March 20, 2012 – 4:34 am

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Howdy! Austin 1973 [Kaktus Records 10K06R02, 1CD]

Live at Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX; October 26, 1973. Very good to excellent soundboard; with a bit of hiss.

It’s just tragic that Frank Zappa died at the relatively young age of 52 in 1993. And it’s one of rock’s could-have-beens had Zappa lived on - who knows what types of music he would create. As it is, it’s already impossible to pigeonhole Zappa’s show - there’s a bit of everything; everything sort of gels and the only thing anyone can say is that the man’s a true national treasure.

The Real Frank Zappa Book has many memorable quotes and here’s one:

I want to know three things when I go on stage: i) that my equipment is working, ii) that the band members absolutely know the material, so I don’t have to worry about them, and iii) that the rhythm section can hear what I’m playing and that it has some “concept” of it so it can help build the improvisation.

And this is what Arthur Barrow, who was Zappa’s bassist in the late ’70s and early ’80s, wrote:

Rehearsals were grueling and wonderful. We rehearsed at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for about 6 weeks or so before a tour. Rehearsals usually got started around mid-afternoon, with the Clonemeister leading for the first half of the day, then Frank would arrive and take over for the remainder of the day…

On the first day of rehearsals for the last tour I did, Frank brought in a list of about 200 songs that he wanted us to learn. I knew right away that it would be impossible for us to learn that many songs in the amount of time we had. I also knew from past experience that when Frank called for us to play a tune from the list and it sounded bad, he would often remove it from the list. If the tune in question happened to be one that the band liked and wanted to continue to work on, the band would be begging him to please give a little more time to work on it some more and get it right. I think he used it as a threat to try to motivate the band.

And now… on with the show.

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Track 01. Cosmik Debris (11.1MB)
Track 02. Inca Roads (18.2MB)
Track 03. Pygmy Twylyte (6.0MB)
Track 04. Idiot Bastard Son (3.9MB)
Track 05. Cheepnis (7.6MB)
Track 06. Big Swifty (15.4MB)
Track 07. Dickie’s Such An Asshole (14.3MB)
Track 08. Farther O’blivion (12.6MB)
Track 09. The Muddshark Dance Be Bop (13.4MB)
Track 10. Son Of Mr Green Genes/King Kong/Chunga’s Revenge (24.5MB)

Frank Zappa - guitar, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock - tenor saxophone, vocals
Tom Fowler - bass
George Duke - keyboards
Ruth Underwood - percussion
Bruce Fowler - trombone
Ralph Humphrey - drums
Chester Thompson - drums

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  1. 31 Responses to “FRANK ZAPPA - AUSTIN 1973”

  2. Yeah!!!

    By sking on Mar 20, 2012

  3. Hey BigO
    Track 3 is track 2 again.

    Thanks for this.

    By sking on Mar 20, 2012

  4. hungry freaks daddy…

    By sluggo on Mar 20, 2012

  5. hehe.. i knew sking and sluggo would be happy with this. its abt time we got something we can enjoy. now lets fix track 3. please.

    By darth on Mar 20, 2012

  6. Yay, Frank!!!

    By DanC on Mar 20, 2012

  7. Pygmy twilite seems to be a duplicate of track two…

    By strickles on Mar 20, 2012

  8. Thanks for the feedback regarding Track 3. Kindly refresh the page and try again. Link should be ok now.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 20, 2012

  9. America drinks and goes home.

    By sking on Mar 20, 2012

  10. For 32 yrs Ive lived in Zappaville - but you wouldn’t know it. There should be more honor to the guy…but…there is no honor in your own hometown. Even Jesus experienced that. Similarities basically end there.

    By 3yrsnojob on Mar 20, 2012

  11. really 3yrsnojob, nothing going on there to honor Frank?

    By sluggo on Mar 20, 2012

  12. thank you SO much x
    Dr. Dot

    By Dr. Dot on Mar 20, 2012

  13. Thank you Thank you Thank you. This was Franks best band without question. Probably his best era. Awesome stuff.

    By beanzalo on Mar 20, 2012

  14. Wow ! Yes !This is Cosmik…more Zappa of this quality PLEASE !!! Ya Hozna !!!

    By GeoffP on Mar 20, 2012

  15. coolness~

    By Stlouielou on Mar 20, 2012

  16. theres a nice vid of stockholm 73 out there not amazing quality but good enough to see whats going on. as i recall its around 45mins. for those who like this era frank.. search that out. watching him work 20 yrs after he left us will is heart stopping.

    By darth on Mar 20, 2012

  17. For a good time I recently reread Barry Miles book Zappa. This time bookmarking pages with addresses of places Frank lived and worked then looking them up on Google Maps street view. OK, maybe it wasn’t such a good time but the book is good and I got to see “The Little House I Used To Live In.”

    By sking on Mar 20, 2012

  18. 3yrs - hope ppl remember fz in 1 century much less 20 centuries the way they do that jewish guy with the spanish name.

    on another note - the last track on this show at over 15mins is killer. this show made me want to go look for more fz to fill in gaps in my collection.

    beanzalo - my fave era for fz is more 69-71 i think. the frenzied guitar psychedelic trippy holy crap look at/listen to what the hell hes playing would ya? stage. that hot rats period or chungas stuff or the mind blowing stuff that people still talk about 40 yrs later that made him a legend. and then next in line would be 66 thru 68 and 74 with ponty - omg!! did u get to see any of those shows? recordings are one thing thats all we have now of course but being there was something that just thinking about in memory actually brings me to tears just typing this. and then there were shows in the mid 70s late 70s then 81 and 84 was ok but that 88 tour was incredible!! i didnt care for anything else personally. when it came to official product with what..54 albums.. one could go on and on. and then all the posthumous releases to cash in. well dont get me angry here. u know what happens when i get angry. the green darth shows up.

    By darth on Mar 20, 2012

  19. sking - i used to run around sf la and nyc and take pics of landmarks that mattered in the 60s and 70s even if they werent there anymore. i lived in nyc so it was easier for me there. i only traveled to la and sf a few times where i could do this. when i read fz’s book i took special note of his particular locales and tried to shoot shots of his places of import. i didnt get them all but i got a few. one in nyc i never did find before i left was the garrick theater. i did shoot the anderson and fillmore of course. one day when i get my pics out of storage u will love to see the fz ones trust me. they are among my faves. he was always so nice to me.

    By darth on Mar 20, 2012

  20. darth? Frank is Italian. Were you somehow misled by his enormous honker? Amazing you got to shoot him. With a camera. I’d love to see those photos! Here’s Frank with the Monkees-

    By sking on Mar 21, 2012

  21. Hey darth, sluggo and sking. Frank went to Antelope Valley High School. The buildings haven’t changed much since he went there. A few churches and some of the local families got together a few months ago and fixed it up. The school website has a whole bunch of photos from all over the campus during the repainting, etc. My church was one who participated. Here’s a website for the school-

    By 3yrsnojob on Mar 21, 2012

  22. Sluggo, getting back to you on if there has been any tribute to Frank. About 3-4 years ago for about 3 months there was a small exhibit set up at the Lancaster Art Museum. It got a short mention in the local paper, the Antelope Valley Press. Most of the space during that time was devoted to — surfing. Frank on a surfboard?? It nevvah happened!

    By 3yrsnojob on Mar 21, 2012

  23. Re: AV High where Frank went, he wasn’t the only one you might know. Look up “History” on the website and this is what you find:

    During the 1960s, the high school served as meeting ground for musicians Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet), Rockette Morton (Mark Boston) and Zoot Horn Rollo (Bill Harkleroad).

    By 3yrsnojob on Mar 21, 2012

  24. One last thing about the Antelope Valley: this is where John Wayne (Morrison) worked hauling ice for a couple years. Judy Garland (Gumm)grew up here in the 30’s. Her dad owned the local theater on Sierra Hwy, which is long, long gone. The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, lived in the hills on the south east side of Antelope Valley and drove to Edwards Air Force base to fly X-15’s as a test pilot back in the 60’s.

    By 3yrsnojob on Mar 21, 2012

  25. My granddaughter came to visit. That night we had a pretty good spring snow. Fell all night. This was her first official falling from the sky fluffy snow. The next evening, after all the snowplay, I got out my Apostrophe (’) cd and told her that I used to play this on a record for her dad when he was her age but that I had to turn the record over between Yellow Snow and Stink Foot. And now all these years later her dad liked it so much that he bought himself a copy on CD. So I played Yellow Snow for my granddaughter and she giggled about the dog doo snow cones and then she looked up at me and said,”You sure listen to some strange music grandpa.”

    By sking on Mar 22, 2012

  26. sking - no i know hes italian / french on his mothers side and sicilian on his fathers side. my comment about the jewish thing was in reference to jesus. i made that comment to 3yrs because of his comment about the lack of honoring both men in each of their hometowns. im sorry for the misunderstanding. i was making a joke about jesus and his name. i can barely find anyone who remembers frank now. i am sure that in 10-20 years it will become nearly impossible. he would have made an incredible politician. he died at the age i will be in a few months. i miss him terribly. i actually still cry over his death. quite literally every time i think about it. in 93 i was living in nyc and i went to la when the mtv awards were at the universal amphitheatre as i did most years when they were there. it was an excuse to get away and i had a friend who was into it so we went. dweezil and ahmet were there and were kind enough to stop and pose for a couple of pics for me and i talked to them for a brief minute. that gave me the chance to tell them how much their dad meant to me. i had told him several times from 81 thru the last time i saw him which i guess would be around 90 or 91 at the hard rock in nyc. i ran into him a lot when i ran around being a rock photographer.
    one particular time was when he was on a radio show that i went to watch the recording of with robert klein. i took loads of pics. got him to sign a bunch of pics too.

    By darth on Mar 23, 2012

  27. Ah darth. How did it get past me. Especially the Spanish name.- I think the reason the younger generation doesn’t know about Frank is because Gail pulled all his music from iTunes. That is where the kids shop. They are not going to hunt down Zappa’s site and do mail order. And charging full price plus shipping. It’s too expensive for me too. There needs to be easy access to his tunes.

    I wore my Zappa shirt to town one day. It’s a one color closeup of his face with no name or lettering. The young man at the meat counter approached with a grin and asked if it was Charles Manson. I just said “No, I wouldn’t wear Manson.” When I went to the library the librarian’s husband said “You don’t hear much about Zappa anymore.” He told me he went to court in Cucamonga and ended up asking the judge - Do you realize where this courthouse stands? This was the site of Sudio Z…..Rant. Rant.(actually it was across the street)

    Anyway, we are now friends. And by the way. I live about 30 miles from Zulch Auto Works (that’s where they take all the cars that they hurt). It is now called Big Z Auto Works.

    By sking on Mar 23, 2012

  28. and my ? is “where r the rest of that vast collection of dillo tapes”. there has been a drip of booted shows doug sahm,roy buchanan,and maybe, a few cuts here & there …….Where R the tapes????

    By Blackcough on Mar 24, 2012

  29. i went to an eric bogosian off bway show called sex drugs rock & roll. sat in front row. it was a one man tour de force. he saw from the stage that i was wearing a tiny button on my denim jacket of fz. i made my own buttons. they were all one of a kind. it was probably the cover of sheik yer booty or something i dont remember. maybe it was chungas. i waited for him outside and it took forever for him to come out. he doesnt seem to like meeting fans. he isnt very fan friendly. but we happened to have fz in common. he again commented on the button. i took it off and handed it to him. if its possible get your hands on a vhs or dvd of sex drugs rock n roll. its very unlikely u will ever find it but if u can.. look for something called funhouse. the man is a genius. its no wonder he likes fz.
    for ppl who dont know who he is.. he was the star of the film talk radio. i met him one other time but it was uneventful cept that i took a few photos. and i saw the sdr&r show 2 more times at that same theater in the village in nyc. ill never forget it.

    By darth on Mar 24, 2012

  30. I was at this Armadillo show, working…it was fantastic….and where are all the Dillo tapes? Need more….Weather Report, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, endless stream of good music…glad to have this Dillo Zappa show…thanks

    By Bob K on May 4, 2012

  31. Looking forward to hearing this one. Thanks

    By Matt on Jul 1, 2012

  32. Top!
    Thank you very much.

    By bob on Feb 14, 2014

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