As Beefheart’s 3rd LP release, Trout Mask Replica was another bold statement for this eclectic man and his Magic Band. Released in 1969 in the midst of a sonic reconfiguration of every spectrum of music, Beefheart stood out as one of the most enigmatic and hard to pin down members of his era. Recorded in March of 1969 in Los Angeles, Beefheart’s long time friend Frank Zappa produced the entire record. This is a very important influential point for many forms of experimental rock music after it and the reissue from the Frank Zappa family is a beautiful addition to their expansive reissue campaign of Frank Zappa materials.
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Frank Zappa “2012 AAAFNRAA: The Complete Baby Snakes Soundtrack” now avaiable on iTunes | Music News
From Zappa.com | http://www.zappa.com/
BABY SNAKES – THE SOUNDTRACK
(2 Hours 44 Minutes 20 Seconds)
Watch the movie in your head:
When you are driving
When you are bathing
When you are jogging
When you are cooking
When you are singing
Happy Birthday to FZ!
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About Baby Snakes (From Wikipedia)
Baby Snakes is a movie which includes footage from Frank Zappa‘s 1977 Halloween concert at New York City‘s Palladium Theater, backstage antics from the crew, and stop motion clay animation from award-winning animator Bruce Bickford.
Initially, the film had particular difficulty finding a distributor. Frank Zappa tried to interest United Artists, the company that released 200 Motels, but they declined. Other studios followed United Artists’ lead, fearing that Zappa’s “cinematic style” had lost considerable appeal in post-’70s pop culture, and also declined to distribute the film.
Several European distributors told Zappa that there might be interest if the running time was cut from its original 168-minute length. The film was cut to 90 minutes, but still, there were no takers.
Even after Bruce Bickford’s sequences won first prize at a French animated film competition, there was no interest. Eventually Zappa took it upon himself to distribute the film independently, via his own production company, Intercontinental Absurdities. The film ran 24 hours a day at the Victoria Theater in New York City. (This can be clearly seen in the opening credits to the film,”Eaten Alive,” partly filmed in New York at the time Baby Snakes was playing. You can clearly see the theater marquee in said opening credits}. It made a handsome profit.
The film, in its original version, was released on VHS tape via mail-order directly from Zappa until the mid-90s when the double-tape set eventually “sold out” and further replication runs were not fulfilled. The 90 minute-version was briefly made available on home video in the 1980s also. Finally, after many years of being “out of print” Baby Snakes was released on DVD on December 9, 2003 by Eagle Vision United States with a new 5.1 Surround mix. This was the first time that the film was made commercially available to the public at large rather than through limited mailorder directly from Zappa.
Zappa Records announces an innovative approach to the distribution of their highly anticipated release of the 1973 Roxy performances | Music News
Roxy and Elsewhere has been one of my favorite Zappa LP’s for well over a decade now and was one of the first things I ever heard from this modern genius. After doing exhaustive research into the collectors tapes and everything else I could get my hands on concerning Zappa, I had become very intrigued by the tapes that comprised this live record in which came from the December 1973 Roxy performances in Hollywood, CA. With the 70′s LP release containing studio overdubs and recordings from other venues around the same time, I knew it was only a matter of time before the world would be treated with more archival material from the Roxy shows and now ladies and gentlemen, it is that time. Gail Zappa and her team have gone the extra mile and have created an industry first: Zappa Records is boldly offering distribution access to anyone who wants to push this highly anticipated live album with the family. Frank Zappa’s Mothers during the 70′s had become a technical beast, creating what many have come to associate as his most challenging, creative, witty and pleasing music. Full details on how to become a part of Frank Records history below.
From the official Frank Zappa website | http://zappa.com
THE ZAPPA PROJECT/OBJECT of your DREAMS: ROXY BY PROXY!
(For review or if you missed getting the Email Announcement, click HERE.)
If you got the email or clicked above, then you know the Basic Deal: First you must carefully read on – check out the FAQ’s and see if it answers most of your questions. You may want to go back from time to time to check them out again. Once you agree to the terms of the Official Distribution License and sign on by making your reservation, you are on your way to becoming a potential distributor of the Zappa CD Duplication Master Project/Object. You’ll also need to provide payment information. If you make the cut, you’ll receive your own personalized Master CD from which you can make unlimited CD copies for sale, per the terms of the distribution agreement.
Zappa CD Master Project/Object of your Dreams – the FAQs
What’s the Point? This is a unique opportunity for you to experience life as a music distributor. As an independent distributor, you’ll learn intimate details about the relationship between the artist and the record company, how everyone gets paid, and how the distribution process really works. Hopefully, you’ll have a lot of fun too while we make history together. And you will be making history in this way – in creating this Distribution Deal the master plan is to raise the money it will take to complete the Film, The Roxy Performances and get it out there in Theaters for your hot little eyes and into your hot little hands on DVD. You are the ones who want it and you are the ones we need to help us make it happen! So this is also a big Thank you to all the fans that are ready willing and able to participate in the ultimate adventure of distributing this record. We are grateful – and we are hopeful that you will show us how to do it better than it has ever been done before.
What Do I Get? Your very own personal CD DUPLICATION MASTER, embedded exclusively with information unique to ONLY you. And Liner Notes – meticulously written by one of the band members, a few finished copies of the actual release (complete with original artwork) which will also be available to you as an authorized distributor at an exclusive-to-distributor-only wholesale price and, MOST IMPORTANT of all, THE LICENSE authorizing you (per the contract) to duplicate on disc ROXY BY PROXY for CD Distribution.
What’s On the CD? All Roxy, No Elsewhere: 76 minutes of never-before-released Frank Zappa master recordings from the Roxy Performances of 9 & 10 December 1973:
Inca Roads, Penguin in Bondage, T’Mershi Duween, Dog/Meat, RDNZL, Cheepnis & Dupree’s Paradise, King Kong, Chunga’s Revenge and you know, that’s not all. Yes, it is the same band as the Roxy part of Roxy & Elsewhere.
When Can I Sign Up? Now. Well, once you have read the terms of the contract and found them agreeable to you. This is a limited one-time offer which will expire at 5AM Pacific Time on 28 December 2012, not long after the end of the world as we know it on Frank Zappa’s birthday, 21 December 2012.
Who Can Sign Up? We’re looking for approximately 1,000 individuals at least 18 years of age or older. As you know, we at the Zappa Family Trust are extremely protective of FZ’s legacy. For this reason, we will retain the sole right to approve or reject any potential participant. For example, we will reject all distribution companies and corporate entities.
What’s The Cost? LICENSE inclusive of the CD Duplication Master costs $1,000.00, plus shipping and handling.
How Will I be Charged? We will collect your payment information when you sign up, and submit it to our credit card processing company, PayPal, for pre-authorization. PayPal will immediately place a HOLD on your credit card for UP TO 29 DAYS for the FULL AMOUNT (i.e., $1,000.00 plus S&H).
PLEASE NOTE: At any time prior to the close of the offer period (i.e., 5AM Pacific Time on December 28th), the Zappa Family Trust will have the option, in its sole discretion, to cancel and/or revoke this offer. In such event, you will be notified, you will not receive the CD Duplication Master, the hold will be removed from your credit card, and your credit card will not be charged.
In any event, no fees will actually be charged to your credit card until we are ready to move forward with this offer (which we will decide not later than 5AM on December 28th). We will need the full list of participants before we go into production so we can custom tailor each distributor’s personal identification information onto the CD Duplication Master.
When will you receive the Master CD? The Master CD will be shipped to the address you provide within 8-10 weeks after the close of offer period (i.e., 5AM on December 28th). We will strive to ship all the CD Duplication Masters on or about the same day to ensure a fair delivery timetable for each Distributor.
How Will I Know When The Master Is Shipped? We will notify each Officially Licensed Distributor that the CD Duplication Master has shipped. If there is a problem with successful payment, we will notify the distributor via email as soon as possible.
How Do I Make Money? Each distributor may set the price for the Distribution CD and sell unlimited numbers of complete, physical CDs at the retail level. You will also participate in a royalty pool derived from sales of ROXY BY PROXY CD on Zappa Records through Barfko-Swill at Zappa.com as described below. Note: You can give the CDs away as gifts! There are no exclusive territories for each Distributor.
Are There Distribution Restrictions? Yes. Distributors may only sell the CD at the retail level, which means you cannot contract with any music distribution company. The CD or individual tracks may not be uploaded to file sharing sites (of any kind) for sale via digital download or sold via any other digital distribution method.
How Do I Manufacture the Physical CDs from the Master CD? You may secure your own manufacturer to make copies of the Master CD. Under this approach, you will owe us a mechanical royalty of $1.20 for each CD sold or delivered, payable per the terms of the distribution agreement. In the alternative, you may use the Zappa Family Trust’s authorized third party manufacturer to make copies of the Master CD. Under this approach, each CD will be provided to you at the wholesale price of eleven dollars plus shipping and handling. On all such sales, the mechanical royalty of $1.20 will be included in the price to you. Further, for any sales of the physical CDs made by the Zappa Family Trust through its Barfko-Swill website, we will pay you a royalty based on a percentage of the difference between the retail price and wholesale price as set forth in the terms of the distribution agreement.
What Kind Of Marketing Materials Can I Use? The Zappa Family Trust will provide each distributor with authorized marketing materials for use in advertising and promoting the Zappa CD Master Project. Any and all marketing materials created by a distributor must be approved by us in writing prior to use by the distributor.
Are We Partners? No. Each distributor is acting as an independent contractor for this specific Zappa Master Project and not as an employee, agent, or partner of the Zappa Family Trust or Barking Pumpkin Records. Each distributor is solely responsible for maintaining customer lists, accurate financial records and payment of any local, state, or federal taxes or fees. PLEASE NOTE: The Zappa Family Trust retains the non-exclusive right to distribute the CD itself through its Barfko-Swill website to consumers and the exclusive right to distribute digital and any and all other formats.
Do I Get Any Credit For Participating? You just might. If you “opt-in” on the reservation page, we may include your name, email address, and the URL of any website you operate or own, on (i) our website, (ii) on the liner notes of the CD, and/or (iii) in any movie/DVD credits, with your permission of course.
But Seriously, What Does This Really Mean? What it really means is that if we are all successful, the ZFT will have the budget to cover every possible expense necessary to make THE ROXY PERFORMANCES – The Movie, available just in time for each and every one of us to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Original Event. And it will all be down to you!
OK, I Want to Make a Reservation! You need to read and agree to the Distribution Terms and Conditions and fill out the reservation form to continue.
Thank you so much for your interest in the Zappa Master Project/Object. This type of music distribution is a first and is intended to benefit all fans of Frank Zappa’s music. If you have any questions, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snoisiv | SCV Online Radio # 136
Compiled and mixed by Erik Otis
- Nicolas Jaar – Almost Fell
- Richard Pryor – You’re A Trick
- Lee “Scratch” Perry – Dyon-anaswa
- KRS-One – Step Into A World
- Dr. John – Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
- Bonobo – Kong
- Watts Prophets – Listen
- Hailu Mergia and The Walias Band with Mulatu Astatke – Musical Slit
- Matthewdavid – Epic Swan
- Can – Mushroom
- Bahwee – Grape
- Emanon – Outside Looking In
- The Abyssinians – Declaration of Rights
- Alain Goraguer – Deshominisation (II & I)
- Gonjasufi – Skin
- The Cosmic Rays with Sun Ra & His Orchestra – Dreaming
- Frank Zappa – King Kong
- Hermeto Pascoal – Hermeto Pascoal
- Miles Davis – Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
- Zechs Marquise – Guajira + Guajira Reverse
- Richard Pryor – Farting
- Freestyle Fellowship – Inner City Boundaries
- Magma – Sohia
*Photo by Valentina Camila Apparat
From The Zappa Family Trust | http://www.zappa.com/
TIME TO FREAK OUT… FRANK’S BACK! ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST REGAINS CONTROL OF ICONIC MUSICIAN’S EXTENSIVE CATALOG. GLOBAL LICENSE/DISTRIBUTION DEAL SIGNED WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES. CATALOG OF 60 RECORDINGS TO BE LAUNCHED WITH JULY 31 RELEASE OF 12 TITLES!
Back home where it belongs, the music of FRANK ZAPPA is now back in the hands of the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST.
To celebrate this, the estate has signed a global license and distribution deal with UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES to release 60 of the iconic composer’s recordings. The roll-out kicks off July 31 with 12 recordings, with another dozen recordings to be released monthly through the end of 2012.
“The ink is not yet dry on The Zappa Family Trust’s worldwide deal with Universal Music Enterprises,” says Gail Zappa. “They made us the offer we couldn’t refuse–for all the right reasons. It is a win-win for all of us, but mostly for Frank Zappa. Long may his baton wave. We are so ready to go.”
“The artist and composer, Frank Zappa, is one of the most important and influential artists in music history with his prolific body of work, including his breakthrough rock ‘n roll concept albums. We are honored that Gail Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust have entrusted us with his legacy. We intend to honor him and bring high quality releases, digital and physical, for his new and longtime fans,” said Bruce Resnikoff, President/CEO, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).
Now fully back in hands of the Zappa Family Trust–headed by Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa–the releases will honor the iconic legacy of the composer, musician, bandleader and filmmaker. ZAPPA was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 (although the family would like to know where it is). The official biography: Frank Zappa, American composer, 1940-1993.
The UME deal is for the entire Zappa Catalog as it appeared on Frank Zappa’s own independent label, Barking Pumpkin Records. Many of the original analog masters have been re-mastered for this occasion. Yes that’s right, you heard right. The entire Catalog, in all its spiffnificent glory will launch July 31, just in time for Frank Zappa’s daughter DIVA’s birthday– an occasion that will be celebrated along with GAIL, sister MOON UNIT and brothers DWEEZIL and AHMET.
For more information, go to www.zappa.com.
The initial 12 FRANK ZAPPA releases included in the ZAPPA/ UNIVERSAL deal set for July 31 are as follows. **Date signifies original year of release.
1. Freak Out! (1966)
2. Absolutely Free (1967)
3. Lumpy Gravy (1968)
4. We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)
5. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)
6. Uncle Meat (1969)
7. Hot Rats (1969)
8. Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)
9. Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
10. Chunga’s Revenge (1970)
11. Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971)
12. Just Another Band From L.A. (1972)
Detroit’s Don Preston work has become a guide book to electronic, jazz, rock, prog and experimental fusions. As a living legend, working with Gil Evans, Yusef Lateef, Yoko Ono, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention and scores of others gave him knowledge and an insight few have gathered. It has been up until now, very hard to get solo material from the pure electronic pathways he channeled in great spirit and power over the last 50 years.
Brussel’s based imprint Sub Rosa has brought to life a new compilation that dives into the pure electronic phases of Don Preston in the 60′s and 70′s (plus the 80′s if you purchase the CD digipack version). Titled Filters, Oscillators & Envelopes 1967-82, this is a gripping window into the pure electronic work of a seasoned and well versed keyboard player. His time with The Mothers of Invention is probably his most know work and the beginning track from this collection documents work he completed while in the band, giving further context to how far he was bending sound in a time when only few were diving this far.
Mini Moog, Echoplex tape echo machine, Fender Rhodes and many specialty instruments of the time are given a dynamically intense presentation on Filters, Oscillators & Envelopes 1967-82 as Don Preston glides through textures and colors rarely heard. Drenched in a spiritual voyage of electronic light that timelines so many foundations, this collection is a must own set for anyone into the world of highly experimental music that removes rhythm structures and focuses purely on the interactions and relationships of tones. The track from 1982 utilizes many percussion instruments but in a completely tone based way, becoming one with a glowing and bright purpose.
Starting in the fruitful musical year of 1967 and Don’s access to the Garrick Theatre in the Village, New York City and ending in the early 80′s when the musical landscape had shifted completely, you hear the voice of Don all the way through Filters, Oscillators & Envelopes 1967-82. The awareness factor in the foundations of electronics is widening up huge now with the posthumous releases of iconic and pioneering artists and Don Preston was a much needed wave of energy in these times.
From Sub Rosa:
Previously Unreleased Electronic Music From Original Mothers Of Invention Keyboardist.
One could hardly not see in Don Preston a key musician within Frank Zappa’s oeuvre. He is not only that, but his presence has marked The Mothers’ major records from 1966 to 1974. His touch was already there before the arrival of Ian Underwood, and it continued after Ian left. You all remember King Kong (its magnificence as interpreted by Dom DeWild) from the second Uncle Meat suite. A certain form of jubilation emanates from this track, thanks to Preston’s fluid style and lightly astringent tone on the Moog synthesizer – that instrument never sounded quite like that before or after. This might have to do with his double training, his twin interests, since he had been simultaneously working with Gil Evans and listening intensely to Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Tod Dockstader. Immersed in jazz music, he was imagining secret ties with the nascent electronic music.
In the mid-’60s, Preston started developing an electronic instrument, using a home-made synthesizer and a series of oscillators and filters. Out of this instrument came Electronic (1967), his first piece. Two years later, he became a close friend of Robert Moog, and their discussions gave birth to a number of applications in relation with the flexibility of the instrument. Nowadays, you can’t mention the Mini-Moog without thinking of Preston. Bob Moog himself said about his solo in Waka Jawaka: “That’s impossible. You can’t do that on a Moog.”. Filters, Oscillators & Envelopes features the other side, the hidden side of Don Preston: the composer of purely electronic music.
LDS 058: Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention The Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany October 1968 FM Broadcast
Love Devotion Surrender Volume 058: Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention The Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany October 1968 FM Broadcast
6-Oct 1968, The Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany
33 min, FM, A+
From a German TV program, called “Liederliches”.
Improvisations, King Kong, The String Quartet, Uncle Meat, Lohengrin, Let’s Make The Water Turn Black, Octandre
Lineage: TV Broadcast->VHS->VHS->HD->SoundForge (editing, tracking, level adjustments)->FLAC Frontend
Technically, “1st gen” might not be really appropriate when, as in this case, it’s a copy of an off-the-air recording. But I think it’s sort of become common practice to count generations that way with broadcasts, so that off-the-air = master. This is from a rebroadcast of the “Liederliches” show, where I’ve edited out the segments that come from a later date. Some volume fluctuations near the beginning, which I believe is on all versions – I’ve evened some of it out.
- King Kong
- Pound For A Brown
- Sleeping In A Jar
- Uncle Meat
- Let’s Make The Water Turn Black
Plus, for added Zappa and The The Mothers of Invention from 1968…
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention 1968-10-23 Paris
Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention
French TV program “Forum Musiques”
Oct. 23, 1968
A Pound For A Brown (On the Bus)
Sleeping In A Jar
Don Preston keyboards
Motorhead Sherwood tambourine
Roy Estrada–bass vocals
Jimmy Carl Black drums
Arthur Dyer Tripp III drums
Ian Underwood clarinet
Bunk Gardner soprano sax
*Photo is from Frank Zappa’s performance at the historic Miami Pop Festival of May 1968 and comes from the message boards of zappa.com (Source)
The musical career of Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart is possibly one of the oddest and most unique to come out of a major label setting and to reach a wide audience. Warner Bros. Records, Atlantic, ABC, Virgin, A&M, Epic and Reprise; Captain Beefheart worked with many respected labels and Frank Zappa was the man who he would regularly work with either in production or musical form around the releases on those labels. This would hold true for the album that would have been his tenth album, the Frank Zappa produced Captain Beefheart full length Bat Chain Puller. Virgin Records and DiscReet had feuded over the production of this album with Frank Zappa as he found out the label was using his own royalty checks for production costs into this record. The label had already began sending out review copies of pre-mixes and the litigation caused a lawsuit and a move of both Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart from the label.The albums master tracks for the final mix down process were held by Frank Zappa and this was the leading cause of the lawsuit. The album would never be officially released to the public and would remain untouched by the owners of the masters for over 40 years.
The mix of Bat Chain Puller that made it out into bootleg form and into the public have been the only glimpse of this very rare period for Captain Beefheart. Bat Chain Puller was given reprisal in some shapes and forms when Captain Beefheart moved labels to Warner Bros. Records, releasing the critically acclaimed full length Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller). Guitarist Moris Tepper would be the only musician to be carried onto this revamped version of the original ideas that make up Bat Chain Puller. Frank Zappa would however, not be producing this record. With the rights of the music for the unreleased official mixes of the original Bat Chain Puller owned by the FZT, it was only a matter of time before they launched this pivotal piece of history for the world to properly enjoy.
FZT has proudly assembled one of the greatest Frank Zappa productions in Bat Chain Puller, released this year to high expectations and meeting them on all accounts. Stripped down to a five piece and dubbed the Magic Band, Bat Chain Puller features Denny Walley on guitar, Morris Tepper on guitar, John French on drums and John Thomas on keyboards with of course Captain Beefheart providing lyrics, vocals, whistles and various instruments. His unorthodox, untrained style is unleashed like any other Beefheart record, with the backing band providing experimentalism at its most calculated, slide neck gut bucket blues, Broadway style musicals, heavy rock and even shades of pop.
Beefheart’s trademark beat poet style meets the growling darkness of Howlin’ Wolf on Bat Chain Puller, a record that is as musical as it is not. It’s always a challenge to summarize a Beefheart album, but if you love the early Beefheart sound along with the flourishing ideas that came from the Bongo Fury Frank Zappa album they did together, Bat Chain Puller is something you will love. Captain Beefheart went four years without releasing a record (Bluejeans & Moonbeams 1974 – Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) 1978) and the official release of Bat Chain Puller is a much needed filling of this gap.
Bat Chain Puller
- Bat Chain Puller
- Seam Crooked Sam
- Harry Irene
- 81 Poop Hatch
- Flavor Bud Living
- Brick Bats
- Floppy Boot Stomp
- Ah Carrot Is As Close As Ah Rabbit Gets To Ah Diamond
- Owed T’Alex
- Odd Jobs
- Human Totem Pole
- Bat Chain Puller (Alternate Mix)
- Candle Mambo
Captain Beefheart ‘Bat Chain Puller’ French Chorus TV Show 1980
So much has been said about Frank Zappa that whatever I could add to it would be superfluous. More important is whats inside this mix. The man created so much that albums are released from beyond the grave. I had 60 albums to choose from. This is like a fantasy concert that spans time across his different band formations from the first mothers of invention, to the Flow & Eddie period, to the incredibly crazy good mid-70′s jazz-fusion group, and to some of his earliest recordings. Lots of rarities and live recordings. ~ Ramzi Jamal Shalabi
Sound Colour Vibration Podcasts Volume 115
Trudgin’ Across the Tundra: The World of Frank Zappa
Compiled and mixed by Ramzi Jamal Shalabi
- The Dick Kunc Story
- Wedding Dress Song
- Handsome Cabin Boy
- Drooling Midrange Accountants On Easter Hay
- Dupree’s Paradise
- Holiday In Berlin
- Be-Bop Tango Of The Old Jazzman’s Church
- Wait A Minute
- Chunga’s Revenge
- The Uncle Frankie Show
When it comes to modern masters of their craft, there is no artists in the same field as Frank Zappa. As a composer, singer-song writer, filmmaker and father, Frank Zappa ignited the New York and Los Angeles scenes of the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s with one of the most innovative fusions of jazz, classical, music concrete, rock, doo-wop, blues and satirical and critical views of society, politics and individuals. When you dive into his interviews during the 80′s, you hear a genius speak about file sharing and the new platform that was going to come with the advancement of technology. Zappa was ahead of the curve for every year he existed and with 60 albums of phenomenal ground breaking work in his legacy, there’s no single way to really summarize the importance of Zappa. The lovely Gail Zappa, Frank Zappa’s wife of 40+ years, has overseen the direction of the Frank Zappa catalog and has done an incredible job with every release since taking on this task. The end of 2011 might possibly be her greatest achievement with the release of a very special 4 disc set of material Warner recorded professionally. Sourced from the 1971 at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York, there is a lot of controversy surrounding the reasons why Zappa was afforded a chance to play at this venue. Zappa would never play inside this hall before or after the two shows that comprise this new release. With long time dedicated collectors highly anticipating this release with many in the “I won’t hold my breath” mind set, the Zappa Family Trust has proven why they have taken all the right steps to prepare more extensive material from their archives to the world with a release like Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention live at Carnegie Hall 1971.
Frank Zappa has one of the most intriguing backgrounds of any musician over the last 50 years. With a father as a mathematician and engineer in the US Defense system, Zappa moved extensively in his child hood and was afforded a lot of access to music. His love for avant classical composer Edgard Varese was one of the first catalysts to his odd configurations of sound and in general, interests with life. When you look at how his group The Mothers of Invention expanded from their beginnings in the early 60′s, it’s a miracle they found the great talents of Herb Cohen. Herb served as a their means to further take care of the business aspect of their presentation so they could be afforded more creative control and financial resources to draw out Zappa’s vast visions and sea of ideas. Zappa was known well for the conceptual continuity that ran through his lyrics and shaped the overall picture of everything Zappa is known for now. In the beginning of 1971, Frank Zappa was at the very beginning of harnessing the full potential of this continuity with his new reformed version of the Mothers of Invention. Zappa had built a living off film work before he signed with a major label and toured the world. His fascination with film and growing contacts in New York and Los Angeles led to his first full length feature project 200 Motels. Created in the year of 1971, the same year as the material you hear from the new 4 disc Carnegie Hall set, 200 Motels really pushed cinematic possibilities of animation, concert footage and so much more under one vision. As one of the first films to be shot in video and transferred back into the 35mm print, this allowed for a lot of post manipulation to the film that was ground breaking for its time. Out of the 200 Motels film came many dark and detailed stories of the Mothers of Invention that managed to find its way onto the stage shows they were presenting at the same time. Pieces like ‘Billy The Mountain’ and the infamous ‘The Mud Shark’ that came to be known as classic stage shows pieces of the Mothers. They were numbers that really let the band interact with the audience and added something completely unique to every show. For long time fans of Zappa, this period is known as the “Flo & Eddie” period and was a very unique time for the band with the addition of vocal talents Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan. Carnegie Hall was a special night for this new incarnation of the Mothers and the official release from the Zappa Family Trust from this October evening in 1971 is one of the biggest posthumous Zappa releases in years.
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention live at Carnegie Hall 1971 was recorded on the evening of October 11. With a special opener by 60′s Brooklyn based a cappella group The Persuasions, this has to be one of the best Frank Zappa concerts from the Flo & Eddie period. Zappa and his Mothers performed two shows for New York at Carnegie and really tore the roof off for both sets. For fans of the instrumental side of Frank Zappa, there are many songs that capture the essence and purity of music Zappa was capable of. ‘Pound for a Brown’ and ‘King Kong’ display a group really crafting some of the best fusion music out there, all with a sense of vitality and youth that never dies in the 4 hours of material present on all 4 discs. ‘Peaches En Regalia’ has a very different feel than the upbeat studio version from Zappa first solo release from 1969, Hot Rats. The sound recording quality on both discs is superb and I was shocked when I read that this mix is only mono, something I would have never guessed. The air sculptor’s, as Zappa coined them, that he creates with his solo work is phenomenal and these two shows really show his prowess as a phenomenal, prolific and highly skilled guitar player. The 13 minute closer of the second night ‘The Mud Shark’ shows a very different jam orientated grooved out piece than other versions I have heard with Zappa playing beautiful wah-wah solo’s and perfect rhythm melodies. If you are familiar with the various versions of this piece, than this is a must hear treat for the heavy jamming that occurs.
After a very traditional vocal group opening set from The Persuasions, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention’s first set rips into a phenomenal version of ‘ Call Any Vegetable’. The band is really on fire right away and put the energy of the room to maximum level. The instrumental section of ‘Dog Breath’ is mesmerizing, showing the band really stretching out with rhythm still in place and harmony of the highest order. Even thought there is a heavy amount of satirical elements, the parts where the band really shows their dedication and love to making their own thoughtful and powerful music never ceases to come forth on every turn and dynamic swing of the live set. The apex of this dynamic comes in the 30 minute ‘King Kong‘. This is one, among an endless list, of the greatest Frank Zappa moments captured on tape and is worth the price tag on all 4 discs alone. Frank Zappa was expanding so fast in the 70′s and musicianship went through the roof for his 70′s bands. 1971′s Carnegie Hall staff must have been shocked that music of this nature had made it through and were probably joyed when they heard the masterful musicianship displayed on the number ‘King Kong’. With Jimi Hendrix being there first rock musician to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1968, it was only a matter of time before one of modern music’s most prolific, unpredictable and idiosyncratic artists graced their stage.
The greatest moment between both sets has to be the encore from the second show when Zappa announces that to play on the stage past midnight, they would be charged an additional $600. As fans had cheered for an encore and the atmosphere worsened when Zappa announced this, he later tells the audience, “but I would be happy to pay $600 to play for you some more”. The crowd roares and becomes overly audible in the recording and the band comes back out in full out and rips into a phenomenal version of one of their most well known pieces of that era ‘The Mud Shark’
Frank Zappa had served a blow the same year with a concert at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall being cancelled from the promoters as they found lyrics from Zappa they deemed as unfit for artists they market. The fact that they got into Carnegie Hall is a miracle and one we can only thank the heavens that Warner was on site to record. For the intro of the second set, Frank Zappa jokingly asks the audience to be patient so they can tune up the synthesizers “to sound better”. Doesn’t even seem like most of the crowd caught onto the fact that synthesizers don’t need to be tuned! Zappa then proclaims, “Contrary to the way we normally run our program [...] Ordinarily when we start up a show, we start off with something real zippy and snazzy so that you get right into it, you know?. But, I think this evening, because this is such an auspicious occasion, the desecration of Carnegie Hall itself, that we are going to actually deviate from our format ladies and gentlemen. Now some of you might find this a little bit too deviated, however, the first selection that we are going to perform is a new piece that is receiving its New York premier. You may think it’s shitty when you hear it, what are you clapping for now? Well, it’s nice to know your on our side. [...]” The band than launches into the second half of one of the most important recordings to be unearthed this year. Zappa would have a very serious stage injury shortly after the Carnegie Hall concerts took place. Caused from a fan, this, along with very bad gear damage, would further hinder this period of Zappa’s career. Like any artists with this much depth, knowledge and love for music, the state of being held back doesn’t exist and Zappa proved his resilience from dozens of album releases later. Frank Zappa and his Mothers of Invention live at the Carnegie Hall is the best 4 discs of live music released this year, a must own release.
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1. ‘I Just Can’t Work No Longer’
2. ‘Working All The Live Long Day/Chain Gang’
3. ‘Medley #1′
4. ‘Pieces Of A Man’
5. ‘Buffalo Soldier’
6. ‘Medley #2′
7. ‘Medley #3′
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8. ‘Hello (To Foh)/Ready?!’
9. ‘Call Any Vegetable’
10. ‘Anyway The Wind Blows’
12. ‘Dog Breath’
1. ‘Peaches En Regalia’
2. ‘Tears Began To Fall’
3. ‘Shove It Right In’
4. ‘King Kong’
5. ’200 Motels Finale’
6. ‘Who Are The Brain Police?’
1. ‘Auspicious Occasion’
2. ‘Divan Persist Of: Once Upon A Time’
3. ‘Sofa #1′
4. ‘Magic Pig’
5. ‘Stick It Out’
6. ‘Divan Ends Here’
7. ‘Pound For A Brown’
8. ‘Sleeping In A Jar’
9. ‘Wonderful Wino’
10. ‘Sharleena 1979′
11. ‘Cruising For Burgers’
1. ‘Billy The Mountain’
2. ‘Billy The Mountain’
3. ‘Billy The Mountain’
4. ‘The $600 Mud Shark Prelude’
5. ‘The Mud Shark’
‘Billy The Mountain Solos’
Love Devotion Surrender Vol 35
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
BBC2 October 23, 1968
The Mothers of Invention and Frank Zappa launched out of Los Angeles in 1966 with one of the most powerful and ground breaking albums of the year, Freak Out. With a full backing studio orchestra and some of the wildest compositions, Zappa and the Mothers showed the world how far sound could be stretched in the span of an hour. With the band living in Los Angeles and New York in the second half of the 60′s, the group found a lot of exposure with performing on BBC. The type of legacy that would surround this era of the band is profound and would set the stage for all of Zappa’s work after it.
Zappa would later disband The Mothers of Invention a year later and reform it with new musicians. With the release of his solo record Hot Rats and many tours, Frank Zappa became an iconic musician in the eyes of those who valued music outside of sales. The video we have uploaded in our Love Devotion Surrender series contains some of the most wild performances of his in my opinion. King Kong had just released on his Uncle Meat record and the band turns out one of the best live versions of the song. This is split it into three parts and all three parts have to be downloaded to play the file. A very special thanks to all the people at Zapateers for making this film possible and setting the standard for quality musician fan communities. – Erik Otis
Photo by Baron Wolman 1968 @ Frank Zappa’s home in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, CA
- Part 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WWFTC2KR
- Part 2: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9KRT9ROT
- Part 3: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FJOMA0OF
The original notes from Dimeadozen.org:
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
BBC Master > VHS > DVD > Authoring NTSC
In The Sky
OK folks, so here’s the story. Just over 15 years ago I had a friend doing some research work at the BBC, I gave her a short shopping list of things that I would love to see her raid the archive for and amazingly she came up trumps with a few selections.
The 23 minute session that FZ and the MOI did at the BBC in London.
Now the ridiculous bit of the story.
The video tape supplied to me was of fantastic quality, a dupe taken from the master and put on to VHS. I kept the video for years and watched it a few times, amazing playing, the band are in top form, JCB and Art Tripp keep up a tremendous rhythm with Roy Estrada and all solos from the band are great.
About 5 years ago I got a friend to digitize the tape to DVD along with a load of other stuff that I had recorded off TV, he did a pretty good job and I was so pleased with it that I threw the VHS copy away.
Of course as time has gone by, technology has got better and better to the point where I could have made a better copy on my £150 TV DVD Harddrive recorder. Dohhh!
Anyway, if you have a fantastic copy of this already, don’t download this but share your copy with us all.
If you have a good copy of this, download this one, it may be better.
And if you have a poor copy or worse still, don’t have it at all, this download is mandatory. It’s brilliant.
Incidently, I noticed at 20 minutes a very quick fade in and out of sound, the band go from King Kong to another track which to the untrained ear may sound like a segue but it ain’t. This implies the band played for longer then is on the tape but this is all I was supplied with. My guess is that the edit was done at the time and what ended up in the BBC archive was all that was left.
Still, we are lucky to have this much great video, fortunately the cameraman were not trying to imitate a bad acid trip by pull focusing and zooming in and out all the time as was the style of the day so what we get is a fairly well shot recording of FZ and the Mothers at the top of their game.
Extracted the King Kong section from the DVD, added ZT branding and menu and authored the DVD without transcoding.
Extracted the In The Sky and Apathy section from the DVD and added it to the DVD
“In May 1968, Rolling Stone writer Jerry Hopkins and I went up to Frank Zappa’s house high atop Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles to interview and photograph Frank for a cover story. For some unknown reason, in the hills above the house was a collection of old and rusting road grading equipment, including this big D-7 or D-8 tractor upon which Frank started climbing and miming and having a good ol’ time.” -Baron Wolman