In Italy, the primary organizing principale for il gente afficianado por musica Americana is a monthly magazine entitled questo: Buscadero. Run by a guy who started a similar magazine back in the early 70s and evolved into a specialty mail order record store for all things American roots, and eventually re-enlisted with Buscadero. It's essential from promoting your concerts, albums, so forth. Their top ten albums of the month get called, I swear to God, 'Junior Bonner's Choice.'  (True West Magazine)
The word "Buscadero" is of Spanish origin. [...] Buscudero, then, could be translated as either the one who haunted or the one who was haunted. In the last mentioned sense it became current [...] as the general name for the outlaws. (Ed McGivern's Book of Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting, p. 375)

1981 May

No. 6


 Just a small ad, nothing more.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1981 June

No. 7

A colpi di Zappa
By Pino Larosa, pp 16-19

Frank Zappa "Tinsel Town Rebellion"
By Pino Larosa, p 19

Discografia - Zappa & Mothers Of Invention
By Paolo Carù, pp 20-21


Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1981 October

No. 10

Frank Zappa "You Are What You Is"
By Pino La Rosa, 1 p

 Automatic translation: This "You are what you is", yet another double album by Frank Zappa, arrives on the plate even in advance of the expected deadline. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1981 November

No. 18

Frank Zappa "Shut up 'n play yer guitar"
By Pino La Rosa, 1 p

 Automatic translation: The old Zappa obviously has no mercy on our already battered wallet and here comes out, sold by mail order in the States, the announced trilogy comprising instrumental pieces and guitar solos taken from tours and studio sessions. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


 Automatic translation: Frank Zappa's first album 1982 (but fourth in twelve months): a predictable vehicle of controversy. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1983 April

No. 25

Frank Zappa "The man from Utopia"
By Massimo Bracco, 1 p

 Automatic translation: Oh oh, we Italians protagonists of an American cover! And as usual we make the figure of the chocolatiers casinos. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1983 June

No. 27

Frank Zappa "Rare Meat"
By Daniele Ghisoni, 1 p

 Automatic translation: It is not, as perhaps someone feared, a new album by Zappa, but it is simply a small delight for the fans of the brilliant American musician, which includes 6 unreleased songs dating back to his earliest musical experiences. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1983 September

No. 29

By Riccardo Bertoncelli, pp 25-27

Automatic translation: Another summer, many years ago (thirteen, to be exact), we discovered the orchestral Zappa and fell in love with it. Until then we knew other Zappas, equally fascinating but different: the scandalist , then mistaken for a "social agitator", who posed naked on the toilet and told of American bourgeois eager to fuck themselves on the lawn of the White House ("What'd you do daddy? "); the paradoxical rockman , who charged his music and lyrics with polemics and whims, preaching the freak out , the "creative high" (beware: without taking drugs!); the frivolous romantic, committed to exceeding the measure of certain stupid songs of the youthful tradition, imbuing himself with all the taste, all the kitsch, all the enjoyable toxins of that music (Ruben & The Jets). (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1984 November

No. 42

Frank Zappa
By Paolo Bertrando, pp 8-9

 Automatic translation: Frank Zappa recalls, in some ways, the characters of cartoons or detective series: he is unalterable, physically and intellectually always the same as himself. Almost twenty years have passed since Freak Out's meteoric debut, and Zappa offers his followers an identical hollow and mocking face, garnished with a goatee and a cold ironic look; while his music remains sarcastic and acrobatic, of a very solid matrix in spite of multiple metamorphoses. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


 Automatic translation: It was said a few months ago that hypertrophy was the salient feature of Zappian production. But he dared not imagine a gargantuan operation as much as the one that the amiable Frank is carrying out these days: to publish two single albums plus a triple one at close range, while the famous seven-disc box set with the complete work of the prime Mothers of Invention. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


1986 January

No. 55


Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention
By Paolo Bertrando, p 64

 Automatic translation: Frank Zappa composes too much, that's the problem. All the discontinuities, the strange slips of some recent albums are due to an excess of music available. Uncontrolled, the fertile genius of ours insists on continuously churning out albums and re-editions and arrangements and musical columns. (read more


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1986 October

No. 63


Dweezil Zappa "Havin' A Bad Day"
By Massimo Bracco, p 71

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1987 January

No. 66


Frank Zappa "Jazz From Hell"
By Paolo Bertrando, p 74

 Automatic translation: Frank Zappa's self-centered and solipsist character is well known. Irritable musician, Zappa disdains dialogue with colleagues and supporting actors, often accused of incompetence and ambitions; his compositions, written down to the smallest detail, do not admit creative interventions by the followers. It is therefore not surprising that the recent Zappa loves extremely the glacial but impeccable execution of the Synclavier, a device that is certainly more faithful than any imperfect human mechanism. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1988 March

No. 79


The Morticians "Freak out with the Morticians"
By Giovanni Strumia, 1 p

 The Morticians' album cover is obviously a tribute to the Mothers of Invention's Freak Out, and was issued in two different colours: pink or green. The music on the album is all by the Morticians.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1988 June

No. 82


Genio prolifico o prolisso?
By Massimo Bracco, pp 48, 50

  Automatic translation: Over the course of his varied career, Frank Zappa has caught all kinds of adjectives: from genius to madman, from teacher to scoundrel, from evil mustache to desecrator. But for some years now Frank has given up the role of crazy rock sorcerer, to hide behind an obsessive care for his music; the result is a real wave of new albums, as well as reissues, remixes and reworkings of previous LPs. Granted that a true Zappa fanatic would have to spend a fortune if he wanted to get all the outputs of the diabolical alchemist, let's try to make some order in Frank's turbulent discography. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1988 July / August

No. 83


Frank Zappa
By Diego Perugini, p 8

Frank Zappa "Serious Music"
By Paolo Bertrando

 [1] Automatic translation: For everyone, ladies and gentlemen, Frank Zappa doesn't spare himself, neither on stage, nor in terms of chatter; the forty journalists gathered in a room of the Palatrussardi just before the Milanese concert noticed it. Ironic and mocking, Zappa seems to have enjoyed himself in that half-hour of frenzied question-and-answer ping pong; and he won, as expected, placing biting answers to questions not always up to par. Various themes, from Reagan ("At the summit Gorbachev did it looks like a monkey and did him a favor, because Reagan is less than a monkey") to the general situation ("There is too much madness in the world, just think of the war , but the cause of everything is religion "). (read more)

 [2] Automatic translation: A vintage Frank Zappa Orchestral (1961), complete with Satan as a narrator might seem a fanciful invention, devised for the sake of seducing and disappointing the most ardent followers of the Mephistophelic musician. Instead it is pure reality, to pretend to the liner notes - however very reliable - of this luxurious bootleg. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1989 February

Vol. 10 No. 89


Frank Zappa "Broadway the hard way"
By Paolo Bertrando, p 63

 Automatic translation: Rock-men usually release a record and then go to a tour . It took Zappa to do the opposite: he dedicated the 1988 tour to a record not yet in circulation ( "Broadway the hard way" in fact), and then extracts the recordings from those concerts. (read more)


Source: Fulvuo Fiore


1990 January

Vol. 11 No. 99


Frank Zappa "You can't do that on stage anymore vol. 3"
By Ghisoni Daniele, p 61

 Automatic translation: Just a year ago, reviewing the first two volumes of this initiative by Zappa to re-propose, live, unreleased material, or interpreted in different versions, I complained, even for an inveterate fan like myself, the excessive production of the great Frank, with CDs, anthologies, Live, orchestral records, chamber music, solo guitar records, etc, which by now were wearing us out in every sense! (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1990 February

Vol. 11 No. 100


Frank Zappa "Hot Rats"
By M. L., p 52

 Automatic translation: «Hot Rats» or like the «solo» eccentric guitarist Zappa or, worse, the Great Court Jester managed to make eyes and ears appear to the blind and deaf. Critics who snubbed him were forced to accept such serious work... (read more)


Source: Fulvuo Fiore


1991 June

Vol. 12 No. 115


Frank Zappa "The best band you never heard in your life"
By Piero Tarantola, pp 56-57

 Automatic translation: The lucky ones who were able to listen to Zappa on his latest tour (Broadway the hard way) can agree with myself that the 11-piece band heard on those occasions was undoubtedly one of the best ever proposed by Uncle Frank. This double CD collects live recordings dating back to that period (1988) which are added to those already published on the CD "Broadway the hard way" released in 1989. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1991 July/August

Vol. 12 No. 116


Frank Zappa "You can't do that on stage anymore" vol. 4
By Piero Tarantola, p 56

 Automatic translation: Shortly after the double CD "The best band ..." dedicated to the 1988 tour, this fourth volume of the series "You can't do that on stage anymore" is released. On this double disc there are live recordings included in the period 1969 - 1988. (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1991 September

Vol. 12 No. 117


Frank Zappa "Make a jazz noise here"
By Massimo Bracco, p 62

 Automatic translation: For marketers Frank Zappa must be considered a fool: within a month he flooded the shops with three double CDs and released a box set with eight official bootlegs. The first bloodletting for his fans concerns the fourth volume of the story series "You can't do that on stage anymore", the amazing live "The best band you ever heard in your life" and this complementary "Make a jazz noise" both taken from the 1988 world tour with the twelve-member band. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1991 October

Vol. 12 No. 118


Frank Zappa Beats The Boots
By Piero Tarantola, pp 33-35

Automatic translation: Zappa's live activity has practically never stopped for many years, as evidenced by the countless bootlegs that begin to circulate as soon as Frank starts a new tour. Ours must have had enough of all of this and, in a frankly unexpected move, publish eight bootlegs of him, officially declaring war on counterfeiters. The discs are the same in all respects (including the cover) to the "original" bootlegs (if I am permitted to use the term) and cover a period between 1967 and 1981. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1992 September

Vol. 12 No. 128


Frank Zappa "You can't do that on stage anymore vol. 5"
By Piero Tarantola, p 71

 Automatic translation: Yet another chapter in the saga "you can't do that ..." this fifth volume, double like all the others, presents Zappa in two distinct periods of his career. The first CD proposes the inconoclastic and mocking Mothers of the sixties while the second contains excerpts from what Zappa defined as "the infamous 1982 tour". (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1992 October

Vol. 12 No. 129


Frank Zappa "You can't do that on stage anymore vol. 6"
By Piero Tarantola, 2 p

 Automatic translation: Just as the news of Frank Zappa's announced retirement from the music scene appears in the world press, this sixth and last volume of the series of double CDs «You can't do that on stage anymore» comes out. Zappa, who has been suffering from prostate cancer for some time, has therefore decided to bid farewell to the world of music, although in recent years, due to the serious illness that afflicts him, he had not published new material. (read more

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1993 December

Vol. 13 No. 142


Frank Zappa "The Yellow Shark"
By Piero Tarantola, 2 p

  Automatic translation: Frank Zappa's musical production has always been extremely diversified over the years: from rock'n'roll to contemporary music in the context of an extremely coherent musical project. From the very beginning Zappa wanted to try his hand at orchestral scores, for example "Lumpy Gravy", a bizarre mix of symphonic music and the typical Zappa "nonsense" or the collaboration between Nostro and Zubin Metha for an orchestral transcription of "200 Motels" which unfortunately has never been brought back to vinyl (with all his bootlegs that he reissued couldn't he even recover the one with Metha?). (read more

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1994 January

Vol. 14 No. 143


Frank Zappa: Un ricordo
pp 36-40

Frank Zappa special – excerpts from The Real Frank Zappa Book, photos by Guido Harari and reminisces by Guido Giazzi, Paolo Carù, Riccardo Bertoncelli, Davide Sapienza, Peppo Delconte, Piero Tarantola and Guido Harari.

This month's Junior Bonner's Choice includes Yellow Shark, 4 stars. (page 5)



1994 December

Vol. 14 No. 153


Short news Rykodisc buys Frank Zappa's catalog.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1995 November

Vol. 15 No. 163


Strictly Commercial ad

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1996 October

Vol. 16 No. 173


Frank Zappa "Lather"
By Piero Tarantola, p 81

Automatic translation: The facts: the legendary "Lather" originally conceived by Zappa as a quadruple box is now released and instead broken up into four albums (without the author's consent) entitled "Zappa in New York" , "Studio Tan" , "Sleep Dirt" and "Orchestral favorites" between 1977 and 1979. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1997 April

Vol. 17 No. 179


Frank Zappa "Have I Offended Someone?"
By Piero Tarantola, p 98

  Automatic translation: Few have not been offended at least once by listening to Zappa's lyrics and good for us that FZ has not always published them on records and that few in Italy understand English well. If this were not the case, the passages contained in this anthology (but not only these) would have found even less diffusion via radio. But no one understands them and here is "Bobby Brown" broadcast by a local station or "Dinah Moe Humm" used as background in a television program. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1997 May

Vol. 17 No. 180


Have I Offended Someone? ad


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1997 October

Vol. 17 No. 184


Frank Zappa "Strictly Genteel"
By Piero Tarantola, p 98

  Automatic translation: The orchestra is the instrument par excellence and conducting one is an incredible experience. There is no such thing, except singing doo-wop harmonies and feeling the chords come out right. From the podium (if the orchestra plays well) the music feels so good that if you listen to it intensely, you screw your brain. When I direct, I have to force myself not to listen, to think about what I am doing with my hand and where the various signs are directed. My style fluctuates somewhere between the nonexistent and the totally boring. I try to keep the signs to what is strictly necessary for the musicians to do their job, however I don't think of myself as a conductor (Frank Zappa). (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1997 December

Vol. 17 No. 186


200 Motels ad


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1998 February

Vol. 18 No. 188


Frank Zappa "200 Motels"
By Piero Tarantola, 1 p

  Automatic translation: With the reissue of "200 Motels" Ryko finally completed the CD publication of Zappa's discography. The album had never been released in this format and even the double LP edition released in 1971 had limited circulation because the album was released by United Artists then went bankrupt and reabsorbed by MGM. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


  Automatic translation: He, Frank Zappa, about thirty years ago was one of the first to give credit to the Brooklyn quintet (the members are however from various sources), stimulated by the enthusiasm of his wife, Gail, after listening to one of their tapes. And so in the autumn of 1970 A Cappella was released, the group's first album, on Straight. Discs for other record companies (Capitol, MCA, A&M, Elektra) followed throughout the decade, with a slower frequency in the following decade (a couple for Rounder) and even more in the 90s (read more

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2012 October

Vol. 32 No. 349


Programma di ristampe universal
By Andrea Trevaini, pp 34-35


2017 July / August

Vol. 37 No. 402


I tesori della cripta - parte prima (The treasures of the crypt - pt I)
By Andrea Trevaini, pp 24-25

Review of the albums Imaginary Diseases and Buffalo

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2017 November

Vol. 37 No. 405


I tesori della cripta - parte seconda (The treasures of the crypt - pt II)
By Andrea Trevaini, pp 26-27

Review of the albums A Token Of His Extreme, FZ:OZ and Philly '76.  


Source: Fulvio Fiore


2017 December

Vol. 37 No. 405


Frank Zappa "Halloween 77"
By Andrea Trevaini, pp 100-101

Automatic translation: Frank Zappa, from the late sixties started celebrating Halloween with dedicated concerts that became annuals from 1972 and that from 1974 found their location in New York City. The 6 concerts of 1977 became legendary, they were obviously recorded and filmed, forming the basis of the movie-monster Baby Snake . On the occasion of the 40th anniversary, La Zappa Records has brought them together in a luxurious box, equipped with a mask and costume, which however presents the strange choice of containing the audio on a USB stick (horror!). (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2018 May

Vol. 38 No. 411


Frank Zappa At The Roxy
By Dave Alvin, pp 38-40

Automatic translation: To tell the uniqueness of Frank Zappa's concerts collected in The Roxy Performances , we host the memory of a boy who over the years would first become the guitarist of an extraordinary rock'n'roll band and then one of the most important American songwriters, with a lot of Grammys on the wall. Yes, it seems strange to see in Dave Alvin a big fan of Frank Zappa, given the generational, stylistic and existential differences, but the common ground is not only that of South California. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2019 April

Vol. 39 No. 421


Frank Zappa: Zappa In New York
By Junior Bonner, p5

Frank Zappa: Zappa In New York 40th Anniversary Edition

By Andrea Trevaini, pp 80-81

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2019 September

Vol. 39 No. 425


Frank Zappa: Orchestral Favourites 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
By Andrea Trevaini, p 101

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2019 November

Vol. 39 No. 427


Frank Zappa "The Hot Rats Sessions
By Andrea Trevaini, 1 p


Source: Fulvio Fiore


2019 December

Vol. 39 No. 428


Frank Zappa: Halloween 73
By Andrea Trevaini, pp 100-101


Source: Fulvio Fiore