January 24, 2012 – 4:41 am

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Rotterdam 1980 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; May 24, 1980. Very good to excellent FM broadcast.

This appears to be a popular Frank Zappa show and has been widely shared.

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The show at The Ahoy was performed by a relatively small band by Zappa standards, and has some really good guitar solos by the master. That is evident with the concert starting off with the guitar-centric Chunga’s Revenge.

Zappa’s solo is – using a word frequently cited to describe his playing – blistering. There is a bit of angry energy in it, and given the circumstances outlined above, I must wonder how much of that he transferred into his playing. After some brief introductions, he quickly launches into a couple songs from Joe’s Garage, including the dreamy guitar piece Outside Now.

In fact, not surprisingly, the concert pulls material from several albums released at the time, including Tinsel Town Rebellion, to be released the following year, Sheik Yerbouti, and You Are What You Is. The performance of City Of Tiny Lights on this boot is just OK to me, except for the guitar solo, which pulls it out of mediocrity…

Disc Two returns the show to more contemporary selections from Zappa’s catalog, starting with the title track from You Are What You Is… Things perk up when the group launches into Joe’s Garage. The concert appears to end after Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?, but an encore quickly develops with Dancin’ Fool…

This boot also has one of the few pre-release recordings of a live performance of I Don’t Want To Get Drafted. The show finishes with The Illinois Enema Bandit, in a great performance with Ray White’s vocals and with Zappa’s guitar work. Zappa’s solo is searing in its precision. He gave the crowd at The Ahoy that night a real gift with that solo.
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Thanks to the seeder who shared this show on the net in 2005.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Chunga’s Revenge (9.3MB)
Track 102. Keep It Greasey (5.0MB)
Track 103. Outside Now (11.0MB)
Track 104. City Of Tiny Lights (11.1MB)
Track 105. Teenage Wind (5.2MB)
Track 106. Bamboozled By Love (9.1MB)
Track 107. Pick Me I’m Clean (10.2MB)
Track 108. Society Pages (3.3MB)
Track 109. I’m A Beautiful Guy (3.5MB)
Track 110. Beauty Knows No Pain (4.2MB)
Track 111. Charlie’s Enormous Mouth (5.1MB)
Track 112. Cosmik Debris (8.8MB)
Track 113. You Didn’t Try To Call Me (6.0MB)
Track 114. I Ain’t Got No Heart (2.7MB)
Track 115. Love Of My Life (4.2MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. You Are What You Is (5.5MB)
Track 202. Easy Meat (13.6MB)
Track 203. Joe’s Garage (3.8MB)
Track 204. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? (4.1MB)
Track 205. (crowd) (3.7MB)
Track 206. Dancin’ Fool (6.3MB)
Track 207. Bobby Brown (4.3MB)
Track 208. Ms Pinky (7.3MB)
Track 209. (crowd) (2.1MB)
Track 210. I Don’t Want To Get Drafted (4.7MB)
Track 211. The Illinois Enema Bandit (15.0MB)
Track 212. (radio outro) (2.4MB)

Frank Zappa - lead guitar, vocals
Ike Willis - guitar, vocals
Tommy Mars - keyboards and vocals
Arthur “Tink” Barrow - bass
Ray White - guitar, vocals
David Logeman - drums

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  1. 17 Responses to “FRANK ZAPPA - ROTTERDAM 1980”

  2. Very Cool! Thanks Big-O!

    By Tom on Jan 24, 2012

  3. “Now who’re you jivin’ with that Cosmik Debris?”

    Thanks BigO. Frank is the best.

    By aking on Jan 24, 2012

  4. Whoah! Nice one! Thanks BigO!

    By Walter on Jan 24, 2012

  5. hey bigo, will get, thanks! it’s only been a year on zappa. cowtown ballroom, kc, mo 12.2.72 is the best. before that was hollywood bowl, before that was amsterdam 68 and before that was weasel music acetate. all killer. zappa is always welcome. post more shows by him. we love him.

    there was a zeppelin you offered two years ago from ahoy too. i got it.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 24, 2012

  6. Right ON BigO

    This is destined to take the place of the mudshark in my mythology.

    By Sking on Jan 24, 2012

  7. “Jazz is not dead,it just smells funny”!!!

    By BLUEFOOD on Jan 24, 2012

  8. Great thanx to Big-O for this superb sounding, excellent performance of America’s finest Rocker of all time.

    By Timmy on Jan 25, 2012

  9. speaking of zep theres a brand new zep 4 cd set that i got this week but that im sure many ppl would like to know about here and i know u cant offer on here anymore but i can share it with a few of my ‘friends’. they know who they are. it is the rehearsals and show they did in december 2010. 2 cds of each. empress valley put it out. i can send it via pando only. and only for a week or two. those who know me know my email address already.

    ps.. thanks for this zappa. its a killer show.
    we can always use more fz. how about some with ponty?

    By darth on Jan 25, 2012

  10. I was there that night. It is still one of the best remembered concerts I ever went to. Zappa ruled!

    By BigFan on Jan 25, 2012

  11. Thanks, BigO, for all your posts. I attended several NYC Halloween shows and was never disappointed. Why the family chose not to release this commercially, I’ll never understand. Until they do, all thanks to you.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jan 25, 2012

  12. Thanks for this great sounding concert. More Frank / Mothers of Invention!!

    By Rick D on Jan 25, 2012

  13. Thanks for Zappa!

    By ayh! on Jan 27, 2012

  14. Big O,

    Thanks for posting Zappa. A true genius, one-of-a-kind and legend! Viva Zappa!

    By Mike C on Jan 30, 2012

  15. Thanks Big O!
    Great show, thank you for everything…

    By carlinhosdeipanema on Feb 2, 2012

  16. Nice to finally hear this one. Thanks and yes more Zappa is always welcome.

    By Matt on Feb 3, 2012

  17. Thanks for this — brings back happy memories of his Halloween and Mother’s Day shows in Chicago. Like Miles before him, Frank “discovered” many fine musicians in the course of his career.

    By ComplyGuy on Mar 14, 2012

  18. Hey Darth? Can I please get in on the Zep you’re talking about? I know we’re not that tight, but I’ve spoken highly of you and on your behalf, whether you know that or not…

    Just thought I’d ask…

    By Apex on Aug 19, 2017

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