These are bootlegs with material from only one or two shows or from the same band. Bootlegs with material from several different concerts and from different bands are dealt with in the Live Compilations section (widespread use of "bonus" and "filler" tracks makes the line hard to draw). The order is as chronologic as possible. Here are a couple of links back to 1967-1970 and 1971-1975.

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

Frunobulax (2 CD)

  • Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia, 23-Jan-1976

Length: 120 minutes
Sound quality: reprocessed audience mono (see below)

The bootlegger himself has, albeit anonymously, submitted his liner notes:

This very naughty recording of Frank Zappa and (this incarnation of) the Mothers of Invention was made on January 23rd, 1976 at Melbourne's Festival Hall. It was recorded on a virtually new Superscope C-105 mono cassette recorder very carefully stuffed under my jacket where it couldn't be seen too easily, with the corner containing the microphone just protruding into the open air, facing roughly towards the stage. I noticed that Zappa himself was also recording the performance using a dummy head on stage with microphones stuck in its ears but he probably got better results than we have here. A few minutes into the concert you will probably hear that the sound gets a bit muffled as I had to hide the recorder completely under my jacket when we were moved along a few seats to make room for a few latecomers who insisted we were in their seats. Bastards! We ended up sitting in the sixth row back from the stage, a few seats right of dead centre - ideal seats to watch from, but unfortunately the PA stacks were way off to either side of me. As a result the vocals aren't all that clear, but the audience applause in the surrounding seats came out really, really well. (Yes, really!)

Zappa and the band were in fine form this night but they weren't playing much new stuff, mainly repeating material from earlier albums. The audience response was enthusiastic especially when calling the band back for the encores. I managed to capture all of the first encore, but the tape ran out after a minute or so into the second. There's only (!) 2 hours of material here, as I was using a C120 cassette and didn't want to be caught changing tapes. As it was I probably missed a few minutes when turning the tape over.

Sound quality? Well, on the original copy there's a huge peak centred around 150Hz, probably caused by my copious armpit, combined with the legendary resonance of Festival Hall and its iron roof. This peak was EQ'd out with a complimentary response via a 1/3 octave graphic equaliser (provided by a Behringer DSP8000 Ultracurve). A small amount of presence was added to bring out the vocals & guitars. OK then, I hear you asking, how on earth did this EQ'd MONO track end up in stereo on the CD? Well, in two words, it didn't. A couple of sneaky tricks are being played upon your ears to give the impression of stereo. The mono signal was fed to the Mac via two seperate paths. The left channel was fed via one EQ directly into one channel of the Mac's audio input. The right signal was fed firstly through a short delay of about 5 milliseconds before going through the second EQ and then into the other channel of the Mac. This delayed signal through one channel tricks the ear into perceiving depth, somewhat akin to stereo. To enhance the effect, the EQ curves for each channel were not absolutely identical, having alternate bands between 500Hz and 4KHz up & down several dB. Considering the jiggery pokery that has been done to the recording on this ancient cassette, it doesn't sound all that bad apart from a few tape dropouts here and there.

I hope you enjoy this particular piece of Zappa history.

Note: If you are going to attempt to play these CDs back in mono for some reason, I suggest you listen to one channel only. It really doesn't matter which channel you listen to as they both sound pretty much the same, but if you listen to both channels summed together into mono you will find that the short time delay between the two channels makes it sound quite weird.

So what the hell is "FRUNOBULAX" anyway? "Ladies and Gentlemen, the monster, which the peasants in this area call FRUNOBULAX (apparently a very large poodle dog) has just been seen approaching the power plant. Bullets can't stop it, rockets can't stop it - we may have to use nuclear force ..."
    - "Cheepnis", Roxy & Elsewhere

Recording, processing & notes: Aloysius Gruntfuttock
Cover Artwork: Hortensia Buttocks

Frank Zappa - poodle, guitars & vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock - sax & vocals
Andre Lewis - keyboards
Terry Bozzio - drums
Roy Estrada - bass

There was no track list submitted, but the concert is known to have run like this:

  • Inca Roads Intro 
  • Stink-Foot + Poodle Lecture
  • Dirty Love
  • Filthy Habits
  • How Could I Be Such a Fool?
  • Ain't Got No Heart
  • I'm Not Satisfied
  • Black Napkins
  • Advance Romance
  • Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?
  • The Illinois Enema Bandit
  • Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station
  • Tryin' to Grow a Chin
  • The Torture Never Stops
  • Canard du Jour ["Let's Move to Cleveland" prototype]
  • Chunga's Revenge
  • Zoot Allures
  • Ms Pinky
  • Dinah-Moe Humm
  • I'm the Slime
  • San Ber'dino

That (full) recording is 130 minutes long, and Frunobulax is 120 minutes, so take 10 minutes worth off the end of it and you've probably got your track list. "Canard du Jour" has nothing to do with the "Canard du Jour" number on Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar; it's a prototype version of "Let's Move to Cleveland".

  • Apollo Stadium, Adelaide, Australia, 24-Jan-1976

Featured as record 10 (green label) of The History & Collected Improvisations of Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention (re-issued on CD).

Length: 45 min
Sound quality: Audience B
LP label: ZX 3660
CD label: RXZ Records 310

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Andre Lewis, Terry Bozzio and Roy Estrada

1. The Illinois Enema Bandit
2. Wind up Working in a Gas Station
3. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
4. The Torture Never Stops

5. How Could I Be Such a Fool?
6. I Ain't Got No Heart
7. I'm Not Satisfied
8. Black Napkins
9. Honey, Don't You Want a Man like Me

The History & Collected Improvisations of Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention flips the sides around, and lists only three tracks on side 2: "The Illinois Enema Bandit", "Show Me Your Thumb" and "The Torture Never Stops". Tracks 1, 3 and 4 also appear on Live Downunda.

  • Asakusa Kokusai Gekijo, Tokyo, 01-Feb-1976

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Andre Lewis, Roy Estrada and Terry Bozzio

1. Introduction/Opening
2. Stink-Foot
3. Dirty Love
4. Filthy Habits
5. How Could I Be Such a Fool?
6. I Ain't Got No Heart
7. I'm Not Satisfied
8. Black Napkins
9. Advance Romance
10. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?
11. The Illinois Enema Bandit

12. The Illinois Enema Bandit
13. Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station
14. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
15. The Torture Never Stops
16. Chunga's Revenge
17. Zoot Allures / Ship Ahoy
18. Ms. Pinky
19. Dinah-Moe Humm

The cover is mostly red, with white lettering and a picture of Zappa (in a colour scheme that looks like Salvador Dalí c:a 1927-1929).

  • Kosei-Neinkin-Kaikan, Osaka, 03-Feb-1976
  • Also issued as Strange Habits (SGCD 04), in a different cover but with identical CDs.

Length: 120 min
Sound quality: Audience B
Label: Discurious (LP), Discurious DIS 202-A CD & DIS-202-B CD (CD)

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Andre Lewis, Roy Estrada and Terry Bozzio

1. Intro ["Inca Roads" vamp]
2. Stink-Foot [including poodle lecture]
3. Dirty Love
4. Filthy Habits (10:21)
5. How Could I Be Such a Fool? (03:43)
6. I Ain't Got No Heart (02:36)
7. I'm Not Satisfied (01:53)
8. Black Napkins (10:49) [edited version appears on Zoot Allures]
9. Advance Romance (11:40)
10. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me? (03:35)
11. The Illinois Enema Bandit (08:57)
12. Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station (02:44)
13. Tryin' to Grow a Chin (04:06)
14. The Torture Never Stops (08:00)
15. Chunga's Revenge / Drum Solo (15:39)
16. Zoot Allures (06:57) [one Stage #3 source]
17. Ship Ahoy (06:50) [edited version appears on Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar and Läther (as part of "Duck Duck Goose")]
18. I'm the Slime (03:25)
19. San Ber'dino (06:25)

It is from this legendary concert that the (abridged) Zoot Allures version of "Black Napkins" is lifted, just like "Ship Ahoy" on Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar (and parts of "Duck Duck Goose" on Läther); the first and last parts of the drum solo appear on Stage #3, as "Hands with a Hammer", duly credited to Bozzio - and the 1976 part of "Zoot Allures" on that album is also from Osaka.

(On Zoot Allures, the 00:00-01:14 and 02:06-07:11 parts of "Black Napkins" have been edited out. The Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar version of "Ship Ahoy" consists of 00:00-04:25 + 04:44-05:41 of the Osaka recording. "Duck Duck Goose" on Läther contains 03:13-04:07 + 04:17-04:23 + 04:44-05:41 of the Osaka recording. At 05:41, the solo is over, and the rest of the track is a band introduction and vamp.)

The Eyes of Osaka cover is a blown-up mirror image of the Apostrophe (') cover. The Strange Habits cover shows a man and a woman between the bread slices of a sandwich, on a plate.

"Studio" Tan Mitsugu's guide to Japanese words on this recording:

  • During the poodle lecture part of "Stink-Foot", Zappa says "ichiban tomodachi", which means "best friend" in
    Japanese.
  • Before starting "Black Napkins", Zappa gives thanks to the audience, saying "arigato" (thank you).
  • At the voice improv section of "Chunga's Revenge", some members (Roy and Nappy?) play around with a Japanese phrase "chotto matte", which means "wait a minute".
  • Not to mention that Roy Estrada says "Ki-ni-shinai" (don't worry about it) during Terry's drum solo, but also, a pair of Japanese teenage girls in the audience shout "Telly!" for Terry.
  • But the funniest moment occurs after the last song ... please listen carefully to the left channel:

Man A: "Koe dashite ee?" ("Can I open my mouth?" in Osaka accent)
Man B: "E?" ("What?")
Man A [A bit louder]: "KOE DASHITE EE?"

Apparently, they are the voices of bootleggers who made this recording.

(My pet theory is that the title "The Eyes of Osaka" derives from "Eye of Agamotto", which is jazz waltz piece performed live in 1969 (bootlegged on Gas Mask). (It subsequently appeared on a Grandmothers album, and was credited to Don Preston.) The original Eye of Agamotto was an amulet belonging to the Marvel Comics character Dr. Strange; if you misspell it as "Agamoto" it looks kind of Japanese, which may have inspired someone to come up with "The Eyes of Osaka". "Agamoto" is not a Japanese word, though.)

  • Kyoto-Seibu Kodo, Kyoto, 04-Feb-1976

Length: 120 min
Sound quality: Audience B
Label: Edgar Varese ZA34-35

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Andre Lewis, Roy Estrada and Terry Bozzio

1. Opening Vamp (Zappa's guitar solo of Inca Road Theme) [sic]
2. Stink-Foot / A Short Tale About the Babbled Poodle [sic]
3. Dirty Love
4. Filthy Habits
5. Freak Out! Medley: How Could I Be Such a Fool? / I Ain't Got No Heart / I'm Not Satisfied
6. Black Napkins
7. Advance Romance
8. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?

9. The Illinois Enema Bandit
10. Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station
11. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
12. The Torture Never Stops [listed as "Tortune Never Stops"]
13. Chunga's Revenge [with short drum solo]
14. Zoot Allures
15. Ship Ahoy / Miss Pinky (The Daughter of Ms. Pinky) ["Miss Pinky" is instrumental]
16. Dinah-Moe Humm [incomplete, and listed as "Dinah Moe Human (encore)"]

"Dinah-Moe Humm" fades out after about two minutes. A sitting Zappa on the cover hails from the same photo session as the cover of the Paris boot Titties & Beer (Zoot Allures Live in Paris).

  • Nihon Seinenkan , Tokyo, 05-Feb-1976

1. Intro
2. Stink-Foot
3. Dirty Love
4. Filthy Habits
5. How Could I Be Such a Fool?
6. I Ain't Got No Heart
7. I'm Not Satisfied
8. Black Napkins
9. Advance Romance

10. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?
11. The Illinois Enema Bandit
12. Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station
13. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
14. The Torture Never Stops
15. Chunga's Revenge / Drum Solo
16. Zoot Allures [Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa version]
17. Ship Ahoy, part 1
18. Ship Ahoy, part 2 [mislisted as "I'm the Slime"]

This version of "Zoot Allures" was used on the mail-order guitar album Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa. The cover has a black & white picture of Zappa playing guitar on stage, with red lettering on the left and right.

  • Kurhalle, Vienna, 13-Feb-1976, second show
  • Bonus tracks from Ludwigshafen two days later
  • May have been re-issued as Zappa Trice on a Stimmen der Welt label

This is the COVER track list:

1. Intro
2. Stink-Foot
3. Dirty Love
4. Filthy Habits

5. How Could I Be Such a Fool?
6. I Ain't Got No Heart
7. I'm Not Satisfied
8. Black Napkins

9. Advance Romance
10. Wind up Working in a Gas Station
11. The Illinois Enema Bandit

12. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
13. The Torture Never Stops
14. Chunga's Revenge

15. Drum Solo
16. Instrumental [?]
17. Introduction

18. Dinah-Moe Humm

Live at the Kurhalle in Vienna 13-Feb-1976 (second show), except tracks 6-7 & 10, which are live at the Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen 15-Feb-1976 (as on Pappa Zappa). Pressed on red and white vinyl and housed in an extreme box with unique, original airbrush artwork on each copy. 500 copies were made.

  • Deutsches Museum, Munich 14-Feb-1976

Re-issued on CD as Cupid's Delight.

Sound quality: Audience B+
Label: X-1212 (Let's Drink Some Beer & Hear Frank Zappa)

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Andre Lewis, Terry Bozzio, Roy Estrada, Napoleon Murphy Brock and David Moire

1. Chunga's Revenge (11:35)
2. Drums (03:21)
3. Zoot Allures / Ship Ahoy (11:24)
4. Dinah-Moe Humm (07:58)
6. I'm the Slime (03:43)
7. San Ber'dino (06:05)

Let's Drink Some Beer & Hear Frank Zappa had a black & white paper insert cover with a picture of (German-born) writer-drunk Charles Bukowski. Cupid's Delight has an old-school pin-up woman on the cover, bent over a piano stool.

  • Ebert-Halle, Ludwigshafen, Germany, 15-Feb-1976

Second record also issued with the first record of Any Way the Wind Blows - Frank in Paris as The Best of ... Pappa Zappa & Any Way the Wind Blows, Lactic Decay and Super Mix on FP Records

Length: 90 min
Sound quality: Audience
Label: The Bubble Company 3311

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Andre Lewis, Terry Bozzio, Roy Estrada, Napoleon Murphy Brock and David Moire

1. Prologue ["Inca Roads" bridge]
2. Stink-Foot [including poodle lecture]
3. Dirty Love
4. Filthy Habits

5. How Could I Be Such a Fool?
6. Ain't Got no Heart
7. I'm Not Satisfied
8. Black Napkins

9. Advance Romance
10. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?
11. The Illinois Enema Bandit [part 1]

12. The Illinois Enema Bandit [part 2]
13. Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station
14. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
15. The Torture Never Stops
16. Chunga's Revenge

Track 1 is just the little bridge that follows the guitar solo on "Inca Roads", which was used as an intro on this tour. Deluxe black & white cover. Pressed on red vinyl, yellow vinyl, and on yellow and red. Some say orange also. Released, in Europe, in 1982 or 1983.

Got Zapped in '76

  • Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany, 17-Feb-1976

Sound quality: "audience, even acceptable"
Length: 40 min
Label: Z-30

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Andre Lewis, Terry Bozzio, Roy Estrada and Napoleon Murphy Brock

1. Naval Aviation in Art?
2. Inca Roads
3. Stink-Foot
4. Dirty Love

5. Filthy Habits
6. How Could I Be Such a Fool?
7. I Ain't Got No Heart
8. I'm Not Satisfied

From AK:

I think that track 1-2 are also from Cologne. It definitely starts with "Naval Aviation in Art" (perhaps from a tape). At 01:00 someone in the band (Napoleon Murphy Brock?) starts to bleat in the microphone until 01:17 where it turns into the sax-solo part of "Inca Roads". After 01:45 the audience starts to cheer (because Zappa hits the stage?) and we hear the guitar-solo part of "Inca Roads" until 03:20 where it turns into "Stink-Foot" and Zappa announces the band.

The front and back covers have black & white 1976 photos of Zappa: smoking a cigarette (front) and sitting on a chair (back). 250 copies were made: 50 each on blue, yellow, green, red and purple vinyl.

  • University of Florida, Miami, 16-Oct-1976
  • Felt Forum, New York, 31-Oct-1976

Possibly also issued as a double LP.

Length: 38:51 + 40min
Sound quality: Audience: "quite excellent" on the Miami tracks on Volume 2, inferior on Volume 1, and hideous on the New York tracks
Label: KAX records LP 21489-3/4

  • Miami musicians: Frank Zappa, Ray White, Terry Bozzio, Patrick O'Hearn, Eddie Jobson and Lady Bianca Thornton/Odin
  • New York musicians: Frank Zappa, Ray White, Terry Bozzio, Patrick O'Hearn and Eddie Jobson

1. Intro
2. Stink-Foot [09:01] [including poodle lecture]
3. Dirty Love [04:51]
4. Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station [02:43]
5. Tryin' to Grow a Chin [04:03]

6. Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink [02:09]
7. Would You Go All the Way? [02:01]
8. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy [02:02]
9. What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are? [04:44]
10. Dinah-Moe Humm [06:37]
11. The Purple Lagoon [00:32]

12. You Didn't Try to Call Me [6-minute version]
13. Advance Romance
14. Stranded in the Jungle

15. Black Napkins [over 16 minutes long]
16. Muffin Man

Live in Miami 16-Oct-1976 except tracks 14 and 16, which are live in New York 31-Oct-1976. The sound quality bites it on the New York tracks, and "Muffin Man" is supposed to be especially abominable. The Miami sound is "quite excellent" on Volume I, but not so good on Volume II. Very silly colour covers with non-1976 photos on the back. Released in 1987 and 1988.

From Larry:

Thought you might be interested to know that I am the guy who made the original concert recordings for some of those boots, particularly Miami Matinee. I made the mistake of sharing copies of these tapes with the wrong people, which led to their commercial release as boots. My master tapes are qualitatively superior, and more complete, than the multi-generational versions that eventually got released. 

Here's a little trivia about the Miami Matinee concert that you might want to throw onto your website. 

I remember the day very clearly, even though it was 28 years ago. Beautiful and sunny, with puffy clouds. The University of Miami booked Zappa at the last second because a date in Jacksonville got cancelled for some reason. The concert was held on the University of Miami "patio", an outdoor gathering area adjacent to the pool. The area was usually used for outdoor snacking on food bought in the Student Union. The patio was about the size of the average jazz club, maybe 40 feet wide by 100 feet deep at the most, so it was a very intimate setting. There no seats. We sat on the concrete deck on towels, as at a picnic. 

During warmup rehearsals several hours before the show, Zappa's band played "Layla", and I could kick myself for not having my tape deck with me.

My recording equipment consisted of a Sony TC-153 SD portable stereo tape deck, a component-quality cassette deck intended for on-location recording of non-critical quality. (I used the same deck 4 years later to record an interview I did with Zappa). At the time, I believe, it was the only mid-priced deck of its kind (about 0). The next deck up was a portable reel-to-reel that cost about 00. I used two Sony microphones of medium quality. I forget the specs but each mike used an AA battery internally. I think it was called an electret condenser mike, but I'm not certain. The masters were recorded on Maxell UD tape.

During the concert, Zappa's bodyguard, John Smothers, eyed the audience like a hawk looking for taping equipment.  I had to hide the tape deck under a blanket with just the ends of the mikes sticking out.  Smothers did catch someone else taping the show. He went down, took the cassette out of the guy's recorder, then went back on stage and proceeded to pull the tape out of the cassette, one yank at a time, until it was all out. This was done in full view of the audience, as an object lesson.

The bootleg version does not contain the complete show, nor does it play the songs in the sequence they were performed. The complete chronological song list is as follows:

  • The Purple Lagoon
  • Stinkfoot
  • God's 3 Mistakes
  • Dirty Love
  • Poodle Races
  • Wind Up Working in a Gas Station
  • Trying to Grow a Chin
  • The Torture Never Stops
  • City of Tiny Lights
  • You Didn't Try to Call Me
  • Manx Needs Women
  • Titties & Beer
  • Black Napkins
  • Advance Romance
  • Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?
  • Rudy Wants ta Buy Yez a Drink
  • Would You Go All the Way?
  • Daddy Daddy Daddy
  • What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?
  • Dina-Moe Humm
     
  • Stranded in the Jungle
  • Camarillo Brillo
  • Muffin Man

Zoot Allures Live (2CD)

  • Boston Music Hall, 24-Oct-1976 (early show)
Musicians: Frank Zappa, Eddie Jobson, Ray White, Patrick O'Hearn, Terry Bozzio and Lady Bianca Thornton/Odin

Label: Sun House Productions SHP114-2J

1. Intro (05:29)
2. Stinkfoot (05:45)
3. Poodle Story (04:07)
4. Dirty Love (03:58)
5. Wind up Working in a Gas Station (02:31)
6. Tryin to Grow a Chin (04:14)
7. The Torture Never Stops (012:17)
8. City of Tiny Lites (08:14)
9. You Didn't Try to Call Me (07:42)
10. Mars Needs Yo' Mama (01:51)
11 Titties & Beer (06:17)

12. Black Napkins (18:05)
13. Advance Romance (13:05)
14. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me? (04:16)
15. Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink (02:21)
16. Dinah-Moe Humm (06:46)
17. The Purple Lagoon (00:40)

Front cover "reminiscent" of Zoot Allures cover: group shot of band with Bianca on far right.

Do not see also: Zoot Allures Live in Paris

  • Boston Music Hall, 24-Oct-1976 (early show)

Label Number: Moustache Magic Music (MMM-02-1/2)
Year of Release: 2002
Time: 118 minutes
 

CD 1 (62:22)

1. Intro (The Purple Lagoon)
2. Stinkfoot
3. Poodle Lecture
4. Dirty Love
5. Wind Up Workin’ In A Gas Station
6. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin
7. The Torture Never Stops
8. City Of Tiny Lites
9. You Didn’t Try To Call Me
10. Mars Needs Yo Mama
11. Titties ‘n’ Beer

CD 2 (56:07)

1. Black Napkins
2. Advance Romance
3. Honey, Don’t You Want A Man Like Me?
4. Rudy Wants To Buy Yez A Drink
5. Dinah-Moe Humm
6. The Purple Lagoon
7. Camarillo Brillo
8. Muffin Man

  • Cobo Hall, Detroit 19-Nov-1976

Also issued legally as part of the Beat the Boots II set.

Length: 45 min
Sound quality: B+
Label: Mud Shark MZ 3603

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Ray White, Eddie Jobson, Patrick O'Hearn, Terry Bozzio and special guests Ralph Armstrong and Don Brewer (?)

1. Stink-Foot
2. The Poodle Lecture
3. Dirty Love
4. Wind up Workin' in a Gas Station
5. The Torture Never Stops
6. City of Tiny Lites

The Project-Object bootleg claims to be "PHASE TWO OF CONCEPTUAL CONTINUITY". They have very similar covers and look like they could have been made by the same people, but there is another bootleg, Marvellous Stunner, which IS phase two of Conceptual Continuity - a later part of the show, with Flo & Eddie making a guest appearance. At any rate, 3200 copies were pressed. The group was identified as the Billy Dexter Band, just as Zappa had used the name Billy Dexter on a "Tears Began to Fall" single in 1971.

  • Cobo Hall, Detroit 19-Nov-1976

Label Number: Moustache Magic Music (MMM-04-38-39-40)
Year of Release: 2004
Time: 161 minutes


Parts of this show were issued legally as part of the Beat the Boots II set.

The first CD is just Flo & Eddie, as the opening act
CD 1 (50:56)

1. Intros
2. Cheap
3. A Kiss Concert?
4. It Ain’t Me Babe
5. World’s Best Possible Me
6. Kama Sutra Time
7. Eddie Are You Kidding? (including Jumbo Jack, The Fleetwood Mac, Whole Lotta Crux, FDS)
8. Eleanor
9. Band Introduction
10. Wings Over Detroit
11. Bernie & the Jets
12. There’s No Business
13. Miles vs. Santana
14. Peter The Hose
15. Pop Star Sucker
16. Keep It Warm
17. Moving Targets
18. Do You Like My New Car?
19. Happy Together
20. The Complete Score To Tommy

CD 2 (56:17)

1. Intro
2. Stinkfoot
3. Poodle Lecture
4. Dirty Love
5. Wind Up Workin’ In The Gas Station
6. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin
7. The Torture Never Stops
8. City Of Tiny Lites
9. Pound For A Brown (+ Drum Solo)


CD 3 (54:00)

1. Titties ‘N’ Beer
2. Black Napkins
3. Rudy Wants To Buy Yez A Drink (/)
4. Would You Go All The Way? (/)
5. Daddy Daddy Daddy (/)
6. What Kind Of Girl? (/)
7. Dinah-Moe-Hum (/)
8. Stranded In The Jungle
9. Camarillo Brillo
10. Muffin Man


- with Flo & Eddie
- with Ralph Armstrong
- with Don Brewer
 
  • Cobo Hall, Detroit 19-Nov-1976
  • Parc du Penfield, Brest, France, 19-Mar-1979

Length: 35 min
Sound quality: B
Label: Angry Taxman Records (ATR)

1976 musicians: Frank Zappa, Ray White, Eddie Jobson, Patrick O'Hearn, Terry Bozzio and special guests Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Ralph Armstrong and Don Brewer

1. Howdy, Folks
2. Dead Girls of London [interrupted] [Zappa/Shankar]
3. Titties & Beer
4. Stranded in the Jungle
5. Camarillo Brillo
6. Muffin Man
7. Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink
8. Would You Go All the Way?
9. Daddy Daddy Daddy
10. What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?
11. Dinah-Moe Humm

Tracks 1-2 are filler tracks from Brest, France, 19-Mar-1979.   Ttrack 1 is a spoken intro, and track 2 is interrupted as people throw beer cans onto the stage (years later, Zappa still chose to describe the French as "Winos" who "Do Not March"). The rest is from Detroit 19-Nov-1976. The early part of this show is issued as Conceptual Continuity. It was pressed on both black and multi-coloured vinyl, and 50 copies were issued in deluxe covers with stickers included. "Titties & Beer" had extra lyrics on this tour, which were never released officially.

Christmas in New York in '76

  • The Palladium, New York, the week after Christmas 1976

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Ray White, Eddie Jobson, Patrick O'Hearn, Terry Bozzio, Ruth Underwood, David Samuels, Randy Brecker, Mike Brecker, Lou Marini, Ronnie Cuber and Tom Malone (plus maybe Don Pardo?)

1. Titties & Beer / Cruisin' for Burgers
2. I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth / Punky's Whips
3. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?
4. The Illinois Enema Bandit
5. I'm the Slime / Manx Needs Women
6. Big Leg Emma
7. Sofa
8. The Black Page
9. The Torture Never Stops
10. The Purple Lagoon

This seems to be compiled from some or all of the four shows the week after Christmas 1976 where the Zappa in New York album was recorded.

  • Pavillon de Paris, 03-Feb-1977

Issued both on Smilin' Ears Records and as HFQ 177 (these things were printed on the actual labels) with nearly identical covers - the only detail that's different is the colour of the text on the front cover. It says "ZAPPA" and "Titties and Beer", and the Smilin' Ears version has all that printed in red, while the HFQ 177 version has "ZAPPA" and "and" in black,  "Titties" in red and "Beer" in yellow. The print on the respective labels is set in the same font.

Some copies may have only one of the titles Titties & Beer and Zoot Allures Live in Paris. The confirmed copies certainly have both: Titties & Beer on one side of the cover and Zoot Allures Live in Paris on the other. These copies have Titties & Beer on the spine.

Length: 90 min / 45 min
Sound quality: Audience B
Label: Smilin' Ears Records 7702 / HFQ 177

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Ray White, Eddie Jobson, Patrick O'Hearn and Terry Bozzio

1. The Illinois Enema Bandit [only the last part]
2. My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama
3. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
4. Broken Hearts Are for Assholes
5. Dong Work for Yuda [not listed, a capella version]

6. Manx Needs Women [not listed]
7. Titties & Beer [listed on side one instead]
8. Le Serviette Noir ["Black Napkins"]

One front cover variant has a black & white photo of Zappa sitting down. Another shot from the same photo session was used on a Kyoto bootleg called Black Napkins. "Titties & Beer" had extra lyrics on this tour, which were never released officially.

Do not see also: Zoot Allures Live

  • Jaap Edenhall, Amsterdam, 25-Feb-1977

Length: 90
Sound quality: Audience
Label: BZ Records FZ0277, 1979

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Ray White, Terry Bozzio, Patrick O'Hearn and Eddie Jobson

1. The Purple Lagoon / Introduction
2. Peaches en Regalia
3. The Torture Never Stops
4. Big Leg Emma

5. City of Tiny Lites
6. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus [mislisted as "The Black Page"]
7. Jones Chrusher [including the first few seconds of the next track, "Blues"]

8. Blues [guitar solo]
9. My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama
10. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
11. Broken Hearts Are for Assholes
12. Dong Work for Yuda [a capella version; not listed]

13. Manx Needs Women [not listed]
14. Titties & Beer
15. Black Napkins [15-minute version with violin solo]

"Zoot Allures" is listed, but does not appear. Towards the end of the guitar solo in "A Pound for a Brown on the Bus", near the drum solo, the bass (O'Hearn) plays the "Purple Lagoon" vamp from around 13 minutes into "The Purple Lagoon / Approximate" on Zappa in New York. The track "Blues" is an improvisational guitar-based coda to "Jones Crusher", typical of this tour. "Läther Goods" on the Läther CD is an example of such a coda. "City of Tiny Lites" is an early version with "very O'Hearnish bass". "Titties & Beer" had extra lyrics on this tour, which were never released officially.

The cover is black with a small Chunga's Revenge yawning picture in the center. The second record is widely reported as being identical to Zoot Allures Live in Paris, which is NOT true.

Live at Fox Theatre 1977 (2 CDRs)

  • Fox Theater, Atlanta, 18-Sep-1977

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Patrick O'Hearn, Terry Bozzio, Ed Mann, Tommy Mars and Peter Wolf.

Length: 130:35
Label: Laughing Cow Records LCR CD 0007
Sound quality: Audience B+ /A-

1. Warm-Up Variations
2. Peaches en Regalia
3. The Torture Never Stops
4. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
5. City of Tiny Lites
6. Bass Solo
7. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus
8. Jam
9. Flakes
10. Big Leg Emma
11. Hendrix instrumental / Envelopes
12. Drums
13. Disco Boy

14. I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth [?]
15. Wild Love
16. Titties & Beer [part 1]
17. Titties & Beer [part 2]
18. The Black Page #2
19. Jones Crusher
20. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes
21. Punky's Whips
22. Dinah-Moe Humm
23. Camarillo Brillo
24. Muffin Man

  • Track 1 contains a taped montage from Läther ("Revenge of the Knick-Knack People"?) which segues into the Dylan part of "Flakes", which actually starts track 2.
  • Track 6, the bass solo, is a continuation of the "City of Tiny Lites" vamp.
  • Track 8 is a continuation of "Pound for a Brown". 
  • Track 9 does not contain the "I'm a moron" section.
  • "Track 14 sounds like the 'Black Napkins' vamp."
  • "Titties & Beer" is split up by a tape change between "Just what will you give me for your titties & beer?" and "Give me that paper, bet your ass I will sign". The gap is 7 seconds.
  • Muffin Man starts a little before the track 11 mark.

Back cover says "From the Master Tapes!" (not true, obviously), and lists the manufacture date as 10/1999 (Made in Italy) with the address "via L. Marainara, 18 - 21130 Milano".

This release exists as a CDR release only.

  • The Palladium, New York, 31-Oct-1977
  • Re-issued on CD as Donna U Wanna by Buccaneer Records.
  • Re-issued on CD as Invocations (Great Live Records GLR 9225).
  • Re-issued on CD as Jones Crusher (Tendollar Label TDR-035, later re-issued in Japan).
  • Re-issued on CD as Special Halloween Issue by Blind Aardvark Records in 1997.
  • e-issued with Ultra-Modern Stringbean as one version of Tiny Nightmares (2 LP) by Beacon Island Records, Australia (2S726).
  • Also featured as record 9 (cream label) of The History & Collected Improvisations of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (re-issued on CD).
  • Parts officially issued on the BABY SNAKES video.
  • Parts officially issued on the Baby Snakes album.

Zurkon Music
Donna U Wanna

Length: 45 min
Sound quality: FM/soundboard A-
Zurkon Music LP label: ZX 3659
Zurkon Music CD label: RXZ Records 309

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Patrick O'Hearn, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann and Terry Bozzio

1. Intro [from "Flakes"]
2. San Ber'dino [BABY SNAKES video version]
3. Tryin' to Grow a Chin [Stage #6 version]
4. City of Tiny Lites [BABY SNAKES video version]
5. The Squirm [guitar solo]
6. Big Leg Emma

7. Audience Participation [BABY SNAKES video version]
8. The Black Page #2 [BABY SNAKES video & Baby Snakes album version]
9. Jones Crusher [BABY SNAKES video & Baby Snakes album version]
10. Camarillo Brillo [BABY SNAKES video version]
11. Black Napkins [BABY SNAKES video version]

Some cover track lists are quite wrong; the above should be correct. This is the Baby Snakes concert: tracks 2 & 4 and the entire side 2 appear in the BABY SNAKES video; tracks 8-9 even made it to the Baby Snakes album. "Donna U Wanna" is an approximation of the name of a character in the BABY SNAKES movie.

Invocations
Jones Crusher

The Invocations CD lists the "Audience Participation" as two tracks: "Dance Contest" and "Invocations". Its cover is a picture of Zappa on a green background, as on page 100 in Dominique Chevalier's book Viva! Zappa. Jones Crusher lists the "Audience Participation" as "Invocations" and "Dance Contest", and does not list/have the "Intro" part.

Special Halloween Issue

Label: Blind Aardvark Records

It would be no surprise if this is an exact copy of Zurkon Music: 

1. Opening [01:57] [from "Flakes"]
2. San Ber'dino [04:55] [BABY SNAKES video version]
3. Tryin' to Grow a Chin [03:28] [Stage #6 version]
4. City of Tiny Lights [04:57] [BABY SNAKES video version]
5. The Squirm [06:03] [guitar solo]
6. Big Legged [sic] Emma [02:09]
7. Warner Whipping (Audience Participation) [06:12] [BABY SNAKES video version]
8. The Black Page #2 (Dance Contest) [03:27] [BABY SNAKES video & Baby Snakes album version]
9. Jones Crusher [02:44] [BABY SNAKES video & Baby Snakes album version]
10. Credits [00:59] [from BABY SNAKES video?]
11. Camarillo Brillo [03:22] [BABY SNAKES video version]
12. Black Napkins [06:07] [BABY SNAKES video version]
13. Closing [00:32] [from BABY SNAKES video?]

The cover depicts a Jack o'Lantern figure on a greenish horse against the backdrop of a huge moon and some "ugly trees". "ZAPPA" is written in wild-westy letters. It's on Blind Aardvark Records - their logo is an aardvark with sunshades - and from 1997.

  • Pauley Pavillion, University of Californa, Los Angeles, 31-Dec-1977
  • Also issued on CD as Punky's Whips Shown on Stage (Tuff Bites TB 94.1004).
  • Re-issued as Martian Love Secrets (FZ 500) ("Martian Love Secrets" was the working title of the Sheik Yerbouti album).

Length: 90 min
Sound quality: Audience B+
Label: Ruthless Rhymes FZ500 / Raring Records Rarities

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Patrick O'Hearn, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann, Terry Bozio and Roy Estrada

1. Instrumental [mislisted as "Envelopes"]
2. Is This Guy Kidding or What? / I Have Been in You
3. Flakes [the last part only, listed as "Tom Snyder vs the Red Spiders from NBC]
4. Flakes [the last part continues] / Broken Hearts Are for Assholes
5. Wild Love (part 1) [listed as "Stinky Finger"]
6. Wild Love (part 2) [listed as "Fancy Stinky Part 1"]

7. Wild Love (part 3) [listed as "Fancy Stinky Part 2"]
8. Punky's Whips
9. "Stink-Foot" Solo
10. The Black Page #2
11. Jones Crusher [listed as "Deadly Jaws"]
12. Disco Boy
13. Dinah-Moe Humm
14. Bobby Brown

15. Conehead [different, instrumental version]
16. Camarillo Brillo
17. Muffin Man
18. San Ber'dino
19. Black Napkins
20. Auld Lang Syne

This show was around 3 hours long, so this is edited down. The sound is not too good, audience-recorded in a boomy hall, with some instruments not always audible, but the performance is good. The track list on the cover is not at all correct (the above is much better).

  • Track 1 is listed as "Envelopes" but is really a jam, probably a solo section from "A Pound for a Brown on the Bus".
  • Track 2 is "I Have Been in You" with an intro like the one on Stage #6, "Is This Guy Kidding or What".
  • Track 3 is just the end part, with Adrian Belew's e-bow solo.
  • Track 4 has 30 more seconds of "Flakes".
  • "Wild Love", including improvisations, is split up over three tracks, listed as "Stinky Finger" and "Fancy Stinky Parts 1-2". At 01:21 in track 6, a wild solo section ensues, with Tommy Mars and Peter Wolf doing keyboard improvisations. Then the first 01:57 of track 7 is Adrian Belew on guitar, 01:58-08:23 a "Yo' Mama" type Zappa solo, and the remaining 08:24-09:09 the last part of "Wild Love".
  • Track 15 is a different, instrumental "Conehead" (and may belong last on vinyl side 3 instead).

Some Wax Flags issues have a cheap black & white cover, others a deluxe tan & white (and there was a yellow vinyl run of 100 numbered copies). Punky's Whips Shown on Stage is packaged in a 4-way slick cardboard gatefold with a caricature of Zappa as Uncle Sam both on the cover and inside (differing in colour schemes), some tracking errors and vinyl surface noise at the beginning and end of each reproduced vinyl side. It is a German edition, passing it self off as Luxembourgian.

A variant cover of Wax Flags has been reported. It has a live picture of Zappa with a microphone, a picture of Zappa holding a picture of himself playing guitar while "shooting the finger". The vinyl is multi-coloured, and the label of one disc has a drawing of a gargoyle with two heads in front of a tombstone with "Verzyl" inscribed on it, while the other label has what "appears to be a Chinese-style drawing of a warrior with a spear and a sword attacking a serpent in front of a pyramid". (This cover and these labels don't list any tracks at all.) 

A reader's account of Wax Flags:

I have a copy of Wax Flags from Germany. Two black-vinyl LPs. The label, which doesn't list the tracks, has an image from (or at least a rip-off from) an old National Lampoon cover, "Buy this magazine, or we'll shoot this dog": it's a photo of a dog with a gun to its head. The label identifies this as "An Original First Pressing"/"Made in Germany".

The two disks are in a single, plain white sleve. Inside is a folded, blue sheet with the track listings, personnel, etc., and a B&W (actually, it's printed in green ink) photo of Zappa aiming the fret-end of a guitar toward the camera. This "label" was apparently printed in Denmark.

  • Philipshalle, Dьsseldorf, 01-Feb-1978

Abridged to Great Googly Moogly.

Sound quality: "B"

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Patrick O'Hearn, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann and Terry Bozzio

1. The Purple Lagoon / Intro
2. Dancin' Fool
3. Peaches en Regalia
4. The Torture Never Stops

5. Tryin' to Grow a Chin [mislisted as "Broken Hearts Are for Assholes" on Great Googly Moogly]
6. City of Tiny Lites
7. Baby Snakes
8. A Pound for a Brown (on the Bus) [mislisted as "Duke of Prunes" on Great Googly Moogly]

[Great Googly Moogly ends here]

9. I Have Been in You
10. Flakes
11. Broken Hearts Are for Assholes
12. Wild Love
13. Yo' Mama
14. Punky's Whips
15. The Black Page #2
16. Jones Crusher

Great Googly Moogly has tracks 1-8. Tracks 9-16 presumably constitute sides 3-6 of Live am Rhein. The cover of Great Googly Moogly says that the music and cover photos are taken from the motion picture "Zappa am Rhein". Judging by the photographs, it appears to be an audience hand-camera job. There is no label/manufacture info on the Great Googly Moogly cover at all, and the record labels are completely blank.

  • Stadthalle, Vienna, 3-Feb-1978

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Patrick O'Hearn, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann and Terry Bozzio

The Best Slidin' is Horse Ridin'

Length: 45 min
Sound quality: record-breaking lo-fi
Label: Revival Records BWR-8303 (BIVD 8303?)

1. Introduction ["The Purple Lagoon" vamp]
2. Dancin' Fool
3. Peaches en Regalia
4. The Torture Never Stops
5. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
6. City of Tiny Lites [part 1]
7. City of Tiny Lites [part 2]
8. Baby Snakes
9. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus
10. I Have Been in You [with spoken intro]
11. Flakes [edited version]

The set list is identical to the first part of Steaming Jukebox. This is a bootleg of record-breaking lo-fi sound, even worse than Steaming Jukebox. "Flakes" has been edited badly and is just the first and last parts pasted together. Issued both with colour covers (200 or 500 copies) and with colour paper inserts instead; some copies were pressed on blue vinyl.

Stick It In
Stick It Out
Stick It In - Stick It Out

Label: Stick Records

There has been some confusion as to the contents of this set (stemming from "a book about bootlegs"), but these track lists have been confirmed by someone who really has the records:

Stick It In:

1. Introduction ["The Purple Lagoon" vamp] [01:30]
2. Dancin' Fool [03:29]
3. Peaches en Regalia [02:24]
4. The Torture Never Stops [11:17]
5. Tryin' to Grow a Chin [03:27]

6. City of Tiny Lites [06:46]
7. Baby Snakes [01:55]
8. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus [08:53]
9. I Have Been in You [05:47]
10. Flakes [00:19] [part 1]

Stick It Out:

1. Flakes [ 03:58]
2. Broken Hearts Are for Assholes [ 03:39]
3. Wild Love [ 13:53]
4. Yo' Mama [ 09:15]
5. Titties & Beer [ 05:47]
6. The Black Page #2 [ 02:41]
7. Jones Crusher [ 02:49]
8. Little House I used To Live In [ 03:11]

They're from the same concert as The Best Slidin' Is Horse Ridin' (at least most of them is for certain), but they may be a different recording, with better sound. They were issued as separate LPs and as the double LP Stick It In - Stick It Out. Both single LPs were pressed on both black and blue vinyl. The blue runs were of 50 or 150 copies each. Stick It In and the double LP have the same covers, with a photo of Zappa singing, and Stick It Out have another cover photo where he plays guitar. (All this information is from the "book about bootlegs". :) The double LP has an "insert with a pin-up photo" and, according to the book, the following track list for Stick It Out:

  • Broken Hearts Are for Assholes
  • King Kong
  • Wild Love
  • Black Napkins
     
  • Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
  • Titties & Beer
  • I Ain't Got No Heart
  • The Black Page #2

In the book, the track list for the single-album version of Stick It Out is given as:

  • Broken Hearts Are for Assholes
  • The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
  • Dear Heart ["For the Young Sophistacate"?]
  • Wet T-Shirt Nite
     
  • Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
  • Titties & Beer
  • The Deathless Horsie
  • Dead Girls of London [Zappa/Shankar]
  • I Ain't Got No Heart

I'm sure both of those lists are totally wrong, and the confirmed track list above is correct, because the confirmed track list also matches what was played at the concert. 

  • Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, 15-Feb-1978

Label: ZAPP 1002-A/B (Germany)

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Patrick O'Hearn, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann and Terry [listed as Terri :)] Bozzio

Part 1

1. Intro ["The Purple Lagoon"] (01:21)
2. Dancin' Fool (03:33)
3. Peaches en Regalia (02:27)
4. The Torture Never Stops (13.50) [see below!]
5. Tryin' to Grow a Chin (03:27)
6. City of Tiny Lites (07:13)
7. Baby Snakes (01:49)
8. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus (05:50)
9. Boutique Girl ["Is This Guy Kidding or What?"] (04:46)
10. I Have Been in You (05:08)
11. Flakes (07:23)
12. Broken Hearts Are for Assholes (03:46)
13. Instrumental ["King Kong"] (08:46)

Track 1 is a spoken intro over a repeat of the first part of "The Purple Lagoon", which segues into "Dancin' Fool". This "The Torture Never Stops" solo is the original recording that was edited down to "Rat Tomago" on the Sheik Yerbouti album! "King Kong" goes into a very loose improvisation and fades out after 8 or 9 minutes. Track 9 is the intro to "I Have Been in You", along the lines of "Is This Guy Kidding or What?" on Stage #6.

On the disc is the "young Frank" picture from the Ruben & the Jets album. The same picture is under the tray. The cover shows an extremely sleazy Zappa with a Barbie doll and a cigarette; the back of the booklet has Zappa in a robe, witch hat and lady's glasses holding a basket of fruit and dentures (the same picture was used on the back cover of The Untouchables).

Part 2

The CD has 3 tracks:

1. Wild Love
2. ["Wild Love" solo by Adrian Belew]
3. Yo Mama
4. Titties & Beer
5. The Black Page #2
6. Jones Crusher
7. Little House I Used to Live In [intro]
8. The Sheik Yerbouti Tango [!]
9. Little House I Used to Live In [finale]
10. Dong Work for Yuda

11. Bobby Brown
12. Envelopes
13. Drum Solo
14. Disco Boy

15. Dinah-Moe Humm
16. Camarillo Brillo
17. Muffin Man

Cover track list is wrong; the above is more correct. "Track" 7 is the orchestrated intro from "Little House I Used to Live In" followed by a solo section (as on Project-Object) - track 8 is the full-length recording of "The Sheik Yerbouti Tango" on Sheik Yerbouti, which was part of the "Little House I Used to Live In" solos! It occupies 38:07-44:05; the official edit covers 39:47-43:40, so both beginning and end are unreleased. Track 9 is the "Little House I Used to Live In" intro coming back as a closer.

The cover depicts Zappa by the Hendrix Strat, as on page 97 of Dominique Chevalier's book Viva! Zappa. This time, there is no picture on the disc, but the "young Frank" picture from Ruben & the Jets is still under the tray.

  • Rhein-Neckar Stadium, Eppelheim, Germany, 24-Feb-1978

Length: 90 min
Sound quality: Audience B- or worse
Label: HD 1978

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Patrick O'Hearn, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann and Terry Bozzio

1. Introductions
2. Dancin' Fool
3. Peaches en Regalia
4. The Torture Never Stops
5. Tryin' to Grow a Chin [part 1]

6. Tryin' to Grow a Chin [part 2]
7. City of Tiny Lites
8. Baby Snakes
9. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus [part 1]

10. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus [part 2]
11. I Have Been in You [with German boutique girl intro]
12. Flakes [part 1]

13. Flakes [part 2]
14. Broken Hearts Are for Assholes
15. King Kong [edited version]
16. Wild Love

Real bad sound with crackling noises and audience chat (but it had colour covers :). "I Have Been in You" has a long intro about a German boutique girl, and runs over 11 minutes.

Wanna Buy Some Acid? (2CD)

  • Hemmerleinhalle, Neunkirchen-am-Brand, 25-Feb-1978 (cover lists 1979)
  • Bonus tracks

Label: The Swingin' Pig
Sound quality: soundboard A/B

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Patrick O'Hearn, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann and Terry Bozzio

1. Intro
2. Dancin' Fool
3. Peaches en Regalia
4. The Torture Never Stops
5. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
6. City of Tiny Lites
7. Baby Snakes
8. Pound for a Brown
9. I Have Been in You
10. Broken Hearts Are for Assholes

11. King Kong
12. White Person [Stage #6 version]
13. Wild Love
14. Yo' Mama
15. San Ber'dino
16. Watermelon in Easter Hay
17. Dinah-Moe Humm
18. Black Napkins
19. Ship Ahoy
20. Guitar Improvisation
21. Zoot Allures Out-Take
22. Orchestra Improvisation

Tracks 1-18 live in Neunkirchen 25-Feb-1978. Tracks 15-18 are probably from another source, in worse sound quality. Tracks 19-22 are various bonus tracks; tracks 20-22 are listed on the cover as "unreleased". Track 20 is what is listed as "Munchkin Tits" and "Drum Solo" on the Zut Alors bootleg - including a different edit of "Hands with a Hammer" on Stage #3 (Osaka 3-Feb-1976).

The cover has the "smoking sheik" photo from Sheik Yerbouti.

  • Circus Krone, Munich, 08-Sep-1978
  • Uddel, The Netherlands, 18-Jun-1970
  • Also issued as Absolutely Zappa at the Circus (A-6606), in a numbered 50-copy edition, with a black & white insert cover
  • Also issued legally as part of the Beat the Boots II set

Length: 42 min
Sound quality: FM radio A- (Munich)
Label: Musikerinitiative RE A 6606

  • Munich musicians: Frank Zappa, Denny Walley, Ed Mann, Arthur Barrow, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf and Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Uddel musicians: Frank Zappa, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Jeff Simmons, George Duke, Aynsley Dunbar and Ian Underwood

1. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus
2. Baby Snakes
3. Dancing Fool
4. Easy Meat
5. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?
6. Mother People

7. Wino Man ["Wonderful Wino", Zappa/Simmons]
8. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
9. Seal Call Fusion Music
10. Bobby Brown
11. I'm on Duty
12. Conehead

  • Tracks 1-5 and 8-12 are live at the Circus Krone in Munich, 08-Sep-1978. Listed as July 1 on the bootleg.
  • Tracks 6-7 are live in Uddel, The Netherlands, 18-Jun-1970.

"Seal Call Fusion Music" is an improvisation featuring Vinnie Colaiuta (Zappa instructs him to play drums and make "seal calls" at the same time), and "I'm on Duty" is an improvisation with Zappa rapping to a backbeat (about how people think he's doing drugs; they ask what he's on and he replies that he's "on duty") - both once-only performances.

The Munich set was a televised rehearsal. The program was called We Don't Mess Around. The Uddel set was broadcast by the VPRO in a series called Piknik, but the videotapes have been lost. The album was released in 1981, originally in 650 numbered copies and some unnumbered.

(A wrong date printed on At the Circus has continued to confuse the Zappa community well into the '90s:

ARTHUR BARROW: We had rehearsed in LA for about 6 weeks (I think), then Frank suddenly got some oppurtunities to play the festivals in Europe before the regular US tour. We cut the rehearsals short and went to London first, where we rehearsed for a few days, perhaps, then did a couple of the festivals, then had some time off in Munich. I think we were in the Circus Krone for only a week or so. There was no 2-month gap that I recall. Perhaps someone out there has an itinerary that could clear that up.

JON NAURIN: The 2-month gap is a misunderstanding, stemming from a bootleg (At the Circus) which claims that the Circus Krone rehearsals were in July. I'm not sure about the correct date, but my guess is the last days of August / first days of September. The first couple of festivals you mention were in Ulm (August 26) and Stuttgart (late August), then after the little break in Munich, there were concerts in Sweden, Germany and England. The great Berlin show, where the bill was shared with Peter Gabriel, Brand X and Mahavishnu Orchestra, led to Frank's first contact with [Lakshminarayana] Shankar.)

  • Saarbrьcken, 3-Sep-1978

Also issued legally as part of the Beat the Boots II set.

Length: 70 min
Sound quality: Soundboard B
Label: Trade Mark of Quality (TMOQ)

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Ike Willis, Denny Walley, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ed Mann, Tommy Mars & Peter Wolf

1. Dancin' Fool (03:43)
2. Easy Meat (05:04)
3. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me? (04:15)
4. Keep It Greasey (03:31)
5. Village of the Sun (06:18)
6. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing (03:41)
7. City of Tiny Lights (09:38)
8. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus (03:42)
9. Bobby Brown (02:52)
10. Conehead (06:05)
11. Flakes (05:01)
12. Magic Fingers (02:29)
13. Don't Eat the Yellow Snow (02:11)
14. Nanook Rubs It (03:22)
15. St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast (03:17)
16. Father O'Blivion
17. Rollo
18. Bamboozled By Love (06:45)

Pressed on black, yellow and multi-coloured vinyl. The cover has a black & white photo of Zappa the mad rocker seemingly lecturing from a chair, one leg across the other, leaning forward with a microphone, looking grouchy, with long, straight ponytail. (I think the comic strip Bloom County used this very picture in a misguided attempt to satirize Zappa as a drug addict running for president, but don't quote me on that.) Some LP labels have the incorrect title "SAARBRUCKEN 1979".

  • Knebworth Festival, England, 9-Sep-1978
  • Long version issued on Rubber Slices (2 LP) (in a deluxe colour cover)
  • Short version issued on CD as Knebworth, England and as Rubber Slices (Three Cool Cats TCC 045)
  • Rubber Slices re-issued on vinyl in Europe as "Barking Pumpkin" / Pax Records ZAPPA 14 and on CD in Germany as IN-AKUSTIK 049-045

Length: 90 min / 65 min
Sound quality: Audience B
Label: Lunar Toones 2S-8 (LP) / Three Cool Cats (CD)

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Denny Walley, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ed Mann and Arthur Barrow

Rubber Slices LP

1. Rubber Slices ["The Deathless Horsie"] (9:03)
2. Dancin' Fool (3:48)
3. Easy Meat (5:11)
4. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me? (4:25)

5. Keep it Greasey (4:45)
6. Village of the Sun (7:52)
7. Poor Suckers ["The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing"] (4:13)
8. City of Tiny Lites (8:07)

9. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus (6:45)
10. Bobby Brown (3:02)
11. Conehead (5:20)
12. Morons (2:25) [first part of "Flakes"]
13. Flakes (2:45) [second part of "Flakes"]

14. Magic Fingers (2:42)
15. Don't Eat the Yellow Snow (4:25)
16. Nanook Rubs It (2:11)
17. Saint Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast (3:15)
18. Father O'Blivion / Rollo (3:20)
19. Bamboozled by Love (6:27)

Rubber Slices CD
Knebworth, England CD

1. The Deathless Horsie / Introduction and Soundcheck
2. Dancin' Fool
3. Easy Meat
4. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?
5. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus
6. Bobby Brown
7. Conehead
8. Flakes [part 2]
9. Flakes [part 1]
10. Magic Fingers
11. Don't Eat the Yellow Snow
12. Nanook Rubs It
13. Saint Alfonzo's Pancakce Breakfast
14. Father O'Blivion / Rollo
15. Bamboozled by Love

Actually, "Nanook Rubs It" starts at 2:28 in track 11; "Father O'Blivion" starts at 1:52 in track 13 - the above track list is a bit simplified. "Rollo" starts at 0:55 in track 14.

The (Three Cool Cats) Rubber Slices CD cover is from the same photo session as the Swiss Cheese and Fire! covers: Zappa, wearing nothing but a red scarf, stockings and leopard tanga, is being carried by topless women amidst green plants. Canada 1973 also has a cover photo from this session.

Just out of curiosity, here is the bill for 1978's Knebworth festival (courtesy of Patrick Neve):

Saturday, Sept. 9th, 1978
11:00AM - 10:30PM

Frank Zappa
The Tubes
Peter Gabriel
Boomtown Rats
Dave Edmonds
Rockpile
and introducing
Nick Lowe

  • Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, 21-Sep-1978

Material from this concert has been issued on Peepers Part 1 (700 copies on Laughing Clown Records), Peepers Parts 2 & 3 (2 LP) (350 copies on Laughing Clown Records), Project-Object (3200 vinyl copies as Mud Shark MZ3604, and on CD as Archivo ARC CD 003 and Three Cool Cats TCC 046), Guitar Player - Live 1978 (Fire Power FP-0055) and in Europe as a picture disc called Moe's Vacation (200-copy edition).

Sound quality: SBD / FM Radio A-

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Denny Walley, Ike Willis, Arthur Barrow, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann and Vinnie Colaiuta

Peepers Part 1 has the following tracks:

1. The Deathless Horsie
2. Dancin' Fool
3. Easy Meat
4. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?
5. Keep It Greasey
6. Village of the Sun
7. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
8. City of Tiny Lights

Peepers Parts 2 & 3 has the following tracks, picking up where part one left off:

1. Instrumental [piano/keyboard solos, listed as "Prelude to Bobby Brown; may be composed in part by Peter Wolf]
2. Bobby Brown
3. Conehead
4. Moe's Vacation
5. The Black Page #2
6. Is This Guy Kidding or What? / I Have Been in You
7. Flakes
8. Magic Fingers
9. Don't Eat the Yellow Snow / Nanook Rubs It / Saint Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast / Father O'Blivion / Rollo
10. Little House I Used to Live in
11. Tell Me You Love Me
12. Yo' Mama
13. Black Napkins

Project-Object has the following tracks:

1. Instrumental [piano/keyboard solos, listed as "Prelude to Bobby Brown; may be composed in part by Peter Wolf]
2. Bobby Brown
3. Conehead
4. Moe's Vacation
5. I Have Been in You

6. Little House I Used to Live In
7. Tell Me You Love Me
8. Yo' Mama

They have also been issued as the first 8 tracks on In New York & San Francisco.

The Project-Obejct bootleg claims to be "phase two of Conceptual Continuity". It has a cover very similar to the Conceptual Continuity bootleg, and may have been made by the same people, but phase two of that bootleg is actually issued as Marvellous Stunner. Project-Object was released in 1980 (pressed in 3200 copies) and re-released on CD in 1991. The cover is a black & white insert. The disc has "Project Object" on it; the cover has "Project-Object". When Zappa wrote the phrase himself, he would write it "Project/Object".

The Moe's Vacation picture LP has the same track list as Project-Object. It's a colour picture LP, with a picture of a smiling Zappa from the You Are What You Is photo session. It says "Printed in Mexico" and "Promotional copy not for sale". It was pressed on poor-quality vinyl, which gets scratchy.

Guitar Player - Live 1978 has tracks 1-8 of Peepers Part 1 and 1-3 of Parts 2 & 3; 12 tracks in all ("Deathless Horsie" to "Conehead"). Tracks 1 and 11 listed as "instrumental" only. Front cover has a picture of Zappa standing with the Hendrix Strat.

  • The "instrumental" track from these bootlegs is some kind of piano/keyboard solo from "A Pound for a Brown on the Bus", some of which is probably compsed by Peter Wolf.
  • "Moe's Vacation" track is the early stages of "Mo & Herb's Vacation", a shorter version for drums, bass and marimba (exquisite!).
  • "I Have Been in You" has a long intro like the one on Stage #6, "Is This Guy Kidding or What".
  • "Little House I Used to Live In" is the orchestrated intro from "Little House I Used to Live in" followed by a vocal improvisation by Tommy Mars, a bit of a drum solo and a fade-out.
  • Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, 21-Sep-1978
  • Isstadion, Stockholm 14-Sep-1984

Re-issued as In New York & San Francisco (P 910106) in Germany (with the bar code 4 011778 960287, believe it or not).

Sound quality: Excellent & very good
Label: Clinton CL 7918

1978 musicians: Frank Zappa, Denny Walley, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ed Mann and Arthur Barrow

1984 musicians: Frank Zappa, Ike Willis, Ray White, Scott Thunes, Chad Wackerman, Alan Zavod and Bobby Martin

1. Prelude to "Bobby Brown"
2. Bobby Brown
3. Conehead
4. Moe's Vacation
5. I Have Been in You
6. Little House I Used to Live in
7. Tell Me You Love Me
8. Yo' Mama
9. Heavy Duty Judy
10. Presentation
11. City of Tiny Lites
12. You Are What You Is
13. The Mudd Club

The cover says live 1978, but that's not strictly true. Tracks 1-8 are from 1978, from the Project-Object bootleg, and tracks 9-13 from 1984 - the same recording as Fits Your 34B, No Matter What 34B You Are. Track 10 is a band introduction from 1984 (including some bogus names, like Diana Ross), and "Moe's Vacation" is the early stages of "Mo & Herb's Vacation", a shorter (exquisite) version for drums, bass and marimba. Tracks 1-8 sound excellent; tracks 9-13 slighly worse but still very good. Issued in a black jewel box with stickers on front and back. The re-issue In New York & San Francisco has a black & white cover with a picture of Zappa sitting down with a conductor's stick. 

  • Note: nothing on this album was recorded in San Francisco.

The Brain
It's Been a Long Time Comin'

  • State University of New York, Stonybrook, 15-Oct-1978

Sound quality: "excellent soundboard" / "very good audience" (pick your favourite)
The Brain label: BM-1
It's Been a Long Time Comin' matrix: ZHS A/B

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Denny Walley, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ed Mann and Arthur Barrow

1. Suicide Chump
2. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
3. City of Tiny Lites [continues on side 2]

4. City of Tiny Lites [continued from side 1]
5. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus [including "Hail Caesar"]

The Brain included a "coloured poster cover showing Frank Zappa on stage playing his Gibson SG guitar". 200 copies were pressed on black vinyl and 100 on green.

It's Been a Long Time Comin' was reportedly pressed in 150 copies on black vinyl and 30 on red; a copy on sunburst mulitcoloured vinyl has been confirmed (found in West Germany in 1984), the label of which says that 150 copies were made. One explanation is that 150 copies were made on black vinyl and 30 on multicoloured (sunburst), but it doesn't add up either way. The cover is black with a wide yellow strip slanting across it with the red text "FRANK ZAPPA / It's been a long time comin' / Recorded live in concert seven years ago". (Either that's wrong, or the 1984 purchase date is wrong - who can say?)

Happy Halloween 1978 (3-CD Box)

  • Palladium, New York, 31-Oct-1978

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Patrick O'Hearn, Denny Walley, Arthur Barrow, Vinne Colaiuta, Ed Mann, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf plus Lakshmirayana Shankar and Warren Cucurrullo

Label: Moustache's Magic Music MMM-02-14/15/16 (2003)
Sound quality: "poor"

1. Ancient Armaments [Halloween version]
2. Intro [Halloween version?]
3. Dancin' Fool [Halloween version]
4. Easy Meat
5. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?
6. Keep It Greasy
7. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
8. City of Tiny Lites
9. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus
10. Thirteen [Zappa/Shankar] [one source of the Stage #6 version]
11. Ms X
12. Fantasy from a Girl from the Audience

13. Dinah-Moe Humm
14. Go Cry on Somebody Else's Shoulder [Zappa/Walley - one source of "Little Rubber Girl" on Stage #4]
15. The Idiot Bastard Son / Bobby Brown
16. Conehead
17. Suicide Chump
18. Little House I Used to Live In
19. Watermelon in Easter Hay

20. Stink-Foot [Halloween version]
21. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance [Stage #6 version]
22. Peaches en Regalia
23. Strictly Genteel
24. Sofa
25. Packard Goose
26. Magic Fingers [one source of the Halloween version]
27. Yellow Snow Suite [Halloween version]
28. Camarillo Brillo
29. Black Napkins [Halloween version]
30. The Deathless Horsie [Halloween version]

Collage cover, with Zappa conducting the band. Limited 500-copy edition. Auspiciously released very close in time to the (non-bootleg) Halloween audio-DVD. 

  • Tracks 1-3 (2?), 20, 27, 29-30 and part os 26 have been officially released on the Halloween audio-DVD. (Track 1 also formed the B-side for the "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted" single.)
  • Part of track 14 has been released on Stage #4, as "Little Rubber Girl".
  • Track 11 is Warren Cucurrullo telling a story about when he picked up a transsexual.
  • Track 21 and part of track 10 have been officially released on Stage #6.
  • Unknown live 1978

Label: Stick It In

1. Introduction
2. Dancin' Fool
3. Peaches en Regalia
4. The Torture Never Stops
5. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
6. City of Tiny Lites
7. Baby Snakes
8. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus
9. I Have Been in You
10. Flakes
11. Broken Hearts Are for Assholes
12. King Kong
13. Wild Love
14. Black Napkins
15. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
16. Titties & Beer
17. I Ain't Got No Heart
18. The Black Page #2

The track list is from the cover only, but looks credible. The cover depicts a topless woman, and some other stuff, which may be a penguin and Reagan. The LPs may have only partial track separation, with tracks 1-5, 6-10, 11-14 and 15-18 as the four tracks.

  • 12-Feb 1979, Apollo Theater, Manchester, England
  • 19-Mar 1979, Parc du Penfield, Brest, France

Label Number: Moustache Magic Music (MMM-03-31/32)
Year of Release: 2003
Time: 142 minutes

CD 1 (69:36)

1. Persona Non Grata
2. Band Introduction
3. Dead Girls Of London
4. I Ain’t Got No Heart
5. Brown Shoes Don’t Make It
6. Cosmik Debris
7. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin
8. Instruments Check
9. Intro
10. Persona Non Grata
11. Band Introduction
12. Dead Girls Of London
13. I Ain’t Got No Heart
14. Brown Shoes Don’t Make It
15. Cosmik Debris
16. Tryin’ To Grow A Chin
17. City Of Tiny Lites (incl. Filthy Habits)
18. Dancin’ Fool
19. Easy Meat (Part 1)


Tracks 1 – 7: Manchester
Tracks 8 – 19: Paris
CD 2 (72:29)

1. Easy Meat (Part 2)
2. Jumbo Go Away
3. Andy
4. Inca Roads
5. Florentine Pogen
6. Honey, Don’t You Want A Man Like Me?
7. Peaches En Regalia
8. Encore Instruments Check
9. Montana
10. Encore Audience
11. Dirty Love
12. City Of Tiny Lites
13. Dancin’ Fool
14. Easy Meat
15. Jumbo Go Away
16. Honey, Don’t You Want A Man Like Me?


Tracks 1 – 11: Paris
Tracks 12 – 16: Manchester
James from Denver adds:
 

The arrangements of these two CDs make it difficult to listen to, as they play the same six songs right after each other on disc one. This must have been done in order to fit both concerts onto two discs.

  • Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, 14-Feb-1979

Length: 45 min
Label: Logo Records

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Denny Walley, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Vinnie Colaiuta, Arthur Barrow and Warren Cuccurullo

1. The Deathless Horsie
2. Dead Girls of London [Zappa/Shankar]
3. Ain't Got No Heart
4. Brown Shoes Don't Make It
5. Cosmik Debris
6. Tryin' to Grow a Chin
7. City of Tiny Lites
8. Dancin' Fool

First issued in hand-stamped covers (old-OLD-school bootleg packaging) and later with printed 4-colour covers.

Frankie Meets Bobby (LP - only one side by Zappa)

  • Voorst National Hall, Brussels, 21-Feb-1979
  • Bobby Dylan

Matrix: ZD 1 - ZD 2
Musicians; Frank Zappa, Tommy Mars, Ike Willis, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ed Mann, Peter Wolf and Denny Walley

Only side 1 is Zappa:

1. Treacherous Cretins
2. Dead Girls of London [Zappa/Shankar]
3. I Ain't Got No Heart
4. Brown Shoes Don't Make It
5. Cosmic Debris
6. Trying to Grow a Chin

Side 2 was a Bob Dylan recording, not known at this time. The Torchum Never Stops Volume 3 lists the dates "24 Apr 62 - 31 Oct 64" for this LP, and since they have nothing to do with the Zappa recording, they may pertain to Dylan's.

10 copies each were pressed on blue, clear, green, yellow and red vinyl - altogether 50 copies. The black & white cover has Zappa taking the back seat on a motor bike driven by someone who's wearing sunglasses and smoking a cigarette.

  • Nouvel Hippodrome, Paris, 24-Feb-1979
  • Advance copied issued as Zapp...a...Paris with paper insert.
  • Also issued as Frank Zappa Gets His Shit Together.
  • One of the records also issued as Live in Schьttdorf (!).
  • First record also issued with the second record of Pappa Zappa as The Best of ... Pappa Zappa & Any Way the Wind Blows, Lactic Decay and Super Mix.
  • Also issued legally as part of the Beat the Boots set.

Length: 90 min?
Sound quality: Soundboard B
Label: Rondo Lette FP 101/102 (Europe); Raven Records FP 101/102 (USA)

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Denny Walley, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Vinnie Colaiuta, Arthur Barrow and Warren Cuccurullo

1. Watermelon in Easter Hay (04:27)
2. Dead Girls of London (02:38) [Zappa/Shankar]
3. Ain't Got No Heart (to Give Away) (02:11)
4. Brown Shoes Don't Make It (07:29)
5. Cosmik Debris (04:11)
6. Tryin' to Grow a Chin (03:34)
7. City of Tiny Lights (09:25)
8. Dancin' Fool (03:31)
9. Easy Meat (06:40)
10. Jumbo, Go Away (03:46)
11. Andy (05:20)
12. Inca Roads (05:42)
13. Florentine Pogen (05:26)
14. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me? (04:34)
15. Keep It Greasey (03:31)
16. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing (03:24)
17. Another Cheap Aroma (02:38) ["For the Young Sophisticate"]
18. Wet T-Shirt Night (02:29)
19. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? (02:38)
20. Peaches en Regalia (03:41)

First released on coloured vinyl (dark red or cream, also known as brown) with a deluxe colour cover. Later re-issued on black vinyl with black front and red back cover: drawing of a woman from waist to ankles, her skirt blown up by the wind. Two other covers were also used, as well as "marbled" vinyl, which may be the same as the dark red, cream or brown.

  • Scandinavium, Gothenburg, 6-Mar-1979

Length: 45 min
Sound quality: Audience
Label: Mud Shark MZ 3602 / Raw Sound

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Denny Walley, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Vinnie Colaiuta, Arthur Barrow and Warren Cuccurullo

1. The Deathless Horsie
2. Dead Girls of London [Zappa/Shankar]
3. I Ain't Got no Heart
4. Brown Shoes Don't Make It
5. Cosmik Debris
6. Easy Meat [part 1]

7. Easy Meat [part 2]
8. Jumbo, Go Away [listed as "Jumbo"]
9. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
10. For the Young Sophisticate [Listed as "Dear Heart"]
11. Wet T-Shirt Nite
12. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?

Released in March 1980, with only a black & white paper insert for a cover, in a 2800-copy edition. (The insert depcited a doll holding a copy of Rolling Stone magazine.) The group was identified as the Junior Minz Touring Band. "The Junior Mintz Touring Band" was also used on Could This Be ... Joe's garage Acts IV & V Live?, another Mud Shark bootleg.

  • Parc du Penfield, Brest, France, 19-Mar-1979

Length: 91:46
Sound quality: Soundboard B+ ("I can assure you it SUCKED!! I hated myself for being so stupid as to buy it!")
Label: Shogun Records 13040

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Denny Walley, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ed Mann, Arthur Barrow and Warren Cuccurullo

The cover track list is quite wrong; this should be correct:

1. Revenge of the Knick-Knack People / He Used to Cut the Grass (Imaginary Guitar Solo) [09:06]
2. On the Bus [01:25]
3. Dead Girls of London [03:06] [interrupted] [Zappa/Shankar]
4. I Ain't Got No Heart [02:03]
5. Brown Shoes Don't Make It [06:12]

6. Cosmik Debris [03:50]
7. Tryin' to Grow a Chin [03:15]
8. City of Tiny Lites / Filthy Habits [10:56]
9. Dancin' Fool [03:22]
10. Easy Meat [part 1] [00:58]

11. Easy Meat [part 2] [05:29]
12. Jumbo, Go Away [04:45]
13. Andy [06:23]
14. Inca Roads [part 1] [05:42]

15. Inca Roads [part 2] [08:07]
16. Florentine Pogen [05:03]
17. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me? [04:19]
18. Peaches en Regalia [03:20]
19. Montana [04:25] [partial]

"Revenge of the Knick-Knack People" is a tape played over the PA system. An edit of this tune has been officially released on the Läther CD, as a bonus track. "Dead Girls of London" is interrupted as people throw beer cans onto the stage (years later, Zappa still chose to describe the French as "Winos" who "Do Not March"); "Montana" is interrupted because the tape and/or vinyl side runs out. Track 7 has been described as "Tryin' to Grow a Dick".

The cover picture is a composite of four shots of Zappa in various stages of a guitar solo. The exact same picture was also used on the Shogun Records boot Thigh, the Mudshark CD - a re-issue of Ultra-Modern Stringbean - and on a version of Tiny Nightmares.

Brest was also issued as a single album. Several different covers were used. 50 copies were pressed on white vinyl. Tracks 4-8 (not "Filty Habits") were also issued on We Don't Swap Around and It's More Than a Burp.

PS - here's the track listing on the cover, it's kind of funny: 

Imaginary Warm Up, Used To Cut Grass, Boutique, Dead Girls Of London, Brown Shoes Don't Make It / Cosmic Debris, Trying To Grow A Chin, City Of Tiny Likes, Dancin' Fool / Easy Meat, Jumbo Go Away, Florentine Foger Poger, Imaginary Guitar Solo Pt. 1 / Imaginary Guitar Solo Pt.2, Honey Don't Ya Want A Man Like Me, Peaches An Regalia, Montana

Live in Brest, France (Part 3)
79 BREST ZAPPA PT 3

Label: ATR FZ 79 Guilty

1. City of Tiny Lites
2. Dancin' Fool
3. Guitar Solo
4. Easy Meat
5. Jumbo, Go Away

6. Andy
7. Inca Roads
8. Florentine Pogen

Made in 200 copies, the first 50 on white vinyl. "Insert". The cover says, in red lettering on a light-blue background: "79 BREST ZAPPA PT 3".

You Are Phoenix What You Is (CD)

  • Celebrity Theater, Pheonix, 08-Apr-1980 (late show)

Label: FZPH 11

1. [Introduction - actual track title illegible on back cover scans so far]
2. Teen-Age Wind
3. Harder Then Your Husband
4. Bamboozled by Love
5. Pick Me, I'm Clean
6. Society Pages
7. I'm a Beatiful Guy
8. Beauty Knows No Pain
9. Charlie's Enourmous Mouth
10. Any Downers?
11. Conehead
12. Easy Meat
13. Mudd Club
14. The Meek Sshall Inherit Nothing
15. Heavenly Bank Account
16. Suicide Chump
17. Jumbo, Go Away
18. If Only She Woulda

Some sources (including the cover of this CD) have placed this show at the Scottsdale Center venue instead.

The front cover uses a slightly larger portion of the You Are What You Is front cover photo, set against a black background, with the "ZAPPA"/"YOU ARE WHAT YOU IS" staff device modified to read "FZAPPA" and "YOU ARE PHOENIX WHAT YOU IS". Back cover light blue, with track list and live shot of Zappa holding microphone and raising right index finger.

  • Fox Theater, Atlanta, 20-Apr-1980
  • MacArthur Court, Eugene, Oregon, 27-Mar-1980
  • Music Hall, Boston, Massachusettes, 3-May-1980

Length: 21:05+24:33+19:48+22:32
Sound quality: Audience B? Stereo?
Label: Mud Shark Sterero MZ 3605

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow, Ray White and David Logeman

1. Watermelon in Easter Hay
2. Teen-Age Wind
3. Harder Than Your Husband
4. Bamboozeled By Love
5. Pick Me, I'm Clean
6. Society Pages
7. I'm a Beautiful Guy
8. Beauty Knows No Pain
9. Charlie's Enormous Mouth
10. Any Downers
11. Conehead
12. You Are What You Is
13. Easy Meat
14. The Mudd Club
15. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
16. Heavenly Bank Account
17. Suicide Chump
18. Jumbo, Go Away
19. You Just Got Drafted
20. I Don't Wanna Get Drafted
21. Joe's Garage

Live at the Fox Theater, Atlanta, 20-Apr-1980 except track 21, which is from Eugene, Oregon, 27-Mar-1980, and track 12, which is from Boston, Massachusettes, 3-May-1980. The title comes from an announcement that Zappa made at the first show of this tour (March 25 in Seattle): the material was an extension of Joe's Garage, representing the various things that happened to Joe after he got sick of his job at the UMRK and quit. The cover is a black and white xerox band picture glued to white cardboard. The disc label reads "Raw Sound Records", "Whole Wheat Geothermal (S. Hawke)" and "The Junior Minz Touring Band". "The Junior Mintz Touring Band" was also used on Easy Meat, another Mud Shark bootleg.

  • The Ahoy, Rotterdam, 24-May-1980
  • Re-issued as Rotterdam 1980 (FZ 1413) with a deluxe green and blue cover (another variant exists). Some copies on blue vinyl.
  • Concert also bootlegged on CD as Boot the Beats (Living Legend Records LLR-CD 110, 1991) - copied from the Personality vinyl
  • Concert also bootlegged on Ahoy Rotterdam - June 24th 1980 (Take It or Leave It Records T9407) - from a better source in stereo

Personality (2 LP)
Rotterdam 1980 (2 LP)

Length: 90 min
Sound quality: FM radio A (mono)
Label: Prince Records FZ 1413

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow, Ray White and David Logeman

1. Chunga's Revenge
2. Keep It Greasey
3. Outside Now
4. City of Tiny Lites
5. Teen-Age Wind
6. Bamboozled by Love

7. Pick Me, I'm Clean
8. Society Pages
9. I'm a Beautiful Guy
10. Beauty Knows No Pain
11. Charlie's Enormous Mouth

12. Cosmik Debris
13. You Didn't Try to Call Me
14. Love of My Life
15. You Are What You Is
16. Easy Meat
17. Joe's Garage
18. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
19. Dancin' Fool

20. Bobby Brown
21. Ms. Pinky
22. I Don't Wanna Get Drafted
23. The Illinois Enema Bandit [partial]

This was a radio broadcast, so the sound is quite acceptable. The guitar solo of "The Illinois Enema Bandit" is interrupted. It's a European bootleg with a deluxe black & white cover, issued in 1982.

Boot the Beats (CD)

Sound quality: FM radio A (mono)
Label: Living Legend Records LLR-CD 110 ((P) 1991)
Bar code: 4 013971 001101

This CD is from the same source as Personality and Rotterdam 1980 - in fact, it's copied directly from the Personality LP.

1. Chunga's Revenge
2. Keep It Greasey
3. Outside Now
4. City of Tiny Lites
5. Bamboozled by Love
6. You Are What You Is
7. Easy Meat
8. Joe's Garage
9. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
10. Bobby Brown
11. Ms. Pinky
12. I Don't Wanna Get Drafted
13. The Illinois Enema Bandit
14. Dancin' Fool

Ahoy Rotterdam - June 24th 1980 (CD)

Sound quality: stereo
Label: Take It Or Leave It T9407

This CD is from a better source than Personality and Rotterdam 1980, and it's in stereo.

1. Chunga's Revenge
2. Keep It Greasey
3. Outside Now
4. City of Tiny Lites
5. Teen-Age Wind
6. Bamboozled by Love
7. Pick Me, I'm Clean
8. Society Pages
9. I'm a Beautiful Guy
10. Beauty Knows No Pain
11. Charlie's Enormous Mouth
12. Dancin' Fool
13. Bobby Brown
14. Ms. Pinky
15. I Don't Wanna Get Drafted
16. The Illinois Enema Bandit [partial]

  • Sporthalle, Cologne, 7-Jun-1980
  • Phoenix, Arizona, 13-Oct-1980
  • Palladium, New York 1-Nov-1980
  • Various (frankly unkown) USA locations and dates late 1980

Length: 90 min
Sound quality: Soundboard B+
Label: Mud Shark MZ 3606 / Raw Sound

  • Cologne musicians: Frank Zappa, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow, Ray White and David Logeman
  • US musicians: Frank Zappa, Ike Willis, Steve Vai, Ray White, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Tommy Mars and Bob Harris

1. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus
2. Pick Me, I'm Clean
3. Society Pages
4. I'm a Beautiful Guy
5. Beauty Knows No Pain

6. Charlie's Enormous Mouth
7. Dancin' Fool
8. Bobby Brown
9. Ms Pinky
10. Truck Driver Divorce
11. Luigi & the Wise Guys [listed as "You're a Dork"]
12. Outside Now

13. Tinseltown Rebellion
14. The Dangerous Kitchen
15. The Blue Light [listed as "Your Ethos"]
16. Dumb All Over
17. Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously?

18. Black Napkins / Introduction
19. Doreen
20. Goblin Girl
21. Broken Hearts Are for Assholes
22. I'm so Cute
23. Andy

  • Tracks 1-9 are live in Cologne 7-Jun-1980.
  • Tracks 10-11 are live in Phoenix, Arizona, 13-Oct-1980.
  • Tracks 12-17 and 21-23 are from various unknown US live dates late 1980.
  • Tracks 18-20 are from the late Palladium show in New York 1-Nov-1980.

Issued in December 1980 with a black & white paper insert. The original edition was 2000 copies, but a re-press of 500 copies came in a deluxe colour sleeve, and another 500 copies were pressed on coloured vinyl.

This boot was made from a soundboard tape stolen from Carlos Santana's luggage at a hotel in New Haven, Connecticut, where Carlos was staying after a concert at the "New Haven Colliseum" [?]. Crazy but true. (A "friend of the thief" has been in touch, reporting that he also came by some Santana tapes of the same time period, as "both Frank and Santana were touring Europe at the same time".)

In July 2000, in a spirit of overall fun and merriment, the idea was tossed around alt.fan.frank-zappa that "one of the early '80s albums" would have had Fred Zeppelin as a working title. He was really drunk, though / I don't know if it's real -

  • Palais des Sports, Paris, 11-Jun-1980
  • Issued as two separate LPs (volumes I-II - labelled 11-Rec/ZZYZX and 11-Rec/Möttö)
  • Probably also issued as the double LP The Teenage Rockin' Combo Concert
  • The Teenage Rockin' Combo Concert Volume III is labelled 2nd Hand Records, rare, and only issued as a black & white picture disc

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow, Ray White and David Logeman

The Teenage Rockin' Combo Concert Volume I

Sound quality: "brrr ..."
Label: ZZYZX Records Vol. 1 / 11 Records MONO FZ001A-B
Matrix (at least on one version): FZ-11001-A / FZ-11001-B

1. Chunga's Revenge [listed as "Intro"]
2. Keep It Greasey
3. Outside Now [listed as "Some of Joe's Garage"]
4. City of Tiny Lites (Including the Theme of "Soul Kitchen" by the Doors)

5. A Pound for a Brown (on the Bus) [listed as "Tommy Mars Whips It Out" and "The Return of Tommy Mars (Conducted by HE HIMSELF Which Is Followed by a Guitar Solo"]
6. Cosmik Debris (Solo Played by Ray White)

"City of Tiny Lites" sounds the way it always does. (I've never heard "Soul Kitchen", and maybe that theme is always present in "City of Tiny Lites".) The "Pound for a Brown" solo section focusses on Tommy Mars, as Zappa asks him to demonstrate his "technical devices".

From Richard Kolke:

During "A Pound for a Brown" Frank guides Tommy Mars through a demonstration of keyboard equipment and effects. Frank states that this demonstration is for a "special guest in the audience. No, I'm not going to tell you who it is." I read in a magazine interview years later that Pierre Boulez had attended a Zappa concert in France prior to agreeing to work on The Perfect Stranger. I'm 99% positive that this is the concert.

This LP has been released both as a black & white picture disc and on plain black vinyl with plain white labels, and they both claim to be "promotional". They have awful sound. The picture disc has yellow labels with German print on them, and they list "11 Records". The labels of the black vinyl version list "11 Records", "MONO FZ001A" and "MONO FZ001B". The cover lists "ZZYZX Records Vol. 1".

The cover is white, with a black & white Zappa photo of Zappa's face on the front. On the back cover there's a photo of Zappa using a microphone. (Only the back cover lists "Volume I" in the title.) Unless there are two different covers, the photos have appeared in a German magazine called called Fachblatt, issue "5.79".

The Teenage Rockin' Combo Concert Volume II - Frank Zappa Live in Paris

Length: 26:37+23:40 (according to the labels)
Sound quality: "brrr ..."
Label: 11 Records MÄHЬ 1005A-B

1. You Didn't Try to Call Me
2. I Ain't Got No Heart
3. Love of My Life
4. You Are What You Is
5. Easy Meat [mislisted as an extended version]

6. The Mudd Club [not listed]
7. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
8. Heavenly Bank Account [not listed]
9. Suicide Chump [not listed]
10. Jumbo, Go Away

"Easy Meat" is not longer than usual. Instead of "Heavenly Bank Account" and "Sucide Chump", the cover lists "Frank Zappa Tells You Something about Religion, Religious People & Money", which probably refers to the spoken introduction to "Heavenly Bank Account". Instead of listing "Suicide Chump", the cover lists a guitar solo by Ray White and/or Ike Willis (misspelled as "Willies" :), and, as one reviewer comments about the "Suicide Chump" solo: "Well, you can tell it's not Frank".

The liner notes:

Produced by F.Z. Records - Printed in Ireland - Copyright 1983 - All rights reserved - All wrongs reversed - The quality depense on your fcking turntable - If possible use your equalizer to have a better one - Watch out for the volume three within the next months - Thanks to Guido and Frank for the photos

The front cover is a large picture of Zappa playing guitar, with no text at all printed on it. The back cover has a smaller picture of Zappa's face as he sings or talks into a microphone.

The Teenage Rockin' Combo Concert (2 LP)

The exact configuration of the double-LP version has not been confirmed, but it's tempting to think the discs are exactly the same as volumes I and II. The only submitted double-LP track list has the same tracks as volumes I and II except that "Sucide Chump" is not listed. (However, "Sucide Chump" was not listed on volume I either, and yet it's on the album.)

The Teenage Rockin' Combo Concert Volume 3

Sound quality: "slightly better than Volume 1 - unusual for a picture disc"
Label: 2nd Hand Records

1. If Only She Woulda
2. I Don't Wanna Get Drafted
3. Joe's Garage
4. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
5. Dancin' Fool (part one)

6. Dancin' Fool (Part Two)
7. Bobby Brown Goes Down
8. Ms. Pinky
9. Stick It Out
10. The Illinois Enema Bandit

"Dancin' Fool" is split over the side break, and the second part begins with "Hey, darlin', can I buy you a pizza?". (It's yet unclear whether "Joe's Garage" was played in Paris on June 11, so it may be a bonus track from another source.)

  • Olympiahalle, Munich, 03-Jul-1980
  • Festhalle, Frankfurt, 02-Jul-1980
  • Bonus tracks
  • Abridged to Things Wayne Newton Never Told You (Foolish Records P-3002)
  • Somehow issued on CD as Erdbeben in Mьnchen (Buccaneer)
  • Somehow issued as The Famous X-Mas Flower Hour (Appaz Records KBFH), reprinted on 70 blue vinyl copies, issued with a poster, and 50 red vinyl copies, issued with a booklet
  • Issued as King Biscuit Flower Hour (2 LP) on "Barking Pumpkin", housed in two different covers
  • Issued on CD as Bavarian Extravaganza
  • Issued on CD as Welcome to the Mudd Club (Raven Records RR008) with bonus tracks
  • Concert also issued as Frank in Frankfurt (matrix # KW 3A & B)

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow, Ray White and David Logeman

Length: 49:27
Sound quality: FM radio A

From Jon Naurin: 

Note that the King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast is taken from more than one concert. Most of it is from Mьnchen, but at least one of the songs is from the Frankfurt show previous night. One of my uncountable tape-listening projects is to make a thourough analysis, which songs are from which show.

Erdbeben in Mьnchen

From PB:

Please note that because the Erdbeben in Mьnchen CD derives from an American radio show, and so has certain words edited out of the "offensive" lyric type songs. I'm sure it exists as a complete show among tapers.

(And "Erdbeben in Mьnchen" does not mean that it was recorded at a venue called "Erdbeben" in Munich (as has been suggested); it means "earthquake in Munich".)

The Famous X-Mas Flower Hour

1. Chunga's Revenge
2. Mudd Club
3. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
4. Joe's Garage

5. Cosmik Debris
6. Keep It Greasey
7. Pick Me, I'm Clean
8. The Illinois Enema Bandit
9. Improvisation [?]

10. You Didn't Try to Call Me
11. I Ain't Got No Heart
12. Love of My Life
13. City of Tiny Lites

14. Interviews
15. Instrumental ["Latex Solar Beef" solo?]
16. Interviews
17. Voting Ad
18. Petroleum [Robert Charlebois]

Tracks 1-16 are stereo; tracks 17-18 are mono.

King Biscuit Flower Hour

1. Intro (01:05)
2. Honda Commercial (01:59)
3. "And Now ..." (00:05)
4. Chunga's Revenge (04:46)
5. Mudd Club (03:11)
6. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing (02:46)
7. Joe's Garage (02:13)
8. "We'll Be Back ..." (00:41)
9. The Legend of the Golden Arches (A Pound for a Brown on the Bus) [vinyl only?]

10. "And Now, More ..." (00:05)
11. Cosmik Debris (03:07)
12. Keep It Greasey (01:50)
13. Pick Me, I'm Clean (04:44)
14. The Illinois Enema Bandit (08:39)
15. "Frank Zappa will be back ..." (00:06 [vinyl time])

16. "And Now We Return ..." (00:05)
17. You Didn't Try to Call Me (03:15)
18. I Ain't Got No Heart (01:56)
19. Love of My Life (01:50)
20. City of Tiny Lites (08:57)
21. [unknown jam] (02:47)
22. "We'll be back ..." (00:06)

23. Interview #1 (02:30)
24. Interview #2 (01:10)
25. Interview #3 (01:07)
26. Interview #4 (00:59)
27. Interview #5 (01:25)
28. Interview #6 (02:05)
[2x. Latex Solar Beef Solo]
29. Petroleum (02:40) [Robert Charlebois]

Tracks 3, 8, 10, 15-16 & 22 are short announcer spots cutting to and from radio commercials. The only commercial used on the record is track 2. It is said to be funny. Track 9 is found on the vinyl (not listed on the cover), but perhaps not on the CD. Track 15 is longer on the CD, and listed as "Extemporaneous". Track 21 is an unknown bonus track. Tracks 23-28 are mostly in promotion of the BABY SNAKES movie. Somewhere among the interview lurks a "Latex Solar Beef" solo. Track 29 has been identified as a track from the album Swing, Charlebois, Swing by Robert Charlebois (RCA KDL 6436). There are stubborn rumours that Zappa plays guitar on that track. Here's a whiff of how it goes:

I don't wanna play cowboys & indians at the forum
Like a rock & roll bum,
But I wanna RIDE & FLY
Under a BLUE-JEAN SKY
DON'T ASK ME WHY!
Just GIMME, GIMME SOME
PETROLEUM!
JUST GIMME, GIMME, GIMME, GIMME SOME (gimme oil, gimme oil, gimme oil) ...

(The LP cover lists the recording location as "Monaco, Bav." - the French name for Munich is Monaco di Baviera (the Bavarian Monaco, if you will). Some people have believed that the concert took place in the little country of Monaco, which is not the case.)

Songs Einstein Jr. Never Heard CD

Length: 49:27
Sound quality: FM radio A
Label: FZ007

The CD has three tracks with index separation:

1. (1.1) Chunga's Revenge
2. (1.2) The Mudd Club
3. (1.3) The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
4. (1.4) Joe's Garage
5. (1.5) The Legend of the Golden Arches (A Pound for a Brown on the Bus)

6. (2.1) Cosmik Debris
7. (2.2) Keep it Greasey
8. (2.3) Pick Me, I'm Clean
9. (2.4) The Illinois Enema Bandit

10. (3.1) You Didn't Try to Call Me [Stage #1 version]
11. (3.2) Ain't Got No Heart
12. (3.3) Love of My Life
13. (3.4) City of Tiny Lites

The curious tracking seems to reflect sides 1-3 of the King Biscuit Flower Hour LP, with odds and ends edited out. CD cover has no info about the recording at all. The cover depicts a famous painting of a nude woman spreading her legs and a man taking off his pants. Back cover has the picture (from The Real Frank Zappa Book) of Zappa reading from a book for his kids and dog. It also has a picture of an "acid" happy-face, which identifies the nameless label.

Things Wayne Newton Never Told You
Bavarian Extravaganza
Welcome to the Mudd Club

Compared to the Songs Einstein Jr. Never Heard track list above, Things Wayne Newton Never Told You has tracks 1.1-1.4 and 2.1-2.2 on side 1, and 3.1-3.3 plus 2.4 on side 2. Bavarian Extravaganza has all tracks except track 1.5. It is a limited edition of 250 copies. The CDs say "Made in Korea", which is very plausible but may also refer only to the discs themselves. Welcome to the Mudd Club does not have 1.5 either. It has regular track separation (12 tracks, since 5 is deleted) and these bonus tracks:

13. Dumb All Over
14. Stick It Out
15. Clownz on Velvet
16. Frogs with Dirty Little Lips [Frank/Ahmet Zappa]

  • Tracks 13-14 are live in the USA 1984.
  • Track 15 is live at the Ritz in New York 17-Nov-1981, with Al DiMeola guesting on lead guitar. It's taken from Clownz on Velvet (Toxic Shock Part III). It's the same recording as on Apocrypha minus the first 4 minutes.
  • Track 16 live in Santa Monica 11-Dec-1981 (first show); the same version appears on Good Grief!, where Zappa's spoken intro is complete - part of it has been edited out here. Apparently it's the first performance with Ahmet, Frank's son.

The Welcome to the Mudd Club cover has a picture of Zappa wearing the silver glove with long space-monster fingers that can be seen in the video from Barcelona 1988.

Frank in Frankfurt LP

1. Chunga's Revenge
2. Keep It Greasey
3. Pick Me, I'm Clean
4. City of Tiny Lites [incomplete]
5. You Didn't Try to Call Me [ending only]
6. I Ain't Got No Heart
7. Love of My Life
8. You Are What You Is
9. Easy Meat
10. Mudd Club
11. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing

The LP is around 45 minutes long, and described on the cover as "90 minutes of intensity and fun", as if they were making a double LP but changed their minds late in production. It was issued both with xeroxed insert and printed cover, and in a numbered 50-copy edition on multi-coloured vinyl.

All the Munich tracks except "A Pound for a Brown on the Bus" also appear on Cuccurrullo Brillo Brullo. The reason why this show is so widely bootlegged is that it was broadcast on radio, on the King Biscuit Flower Hour show. A few of the above titles reflect that fact. Wayne Newton was a middle-of-the-road pop singer hugely popular in Las Vegas (his signature song was "Danke Schön").

  • The Palladium, New York, 01-Nov-1980

Length: 60 min
Label: Deutsche Platte (?) TWO 882

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Ray White, Steve Vai, Tommy Mars, Bobby Martin, Ed Mann, Scott Thunes and Chad Wackerman

1. Black Napkins
2. Doreen
3. Goblin Girl
4. Heavenly Bank Account
5. Suicide Chump
6. Jumbo, Go Away
7. If Only She Woulda
8. Drafted Again
9. Flakes
10. Magic Fingers
11. The Blue Light
12. Tell Me You Love Me
13. City of Tiny Lites
14. Love of My Life
15. Teenage Wind
16. Harder Than Your Husband
17. Bamboozled by Love
18. Don't Eat the Yellow Snow
19. Stick It Out
20. Joe's Garage
21. Dancin' Fool

No fold-out cover. Some copies on yellow vinyl.

On to 1981-1991



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