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FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION
Appleton 1969 [no label, 1CD]
Live at Lawrence University Chapel, Appleton, WI; May 23, 1969. Very good soundboard, a bit hissy.
Richard Harrold commented at frankzappasrevenge.blogspot:
While this bootleg is a bit rough around the edges in terms of sound quality, it contains some of Zappa’s most rhythmically intense and interesting interpretations of early Mothers of Invention of material. Sure, it has some killer guitar work, like the solo in “Little House I Used to Live In,” as well as Zappa playing on guitar the piano part for “Aybe Sea.” But what really stands out in this recording is the intensity and articulation of the rhythm section. In fact, Frank was reported to comment that the concerts he had played in Appleton were two of the best performances the band ever gave.
Several versions of this show have circulated among fans and this is from the EQ reel (from the Grape/Jeff/EQ archive).
Thanks to NeedleDeeDee for sharing the tracks at The Traders’ Den; musigny23 (transfer); flambay (editing); Drew51 (hosting the raw files) and Grape/Jeff/EQ archive.
Here’s another great stereo soundboard concert by the original Mothers, from back in the days of reel to reel, as collected by the legendary Grape. Seemingly, this is the complete show, as recorded by Zappa’s sound crew, and it sounds great. Nothing made it to an official release.
SBD tape > EQ reel (from the Grape/Jeff/EQ archive)
recording equipment unknown
Maxell UD35-7/Revox B-77 (3.75 ips 1/4 track stereo) > TC Electronics Konnect8 A/D (firewire) > Intel Mac (Peak 6) > Xact > flac > wav > Soundforge 9: speed correction, tracking, minor volume level adjustments, tracking > flac TLH lvl7 w/SBA (493 MB)
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Track 01. intro & tune-up 1:45 (3.0MB)
Track 02. Some Ballet Music 7:44 (13.0MB)
Track 03. Uncle Meat (including Drum Duet) 7:14 (12.2MB)
Track 04. Eye Of Agamotto 8:13 (13.8MB)
Track 05. My Guitar preamble 0:50 (1.4MB)
Track 06. My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama 3:41 (6.2MB)
Track 07. Clap & Vomit (including Prelude to the Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask, Meditation, audience participation) 6:37 (11.1MB)
Track 08. Kung Fu #1 (aka The Jelly) 2:24 (4.0MB)
Track 09. Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue (q: Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Tea For Two, It Had To Be You, Octandre) 7:41 (12.9MB)
Track 10. Hungry Freaks, Daddy 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 11. ‘The Duke’ preamble 0:58 (1.6MB)
Track 12. Little House I Used To Live In 5:30 (9.2MB)
Track 13. Aybe Sea 1:01 (1.7MB)
Track 14. Transylvania Boogie 2:18 (3.9MB)
Track 15. Help I’m A Rock (including Transylvania Boogie) 4:56 (8.3MB)
Track 16. King Kong 14:31 (24.4MB)
Track 17. Igor’s Boogie/Little Doo-Wop 2:41 (4.5MB)
Note: Minor cuts (no music missing) during pauses before 06 My Guitar and 08 Kung Fu
The Mothers Of Invention, November 1968 - May 1969:
Jimmy Carl Black
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