Monday, April 2, 2018

FROM THE ZAPPA VAULT

Supporters of Alex Winter's "Frank Zappa Movie Project" are getting acces to various video and audio clips (to listen to and/or to download).
They're popping up everywhere (Facebook, Wetransfer, ...), so check them out.
Here's the list :

* * * AUDIO * * *

1. FZ Interview w. Matty Biberfeld
WRVR NYC - NY Summer 1967
Taped by FZ off the radio as it aired.
Source: 5 inch Reel-To-Reel 1/4” Mono Analog Tape

2. Oh No
(Live at the Palace Theater)
Live at the Palace Theater, Los Angeles, CA 7-20-84
Recorded direct to digital 1630, 2-Track stereo.
Players
FZ: Vocals * Napoleon Murphy Brock: Vocals * Ike Willis: Guitar, Vocals * Ray White: Guitar, Vocals * Bobby Martin: Keyboards, Vocals * Alan Zavod: Keyboards * Scott Thunes: Bass * Chad Wackerman: Drums
 "A good example of a disappointing find from the Vault. During the recording of this show, the clocking was malfunctioning, causing audible artifacts throughout the entire master. FZ did not save the multi-track masters for this show, all that exists is this faulty document. For this Kickstarter reward, the audio was run through a de-clicker filter, a maximizer plug-in to achieve some gain (as the level of the recording was extremely low) and was slightly equalized to enhance top end. It’s rare, hope you enjoy!"

3. Pound For A Brown/Sleeping In A Jar
Live at Kleinhan's Music Hall, Buffalo, NY 10-23-70
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Analog Stereo Master
Players
Frank Zappa: Guitar * Ian Underwood: Keyboards * George Duke: Keyboards * Jeff Simmons: Bass/Vocals * Aynsley Dunbar: Drums * Howard Kaylan/Mark Volman: Vocals

4. Radio Show 1981 (Part 1/5)
Compiled & Produced by Frank Zappa, circa 1981.
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Stereo Analog Masters
Filled with alternate edits and mixes of released material as well as unreleased stuff!
  • No Problem/She’s Not There (Civic Arena, Dallas, TX, 10-17-80)
  • The Dangerous Kitchen (Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX, 10-16-80)
  • Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously? (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, 12-11-80)
  • Armadillo Music (Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX, 10-16-80)
  • Nite Owl (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, 12-11-80)
5. Radio Show 1981 (Part 2/5)
Compiled & Produced by Frank Zappa, circa 1981.
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Stereo Analog Masters

1. The Jazz Discharge Party Hats (University Union Auditorium, Normal IL, 11-21-80)
2. I Have Been In You (The Palladium, New York City, October 1978)
3. Pound For A Brown (Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, Feb 1979)

6. Radio Show 1981 (Part 3/5)
Compiled & Produced by Frank Zappa, circa 1981.
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Stereo Analog Masters
"A cool note about the radio shows: every now and then, you might hear a glitch in the audio. That’s actually FZ himself making edits!"
  • Bobby Brown (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, 12-11-80)
  • Ms. Pinky (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, 12-11-80)
  • Dead Girls Of London (Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, Feb 1979)
  • Florentine Pogen (Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, Feb 1979)
  • Magic Fingers (Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, 12-5-80)
  • You Are What You Is (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica. CA, 12-11-80)
7. Radio Show 1981 (Part 4/5)
Compiled and Produced by Frank Zappa, circa 1981.
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Stereo Analog Masters
  • Thirteen/Pound For A Brown (Solos) (The Palladium, New York City, October 1978)
8. Radio Show 1981 (Part 5/5)
Compiled & Produced by Frank Zappa, circa 1981.
Source: 1/4” 2-Track Stereo Analog Masters
  • Jumbo Go Away (Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, Feb 1979)
  • If Only She Woulda (Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, 12-5-80)
  • I Don’t Wanna Get Drafted (Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, 12-5-80)
9. Stucco Homes (Alternate Edit)
Recorded 1979, Village Recorders
Source: Cassette Reference
Players
FZ: Guitar * Warren Cuccurullo: Guitar * Vinnie Colaiuta: Drums

10. Vancouver Radio
Taped by FZ on the road.
Source: 5 inch Reel-to Reel 1/4” Stereo Analog Tape
The Mothers go to a Vancouver B.C. radio station to be guest disc jockeys on September 19, 1970.
Voices:
FZ, Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Aynsley Dunbar, Jeff Simmons, Ian Underwood, Dick Barber

* * * VIDEO * * *

1. Apostrophe Ad
"Although we've seen this before in the Apostrophe Classic Albums documentary, this spiffy new HD transfer by the Reflex film lab is a thing of beauty and a great example of the preservation work!"

2. Eugene Preshow
"FZ rehearsing 'Envelopes' and 'Sinister Footwear' with the band before their concert in Eugene, Oregon on October 4th, 1981. Also, a young fan in the audience plays with his date. From the Thomas (genius artist that he is) Nordegg VHS section of the vault."

3. Dance Fever
"We found this li’l nugget on a VHS compilation tape of FZ TV appearances, apparently put together by Barfko-Swill mail order manager Gerald Fialka. It's from somewhere around late 1979/early 1980. Possibly the only time FZ ever danced to disco!"

4. Speaking of Music
"On May 20th, 1984, FZ participated in the San Francisco-based Speaking of Music series. Some excerpts from this can be seen in the 'Does Humor Belong in Music' home video, but a never-before-seen highlight of the evening was this dancing life-size puppet to the tune of 'He's So Gay.' This and other puppets were created for 'A Zappa Affair,' which was performed in Berkeley that same year. Loved finding this stuff!"

5. Boston Rehearsal
"Here's another fun rehearsal clip from the 1981 tour, this time in Boston on November 7th. Featured are the R&B covers 'Mary Lou' and 'I'm a Rollin' Stone' (Lightnin' Slim) with some improvised lyrics by FZ tossed in, and good ol' 'Sharleena.'

6. Cosmik Debris Spermicide
"For this performance of Cosmik Debris, which includes FZ's band intros and opening rap, the lyrics are adapted on the fly to honor Steve Vai's sexual escapade of the previous evening. From the Kansas City show, December 5th, 1981."

7. Envelopes Thunes Mayo
"One of the regular features of the 1981 tour was during a section of the instrumental 'Envelopes' which was bass-free, allowing Scott Thunes to improvise a variety of activities (free-form interpretative dance, fondling bandmates, etc), ultimately returning to his bass and rejoining the song just in the nick of time. But touring can make you crazy, and by the end of this one, Thunes felt the need to push the boundaries; so for the Salt Lake City show on December 7th, 1981, after purloining a jar of mayonnaise from the backstage eating area, he pulled off this legendary act of self-condimenting."

8. Dusseldorf RDNZL
"As promised. This EPIC 14-and-a-half minute performance of 'RDNZL' encapsulates the awesomeness that was the 1981-1982 band. From May 22nd, 1982."

9. Village Recorders
"FZ records vocal takes for 'Keep It Greasey' at Village Recorders (the same studio our Kickstarter backers just got to record in!) during the 'Joe's Garage' album sessions. Circa May 12th, 1979."

10. Red Ronnie
"During a freewheeling 1984 interview with Italian TV and radio personality Red Ronnie, FZ tells an anecdote about seeing an Italian airport doctor."

11. The Original Mothers!
(Reel 17)
"The Mothers of Invention go sightseeing in London on their first tour of Europe and the UK, September 1967. Shot by FZ stalwart extraordinaire, Ed Seeman."

12. More Village Recorders (Canarsie)
"At Village Recorders in May of 1979, FZ also recorded 'Canarsie,' and here we have Warren Cuccurullo's sitar session, in which FZ makes him say the infamous opening statement."


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