bob harris (2)

Bob Harris recorded with Frank Zappa.

In 2002, Bob Harris took part in the Zappanale festival in Germany, where he performed various Frank Zappa compositions (in various line-ups), a couple of which can be found on the "Zappanale 13" album, and on the additional "Zappanale # 13" album.

January 4, 2012, Canadian CKCU-FM radio did broadcast an interview with Bob Harris as part of their Frank Zappa specials. And on January 11, 2012, they did an interview with Bob and Thana Harris.


  boulder: boulder
    (1979, lp, usa, ??) - feat.bob harris
  kinsman dazz: dazz
    (1979, lp, usa, ??) - feat.bob harris
  warren zevon: stand in the fire
    (1981, lp, usa, ??) - feat.bob harris
30 frank zappa: tinseltown rebellion
   (1981, 2lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

31 frank zappa: shut up'n play yer guitar
   (1981, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
32 frank zappa: shut up 'n play yer guitar some more
   (1981, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

33 frank zappa: return of the son of shut up 'n play yer guitar
   (1981, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

34 frank zappa: you are what you is
   (1981, 2lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
  frank zappa: shut up 'n play yer guitar - box set
    (1981, 3lp, eur, cbs)
35 frank zappa: ship arriving too late too save a drowning witch
   (1982, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

36 frank zappa: the man from utopia
   (1983, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)


frank zappa: them or us
   (1984, 2lp, usa, barking pumpkin)


frank zappa: thing-fish
   (1984, 3lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

  steve vai: flex-able
    (1984, lp, usa, urantia records)
- feat.bob & suzanne harris, chad wackerman, billy james

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  bob harris: the great nostalgia  (1)
    (1986, lp, usa, mastahna records) - feat. various zappa alumni
  dazz band- greatest hits
    (1987, ??, usa, ??) - feat.bob harris
  western vacation: western vacation
    (1987, lp, usa, akashik records) - feat.steve vai, tommy mars, bob & suzannah 'thana' harris, scott thunes

  dazz band: rock the room
    (1988, ??) - feat.bob harris
  ant-bee: pure electric honey
    (1990, lp, usa, voxx vxs 200.056) - feat.rantin'& ravin'(bob & suzanne harris)

  steve vai: passion & warfare
    (1990, cd, usa, ??) - feat.bob harris
  ant-bee: rarities vol.1
(1992, k7, usa, electrik yak 001) - feat.rick snyder, bob harris

  ant-bee: son of lunar egg-clips dances with the mystic mother
    (1992, k7, uk, acid tapes 084) - feat rick snyder, bob harris / 'candy corn' (van vliet), 'son of orange county' (fz)

59 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.6
   (1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
  big f: is
    (1993, ??) - feat.bob harris
  salad days [london cast]  (cast) 
    (1994, ??) - feat.bob harris
  ant-bee: lunar muzik
    (1995, cd, uk, divine records divine 20) - feat. gardner, preston, black, estrada, sherwood, bob harris

  axe: axe five
    (1996, cd, eur, mtm music) - feat.bob harris  


frank zappa: have i offended someone?
   (1997, cd, usa, ryko)

  axe: twenty years from home
    (1997, cdmtm music) - feat.bob harris
  steve vai- flex-able leftovers
    (1998, cd, usa, ??) - feat.bob harris
  axe: twenty years from home - volume 2
1999, cd, eur, mtm music) - feat.bob harris
  thana harris: thanatopsis
    (2000, cd, usa, mastahna records) - feat.steve vai, jimmy carl black, bob harris
  kinsman dazz: kinsman dazz
   (??) - feat.bob harris
  bohemian fringe: from parts unknown
   (??) - feat.bob harris
  michael mcpherson: don't look back
- feat.bob harris
  axe: the crown
    (2001, cd, eur, mtm music) - feat.bob harris
  axe: live in america 1981
   (2001,  cd, ??, ??)
  various artists: zappanale 13
    (2003, 3cd, ger, arf society) – incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale 13 - the lewinskys - grandmothers west
    (2003, dvd, ger, the arf society) - feat. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale 13 - retrospective
    (2003, dvd, ger, the arf society) - feat. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale # 13
    (2003, cd, ger, arf society) – incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: the frank zappa aaafnraa birthday bundle
    (2006, itunes, -) - feat. frank, moon, dweezil, ahmet & diva zappa

  jock bartley: blindside
    (2006, cd, usa, winged horse records) - feat. bob harris


frank zappa: buffalo  (80)
    (2007, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)

  the harris family: a merry little christmas
    (2007, download, usa, pro entertainment)

  bob harris: the great nostalgia
    (2007, cd, usa, crossfire publications) - feat. various zappa alumni

  the grandmothers: it happened here
    (2008, 2cdr, ger, arf society) = the grandmothers (with special guests) concert at zappanale in 2002

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  axe: axeology 1979 - 2001
    (2012, 2cd, usa, cleopatra) - feat.bob harris
  steve vai: modern primitive / passion & warfare (25th anniversary edition)
    (2016, 2cd, usa, sony music) - feat. tommy mars, mike keneally, bob harris

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  steve vai: passion and warfare 25th anniversary edition
    (2016, 2lp, usa, epic / friday music frm-68030) - 180 g vinyl edition on clear vinyl / feat. bob harris

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  steve vai: modern primitive
    (2017, cd, usa, favored nations / sony fn2930 / 88985435672) - feat. tommy mars, mike keneally // album #7 of "the secret jewel box"

  ant-bee: electronic church muzik
    (scheduled, cd, usa, ??) - feat. various zappa & beefheart alumni


random notes

Frank Zappa employed two guys named Bob Harris.
It would appear that Bob Harris #1 has passed on, but due to the inherent confusion of the names I will await confirmation of this.

Thana Harris is the wife of Bob Harris #2.  Her vocals on Sleep Dirt were not recorded at the original sessions, but were overdubbed years later for the CD release. The 80's Bob Harris lives in central Colorado and performs on the weekends with his wife, Thana.

It could be mentioned that the 80's Bob Harris appeared on Steve Vai's "Flexable", and also, I think, on "Passion and Warfare". Thana Harris also performed on "Flexable". said:
Bob Harris regularly performes in central colorado and is currently active with other Zappa alumni. (Charles Ulrich) said:
Yesterday I discovered an LP by Bob Harris #2. I bought it for $2.99, but I haven't heard it yet, since my turntable is in another country.
The title is The Great Nostalgia. It was released in 1986 on Mastahna Records, catalog number MA-419. There are six tracks, all composed by Bob Harris. Three have lyrics, and five have vocals. Bob Harris is credited with keyboards on all tracks, vocals on five, and trumpet on three.
Suzanna (Thana) Harris sings on two tracks (probably joint lead vocals with Bob, since other people are credited with backing vocals). Another track features Steve Vai on electric sitar and Tommy Mars on "recorder and Blue Moon".

     Michael McPherson( said:
Bob and his wife are now living in a small town near Grand Junction, Colorado. He is currently working on some recordings with producer Bobby Barth and is listed as the lead vocalist in Barth's recently reunited band, "AXE". He also plays trumpet, keyboards and sings backing vocals for Michael McPherson on his recently released CD, "Don't Look Back" available on the independent Oxford Road Records label. In addition to working with Steve Vai he has also done some work with  Warren Zevon.

Here's a link to his band, "Axe."

2007 11 29

Crossfire Releases Zappa Veteran Bob Harris´ The Great Nostalgia with Guests Steve Vai, Thana Harris, Tommy Mars and Stuart Hamm

11/28/07 - New York - Bob Harris, keyboardist/vocalist of the 1980 Frank Zappa band with guitarists Steve Vai, Ray White and Ike Willis, keyboardist Tommy Mars, bassist Arthur Barrow and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, will soon have his 1986 album The Great Nostalgia released in an expanded format by Crossfire Publications. The Great Nostalgia, originally a self-financed release on his Mastahna label, has been remastered (and in some cases remixed) from the original session tapes.

More than twenty-one years after its first release, The Great Nostalgia has been expanded by six additional tracks. Frank Zappa heard the album in 1986 and thought that the track "Ageless Love" was outstanding and should kick off the album. Bob Harris, who is currently working with '80s rock legends Axe, wanted to change the song order because he highly valued Zappa´s opinion, but the album had already been pressed. Out of respect for Frank Zappa, "Ageless Love" is now the first track on Crossfire´s reissue, and Jeremy Barber´s violin has replaced the original keyboard emulation of that instrument.

Suzannah (Thana) Harris, known to Zappa fans for her vocals on the revised Sleep Dirt album, can be found throughout The Great Nostalgia on the tracks "Ageless Love," "The Flower" and three of the bonus tracks. Of the additions to the album, Thana and Bob´s duets on the standard "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (live at the Zappanale 13 festival) and It´s A Beautiful Day´s "White Bird" (from Thana´s album Thanatopsis) are obvious highlights.

Guitar legend Steve Vai played electric sitar on "Autumn In Nepal," presented here in Vai´s remixed version. He also played lead guitar on a remixed version of the bonus track "There´s Still Hope." Fellow FZ band member Tommy Mars played on "Autumn In Nepal," and noted bassist Stuart Hamm contributed to the track "The Flower." Billy James, known to music fans as the Ant-Bee, played percussion on the entire album. James´ tasteful use of percussion instead of drum machines is a very important asset to the longevity of The Great Nostalgia, as it sounds fresh without the usual `80s trappings.

One instrumental track recorded at the original sessions, "The Blue Gazebo," has been included on this edition. Two more recent tracks complete the album: the brilliant piano ballad "Magnet And Iron" and "Nobody Wins In A War," featuring sped-up vocals from Bob, Thana and son Nathan Harris.

The Great Nostalgia will be available at retail and through dozens of paid download services.

For more information:

2008 12 22

Nate Harris, the son of Bob and Thana Harris, is also into music!

The name of his band is Minor Authority.

Here are some links:

His record label and link to his free download "Nuttin' for Xmas" by Minor Authority

His myspace:

Check it out.





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