sábado, 10 de dezembro de 2016

The Ace-Tones ‎(Garage Rock)

A couple of years ago, when no-one seemed really interested in playing garage punk anymore, bassplayer Miss Jean decided that she wanted to put such a band together anyway. After a couple of months of going through wild versions of just about all the classic 'Pebbles-type' songs they could dig up, the band (by then named Ace-Tones, after a crappy old organ) were invited to record an album for the German label Music Maniac, known for their releases of Dead Moon, The Fuzztones and others. The release of this album (released as "Teen Trash, Vol.6") brought some enthusiastic reactions from all over Europe, and even the United States!
What followed was an EP on the American Tombstone-label, an EP on the Dutch Lada label (in shocking pink vinyl), and their 2nd album (called "Sixteen") was released late 1996 by Henk's Crazy Diamond Records.
A split single with the Australian band MeMeMe will appear on the Australian Phantom label later this year, featuring the anthem for sixties 'nozems' "OUWE PUCH", being the first Ace-Tones song in Dutch! 
All over Holland, the Ace-Tones have gained quite a reputation as a live band, playing local smalltown clubs to the famous Amsterdam Paradiso and the prestigeous 'Noorderslag' festival in Groningen. Jazz-veteran saxophone player Hans Dulfer jammed with the Ace-Tones on Vpro national radio, and Ace-Tones Eric and Rob toured Europe with Rudi Protrudi (the Fuzztones) as Link Protrudi and the Jaymen. Two years (and lots of Ace-Tones gigging) after this, they teamed up with Link Wray himself, no less, and recorded an album together called "Shadowman" and a live album called "Walking Down A Street Called Love". Also with Link, they played for the BBC (Radio One and BBC Scotland), and toured Europe and Australia (!) as Link Wray and his Ace-Men. 
Nice advertising for the Ace-Tones for sure, quite a thrill for the guys, too; Link will every now and then take them on short tours - but right now it's time for all five Ace-Tones to rock out again!

The Ace-Tones are and will be:

Ad 'Ace' van Dijk - vocals, blues harp
Andre Elskamp - guitar, vocals
Eric 'Danno' Geevers - organ, guitar, vocals
Miss Jean - bass guitar
Rob Louwers - drums, vocals, blues harp

Rick Wakeman & Jon Lord... Face to Face

Este encontro realmente aconteceu, em 2011. 

Texto a seguir retirado de ( http://jonlord.org/2011/07/09/lord-wakeman-world-premiere-at-sunflower-jam/ )

"The Sunflower Jam 2011 will be remembered for one of Jon Lord’s most rewarding appearances of 2011 – musically daring and performed with sharp excellence.
On an evening already rife with musical talent, Jon Lord shared the stage with Rick Wakeman for the pair’s brand new composition It’s Not As Big As It Was (allegedly about the music biz although it was preceeded by jokes about old age and prostate problems). This was without a doubt The Sunflower Jam’s musical crown jewel benefitting the good cause of helping children suffering from cancer. Donations are still welcome." 

This is Rasmus Heide’s report:
Jon Lord appears onstage after almost an hour of excellent music from the likes of Danny Bowes (Thunder), Gary Brooker, Joe Bonamassa and Newton Faulkner. These gentlemen (and woman) have entertained the crowd with blues and rock classics that fare very well, particularly Gary Brooker’s rendition of A Whiter Shade of Pale and Joe Bonamassa’s Thrill is Gone. However, Jon will proceed to seize the show and push up the excitement level several  notches.

“One of the greatest keyboardists in rock’n’roll, Mr. Jon Lord!” Joe Bonamassa introduces the maestro and kicks off a slowly evolving Ballad of John Henry. Bonamassa’s bluesrock signature tune is the perfect choice for the two masters to pool their forces. Building its riff to a roar before dipping to the verse – and then lifting itself up to the menacing chorus, Jon’s swirling Hammond backdrop has touhes of the quietly contemplative work he did for the band Ride some years ago.

Standing at the edge of the stage – having pushed the organ chair to a side – Jon is in great shape and form; focused and well prepared for what will turn into an absolute musical feast celebrating almost every aspect of his musical prowess – and in the stately old Royal Albert Hall where his work first came to prominence in 1969 – and again in 1999.

Bonamassa’s John Henry is taken down to a shimmer and Bonamassa steps up to the theremin to make it squeal eerily to the fascinated crowd – until Jon Lord gently takes over. His solo is stormy and intense, developing to a massive Hammond crescendo full of his trademark wails and runs. Bonamassa moves closer and teases Jon into a guitar-organ chase the likes of which we’ve not heard for nearly 20 years… Majestic and spine-shivering.

Thanking Bonamassa, Jon introduces the next piece as Bourree from his Sarabande album. The contrast is tangible. With the evening’s musical director Paul Wickens on synthesizer, Jon handles piano and then Hammond for the solo. Anna Phoebe adds a particularly mean solo violin to the piece, expanding again the range of musical flavours of an already boundary pushing evening.

“I’ve got a big ask of you. Not a big ass – although it used to be bigger – but a big ask. Into every show a quiet song must fall,” explains Jon Lord before presenting ”the rather wonderful” Steve Balsamo to sing Jon’s most popular solo piece. Balsamo delivers a particularly tender and confident Pictured Within – in his element, gazing out at the crowd, inspiring pin drop silence. Lacking the sweeping string section of its standard orchestral arrangement, in its place Anna Phoebe displays immaculate delicatesse on her fiddle. The piece is a gorgeous contrast to the previous rackets and again, Jon Lord’s musicality proves its extraordinary range.


E o álbum...

The Sunflower Jam
Royal Albert Hall

1 Who Killed John Henry (Joe Bonamassa, Jon Lord, Sunflower Band)
2 Bouree (Jon Lord, Anna Phoebe, Sunflower Band)
3 Pictured Within (Jon Lord, Steve Balsamo, Anna Phoebe, Paul Wickens)
4 Eleanor Rigby (Rick Wakeman)
5 It’s Not As Big As It Was (Jon Lord, Rick Wakeman, Sunflower Band)
6 Life on Mars (Jon Lord, Rick Wakeman, Newton Faulkner, Anna Phoebe, Sunflower Band)

Sunflower Band:
Paul Wickens – keyboards
Murray Gould – guitar
Micky Moody – guitar
Nick Fyffe – bass
Jerry Brown – drums

Ace Frehley - The KISS Guitar

Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss. Origins, Vol. 1 is a covers album by American guitarist Ace Frehley, released on April 13, 2016 in Japan and April 15(USA). The album will feature guest appearances from Slash, Lita Ford, John 5, Mike McCready, and Frehley's former Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley. The album was announced on February 11, 2016. In addition to covers of tracks by Cream and Thin Lizzy, Origins, Vol. 1 will feature newly-recorded versions of several Kiss songs which were written but not sung by Frehley, such as "Cold Gin" and "Parasite", as well as a new version of the Kiss song "Rock and Roll Hell" which he did not perform on as he was leaving the band at the time. 

sexta-feira, 9 de dezembro de 2016

ACI - Progressive Electronic • Germany

Sci-fi intersidereal electronic symphonies with discreet cheesy rockin disco tendencies lead by Udo Dahmen, accompanied by a pleiad of artists. Published on Harvest in early 80s this album seems to take advantage of Giorgo Moroder fashion like style during this period. 

Similar artists: Harald Grosskopf, Michael Bundt, Baffo Banfi

quinta-feira, 8 de dezembro de 2016

Achterbahn Band - Kraut-Prog Rock (Germany)

The Achterbahn Band's self released Richmond Road Riot LP seems to be the only record the group from Delmenhorst in northern Germany released. Now that is a damn shame, because in my little world Richmond Road Riot is a wonderful and timeless crown jewel...
But it always gives me a hard time when trying to talk/write about it. It's not easy to describe their very eclectic style of music - not really Progrock, not 100% Pop, Jazz? yes maybe..... Dammit I hate this category stuff! Maybe it's just incredibly good pop music with hints of progressive rock and easy latin á la High Llamas. And whatever it may be, it doesn't sound like "1979" to my ears. More like "sometime between 1969 and 2009".
Please get an impression and tell me what you think about it!

quarta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2016

Ace Spectrum - Funk & Soul

Ace Spectrum was an R&B/soul/disco musical group most popular in the mid 1970s. Based in New York City the group consisted of Rudy Gay, Elliot Isaac, Aubrey "Troy" Johnson, Frederick G. Duff, and Henry "Red" Zant[2] (also known as Edward "Easy" Zant) who led the group and provided management. These four began collaboration as a group in 1966. Don't Send Nobody Else, written by Ashford & Simpson, was their biggest single. From their Tony Sylvester-produced debut album, it peaked at number 57 on Billboard's Hot 100 while finding its way to the top 20 on the R&B Singles chart. The b-side to their single Without You was released as a 12-inch single, and heavily promoted by their record label at disco clubs. Another single Live And Learn with lead vocals by Frederick, reached position 35 on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart. Their first two albums saw chart action. Inner Spectrum attained position 28 on the R&B Albums chart, and Low Rent Rendezvous saw action on the Billboard 200 (#138), as well as on R&B Albums (#35). Patrick Adams produced and arranged the group's 1976 recordings, but consequential success eluded them.

Acke & Gurra

Um grupo sueco dos anos 70 tocando um folk rock...

segunda-feira, 5 de dezembro de 2016

Pink Floyd - A Boxset from Early Years (by montysmusic - Twilight)

E eis que encontro esta maravilha.... Nos comments do TWILIGHT ZONE, um excelente blog com frequentadores que postam verdadeiras pérolas nos comments... Reproduzi o comment na íntegra, pois vale a pena ter esta BOXSET maravilhosa dos primórdios do Pink Floyd.

Christmas has come early!!!!

Pink Floyd The Early Years 1965-1972[320][11 cd's]

This boxset were gifted from a friend. They are all my links. Info is in each individual folder.There is no art. There are no dvd's just the cd's

1. Nothing Part 14 (Echoes work in progress) † 7.01

BBC Radio Session, 30 September 1971:

2. Fat Old Sun† 15.33
3. One Of These Days† 7.19
4. Embryo† 10.43
5. Echoes† 26.25

01-. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 6.40
02. A Saucerful Of Secrets 10.09
03. One Of These Days 5.58
04. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 10.24
05. Echoes 26.10
06 Careful With That Axe, Eugene
Total: 107 mins 27 secs approx.

1. Obscured By Clouds† 3.03
2 When You're In† 2.31
3 Burning Bridges† 3.30
4 The Gold It's In The... † 3.07
5 Wot's...Uh The Deal† 5.09
6 Mudmen† 4.18
7 Childhood's End† 4.33
8 Free Four† 4.16
9 Stay† 4.06
10 Absolutely Curtains† 5.52

Total 40 mins 25 secs approx.


1. Atom Heart Mother live in Montreux, 21 Nov 1970† 17.58

BBC Radio Session, 16 July 1970:

2. Embryo† 11.10
3. Fat Old Sun† 5.52
4. Green Is The Colour† 3.27
5. Careful With That Axe, Eugene† 8.25
6. If† 5.47
7. Atom Heart Mother† with choir, cello & brass ensemble 25.30

Total: 78 mins, 8 secs approx.

Unreleased tracks from the ‘Zabriskie Point’ soundtrack recordings:

1. On The Highway† 1.16
2. Auto Scene Version 2† 1.13
3. Auto Scene Version 3† 1.31
4. Aeroplane† 2.18
5. Explosion† 5.47
6. The Riot Scene† 1.40
7. Looking At Map† 1.57
8. Love Scene Version 7† 5.03
9. Love Scene Version 1† 3.26
10. Take Off† 1.20
11. Take Off Version 2† 1.12
12. Love Scene Version 2† 1.56
13. Love Scene (Take 1)† 2.16
14. Unknown Song (Take 1)† 5.56
15. Love Scene (Take 2)† 6.40
16. Crumbling Land (Take 1)† 4.09

17. Atom Heart Mother† Early studio version, band only 19.15

Total: 67 mins, 9 secs approx.


‘More’ album non-album tracks

1. Hollywood (non-album track) † 1.21
2. Theme (Beat version) (Alternative version) † 5.38
3. More Blues (Alternative version) † 3.49
4. Seabirds (non-album track) † 4.20
5. Embryo (from ‘Picnic’, Harvest Records sampler) 4.43

BBC Radio Session, 12 May 1969:

6. Grantchester Meadows† 3.36
7. Cymbaline† 3.38
8. The Narrow Way† 4.48
9. Green Is The Colour† 3.21
10. Careful With That Axe, Eugene† 3.26

Live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, 9 August 1969:

11. Interstellar Overdrive† 4.20
12. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun† 12.25
13. Careful With That Axe, Eugene† 10.09
14. A Saucerful Of Secrets† 13.03

Total: 68 mins, 50 secs approx.

Part 1: ‘The Man’, Amsterdam, 17 September 1969

1. Daybreak (Grantchester Meadows)† 8.14
2. Work† 4.12
3. Afternoon (Biding My Time)† 6.39
4. Doing It† 3.54
5. Sleeping† 4.38
6. Nightmare (Cymbaline)† 9.15
7. Labyrinth† 1.10

Part 2: ‘The Journey’, Amsterdam, 17 September 1969

8. The Beginning (Green Is The Colour)† 3.25
9. Beset By Creatures Of The Deep (Careful With That Axe, Eugene)† 6.27
10. The Narrow Way, Part 3† 5.11
11. The Pink Jungle (Pow R. Toc H.)† 4.56
12. The Labyrinths Of Auximines† 3.20
13. Footsteps / Doors† 3.12
14. Behold The Temple Of Light† 5.32
15. The End Of The Beginning (A Saucerful of Secrets)† 6.31

Total: 76 mins, 36 secs approx..

1. Point Me At The Sky 3.40
2. It Would Be So Nice 3.46
3. Julia Dream 2.34
4. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (single version) 5.46
5. Song 1, Capital Studios, Los Angeles, 22 August 1968† 3.19
6. Roger’s Boogie, Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, 22 August 1968† 4.35

BBC Radio Session, 25 June 1968:

7. Murderotic Woman (Careful With That Axe, Eugene) † 3.38
8. The Massed Gadgets Of Hercules (A Saucerful Of Secrets) † 7.18
9. Let There Be More Light† 4.32
10. Julia Dream† 2.50

BBC Radio Session, 20 December 1968:

11. Point Me At The Sky† 4.25
12. Embryo† 3.13
13. Interstellar Overdrive† 9.37

Total: 59 mins, 14 secs approx.

BBC Radio Session, 25 September 1967:

1. Flaming† 2.42
2. The Scarecrow† 1.59
3. The Gnome† 2.08
4. Matilda Mother† 3.20
5. Reaction in G† 0.34
6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun† 3.19

BBC Radio Session, 20 December 1967:

7. Scream Thy Last Scream† 3.35
8. Vegetable Man† 3.07
9. Pow R. Toc H.† 2.45
10. Jugband Blues† 3.50

BBC Radio Session, 2 December 1968:

11. Baby Blue Shuffle In D Major† 3.58
12. Blues† 4.59

13. US Radio ad 0.22
14. Music from The Committee No. 1 1.06
15. Music from The Committee No. 2 3.25

16. Moonhead† 7.16 live on 1969 BBC TV moon landings broadcast

17. Echoes† 24.10 live at Wembley 1974

Total: 72 mins 35 secs approx.

Live in Stockholm 1967:

1. Introduction† 0.25
2. Reaction in G † 7.18
3. Matilda Mother† 5.34
4. Pow R. Toc H.† 11.56
5. Scream Thy Last Scream† 4.00
6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun† 7.17
7. See Emily Play† 3.16
8. Interstellar Overdrive† 8.57 Please note: the above tracks feature vocals recorded at a less than optimum level

John Latham (studio recordings 1967)

1965 Recordings

1. Lucy Leave* 2.57
2. Double O Bo* 2.57
3. Remember Me* 2.46
4. Walk With Me Sydney* 3.11
5. Butterfly* 3.00
6. I’m A King Bee* 3.13
7. Arnold Layne 2.57
8. See Emily Play 8.57
9. Apples And Oranges 3.05
10. Candy And A Currant Bun 2.45
11. Paintbox 3.48
12. Matilda Mother (2010 mix) 4.01
13. Jugband Blues (2010 mix)† 3.01
14. In The Beechwoods (2010 mix)† 4.43
15. Vegetable Man (2010 mix)† 2.32
16. Scream Thy Last Scream (2010 mix)† 4.43

Total: 50 mins, 32 secs approx. Tracks 1-11 mono. Tracks 12-16 stereo
*including Rado Klose on guitar and Juliette Gale on vocals on ‘Walk With Me Sydney’

A double-disc distillation of the massive box The Early Years 1965-1972, The Early Years 1967-1972 condenses that 28-disc set into a 27-track compilation. Naturally, most of the real rarities remain exiled to the big box, but that's fair: only the diehards will recognize the importance of Floyd's collaboration with artist John Latham. Instead, The Early Years 1967-1972 tells the same tale as The Early Years 1967-1972 but in an easily digestible form. The double-disc relies relatively heavily on familiar songs - it opens with "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play," perhaps the two best-known Syd Barrett songs, and finds space for "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" and "Free Four" - but what distinguishes 1967-1972 is that it's the first early Floyd compilation to trace their journey from Barrett's warped psychedelia to the majestic art rock of the early '70s. Some essential songs are missing - this doesn't sample the albums, after all, so songs as varied as "Astronomy Domine," "Let There Be More Light," and "One of These Days" are all absent - but the repetition of "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" and "Embryo" illustrates how the band rapidly gained confidence and ambition, which is essentially the story of this compilation and its parent set. Certainly, the details of the box are missed, but on its own terms, The Early Years 1967-1972 is absorbing: it illustrates how Pink Floyd became Pink Floyd.

01. Arnold Layne
02. See Emily Play
03. Matilda Mother (2010 mix)
04. Jugband Blues (2010  mix)
05. Paintbox
06. Flaming (BBC Session 1967)
07. In The Beechwoods (2010 mix)
08. Point Me At The Sky
09. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (single version)
10. Embryo
11. Ummagumma US Radio Ad
12. Grantchester Meadows (BBC Session 1969)
13. Cymbaline  (BBC Session 1969)
14. Interstellar Overdrive  (Live At The Paradiso)
15. Green Is The Colour
16. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (BBC Session 1969)

01. On The Highway (Zabriskie Point remix)
02. Auto Scene Version 2 (Zabriskie Point remix)
03. The Riot Scene (Zabriskie Point remix)
04. Looking At Map (Zabriskie Point remix)
05. Take Off (Zabriskie Point remix)
06. Embryo (Alternative Version) (BBC Session 1970)
07. Atom Heart Mother (Band Version) (Live in Montreux 1970)
08. Nothing Part 14
09. Childhood's End (2016 remix)
10. Free Four (2016 remix)
11. Stay (2016 remix)



domingo, 4 de dezembro de 2016

Act - Funk & Soul

An obscure soul group, but a great one – equally at home with a fragile harmony tune as they were with more uptempo groovers for the dancefloor! This one and only album from Act One is a perfect illustration of the best two sides of the east coast indie soul scene of the early 70s – because some tunes are spare, simple, and heartbreaking – really building off the best qualities of 60s harmony soul, but with a lot more sophistication – while others are bolder, more upbeat, and positive – really using the new studio modes of the time to send a few tunes really over the top! The mix is quite similar to Black Ivory at their best – although the album’s more under-discovered treasure – and although it’s the only record ever by the group, it’s got a solidity that should have made them as big as any of the 70s stars on Atlantic or Philly International!

sábado, 3 de dezembro de 2016

A História e a Música de Frank Vincent Zappa - More and more and more stuff - Capítulo XVI

E eis que surgem mais álbuns. Graças ao grande Peter Hammil, colaborador incansável, explorador do underground musical, o Valvulado apresenta mais três obras lançadas ou "achadas" em 2016...

Coupled with more than 40 posthumous releases since his death in 1993 at 52, figuring out where to start in Zappa’s vast, genre-leaping catalog can be daunting. ZAPPAtite – Frank Zappa’s Tastiest Tracks, out now on Zappa Records/UMe, collects some of Zappa’s best known and beloved compositions, from his early psychedelic rock beginnings to his avant-garde experimentation, jazz-rock explorations, symphonic suites and satirical send-ups, compiling them into one easily digestible collection and offering key entryways into the many musical worlds of the visionary musician. Available on CD and digitally, with vinyl to come at a later date, the album is divided into three courses – Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts – and the food-centric theme oozes throughout the album art, which features Zappa in a diner on the cover, a track list that resembles a menu and some of Zappa’s favorite eats. The 18 compositions that make up ZAPPAtite were compiled by Zappa’s son Ahmet Zappa and encyclopedic Zappa archivist, “Vaultmeister” Joe Travers. “This isn’t a greatest hits album as Frank didn’t really have ‘hits,’ per se, nor is it a ‘best of’ since that would be an impossibility to fit so much awesome onto one disc,” says Ahmet Zappa. “It’s a veritable smorgasbord of musicality for the curious and a buffet of favorites for the fans, ZAPPAtite collects a cross section of my favorite songs composed by my dad, that lean more towards the rock side of his expansive repertoire. I hope you're hungry because this meal for your ears rocks!”

Kicking off with the one-two punch of “I’m The Slime” and “Dirty Love” from Zappa’s 1973 watershed Gold album, Over-Nite Sensation, the collection quickly introduces Zappa’s eclecticism and salacious tongue as the songs meld polyrhythmic psychedelic rock and heavy funk with his trademark innuendo-filled lyrics. From there, the album travels through Zappa’s sprawling musical universe, highlighting vital songs and important eras of his career. The Appetizers portion also includes the GRAMMY® -nominated disco satire "Dancin' Fool” and the controversial European smash “Bobby Brown Goes Down” from Zappa’s popular 1979 album, Sheik Yerbouti; and “Trouble Every Day” from Zappa’s embryonic rock band the Mothers of Invention’s groundbreaking 1966 debut, Freak Out!. Entrees includes one of Zappa’s best known works, the universally loved instrumental “Peaches En Regalia from his classic 1969 solo sophomore record, Hot Rats; ubiquitous Top 40 hit “Valley Girl,” featuring his then 14-year-old daughter Moon Unit affecting a valley girl “gag-me-with-a-spoon” patois, from 1982’s Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch; to the possible autobiographical track from a parallel dimension “Joe’s Garage” of 1979’s LP of the same name; and the waggish blues rocker “Cosmik Debris” and the humorous “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow,” two standouts from one of Zappa’s most commercial and accessible albums, 1974’s Apostrophe ('). 

Desserts explores Zappa’s musical virtuosity and singular live performances and includes the comedic “Titties & Beer” from the 1978 live album, Zappa In New York; the frenetic Synclavier-fueled “G-Spot Tornado” from 1986’s Jazz From Hell; the anti-drug screed, “Cocaine Decisions” from 1983’s The Man From Utopia; and “Zoot Allures,” the heady instrumental featuring some of Zappa’s electrifying guitar playing, from 1976’s Zoot Allures. The album culminates with a performance of “Strictly Genteel” with the London Symphony Orchestra. The epic, orchestral-rock piece originally served as the grand finale to Zappa’s surrealist 1971 film, “200 Motels.”

"...A full plate of Frank Zappa s tastiest music. Spanning three decades and 18 tracks, this compilation is a sampler platter for the curious and a buffet of favorites for the fans. From 'Trouble Every Day' off the 1966 Freak Out! album to 1987s 'Strictly Genteel' featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, Zappatite cooks up a feast of Frank Zappa s expansive work. Get a big helping of Frank Zappa on Zappatite."

Disc 1 Highlights From Saturday Night Live 1976 and the Palladium 1977.
1. Peaches En Regalia
2. Dancin Fool
3. St Alphonso’s Pancake Breakfast
4. Intro (Flakes)
5. Sanber dino
6. Tryin To Grow A Chin
7. City Of Tiny Lites
8. The Squirm
9. Big Leg Emma
10. Audience Participation
11. The Black Page #2
12. Jones Crusher
13. Camarillo Brillo
14. Black Napkins

Disc 2 Highlights From the Ritz Theatre 1981. 
1. Treacherous Cretins
2. Montana
3. Easy Meat
4. You Are What You Is
5. Mudd Club
6. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
7. Drowning Witch
8. Stevie’s Spanking
9. Tryin To Grow A Chin
10. Zoot Allures
11. Whipping Post
12. Watermelon In Easter Hay

This amazing two disc set chronicles the genius of Frank Zappa as a world class writer and performer. This is the classic line up featuring the band which recorded the legendary Live In New York album, performing an array of the eclectic hits which made Zappa a cult superstar. This powerful collection of rare and previously unreleased broadcasts by Zappa includes numbers from the famous Saturday Night Live slot in December 1976 and the highlights of two separate concerts in 1977 and 1981, as performed live for FM radio from the New York Palladium and the Ritz theatre.

All performances were live to air without a safety net and form essential listening for every Zappa fan.

Triple record set containing all three volumes of the "Toxic Shock" trilogy, which were also made available unofficially as separate single LPs (as "The Drowning Witch," "Standing Room Only...Arf!," and "Clownz On Velvet").

Assault on New York - The Toxic Shock Trilogy (3-LP box)
Drowning Witch (Toxic Shock Part I) (LP)
Standing Room Only ... Arf! (Toxic Shock Part II) (LP)
Clownz on Velvet (Toxic Shock Part III) (LP)

* The Palladium, New York, 31-Oct-1981 (late show)
* The Ritz, New York, 17-Nov-1981

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

1. Bamboozled by Love
2. Stevie's Spanking [DUB ROOM SPECIAL version]
3. Cocaine Decisions [different edit of the DUB ROOM SPECIAL version]
4. Nig Biz [DUB ROOM SPECIAL version]

5. Drowning Witch [listed as "The Drowning Witch"]
6. What's New in Baltimore? [not listed]
7. Moggio [not listed]

8. Easy Meat
9. The Mudd Club
10. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
11. Dumb All Over [part 1, not listed]

12. Dumb All Over [part 2, not listed]
13. Heavenly Bank Account
14. Suicide Chump
15. Jumbo, Go Away

16. "While I Tune My Guitar"
17. Zoot Allures
18. Clownz on Velvet [with Al DiMeola]

19 Strictly Genteel
20. This is My Story [Forrest/Levy]
21. Whipping Post [Allman] [reggae version]
22. Watermelon in Easter Hay

According to the cover, side 1 is from the Palladium, and sides 2-6 are from the Ritz. (When Guitar Player Magazine conducted a poll in the early 1990s, the Ritz concert was voted "BEST CONCERT BY ANYONE, ANYWHERE, EVER".) A more comprehensive Ritz concert issue was Zappa in New York 81.

* Tracks 2-4 have been officially released on the DUB ROOM SPECIAL video, with track 3 slightly edited. Between tracks 1-2 on this album you can hear the beginning and end of the second movement of "Sinister Footwear", which was played but edited out, and after track 4 you can hear the start of "Doreen".
* The entire first guitar solo in "Drowning Witch" on Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch is taken from this recording, but this is a different, edited version.
* Tracks 11 and 12 are not listed on the album cover, which instead lists track 10 as being split over the side break, but the listing above is correct.
* Track 20 was originally recorded by Gene & Eunice, with Johnny's Combo (Johnny was Johnny Otis, inspiration for Zappa's moustache) on the Alladin label (3282) on 17-Feb-1955, and peaked at #8 on the R&B chart on 21-May-1955.
* Tracks 20-21 also appear on Apocrypha.
* Track 16 is a short solo by Tommy Mars, while Zappa tunes his guitar.
* Special guest Al DiMeola plays a solo on "Clownz on Velvet". (Zappa didn't play with him, because they couldn't hook up enough guitars.) Some people refuse to believe that it's the real Al DiMeola, but it is.

Drowning Witch (Toxic Shock Part I) has a yellow xerox paper glued to a white cardboard cover. It is simply a pretty ugly drawing of Zappa, backed by the letters ZAPPA, plus title, track list, venues and dates. The record labels say "Magpie Records & Ozz-Good Productions present: THE RAMBLERS".

Many of the boxes included a bonus 7" single containing:

Side 1. Envelopes [17-Nov-1981]
Side 2. Black Napkins [31-Oct-1981]

Also, the 3 LPs have been issued in one single sleeve with a xerox insert. The insert has pictures of the three album covers and an overview of the set (written by a non-bootlegger).

Para finalizar, mais um bootleg do DARIUS:

This has got to be one of the finest sounding shows ever to circulate and this version delivers an astonishing upgrade to all known previous versions of this excellent show. All thanks to the tape contribution provided by fzmoi69, which was diligently transferred via NAK DR-1 by doctorzap then made available in the Shoebox. If you have heard this show from any other known source, then be prepared to experience an absolute jaw dropping experience. It captures FZ & The Mothers Of Invention during their final North American Tour in 1973 with superb clarity and amazingly detailed stereo separation. Speed correction advice by flambay." 

Armadillo World Headquarters Music Hall: The Armadillo World Headquarters (usually called simply The 'Dillo) was a music hall and entertainment center in Austin, Texas, United States from 1970 to 1980.

In 1970, Austin's flagship rock music venue, the Vulcan Gas Company, closed, leaving the city's nascent live music scene without an incubator. One night, Eddie Wilson, manager of the local group Shiva's Headband, stepped outside a nightclub where the band was playing and noticed an old, abandoned National Guard armory. Wilson found an unlocked garage door on the building and was able to view the cavernous interior using the headlights of his automobile. He had a desire to continue the legacy of the Vulcan Gas Company, and was inspired by what he saw in the armory to create a new music hall in the derelict structure. The armory was estimated to have been built in 1948, but no records of its construction could be located. The building was ugly, uncomfortable, and had poor acoustics, but offered cheap rent and a central location. Posters for the venue usually noted the address as 525½ Barton Springs Road (Rear), behind the Skating Palace (approximate coordinates 30.258 -97.750).

The name for the Armadillo was inspired by the use of armadillos as a symbol in the artwork of Jim Franklin, a local poster artist, and from the building itself. In choosing the mascot for the new venture, Wilson and his partners wanted an "armored" animal since the building was an old armory. The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) was chosen because of its hard shell that looks like armor, its history as a survivor (virtually unchanged for 50 million years), and its near-ubiquity in central Texas. Wilson also believed the building looked like it had been some type of headquarters at one time. He initially proposed "International Headquarters" but in the end it became "World Headquarters."

In founding the Armadillo, Wilson was assisted by Franklin, Mike Tolleson, an entertainment attorney, Bobby Hedderman from the Vulcan Gas Company and Hank Alrich. Funding for the venture was initially provided by Shiva's Headband founder, Spencer Perskin, and Mad Dog, Inc. an Austin literati group.

The Armadillo World Headquarters officially opened on August 7, 1970 with Shiva's Headband, the Hub City Movers, and Whistler performing. The hall held about 1,500 patrons, but chairs were limited, so most patrons sat on the floor on sections of carpet that had been pieced together.

The Armadillo caught on quickly with the hippie culture of Austin because admission was inexpensive and the hall tolerated marijuana use. Even though illicit drug use was flagrant, the Armadillo was never raided. Anecdotes suggest the police were worried about having to bust their fellow officers as well as local and state politicians.

Soon, the Armadillo started receiving publicity in national magazines such as Rolling Stone. Time magazine wrote that the Armadillo was to the Austin music scene what The Fillmore had been to the emergence of rock music in the 1960s. The clientele became a mixture of hippies, cowboys, and businessmen who stopped by to have lunch and a beer and listen to live music. At its peak, the amount of Lone Star draft beer sold by the Armadillo was second only to the Houston Astrodome. The Neiman-Marcus department store even offered a line of Armadillo-branded products.

The unique blend of country and rock music performed at the hall became known by the terms "The Austin Sound," "Redneck Rock," progressive country or "Cosmic Cowboy." Artists that almost single handedly defined this particular genre and sound were Michael Martin Murphy, Jerry Jeff Walker and The Lost Gonzo Band. Many upcoming and established acts such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and ZZ Top played the Armadillo. Freddie King, Frank Zappa, and Commander Cody all recorded live albums there. Bruce Springsteen played five shows during 1974. The Australian band AC/DC played their first American show at the Armadillo with Canadian band Moxy in July 1977.

The Clash played live at The Armadillo with Joe Ely on October 4, 1979 (a photo from that show appears on the band's London Calling album). The show was so successful that Joe Ely and The Clash teamed up for a 1980 U.S. tour.

Despite its successes, the Armadillo always struggled financially. The addition of the Armadillo Beer Garden in 1972 and the subsequent establishment of food service were both bids to generate positive cash flow. However, the financial difficulties continued. In an interview for the 2010 book Weird City, Eddie Wilson remarked:

"People don’t remember this part: the months and months of drudgery. People talk about the Armadillo like it was a huge success, but there were months where hardly anyone showed up. After the first night when no one really came I ended up crying myself to sleep up on stage."

With the success of the Armadillo and Austin's burgeoning music scene, KLRN (now KLRU), the local PBS television affiliate, created Austin City Limits, a program showcasing popular local, regional, and national music acts.

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar began in 1976 at the Armadillo, and is still held annually during the Christmas season. The Bazaar was another attempt to improve cash flow for the hall. When the Armadillo closed, the Bazaar first moved to Cherry Creek Plaza (1981–1983), and then on to the Austin Opry House (1984–1994). In 1995, the Bazaar settled at the Austin Music Hall for twelve years. Due to remodeling of the Austin Music Hall, the Bazaar had to move its 2007 show to the Austin Convention Center. The Bazaar has become one of the top-ranked arts and crafts shows in the nation with a long waiting list of artisans who wish to show their work.

On August 19, 2006, the City of Austin dedicated a commemorative plaque at the site where the Armadillo once stood. Co-founder Eddie Wilson was on hand and stated:

"It is still on the lips and minds of a lot of people 26 years after it closed. This is noteworthy for me because of the zero-tolerance mentality, and now the city erected a memorial that glorifies the things of the past that are not accepted today."

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention 
Armadillo World Headquarters 
Austin, TX 1973 10 26

✪ Frank Zappa
✪ Napoleon Murphy Brock 
✪ Tom Fowler 
✪ George Duke 
✪ Ruth Underwood 
✪ Bruce Fowler 
✪ Ralph Humphrey Chester Thompson 

01. Cosmik Debris (06:59) 
02. Inca Roads (10:29) 
03. Pygmy Twylyte (4:56) 
04. The Idiot Bastard Son (2:15) 
05. Cheepnis (3:38) 
06. Big Swifty (9:25) 
07. San Clemente Magnetic Deviation Preamble (1:26) 
08. Dickie’s Such An Asshole (world premiere) (8:41) 
09. Farther Oblivion (14:41) 
10. Encore Tune Up (1:41) 
11. Mr Green Genes Medley (16:07)

Medley includes: Son Of Mr. Green Genes, King Kong, Chunga’s Revenge, Mr. Green Genes & Dickie’s Such An Asshole reprise 




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