicians, including the Mothers of Invention, a band he formed in the 1960s. He was also a political activist and spoke out against censorship, making him a controversial figure in his time. Zappa died in 1993 from prostate cancer.

 Frank Vincent Zappa Jr was born in Baltimore City, Maryland, United States on 21/12/1940. He was the first child of Francis Vincent Zappa 07/05/1906 and Rose Marie Colimore 07/06/1912. He had two brothers: Charles Robert “Bobby” Zappa 28/08/1943, Carl Lewis Zappa 10/09/1947.

 When he was 32 years old, his father Francis Vincent Zappa died (07/04/1973).

 He married Kay Sherman in 1960. On 21/09/1967, he married Adelaide Gail Sloatman 01/01/1945 in New York City, New York, United States. He was 19 years old when he married Kay Sherman. He was 26 years old when he married Adelaide Gail Sloatman, who was 22 years old at that time. He got divorced from Kay Sherman in 1964.

 On 06/04/1950, he lived in Bush, Harford, Maryland, United States. On 04/12/1993, he lived in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

 On 04/12/1993, he died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States when he was 52 years old. In 1993, he was buried in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. His wife Adelaide Gail Sloatman died on 07/10/2015, 22 years after him.