A special type of entertainment for a specialized audience. That’s how Frank Zappa describes his own music in this obscure FM TV documentary first broadcast on July 13, 1982 — featuring interviews with FZ, Don Preston, Adrian Belew, and Terry Bozzio; plus footage of “You Are What You Is” as well as videoclips of “Punky’s Whips” and “Black Napkins” from Baby Snakes.
This is one of the few tapes of this band that I don’t recommend. I can only think of two reasons to have it: completism and Wild Love. The main drawback is that it’s far from complete – the taper seems to have turned his deck on and off, leaving out most of the really interesting songs (= solo vehicles). (…) But as I hinted above, there is one exception, spelled Wild Love.
Well, who knows? Lets check it.
On the sixth month anniversary of my divorce judgement, and fulfilling the requests of two KUR aficionados, here’s an excellent cover of The Allman Brothers Band classic “Whipping Post” by Frank Zappa’s 1984 band (solos and all). Hey, don’t you feel better already…
Like a tidal wave of total weirdness, the Mothers of Invention splashed down on the Fillmore West for a series of shows in November of 1970, then washed back into the seedy ocean of L.A., leaving the landscape forever changed (or at least confused and slightly offended).
And all this happens now at Wolfgang’s Vault – a great show, great sound, with a fine accompanying text. You can listen to it online after a simple registration.
The new Japanese Zappa Box is out. It’s called “Zappa Box – Later Works” and it looks beautiful. Nothing new, just very, very beautiful.
Including Does Humour Belong In Music?; Playground Psychotics; Ahead Of Their Time; The Yellow Shark; The Lost Episodes; Have I Offended Someone? – with a 195 page booklet. But… what for?…
- A Token of My Extreme (Vamp): 2:29
- Stevie’s Spanking: 5:54
- The Dog Breath Variations: 1.42
- Uncle Meat: 2:16
- Stink-Foot: 3:58
- Easy Meat: 6:51
- Montana: 4:24
- Inca Roads: 9:46
- Room Service: 9:15
- Cosmik Debris: 7:44
- Florentine Pogen: 10:13
Zappa-List member Chris Foreman writes:
Not included from the video: Approximate (from the ’74 band) and Flakes, Cocaine Decisions & Nig Biz (from the ’81 band). A Token of My Extreme wasn’t on the video, but is on the CD. And, of course, the track order is completely different.
The “page that was previously called frankzappa.at” is now presenting a show from 1977: Copenhagen, Falkoner Theatret. Die neue name ist, by the way: aaafnraa.de.
(Surprise: they’re playing ‘Montana’! Yes, this is the last time until that strange week in December of â€˜84, that Frank solos in this song. Oddly enough, Frank decides not to play the â€œI ride a little tiny horseâ€ section that follows the solo, and thus manages to sabotage this version nonetheless.)
With tons of downloads. Overdose.
This looks to be a very cool project, aiming to compile a very large collection of Frank Zappa spoken word releases.
There will be some music in there but there won’t be any live concerts in the GSW Project. They consist of radio interviews and journalist reporter type personal interviews.
I know people who will salivate over this, starting right about… now.
Live on Flanders’ Radio One right now: Cucamonga — Zappa For Whatever! Two hours of Zappa music spanning his entire career, plus a chance to win free ZPZ tickets. Tune in by clicking on the “Luister Live” link left top…
Gail Zappa talks about the Apostrophe/Overnite-Sensation “Classic Albums” DVD release and other Z-related topics (including the
Holy Grail Roxy release!) in this 18 minute (audio) interview — just in case that’s your kind of thing. :)
It’s a one-sided acetate featuring 19 minutes or so of an album called The Weasel Music. This is one of the unreleased albums from the legendary 1969 12-LP set The History And Collected Improvisations Of The Mothers Of Invention.
- Spoken Intro from Royal Albert Hall London 1969
- New composition #1, title unknown, studio recording
- Mozart Ballet (YCDTOSA 5, this time in an alternate, longer edit)
- Improvisation (“with studio embellishment”)
- New composition #2, studio recording, title unknown
Gentlemen: fire up your bittorrent clients…