Pics: The Old Masters Box

Here are some pictures of the Old Masters Box I, from FZ In Hungary. Have you ever seen one of these?

The thing that is really interesting to me is the fact that it tells the story of the re-recorded tracks (We’re Only… Ruben), and indicates the names of the new musicians as well as the “old ones”. This is new to me, since the story was (or as I’ve always heard it before) that it all happened almost secretly.

Judging from these pictures this “Old Masters” must have been a fun thing – and while watching the pictures I”ll keep on looking for some Youtube clips to attach. 😉

Later that night: pictures of some Hungarian freaks going to (West-) Berlin to a concert in ’88… 1| 2 | 3

Zappanale 20 — Jubilee Edition

Despite all the legal intimidation that’s been going on, German ZapFest Zappanale is ready to roll! Just a couple of the confirmed bands/players for this 20th jubilee are:

Check out the flyer front / back, and the poster for more detailed information.

Win An Original Frank Zappa Framed Print

No less than 20 hours after I posted this tweet, photographer Deborah Chesher (previous coverage) wrote:

Right now I’m running a free contest on my blog that I thought you might want to let your readers know about because the grand prize is a framed silver gelatin print of Frank Zappa backstage in Vancouver ’74 (currently selling for $300).

Have a look at the grand prize and be sure to check out the contest!

Big Band Zappa — Ed Palermo

Three reasons to purchase every Ed Palermo Big Band CD you can possibly get your hands on:


Ed Palermo’s Big Band performs “Echidna’s Arf” with Mike Keneally during the early show at River Street Jazz Café in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on August 16th, 1998.


Ed Palermo Big Band performs “Cruising For Burgers” at the Iridium Jazz Club, NYC, November 10th, 2004.


The Ed Palermo Big Band probably has the greatest horn section since the 1988 Zappa band disbanded (Ed Palermo’s interpretations of Frank Zappa compositions are always a delight to hear).

Yes, Balint, I can feel Eddie’s love for Frank.

Jazz Ain’t Dead — Duke/Cobham

In the above clip, from Dutch TV in 2003, George Duke and friends perform “Brazilian Love Affair”, with a closing part of “Echidna’s Arf”.

George Duke (piano/vocals)
Lori Perry (vocals)
Robert Brookings (keyboards)
Ray Fuller (guitar)
Mike Manson (bass)
Gordon Campbell (drums)

In the second clip, the Billy Cobham/George Duke Band perform Cobham’s “Stratus” at the 1998 Montreux Jazz Festival.

Billy Cobham (drums)
George Duke (keyboards)
Carl Orr (guitar)
Stefan Rademacher (bass)

While missing the original flavor of Alphonso Johnson on bass, and John Scofield on guitar, both Orr and Rademacher rise up to the challenge left by their predecessors.

FZ Don’t Mess Around

After the recent tease of ‘The Son of Roxy’ what better salve, I thought, than the complete broadcast of Zappa’s ‘We Don’t Mess Around‘? Broadcast by Bayerischer Rundfunkt (BR) on July 1, 1980, and then 
re-broadcast on August, 1996, these three clips record some of Zappa’s rehearsals which were videotaped by BR at Circus Krone in Munich, Germany, on September 8, 1978 (footage of Frank shopping in Munich and an interview with his bodyguard were added later).

Zappa’s Rockin’ Teenage Combo:

Frank Zappa–lead guitar/vocals

Ike Willis–guitar/vocals
Denny Walley–slide guitar/vocals

Tommy Mars–keyboards/accordion/vocals
Peter Wolf–keyboards
Ed Mann–percussion/vocals

Arthur Barrow–bass/vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta–drums/seal call


Clip One:(above)
• A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus)
• Baby Snakes
• Deathless Horsie
• Dancin’ Fool
• Easy Meat
• Honey, Don’t You Want A Man Like Me

Clip Two:
• Keep It Greasey
• Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
• Sofa #2
• Seal Call Fusion Music
• Bobby Brown

Clip Three:
• Conehead
• Tryin’ To Grow A Chin and City Of Tiny Lites (Sheik Yerbouti versions on the background while John Smothers is interviewed)
• Dead Air
• I’m On Duty
• Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow
• St Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast
• Father O’Blivion
• Rollo
• Bamboozled By Love

Note: Thanks to hushhush112 at dailymotion (each clip runs approximately 20 min each).

Don’t you feel better?

Frank Zappa On FNN

FZ, 1990, sitting in for Bob Berkowicz on Financial News Network’s Focus show. He interviews Vladimir Zvyagin, bureau chief of Soviet television in the United States:

Watch part two here (thx Jamie Wilson).

Further FZ FNN viewing: FZ interviews NPR’s Daniel Schorr and Sirio Maccioni, restauranteur & owner of Le Cirque, NYC.

Oddly surreal to watch somehow…