August 1, 2012 – 12:34 pm

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Poughkeepsie 1978 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Mid Hudson Center, Poughkeepsie, NY; September 21, 1978. Very good to excellent soundboard.

This is one show that appears well circulated among the fans. And it’s thanks to Yojimbo and the Zappateers Tracker!

“The story of this recording [the Peepers bootleg]: the highly famous taper had planned to make an audience recording, but John Smothers helped him get it plugged into the soundboard instead! My source made an open reel copy from this master.” - dickiebunk

Listening to Frank Zappa live shows, one realises how tight and proficient the band was.

“He rehearsed us to death,” Peter Wolf averred.” I’ve never rehearsed that way in my life, before or since. First, he would lay all this music on you which was a conglomerate of styles: ’50s rock and roll, punk rock, new wave, jazz, Bela Bartok, Greek folk music and weird 12-tone stuff. You had to put on all these different hats, and be quick and spontaneous about it.”
- Zappa: Electric Don Quixote, by Neil Slaven

Once again, thanks to everyone who helped to keep this show alive on the net over the years.

And thanks to the person who created and shared the artwork.

soundboard > cassette > reel > CDR > EAC > SoundForge (some editing, boosting levels, re-tracking) > FLAC Frontend

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Deathless Horsie (14.6MB)
Track 102. Dancin’ Fool (5.7MB)
Track 103. Easy Meat (8.0MB)
Track 104. Honey Don’t You Want A Man Like Me? (6.9MB)
Track 105. Keep It Greasey (5.8MB)
Track 106. Village Of The Sun (10.0MB)
Track 107. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing (5.5MB)
Track 108. City Of Tiny Lights (14.7MB)
Track 109. Pound For A Brown (11.7MB)
Track 110. Bobby Brown (4.9MB)
Track 111. Conehead (9.8MB)
Track 112. Mo’s Vacation (6.6MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. The Black Page (4.8MB)
Track 202. Is That Guy Kidding Or What? (3.8MB)
Track 203. I Have Been In You (8.6MB)
Track 204. Flakes (8.3MB)
Track 205. Magic Fingers (4.1MB)
Track 206. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow (3.8MB)
Track 207. Nanook Rubs It (7.0MB)
Track 208. St Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast (2.9MB)
Track 209. Father O’Blivion (3.9MB)
Track 210. Rollo (7.4MB)
Track 211. Little House I Used To Live In (17.3MB)
Track 212. Tell Me You Love Me (4.3MB)
Track 213. Yo Mama (16.3MB)
Track 214. Black Napkins (8.3MB)

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  1. 16 Responses to “FRANK ZAPPA - POUGHKEEPSIE 1978”

  2. saw frank for the first time on this tour. kept coming back for more, until frank passed. one of the true originals of american music. thanks again big O

    By Billy Jack on Aug 1, 2012

  3. Great post. Thanks.

    By Alberto on Aug 1, 2012

  4. i saw frank very early on and had no appreciation for him and didnt like what i saw at all. it wasnt til 75 that i had someone educate me on what made him special and different and worth giving another chance to. hey it took til 78-79 for me to appreciate the dead. til then i actually disliked them intensely. with zappa i started to love him in 75 and became a huge fan and went out of my way to see his shows. i went to this show since it was just over the river from my college. just a couple of miles away and i had just moved from nyc to new paltz a couple of weeks earlier. i had started the midnite thing with rocky horror at the local theatre there in poughkeepsie as well since no one else had brought it there yet and with a few friends kept that going for 2 years. but the worst part was that when i was doing it on my own i had to hitch and/or walk the entire distance both ways 4x every weekend.
    this recording which i havent listened to in a number of years brings back wonderful memories. there are a few other shows from this tour that leaked out from the sbd as well but not many. i believe this one is the best one tho. best one from the states for sure.
    from 70-88 fz sure did some incredible shows. frankly i am not a fan of the 67-69 era as much. or the post 88 material. the 73 74 77 78 79 80 81 84 and 88 tours were magnificent.

    By darth on Aug 1, 2012

  5. thank you very much BigO for this beautiful presentation of Francesco Zappa. This maybe was his most creative phase…

    By Waas on Aug 1, 2012

  6. The Big O is the real deal. This is fantastic stuff. Folks, crank the Frank!!!

    By deadbob on Aug 2, 2012

  7. Wow, this is a great sounding boot! thanks bigO

    By JALtheImpaler on Aug 3, 2012

  8. Billy, likewise, however this was my only time seeing Frank. I believe this is the same setlist we saw at University of Maryland (Cole Field House?).

    By Tom on Aug 4, 2012

  9. Thanks Big O for this great sounding boot…never can get enough of Frank, especially with the quality you provided here. Would love to hear some stuff from his Petite Wazoo tour, early stuff from the “Absolutely Free” / “We’re Only In It For The Money” period or the ‘88 band. Loved Zappa and The Mothers since “Freak Out”. Only period of his music that I don’t care much for is his “Flo and Eddie” stuff.
    Keep more Frank coming, please!!

    By Rick D on Aug 4, 2012

  10. Great show… Zappa loved Poughkeepsie and played this venue many times.
    One of the true originals that was a staple of the vinyl bootleg era. Moe’s Vacation and Project Object. One of the few ‘78 U.S. soundboards - a testament to live Zappa! Peace from Woodstock.

    By Woodstock on Aug 4, 2012

  11. Thanks for this great FZ soundboard, BigO. You make me smile every week.

    By dee constructo on Aug 10, 2012


    By never gives up on Aug 15, 2012

  13. The artwork says there are songs 15 to 25. these are missing from the download. Do you know where they are?

    Otherwise, great job as usual. You always have the best. Thanks for keeping it alive.

    By HOLLY THORNE on Aug 25, 2012

  14. ^^ Eh? ^^
    The artwork says there are 26 tracks, 12 on CD1 and 14 on CD2.
    I see 26 tracks in BigO’s list for download. Have another look; I think you need to eat fewer of those brownies.

    And - thanks for this, BigO. I love Mr Zappa.

    By Tony on Aug 25, 2012

  15. Thank you so much for this recording. I was at this show and his show in PK in 1977. Was getting psyched for ZPZ next week in PK when I found this. My best bud was in the marines at this time and missed the show. Now he will hear what he missed.
    Thanks again

    By Jon on Feb 11, 2014

  16. awesome!

    By Borgas on Nov 21, 2016

  17. thanks very much

    By Borgas on Nov 21, 2016

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