Capitol Records

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DiscReet existed until FZ filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros., its distributor and parent company. FZ then sought out Capitol Records for distribution assistance, but these plans fell through. Finally, Mercury Records stepped in, so FZ then created Zappa Records in 1977. When the "Läther" album slated for release by Zappa/Mercury on October 31, 1977 was blocked by Warner Bros., FZ had to wait until 1979 before he could release his own product on the Zappa Records label.

After a short relationship with Mercury, FZ erected Barking Pumpkin Records in 1981. This time, distribution was handled by CBS (1981-1983), and then Capitol (1984-1987). With a fully independent record label in Barking Pumpkin Records, FZ was now in full control.

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