…here are a few answers from Gail Zappa – to the 50 questions, if you remember. I’ve shortened, selected and edited them a little bit for your more full enjoyment – read the original answers only at your own risk!
Live Releases from 1973 and/or 1974 time period?
Help is on the way. This new year.
…would you consider to release a concert with the 1973 band featuring Jean-Luc Ponty?
Is there any chance of a future release of a concert with the Flo and Eddy band?
Yes! And most likely this coming year.
I love the ’88 band, and would be thrilled to see a complete concert from that ensemble released.
Joe says “right on”.
I would like to know when will be release The Rage and the Fury?
Sorry. I do not actually know at this time. All I can say for sure is that I do want to release it with video documentation and sometime near the end of the year – any year.
How about some high-resolution 24/96 downloads, maybe from a site like HDTracks.
You just might get your wish.
Will we ever see vinyl reissues of the mono versions of the early Mothers albums??
Cross your fingers – mine are. And watch the skies . . .
Will there be new music with synclavier and orchestral music?
We are working on the package now for a new Synclavier album that FZ made – discovered by the Vaultmeister while lurking.
How much new (i.e. not previously released) studio music by FZ is in the vaults, and can we expect further live releases in 2011?
We haven’t really gotten too much into studio recordings because we usually have to bake the tapes. Also, the things that we are most familiar with mostly relate to audio-documentarian projects. Certainly there are far more live recordings but then again, this was FZ’s favorite way to create new albums – use the live recordings as the basic tracks.
1. When are you planning to release:
a) The Rage and the Fury? – Undecided
b) Dance Me This? – 2011
2. Will there be 40th anniversary editions of
a) Uncle Meat? – more than likely we can do an audio-documentary
b) Burnt Weeny Sandwich? – there is more material for this possibility
c) Weasels Ripped My Flesh? – we definitely hope to remaster
5) Can you release a database of the contents of the vault? I can see no reason to spend the energy and other resources that and it would take to do that at this time- and it would be incomplete.
9) How about a live release from Europe 1982? That is possible and has been discussed.
10) How about a live release from Europe 1978? Done! Hammersmith Odeon. Still, potentially more.
11) Can we get more Petite and Grand Wazoo releases? Yes on Petite. 2011.
12) Can we get a complete video of the Thomas Nordegg footage from 1982? Interesting that you ask that. We have some ideas for that.
We hope to present Mothermania on 180 gram vinyl and CD in the near future.
Are there plans for multichannel-format releases like Quaudiophiliac/Halloween and is there a release date for THE ROXY Blu-Ray?
Would that we could! My favorite would be to release FZ’s Yellow Shark 6 channel Surround mix.
Any chance of getting 200 Motels on dvd before I croak?
We do not own 200 MOTELS but then again, neither does Tony Palmer and that fact does not seem to have deterred from his self-appointed rounds. Ah well. We can only hope! We do have a deal in place that should MGM decide that they want the deluxe version with all the bells and whistles they can ask us to help them out. But again, they do not have to do that.
Here is what we know so far: First of all there is no synch and there are 3 fairly consistent camera angles and on that is pretty random. Everything visual that we have found so far has been transferred into HD. All audio elements (stereo mixes and multi-track masters) now live in the digital world. What we need now is a director/editor (and/or both) and a budget to produce the whole of it. There is an astronomical amount of work to be done – conforming, synching, surround mix, general clean up and organizational stuff. All we have here is FZ’s stereo mix, but that’s it. Now we just need time and money. That and a few other value judgments based on what FZ actually saw are the reasons why he never made it a priority. The good news is we have a slightly different system of values and see it as a worthy artifact to keep pushing up the hill of possibility.
Interesting that you ask about Video From Hell. I will think about that.
If you so kind, I would like to know who filmed the performance with the band in Madrid ´88 that I attended; Frank himself confirmed that had a three-quarter inch tape format of the footage.
Off the top of my head it was done by the broadcaster. And it is in the Vault. And it is a subject for discussion between myself and Joe from time to time. And the rights rest with us.
I’ve heard that the video for A Zappa Affair (Berkeley ’84, symphony and puppet show) is in the possession of either the choreographer or the ‘puppet-master.’ I was lucky enough to see both of those events, you were there, too.
Any chance that video will be made available at some point. It is certainly worth hunting it down if you do not already have it in the vault.
Yes I was there. It was illegally taped. FZ was furious.No one should have this but us.At this moment I do not know what we have in the Vault. I will check with Joe. Meanwhile I welcome any investigating on our behalf. If it seems reasonable to do so it might be a nice archival release.
As for video footage: we are working on an archival project which really is FZ playing Guitar.
I wonder if Gail is planning to write her autobiography?
Yes. Working on it now.
I imagine that you have most of Frank’s guitars. Have you considered exhibiting them?
I have considered an exhibition of some sort but not specifically geared to his guitars.