August 25, 2013 – 5:17 am

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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.

NeedleDeeDee noted:

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)

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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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:
Frank Zappa
Lowell George
Roy Estrada
Jimmy Carl Black
Art Tripp
Ian Underwood
Don Preston
Bunk Gardner
Motorhead Sherwood
Buzz Gardner

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  1. 10 Responses to “FRANK ZAPPA - APPLETON 1969”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i don’t have this show. i checked and all the song titles appear to be correct. some of these songs i don’t know.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 25, 2013

  3. hey bigo, it was work fixing these tags. i pretty much did them like they are listed, just to be on the safe side. this way nothing is left out. i did the same on hollywood bowl. some of his older shows are harder to tag. i only changed the duke preamble. in the tags it has quotes, and i took that out. to me, it looks better as the duke preamble. i put all the parenthesis and including’s. now on eric dolphy memorial barbecue i put / teddy bears’ picnic / …. instead of the commas. on clap & vomit, i put the commas.

    i looked it up, and it’s help, i’m a rock. you’re missing the comma.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 25, 2013

  4. hey bigo, i found one typo in track 6, before barth catches it. guitar is spelled wrong in the tag. i caught it listening to it just now. also, i think, i will change track 7 to clap & vomit / gas mask. it’s way too long and some of the title i just don’t really care for, to be honest. i will leave the rest. i guess, the track titles are correct on eric dolphy memorial barbecue. i put it everything that is out to the side.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 25, 2013

  5. Great !

    FZ is one of my favorites.

    I saw him play with Pink Floyd in 1969 and it was such a big “Interstellar Overdrive” !

    Thanx !!!

    By Claude Nine on Aug 25, 2013

  6. Excellent, very nice. Thanx ~ ~ ~

    By Timmy on Aug 25, 2013

  7. Nice to see you on here again, Ed Saad!

    By Phil on Aug 25, 2013

  8. thanks phil! i never really left. i just didn’t for awhile post as much. sometimes i do then i take a break and come back. i still will check bigo to see what is offered. i always will get zappa and boc.

    i think, i changed track 7 4x, before i finally got it perfect. what a pain. actually when i was listening to it, it did sound familiar. i just didn’t recognize the song title. well i put clap & vomit / prelude to the afternoon of a sexually aroused gas mask, and i’m sticking to it. that is the title on weasels ripped my flash. i shortened it a little bit by taking meditation and audience participation out. it’s not really needed. that’s mostly a joke part of the song anyway.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 25, 2013

  9. Looking forward to hearing music from Lowell George’s time in the band.

    By drkrick on Aug 28, 2013

  10. Thanks for any and all FZ music!

    By Tom on Aug 28, 2013

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