Frank Zappa's final album, Dance Me This, which was completed before his death in 1993, will finally be released. According to JamBase, the icon's 100th studio album will hit retailers in June, with a specific date still pending. Fans can pre-order the album now.
"What I'm working on right at the moment is a Synclavier album called Dance Me This, which is designed to be used by modern dance groups," the singer said shortly before he lost his battle with prostate cancer. "It's probably not going to come out until next year."
Zappa's posthumous output almost matches the number of recordings he released while alive. Dance Me This will be the artist's 39th effort since his death. Prior to that, Zappa put out 61 albums from 1966 to 1993.
The Mothers of Invention leader ranked 71 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists list. Phish's Trey Anastasio wrote about Zappa for the publication.
"In the early years of Phish, people often said we were like 'Frank Zappa meets the Grateful Dead' - which sounds very bizarre," he wrote. "But Zappa was incredibly vital to me, as a composer and guitarist. I think he was the best electric-guitar player, other than Jimi Hendrix. Zappa conceptualized the instrument in a completely different way, rhythmically and sonically. Every boundary that was possible on the guitar was examined by him."
Zappa's estate released two albums last year, Roxy by Proxy and Joe's Camouflage. Never too concerned with commercial success, the singer's highest charting album, 1974's Apostrophe ('), only reached 10 on the Billboard Pop Albums list.