10 thoughts on “Hit it, Zubin! (UCLA 1970)”

  1. Here’s my guess for the tracklist:
    1. Spoken Introduction
    2. Pound For A Brown
    3. Oh No
    4. Envelopes – Little House I Used To Live In – Tuna Sandwich
    5. Redneck Eats – World’s Greatest Sinner
    6. Holiday In Berlin
    7. Inca Roads theme – Strictly Genteel
    8. Duke Of Prunes
    9. Who Needs The Peace Corps?
    10. Pound For A Brown
    11. Improvisations?…
    12. Oh No
    13. Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue

    Nr. 11 seems to be some more ‘200 Motels’ material, maybe “Dance of The R’n’R Interviers” or something like that.

  2. i think it could not be recorded because zappa did not anticipate that all of the LA philharmonic musicians wanted royalties, something like that

  3. From Neil Slaven’s “Electric Don Quijote”:

    “All right, Zubin, hit it!”
    Zubin and the boys didn’t hit anything until some way through ‘A Pound For A Brown On The Bus’, which then segued into a version of ‘Bogus Pomp’. The suite continued with ‘Holiday In Berlin’, ‘Duke Of Prunes’, ‘Who Needs The Peace Corps?’ and a convoluted piece that bootlegs have identified as the ‘Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue’. The rest of the evening became increasingly anarchic as Frank subjected orchestra members to his spontaneous whims. During the encore of ‘King Kong’, clarinettist Michele Zurkovski had a toy giraffe, minus the doll’s foot, inserted under her dress. Her reaction went undocumented. (…)

    And (Frank)’d fought the local Musicians Union, who refused to allow him to tape the resulting performance, even when he assured them it was for his sole use as a composer. “They told me that if I turned the tape on, I would have to pay the whole orchestra Musicians’ Union scale.” In the event, the bootleggers did what Frank couldn’t and none of the musicians benefited.

  4. OK. Fair enough! Sorry to disagree with Frank but I think musicians should be paid. I’ve been ripped off a few times by tight fisted skinflints myself!

  5. That this concert went on at all can only be attributed to the relationship between Zappa and Zubin — without said relationship I’m certain that the so-called “classically” trained musicians would never have lowered themselves to perform “rock-oriented” compositions — as their behavior does attest.

  6. i’m a big fan, but it’s not always easy to defend Frank’s attitudes in regards to paying union scales and such. he was so vehemently against it, as opposed to the unions, which were unreasonable as well. the story about the london symphonic orch getting wasted before strictly genteel is well-documented. i do think that if a session musician is throwing down on something that can/will be sold, yet exempt from any royalties, that person should be compensated. it must, however, be frustrating to on a scale like that, just to watch the majority of it get pissed away re-playing and replaying.

  7. From what I have read about this concert over the years, there were members of the L. A. Philharmonic who were actively hostile to Zappa’s directions — often doing the exact opposite for spite. Given that this was purely a performance, and not recorded for future sale, one can understand Zappa’s developing attitudes toward Musician Unions as employees hired to perform a work to his satisfaction, not theirs.

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