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Frank Zappa 1981 tour compilation album
« on: December 08, 2013, 02:58:56 PM »
Since I ended up not having time to review shows the past month, I'm just putting together a compilation album of my favourite bits of the tour instead. I'll use this thread as a convenient way to track ideas and such.


Here's what I've put together in Ardour so far:

1. Zoot Allures
Opening crowd noise and head from 1981 12 06 - Boulder, Colorado.
Guitar solo and band intros from 1981 11 27 late - Chicago, Illinois.

2. Montana
Intro from 1981 11 27 late - Chicago, Illinois
First vocal part from 1981 11 28 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Instrumental section and final verse from 1981 11 25 - Detroit, Michigan

3. Pound For a Brown
Mostly from 1981 11 25 - Detroit, Michigan
Ending from 1981 11 27 early - Chicago, Illinois

4. The Dangerous Kitchen
1981 11 27 early - Chicago, Illinois


Next I'm planning to follow up with:

Cosmik Debris
First verse from 1981 11 27 early - Chicago, Illinois
Remainder from 1981 12 05 - Kansas City, Missouri

Suicide Chump
Probably 1981 12 11 early - Santa Monica, California

Jumbo Go Away
Probably 1981 12 11 early - Santa Monica, California

Envelopes
It doesn't really matter since all recordings of this one are alike, but probably an early tour version before it became reggae

Drowning Witch
Opening from 1981 11 25 - Detroit, Michigan
Most of vocal section from 1981 12 12 early - San Diego, California
First guitar solo from 1981 11 27 late - Chicago, Illinois
Second guitar solo from 1981 12 06 - Boulder, Colorado

What's New In Baltimore
Probably 1981 12 12 early - San Diego, California

Moggio
Probably 1981 12 11 early - Santa Monica, California

Sinister Footwear II
First section probably from 1981 11 17 - New York, New York
Guitar solo from 1981 11 21 - Urbana, Illinois
Last section from 1981 12 04 - St Louis, Missouri

Stevie's Spanking
Probably from 1981 12 04 - St Louis, Missouri

The Man From Utopia
1981 12 11 early - Santa Monica, California


I also want to include a second disc, because there's so much awesomeness from this tour, but I'll leave it at that for now.
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Re: Frank Zappa 1981 tour compilation album
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2013, 02:43:53 PM »
dinah-moe humm? not on the album?
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Re: Frank Zappa 1981 tour compilation album
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013, 07:07:47 AM »
I just listened to the Santa Monica early show, which -- quite apart from being a brilliant performance with four guest appearances -- is one of the best-recorded SBD tapes I've ever heard. I'll probably be including substantial sections of it in the final compilation, although I'll try to avoid the numerous officially released sections as you can get those on existing albums anyway.
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Re: Frank Zappa 1981 tour compilation album
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2013, 12:41:03 PM »
I've updated the OP with my current preferred sources for disc 1. Here's a braindump of my ideas for disc 2:

Dong Work for Yuda
1981 11 15 late - Baltimore, Maryland

The Closer You Are
1981 12 11 early - Santa Monica, California

Johnny Darling
1981 12 11 early - Santa Monica, California

Treacherous Cretins
Not sure, possibly 1981 11 25 - Detroit, Michigan

The St. Paul Anthem
1981 11 28 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Easy Meat
First part and guitar solo from 1981 12 10 late - Berkeley, California
Ending from 1981 11 28 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fine Girl
1981 11 28 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Teenage Wind
1981 11 28 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Harder Than Your Husband
1981 11 28 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bamboozled By Love
1981 11 28 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Possibly except guitar solo, not sure yet

Broken Hearts Are For Assholes
1981 12 11 early - Santa Monica, California

King Kong
Opening head from 1981 12 11 early - Santa Monica, California
Percussion solo from 1981 12 04 - St Louis, Missouri
Bass/drum duet probably from 1981 11 21 - Urbana, Illinois
Guitar solo, guitar/harmonica duet and closing head from 1981 12 11 early - Santa Monica, California

Sharleena
First part from 1981 11 27 late - Chicago, Illinois
Guitar solo probably from 1981 11 28 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ending probably from 1981 12 11 early - Santa Monica, California

Tryin' To Grow a Chin
1981 12 05 - Kansas City, Missouri
Ending possibly from 1981 11 25 - Detroit, Michigan

Strictly Genteel
Not sure yet, possibly 1981 12 06 - Boulder, Colorado

This Is My Story
Preamble from 1981 11 11 late - Buffalo, New York
Song from 1981 12 10 early - Berkeley, California

Whipping Post
Intro from 1981 12 10 early - Berkeley, California
Remainder from 1981 11 17 - New York, New York

We're Turning Again
Not sure, but I want to include the additional lyrics from an early tour version

Alien Orifice
Not sure yet here either

Camarillo Brillo
1981 11 25 - Detroit, Michigan
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Re: Frank Zappa 1981 tour compilation album
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2013, 04:23:33 PM »
I always meant to ask, why 1981?  Was this a landmark tour for Zappa?  Or just one that you have a complete collection of?
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Re: Frank Zappa 1981 tour compilation album
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2013, 12:06:24 PM »
I always meant to ask, why 1981?  Was this a landmark tour for Zappa?  Or just one that you have a complete collection of?

The 1982 tour has long been a favourite of mine, and I reviewed that one show-for-show earlier this year. The 1981 tour is the only other tour by the same band, albeit with a somewhat more primitive sound, so I wanted to listen to all of it as well.
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Re: Frank Zappa 1981 tour compilation album
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2013, 12:14:05 PM »
I've updated my thoughts on disc 2. I'm not sure if all of that material is going to fit, but I'm going to try.
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