"Studio Tan" by Frank Zappa Is Released
Studio Tan is an album by Frank Zappa, first released in September, 1978 on his own DiscReet Records label.
In early 1976 Zappa's relationship with manager and business partner Herb Cohen ended in litigation. Zappa and Cohen's company DiscReet Records was distributed by Warner Bros. When Zappa asked for a re-assignment of his contract from DiscReet to Warner in order to advance the possibility of being able to do special projects without Cohen's involvement, Warner Bros. briefly agreed. This led to the 1976 release of Zoot Allures on Warner. At this point Zappa was contractually bound to deliver 4 more albums to DiscReet and Warner.
Of the four albums that comprise Läther, Studio Tan is the only one of the individual albums to be represented in its near entirety. It is also the only one that could have been possibly taken from the Läther tapes. The only clear differences are that "The Adventures of Greggery Peccary" is presented in a slightly different mix on Studio Tan and that the ending of the song had been shortened on the original vinyl release on DiscReet.