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Frank Zappa - The Roxy Performances

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Nearly 8 Hour 7CD Collection includes All Four Public Shows, Invite-Only Soundcheck, Rehearsal and Bolic Stuios Session

43 years ago in December 1973, Frank Zappa played a series of legendary concerts at the famed Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Considered a high-water mark of his career, owing to the incredible, virtuosic performances of himself and his stellar band The Mothers, the five shows – across three nights – included a private invite-only performance/soundcheck/film shoot followed by back-to-back doubleheaders. A few days later, continuing this incredibly prolific week, Zappa brought his band and camera crew to Ike Turner's Bolic Sound in Inglewood for a filmed recording session. In typical Zappa fashion, he recorded it all.

Zappa Records/UMe present The Roxy Performances, a definitive 7CD box set that collects all four public shows from December 9-10, 1973, and the December 8th film shoot/soundcheck, each presented in their entirety for the first time, along with bonus content featuring rarities from a rehearsal, unreleased tracks and highlights from the Bolic Studios recording session. This complete collection, totaling nearly eight hours, documents the Roxy shows as they happened and presents brand new 2016 mixes by Craig Parker Adams from new 96K 24 Bit transfers of the multi-track masters. The set is rounded out with a 48-page booklet that includes photos from the performances, extensive liner notes by Vaultmeister Joe Travers, essays from Zappa family friend, Australian writer Jen Jewel Brown, and American singer/songwriter Dave Alvin, who give their firsthand recollections about the shows, and a selection of archival press reviews.

The Roxy Performances capture Zappa and The Mothers in peak condition as they play to rowdy sold-out crowds in the intimate, just-opened venue in their hometown Los Angeles following the release of Over-Nite Sensation. The extraordinary band was one of Zappa's best with keyboardist George Duke, bassist Tom Fowler, trombonist Bruce Fowler, tenor saxophonist and vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock, percussionist Ruth Underwood and drummers Ralph Humphrey and Chester Thompson all flawlessly in lockstep as Zappa led them through his musically adventurous compositions filled with complicated time signatures and sudden tempo changes.

The material expertly performed across the five shows consisted mostly of songs from 1969 and beyond and included a dizzying array of stylistic diverse tracks from Uncle Meat, Hot Rats, Waka/Jawaka and Over-Nite Sensation. The shows also include a number of live favorites like "Village Of The Sun," "Pygmy Twylyte," "Cheepnis," "Penguin In Bondage," "Echidna's Arf (Of You)," and "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing." Many of these ended up on Roxy & Elsewhere.

Contents:
• Definitive 7CD Box Set totaling nearly eight hours
• Collects all 4 public shows from December 9-10, 1973, and the December 8th film shoot/soundcheck, each presented in their entirety for the first time
• Bonus content featuring rarities from a rehearsal, unreleased tracks and highlights from the Bolic Studios recording session
• Brand new 2016 mixes by Craig Parker Adams from new 96K 24 Bit transfers of the multi-track masters
• 48-page booklet that includes photos from the performances, extensive liner notes by Vaultmeister Joe Travers, essays from Zappa family friend, Australian writer Jen Jewel Brown, and American singer/songwriter Dave Alvin

 

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CD1
12-9-73 Show 1
1. Sunday Show 1 Start 
2. Cosmik Debris 
3. "We're Makin' A Movie"  
4. Pygmy Twylyte 
5. The Idiot Bastard Son  
6. Cheepnis 
7. Hollywood Perverts  
8. Penguin In Bondage  
9. T'Mershi Duween  
10. The Dog Breath Variations  
11. Uncle Meat 
12. RDNZL 
13. Montana 
14. Dupree's Paradise 

CD2
1. Dickie's Such An Asshole 
12-9-73 Show 2
2. Sunday Show 2 Start 
3. Inca Roads 
4. Village Of The Sun 
5. Echidna's Arf (Of You)  
6. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?  
7. Slime Intro 
8. I'm The Slime 
9. Big Swifty 

CD3
1. Tango #1 Intro 
2. Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzmen's Church) 
3. Medley: King Kong  / Chunga's Revenge / Son Of Mr. Green Genes 
12-10-73 Show 1
4. Monday Show 1 Start 
5. Montana 
6. Dupree's Paradise 
7. Cosmik Intro 
8. Cosmik Debris

CD4
1. Bondage Intro 
2. Penguin In Bondage  
3. T'Mershi Duween  
4. The Dog Breath Variations  
5. Uncle Meat 
6. RDNZL 
7. Audience Participation - RDNZL 
8. Pygmy Twylyte 
9. The Idiot Bastard Son 
10. Cheepnis 
11. Dickie's Such An Asshole 
12-10-73 Show 2
12. Monday Show 2 Start 
13. Penguin In Bondage 
14. T'Mershi Duween 
15. The Dog Breath Variations  
16. Uncle Meat 
17. RDNZL 

CD5
1. Village Of The Sun 
2. Echidna's Arf (Of You)  
3. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?  
4. Cheepnis - Percussion 
5. "I Love Monster Movies" 
6. Cheepnis 
7. "Turn The Light Off"/Pamela's Intro  
8. Pygmy Twylyte 
9. The Idiot Bastard Son 
10. Tango #2 Intro 
11. Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzmen's Church) 

CD6
1. Dickie's Such An Asshole 
Bonus Section: 12-10-73 Roxy Rehearsal
2. Big Swifty - In Rehearsal 
3. Village Of The Sun 
4. Farther O'Blivion - In Rehearsal  
5. Pygmy Twylyte 
Unreleased Track
6. That Arrogant Dick Nixon 
12-12-73 Bolic Studios Recording Session
7. Kung Fu - In Session 
8. Kung Fu - with guitar overdub  
9. Tuning and Studio Chatter  
10. Echidna's Arf (Of You) - In Session  
11. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow - In Session  
12. Nanook Rubs It - In Session 
13. St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast - In Session  
14. Father O'Blivion - In Session 
15. Rollo (Be-Bop Version) 

CD7
12-8-73 Sound Check/Film Shoot
1. Saturday Show Start  
2. Pygmy Twylyte/Dummy Up 
3. Pygmy Twylyte - Part II  
4. Echidna's Arf (Of You)  
5. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?  
6. Orgy, Orgy 
7. Penguin In Bondage 
8. T'Mershi Duween 
9. The Dog Breath Variations 
10. Uncle Meat/Show End

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