August 21, 2013 – 3:31 pm

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Berlin 1978 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany; February 15, 1978. Mix of mostly soundboard and some audience recordings.

While this show has been shared among fans, this is probably the best-sounding version.

Thanks to NeedleDeeDee for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den. Thanks also to jaypfunk, Drew51, DogBreath, WIU2B and everyone who put in the effort and made this possible.

Uploader’s notes:


This 2012 entry marks the long awaited return of the 1978 02 15 Berlin SBD recording to FZ Shows thanks to the generous tape contribution by jaypfunk and professional 2011 tape transfer by Drew51. This fresh transfer from JPF’s low generation SBD tape has been speed corrected and patched to completion using the excellent DogBreath AUD MC recording for fills (thanks to the generous tape contribution by DogBreath and professional 2012 tape transfer by WIU2B). The entire performance runs 153 minutes and 39 seconds and although the SBD tape does exhibit the element of tape hiss, it is an excellent solid A grade listen representing the best sounding version of the SBD tape acquired and assembled for FZ Shows to date. Enjoy this historic FZ time capsule performance of 34 years + past, presented to FZ Shows @ Zappateers this Leap Day 2012.

Maxell XLII (tape 1) Maxell UDXII(tape 2) Cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A cassette deck > Tascam US-122L > Sound Forge Pro 10.0 (record/resample) > FLAC Level 8 > WAV > PEAK > Speed Correction, Editing & Tracking > FLAC level 8
Tapes obtained from jaypfunk
Tapes transferred by Drew51 2011 11 30

The above SBD source has been patched to completion utilizing approximately 73 seconds of material from the excellent AUD MC recently made available in the Shoebox found here:
1978 02 15 Berlin DE 163.xx AUD MC (DogBreath-WIU2B)

AUD > MKE 2002 mics > 2X BASF Ferrochrom master cassette > Nakamichi DR-10 > Terratec DMX6 Fire 24/96 soundcard > Adobe Audition 3.0.1 > 32/96 bits WAV > iZotope RX Advanced resampling to 16/44 bits WAV > Flac Frontend encoding level 8 > FLAC > WAV > PEAK > Speed Corrected used for fills
Tapes recorded & provided by DogBreath
Tapes transferred by WIU2B 2012 01 20

Artwork by LiborioFriki, posted at musictravellerstwo.blogspot - Thanks!

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. Knick Knack Purple Lagoon Intro [1:51] (3.1MB)
Track 102. Dancin’ Fool [3:41] (6.2MB)
Track 103. Peaches En Regalia [2:34] (4.3MB)
Track 104. The Torture Never Stops [original 14:44] (10.4MB)
Includes Rat Tomago (this portion has been omitted as it appears on Sheik Yerbouti - cut after 6:00 mins)

Track 105. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin [3:39] (6.1MB)
Track 106. City Of Tiny Lites [7:38] (12.9MB)
Track 107. Baby Snakes [1:54] (3.2MB)
Track 108. A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus) [6:04] (10.2MB)
Track 109. I Have Been In You [10:32] (17.7MB)
Includes German Boutique Girl preamble
AUD patch fill 00:04:56 - 00:05:17 during the German Boutique Girl preamble
AUD patch fill 00:08:16 - 00:08:18

Track 110. Flakes [7:37] (12.8MB)
Track 111. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes [3:51] (6.5MB)
Track 112. King Kong [9:24] (15.8MB)
Track 113. Wild Love [6:23] (10.7MB)
Subtle millisecond blip sound at 00:02:04.015, partially appropriated

Disc 2
Track 201. Yo’ Mama [11:36] (19.5MB)
q: Mo’s Vacation, You Are What You Is

Track 202. Titties & Beer [6:00] (10.1MB)
AUD patch fill 00:02:53 - 00:03:21

Track 203. The Black Page #2 [2:58] (5.0MB)
Track 204. Jones Crusher [3:05] (5.2MB)
- millisecond mic bump (?) at 00:00:06.644 - 00:00:06.761
- slight line interference from 00:02:53.013 - 00:02:53.523
- slight line interference from 00:03:05.264 - 00:03:05.451

Track 205. Little House I Used To Live In [original: 15:29] (18.6MB)
Includes Bowling On Charen riff
Includes The Sheik Yerbouti Tango (this portion has been omitted as it appears on Sheik Yerbouti - cut after 11:00 mins)

Track 206. Dong Work For Yuda [2:58] (5.0MB)
Track 207. Bobby Brown Goes Down [3:01] (5.1MB)
Track 208. Envelopes [2:16] (3.8MB)
Track 209. Drum Solo [4:23] (7.4MB)
Track 210. Disco Boy [5:31] (9.3MB)
millisecond mic bump (?) at 00:00:44.019

Track 211. Berlin Audience #1 [1:25] (2.4MB)
Track 212. Ave Maria Ground Control Encore Intro [0:35] (933k)
Track 213. Dinah-Moe Humm [6:29] (10.9MB)
AUD patch fill 00:02:41 - 00:03:02

Track 214. Camarillo Brillo [3:24] (5.7MB)
- millisecond blip present at 00:00:37.508-00:00:37.562, removal not an option, blip sound reminiscent of an apple computer volume toggle being pressed once
- subtle millisecond blip present at 00:01:22.719-00:01.22.768, removal not an option, somewhat masked here because of guitar part that comes screaming in

Track 215. Muffin Man [4:01] (6.8MB)
A few slight millisecond mic bumps (?) audible between 00:00:05.228 through 00:01:05.685, the most prominent being located at 00:00:25.258-00:00:25.289, removal not an option

Track 216. Berlin Audience #2 [0:24] (704k)
lo line level but preserved as present on SBD tape

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Patrick O’Hearn
Terry Bozzio
Ed Mann
Tommy Mars
Peter Wolf

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  1. 40 Responses to “FRANK ZAPPA - BERLIN 1978”

  2. hey bigo, i can’t remember if i have this or not on cd-r’s. i will look in my long box boots. i have a stack of zappa boots in one of my boxes. i know i have one from berlin, but i don’t know if it’s this one.

    i got that dan lampinski providence 1975. it’s a great one. i trade with a guy who’s on dime, and he sends me stacks of zappa shows. it works out good cause i weed out new generation avant i either don’t care for or listen to much. these days i prefer sun ra.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 21, 2013

  3. Good. Thanx. Ra on, Sun!

    By Timmy on Aug 21, 2013

  4. hey bigo, i just checked, and i don’t have it. i have munich 1978 and berlin 1974. will get!


    By Ed Saad on Aug 21, 2013

  5. Thanks BigO! I saw Frank Zappa in concert only 3 months before this date. What a great band!

    By aking on Aug 21, 2013

  6. hey bigo, it was work checking all these song titles, but i think i have it correct. now it should be:

    i’m not sure what knick knack purple lagoon intro is, but i’ll put it.
    dancin’ fool
    tryin’ to grown a chin
    a pound for a brown (on the bus)
    yo’ mama
    titties & beer
    i assume the black page is correct. they played it at poughkeepsie in 1978 which you offered last year. i have seen black page #2, but i will go with what you have listed.
    bobby brown goes down is how i tag it.
    dinah-moe humm
    little house i used to live in is correct, but on the cd they added the. i have little house… in my tags.

    i think, that’s all. i will get it in the morning. if anybody would like to add anything, please do.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 22, 2013

  7. hi bigO- i found two minor mistakes on the track listings-
    track 107 is misspelled, it should be baby “snakes”,
    and frank himself introduces track 203 as “the black page #2″.
    its a fine show, thanks!

    hey ed saad, i can’t believe i found these before u did!

    By barth on Aug 22, 2013

  8. hey barth, i missed snakes! you’re good. i printed out the tracklist and made all the necessary corrections on paper so when i fix the tags, they’ll all be correct. i will put black page #2 that is how i have it tagged. i thought, that was correct, but i wasn’t sure. i saw it on zappateers.

    i freed up some drive space just now to get this zappa show.

    i got alice in chains-bham, al 4.30.13. sounds good! i can still use yes-bham, al 7.19.13. it was a killer show!

    next shows for me are the sold out black crowes show here at iron city 9.10.13 and the sword/clutch at the same venue 9.16.13. look for the shows on dime, bigo! the crowes wasn’t cheap so i definitely can use the mp3’s. i have seen the sword the last two times they played at workplay theatre here 11.28.10 and 11.19.12. they’re a great metal band from austin, tx. i like the clutch album called earth rocker. it’s good!


    By Ed Saad on Aug 22, 2013

  9. zappa austin 73 -
    its sbd and absolutely worth it. just dl it.

    By darth on Aug 22, 2013

  10. Zappa Austin 1973:
    It’s a soundboard, I enjoyed it.

    By Everyone Else On bigO on Aug 22, 2013

  11. Hi ed- ive been grabbing a lot of stuff lately but works been insane and i dont have much time to really listen to it. the best so far is Dog Party’s lost control album. its two sisters ages 15 & 17 playing buzz guitar punk and its pretty damn good! also sounding good but i haven’t listened to the entire albums yet are Diarrhea Planet, Tijuana Planets, and King Khan & The Shrines. Low Cut Connie is good bar band rock.

    i have my ticket for neko case, also barrence whitfield & the savages, and ill probably go see robbie fulks, and lucinda williams. not sure if i can make the oblivians or mark lanegan.

    By barth on Aug 22, 2013

  12. the link i offered is at 320 and a bit better quality. it is an upgrade to the one offered here back in march last year. how much u enjoyed it isnt important. how much others might with the link i provided is.
    u saying its a sbd after i said it was is quite profound. good going.

    By darth on Aug 22, 2013

  13. “an upgrade” Says the one who chastised people here who wanted flac files instead of mp3s.

    “absolutely worth it.” Says the entity who thought Joan Jett rocked da house on TV.

    “just dl it.” Says the creature who doesn’t want anyone to tell him what to do.

    “quite profound” My belches are more profound than your inanities.

    By Everyone Else On bigO on Aug 22, 2013

  14. hey barth, i am not real familiar with any of those bands you mentioned just mark lanegan. i like screaming trees. i saw him sing when he was in queens of the stone age-songs for the deaf album. this was in sept 2002 here in b’ham, al at oak mountain amphitheatre. it was one of those festival type shows. they did a buy one get one free deal so i just paid $7.50 to see them. me and my brother showed up at 6:45pm saw them then left. i was home by 8pm. i really don’t care for theory of a deadman or nickelback so we left.

    i saw queens of the stone age again here at workplay theatre 3.19.11. be nice, if bigo could share it. i got the show they offered from berlin. it’s a good one. you should get it just cause i fixed the tracklist.

    i just finished listening to zappa. man, this show is great! i think, my tags are pefect. i only forgot to put (includes bowling on charen riff) on little house… i will add it, when i get home.

    i remember you said you saw zappa at the spectrum in philly in 74. yeah, i have that show. it’s great! it was in my b-day batch. i played it a few weeks ago.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 22, 2013

  15. “absolutely worth it.” Says the entity who thought Joan Jett rocked da house on TV.

    darth boring boring darth.

    By stinky jam on Aug 22, 2013

  16. Hello Ed Saad and barth

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Aug 23, 2013

  17. wow.. where to begin.
    flac isnt an upgrade from mp3. its a format that offers the ability to transfer without losing data. a file of any quality including horribly poor can be converted to flac. and this site doesnt offer flac. i agree that mp3 isnt a very good format but its what is offered here so we make do. and yes 320 is an upgrade to the one offered here even when its an mp3 file format.

    and yes.. jett did rock the house on that tv show. even if i dont care that much for her the performance was very good for her at this point in her career. she has lost it in recent years but my comment was for the people who might enjoy what she was/is and who like her. i tend to collect many tv performances and i keep track of whats happening live on tv since those performances are different than the ones we have on the regular albums we own. u dont have to like joan jett. other people might. this isnt all about u.

    do u want people telling u what to do? that 3rd one didnt make any sense at all.

    im sure u think your belches are profound. therein lies the first of many problems.

    By darth on Aug 23, 2013

  18. So boring… belch.

    “the performance was very good for her at this point in her career.”
    Translation: She was lame and I make excuses for boring old farts.

    “she has lost it in recent years”
    Her last album was 7 years ago. Duh.

    “i tend to collect many tv performances”
    Get a life, hoarder.

    Look at the big brain on darth!

    By Everyone Else On bigO on Aug 23, 2013

  19. the performance was very good for her at this point in her career.

    stick to critiquing your partridge family outtakes.

    By pure drivel on Aug 23, 2013

  20. darth top ten music list.
    10.reuben kincaid yells at danny bonaduce outtakes.
    9. shirley jones sex tape.
    8.bobby sherman`s julie do ya love me rehearsals.
    7. I`m ` believer takes 7,8,9.
    6. mike douglas show / the poppy family ,which way you goin` billy.[with commercials]
    5. the banana splits lawsuit conference
    4. h.r.pufnstuf members sing in a gadda da vida
    3. paul revere and the raiders drum battle with gary lewis and playboys.
    2. dick clark presents the archies.
    1. darth`s home taped interview with best friends eric clapton and keef and ronnie,dylan , and a few others he had over for the bbq that day.

    By pure drivel on Aug 23, 2013

  21. look how much time u idiots have.

    By darth on Aug 23, 2013

  22. Look how much time you have to look at us, idiot.

    By Everyone Else On bigO on Aug 24, 2013

  23. A disco version of Peaches and Regalia? Funny…

    By George Martini on Aug 24, 2013

  24. er, Peaches En Regalia. Thanks Big-O!

    By George Martini on Aug 24, 2013

  25. I’d like to see the Shirley Jones sex tape, wonder if i sent a blank tape to darth he would make me a copy.

    By blue moon on Aug 24, 2013

  26. did yall know that peaches en regalia was the first cd single?

    By darth on Aug 24, 2013

  27. Wrong again, darth. It was Dire Straights in 1985, Peaches En Regalia was released in 1987. Do a Google search. I have no doubt now that you’re just a troll, needy for attention. This discussion is over.

    By Dingus on Aug 24, 2013

  28. didn’t know that darth.Thankx for the heads up!

    By pure drivel swill on Aug 24, 2013

  29. peaches en regalia as a cd single came out in 83.

    By darth on Aug 25, 2013

  30. all my sources say the single was released in ‘87, but if darth says ‘83 guess they are wrong.

    By boondocks on Aug 25, 2013

  31. darth, for godsakes, admit you’re wrong, apologize, and shut the fuck up.

    By Constructive Criticism and Friendly Advice on Aug 25, 2013

  32. great posts darth and informative too.don’t apologize

    By apolitical phturd on Aug 25, 2013

  33. a turd praises darth for being dead wrong. how appropriate.

    By barth on Aug 25, 2013

  34. an ass makes a nonsensical post.How pathetic

    By Innocent Bystander on Aug 26, 2013

  35. did yall know that peaches en regalia was the first cd single?

    By darth on Aug 24, 2013

    By smilin` jack duckfeather on Aug 27, 2013

  36. Hmmm, Darth is wrong, but almost right.

    Peaches en Regalia was not the first cd single.

    However, it was the first 3″ cd mini single.

    By Diamond Dug on Aug 31, 2013

  37. Peaches en Regalia was probably the first CD mini single released by Rykodisc, on November 13, 1987. It is uncertain that it was the first CD mini single ever released.

    By Dingus on Aug 31, 2013

  38. I wish the real darth and barth would come back and spew their low iq about music. WE have plenty of numnuts here starting with swappers chopper, big un lil un, tj, billy, harmon corey et al

    By Bizarro Darth on Aug 21, 2020

  39. Ukraine

    By Igorjns on Feb 6, 2023

  40. Bizarro, its NUMBNUTS, dicwad. You fit right in with all the other homos

    By I Hate Whitey on Feb 7, 2023

  41. I cant believe that at one time, there was actual discussions about music. I’ll even listen to darth, sluggo and that limey hambone whopper swapper. No idea how this place became a haven for misfits, racists, degenerates,pedophiles, necrophiliacs, beastality and just plain old men fucking each other and giving blowjobs. Seems like Derrick and U L E are the culprits. Ax them and music talk begins

    By Constructive Criticism and Friendly Advice on Feb 7, 2023

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