Record Collector


British based magazine focusing on the European collecting market. Established in 1979.
England's monthly with high quality articles, discographies & record reviews. Mostly featuring rock & pop artists/groups, but touches on country, soul etc. A very important information source. (rojaro)
Back Issues index (D-discography, F-feature, I-interview, R-review):
F & D (61); D (93); F & D (118); D (165); D (171); D (177); D (191); R (199); R (205); F (251); R (266); F & I (362)

1982 July

No. 35


Frank Zappa: many of his earliest releases are now attracting high prices
By Stuart Penney, pp 29-36

Complete U.K. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention discography + values
pp 36-37


1984 September

No. 61


Frank Zappa
A collectors guide to his early releases, sessions work, production and releases on his own labels
By Stuart Penney, pp 9-15


1987 May

No. 93


Frank Zappa
The Early Albums

By Stuart Penney, pp 38-44


1989 June

No. 118


Frank Zappa
The Bizarre Years

By Stuart Penney, pp 28-36

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1993 May

No. 165


Frank Zappa On CD: 1966-1979
By Stuart Penney, pp 88-93

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1993 November

No. 171


Frank Zappa on CD: 1979-1988
By Stuart Penney, pp 86-90


1994 May

No. 177


Frank Zappa on CD: 1988-1994
By Stuart Penney, pp 74-80


1995 July

No. 191


Promotional Toolbox: A Round-up Of Recent Collectable Promos
By Andy Davis, pp 14-15

Frank Zappa – You Can't Do That Again!

By Mark Paytress, pp 126-127


1996 March

No. 199


Promotional Toolbox: A Round-up Of Recent Collectable Promos
By Andy Davis, pp 10-11

Zappa's "Lost Episodes"

By Mark Paytress, pp 132-133


1996 September

No. 205


Promotional Toolbox: A Round-up Of Recent Collectable Promos
By Andy Davis, pp 10-11

Zappa In Läther

By Mark Paytress, p 138


2000 July

No. 251


Zappa: the ongoing legacy
By Alan Clayson, pp 37-41

Jimmy Carl Black
Interview by Alan Clayson, pp 42-44


2001 October

No. 266


Zappa '69
By Peter Doggett, pp 22-29


2007 June

No. 337


Classic Albums: Apostrophe ('); Over-Nite Sensation DVD ad 

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2007 July

No. 338


Classic Albums: Apostrophe ('); Over-Nite Sensation DVD
By Kris Needs, p 110

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2008 May

No. 349


Flo & Eddie: The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie / Flo & Eddie
By Kris Needs, 1 p

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2009 May

No. 362


Frank Talk
Gail Zappa interview by Alan Clayson, pp 44-47



2011 October

No. 393


Born To Be Wild Man
By Alan Clayson, pp 36-38

A case assessment of the late Wild Man Fischer, foremost clown in Frank Zappa's circus.


2015 December

No. 447


Source: Fulvio Fiore


2015 Christmas

No. 448


Zappa And Jazz: Did It Really Smell Funny, Frank?
By Alun Hamnett, pp 40-45

Review of Zappa And Jazz by Geoff Wills.

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2016 Christmas

No. 461


Putting The Eyebrows On It
By Alun Hamnett, pp 40-45

"Though he could sing like a (rather gruff) bird, Frank Zappa preferred to hear other voices on his records. Some of those voices talk to RC's Alun Hamnett."

Source: Bill Lantz


2017 Christmas

No. 474


Freak Out! The Roots Of US Prog Rock
By Kris Needs, pp 76-83

Record shop racks were once heaving with US underground progressive rock. Kris Needs tells the heavyweight tale of its influences and birth.

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2018 January

No. 475


Summer Of '82: When Zappa Came To Sicily (review)
By Alun Hamnett, p 112



2018 July

No. 481


Mid-life crisis? Mid-life Freak Out!
By Luke Haines, p 40



2018 October

No. 484


Most Wanted
By Paul Rigby, pp 36-37

Frank Zappa poster

Only known example which was "wheat pasted" to a wall in the East Village during the winter of 1966 to promote the first ever New York City appearanve of the band, post-Freak Out! release.

See also Hake's Americana & Collectables - MOI Balloon Farm 1966 poster.

Source: Hake's Americana 


2018 Christmas

No. 487


The Engine Room: Carol Kaye
By Lois Wilson, p 142

Session musician Carol Kaye played 12 string guitar on Freak Out! and Absolutely Free, bass on Lumpy Gravy.

Source: Fulvio Fiore 


2020 January

No. 501


Frank Zappa: The Hot Rats Sessions (review)
By Alun Hamnett, p 106



2020 August

No. 508


Frank Zappa: The Mothers 1970 (review)
By Alun Hamnett, p 101