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Frank Zappa - Halloween 73 4CD

Universal Records

  • $ 8498

Frank Zappa Halloween 73 4CD

Zappa's 1973 Halloween Shows at Chicago's Auditorium Theater Released for the First Time As Four-Disc Costume Box; More Than 4 1/2 Hours of Unreleased Live Performances Spanning Two Full Shows and a Bonus Disc of Rare Rehearsals

Throughout the '70s and '80s, the iconoclastic composer Frank Zappa put on a series of spectacular, now legendary, shows around Halloween each year to celebrate his favorite holiday. Before settling on New York in 1974 to host his annual costume-clad festivities, which would continue until he retired the tradition in 1984, Zappa, fronting an exciting new band, performed two rousing back-to-back Halloween concerts the year prior at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.

Now for the first time ever, Zappa's two complete Halloween shows recorded on October 31, 1973 in Chicago, will be released just in time for Halloween 2019. These completely unreleased live recordings total more than four and a half hours and feature songs from across his prolific catalog, including his then just-released 1973 album Over-Nite Sensation and forthcoming 1974 record Apostrophe, as well as early arrangements of compositions like "Penguin In Bondage," "Dickie's Such An Asshole" and "Village Of The Sun" that would appear on later studio and live albums.

Continuing the Halloween series that the Zappa Family Trust began in 2017 with the acclaimed Halloween 77 releases, Halloween 73 is presented in a specially designed four-disc costume box complete with a FRANKenZAPPA mask and gloves, housed in a display worthy box. Produced by Ahmet Zappa and Vaultmeister Joe Travers, the box set is rounded out with a 40-page booklet featuring detailed liner notes from Travers and Ruth Komanoff Underwood and Ralph Humphrey, Zappa's bandmates who played in the shows, and a wealth of never-before-seen photos from the event.

After Zappa's European tour that ended in September of '73, the ever-restless musician decided to shake up his lineup once again and replaced woodwind and keyboards player Ian Underwood and violinist Jean Luc-Ponty with two new members: Chester Thompson on drums and Napoleon Murphy Brock who supplied vocals, tenor sax and flute. Following a month of rehearsals, the Halloween shows in Chicago marked the second gig for this new lineup. These recordings then represent the first official recording of this new configuration which as Travers writes in the liners, "would become infamous with the shows at The Roxy Theater scheduled for that December in Los Angeles and filmed for all posterity."

Travers adds, "the music is fresh and going through changes, along with incorporating the new funky rhythms of Chester and the dynamic lead vocals of Napoleon. And with the mallets of Ruth Underwood prominently featured in the instrumentation, Bruce Fowler's bionic trombone, Ralph Humphrey's technical wizardry of the drum set, Tom Fowler's command of the bass and the keyboard mastery of George Duke, it's a no-brainer that this line-up would go on to be a favorite among fans. The musicianship and chemistry of the personnel blended so well together with the material Frank was writing. It would prove to be a golden period in the history of Frank Zappa and these Halloween shows are proof."


• 4CD box set
• Zappa's two complete 1973 Halloween shows at Chicago's Auditorium Theater released for the first time
• More than four and a half hours of songs from across his prolific catalog
• Fourth disc dedicated to unreleased rehearsals
• Digitally transferred in 96K/24B from the original analog tapes by Joe Travers in 2019 and mastered and re-mixed by Craig Parker Adams
• Specially designed costume box complete with a FRANKenZAPPA mask and gloves, housed in a display worthy box
• 40-page booklet featuring detailed liner notes from Joe Travers, Ruth Komanoff Underwood & Ralph Humphrey

Frank Zappa Halloween 73 Track Listing:

Disc 1 (Show 1)

1. "Happy Halloween To Each And Every One Of You"
2. Pygmy Twylyte
3. The Idiot Bastard Son
4. Cheepnis
5. "Another Assembly Of Items"
6. The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue
7. Kung Fu
8. Penguin In Bondage
9. T'Mershi Duween
10. The Dog Breath Variations
11. Uncle Meat
13. Village Of The Sun
14. Ecidna's Arf (Of You)
15. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?
16. Montana

Disc 2 (Show 1 Continued)

1. Dupree's Paradise
2. "Almost Up To Date"
3. Dickie's Such An Asshole
(Show 2)
4. "That Greatest Of American Holidays"
5. Cosmik Debris
6. "We're Hurtin' For Tunes"
7. Pygmy Twylyte
8. The Idiot Bastard Son
9. Cheepnis
10. I'm The Slime
11. Big Swifty

Disc 3 (Show 2 Continued)

1. The History Of The San Clemente Magnetic Deviation
2. Dickie's Such An Asshole
3. "Another New Event"
4. Farther O'Blivion – Part 1
5. Father O'Blivion – Part 2
6. "Pervert's Special Holiday"
7. Penguin In Bondage
8. T'Mershi Duween
10. Inca Roads
11. Medley: Son Of Mr. Green Genes/King Kong/Chunga's Revenge

Disc 4 (Bonus Rehearsals 10-20/21-73)

1. The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue (10-21-73)
2. Penguin In Bondage (10-20-73)
3. T'Mershi Duween (10-20-73)
4. Dog Breath (10-20-73)
5. The Dog Breath Variations (10-20-73)
6. Uncle Meat (10-20-73)
7. RDNZL (10-20-73)
8. Magic Fingers (10-21-73)
9. Inca Roads (10-20-73)
10. Father O'Blivion (10-21-73)
11. Cosmik Debris (10-20-73)
12. Big Swifty (10-21-73)

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