Son of Tweezer Glint – Part 3B Finale

Before I send my own personal, private pair of Zircon Encrusted Tweezers into the shop for some serious re-encrusting — I have one last installment of the Son of Tweezer Glint series, the finale, to present. Among the alternative edits, proto versions, and various live versions are particular titles of note (in my opinion):

“Easy Meat” performed at the Fillmore West in 1970.

“Wonderful Wino” performed at Picnic Piknik, in Uddel, Netherlands in 1970 includes a rare vocal performance by Jeff Simmons.

A rare performance of “Magdalena” in Montreux, Switzerland in 1971 at the Montreux Casino. The Montreux performance (and this mixtape) also includes the complete “Sofa Suite” which includes proto versions of “Sofa #2” and “Stick It Out” in German.

A pre-200 Motels version of “Penis Dimension” performed at the University of Maine at Gorham in 1970. “King Kong Medley” at the same concert, complete with extended solos.

Click here to listen to the mixtape.

25 Responses to “Son of Tweezer Glint – Part 3B Finale”

  1. Frank C. says:

    As the former “Uncle Meat” in Frank’s The Mothers of Invention, here’s the latest YT posting of Essra Mohawk.

    Song is called “I Have Been Here Before” and was a fave of David Crosby’s who’d ask her to play it for him all the time. Thing is, it sounds remarkably similar to his “Deja Vu” that he next released. That’s nto fair…but judge for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1YkmhQytPQ

    “I Have Been Here Before” is from Essra’s PRIMORDIAL LOVERS that that received a 5 star review in DwonBeat.

  2. D.D. says:

    The Magdalena version is fantastic! And now, having listened to this “Shut Up…” version I discover that Barrow’s bass sound actually has much more body and texture than the official release reveals.

    Thanks!

  3. Alex says:

    Barrow’s probably my favorite Zappa bassist.

  4. Thinman says:

    I like the roughness of the ’88 rehearsal recordings and performance vs. the official concert recordings. FZ seems to be absent here.

    The ’88 tour over the years has suffered in my perception because of:
    – overperfection (the perfection should serve the music, but here the music serves for showcasing the perfection)
    – 80s sample gimmicks
    – Ike’s vocal abilities on this tour (and his constant laughing when the boss makes a joke)
    – Chad’s drum sound
    – Scott’s flanged/phased/chorused bass sound (though the playing seems to be his most inventive)
    – FZ’s guitar sound and style on this tour (plinky-planky)
    – the circus-style arrangements

    The ’88 tour once used to be the best possible setting one could imagine but now it has become one of my least favourite tours that I rarely listen to.

    Th.

  5. Bálint says:

    I’m partly with Thinman on this – my problem with the ’88 band is mostly the tracklist and order of the CDs. I’d TRULY enjoy a full show.
    (BTW Thinman: I’d be really curious about your opinion on the sound of the Halloween DVD. You can read my comment there in the discography section – I’d welcome yours!)

  6. jonnybutter says:

    I feel basically the same as Thinman and Balint here – the ’88 stuff just doesn’t do it for me. I know Frank loved it, and Barry and others do too, but it just always sounded kind of bloodless to me. There are individual tunes I like, but overall, I have a hard time getting into this band (except for the new material, ie ‘Broadway’). Oh well, everybody has their own tastes.

    BTW, I really like Arthur Barrow too – great sound and great notes. I like Thunes’ ideas, but also don’t like that flanged sound so much – it sounds hollow.

  7. Plooker says:

    Where did the horn part for Bacon Fat come from? I had only heard the Zappa version’s so I checked out some samples (Taj Mahal & the Band) and they don’t play it. Did Zappa write it? It sure is a cool line, I just printed it out for my 10 year old alto player. Time for some blue notes!

    I love the I am the Walrus but it makes my voice hurt. I wonder why they didn’t let Bobby sing that night? I like how he tries to cover on the high notes.

  8. D.D. says:

    FZ-produced/mastered releases really do not capture the bass well – any bass. I also didn’t care for Thunes bass sound – until I heard Trance-Fusion.

  9. D.D. says:

    Sorry, the message got fucked up. This is what I actually meant to say:

    FZ-produced/mastered releases really do not capture the bass well – any bass. I also didn’t care for Thunes bass sound – until I heard Trance-Fusion.

  10. Plooker says:

    That is a lot of capturing, none of them are up to your standards D.D.?

  11. Plooker says:

    BTW, Wendl is a great name for a dog.

  12. Plooker says:

    Anyone know what Flo and Eddie sounded like with Frank in 88? This 71 stuff is amazing!

  13. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Plooker:

    Where did the horn part for Bacon Fat come from? I had only heard the Zappa version’s so I checked out some samples (Taj Mahal & the Band) and they don’t play it. Did Zappa write it? It sure is a cool line, I just printed it out for my 10 year old alto player. Time for some blue notes!

    I love the I am the Walrus but it makes my voice hurt. I wonder why they didn’t let Bobby sing that night? I like how he tries to cover on the high notes.

    Besides being one of my all time favorite field recordings, Plooker, my guess is that the horn section of “Bacon Fat” as well as “The Mother’s Blow – Behind The Sun” are largely blues improvisations. I believe this is the last time that Bunk Gardner, Motorhead Sherwood, Buzz Gardner and Ian Underwood would be recorded together live.

  14. Bálint says:

    These unofficial recordings (and all of them, in general) are extremely valuable. Not only that they might show unknown or rare versions of this and that tune, but sometimes these are REALLY powerful, really strong in sound, in spite of the not-exactly-hifi recording quality. The power of the Shut Up… solos: just amazing. Yes: the bass of Arthur Barrow. I simply adore the official version but these ones give some bonus value to it – who would dream of it after hearing and loving the CD?
    (BTW, where are these solos from? Cut-outs from the shows or part of some not-really-official solo collection, or?…)

  15. Bálint says:

    (one more thing: is this series over? Hm, whole shows next time, maybe?…)

  16. hipbone says:

    no idea where to post this but i thought anyone who liked star wars and comics would dig this article about frank and jack kirby.

    who knew FZ turned down the offer to write the soundtrack to Star Wars?

    http://royalflushmagazine.com/2009/10/13/zappa_meets_kirby/

  17. Birdman! says:

    Very cool, Hipbone!

  18. KnirpsForMoisture says: