One of the reasons Frank Zappa’s music has been so appealing to me throughout the years is because so many of his compositions like “Little House I Used To Live In” function as a canvas for his musical ideas (a microcosm of his musical universe you might say) in which a new song might very well emerge within them during each new performance.
As was the case with the February 15th, 1978 performance of “Little House I Used To Live In” at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany, in which the song “The Sheik Yerbouti Tango” emerged at the 9:22 point of the first video (above) and continued through to the 4:00 mark of the second video (below).
Whether or not there are entire concerts to be found in the Zappa vault, compositions like “Little House I Used To Live In”, “Pound for a Brown (on the Bus)” and “King Kong” inform us that entirely new compositions are to be found in much of Zappa’s recorded live work, and are just as worthwhile as a two hour concert (and such compilations are no doubt currently being compiled by the ZFT at this very moment).
My son, a college radio DJ, asked me once if there was ever a limit to the number of versions of Zappa songs I was willing to acquire. He thought for moment then said, “Sorry, stupid question.”