Frank Zappa - 1981 Toxic Shock Trilogy (3 discs)

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

Issued as a 3-LP box and three separate records (Standing Room Only ... Arf! issued in two variant covers - some subtitled plainly "Standing Room Only"). Drowning Witch re-issued with 'Tis the Season to be Jelly as Thigh.

Length: 3x~45 min?
Sound quality: FM radio A-
Label: Magpie Records MGP 3001-3003

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).

Frank Zappa - (1977-10-31) - (The Palladium, New York), Jones Crusher!, Zurkon Music, Donna U Wanna, Invocations, Tiny Nightmares, Special Halloween

Jones Crusher!
Zurkon Music
Donna You Wanna Download
 All covers include

Zurkon Music (LP/CD)
Donna U Wanna (CD)
Invocations (CD)
Jones Crusher (CD)
Tiny Nightmares (2 LP)
Special Halloween Issue (CD)

* 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.
* Re-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.
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.

Frank Zappa - 1978.02.15, Deutschlandhalle, Berlin

Disc 1 | Disc 2

Berlin - Deutschlandhalle 15.2.78 Part 1 (CD) 66.0 Mb - 71:56 Min 
Berlin - Deutschlandhalle 15.2.78 Part 2 (CD) 70.8 Mb - 77:16 Min *
 Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, 15-Feb-1978 - A/A+ 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. Informations by Lukpac (

Frank Zappa - 1982 - Chalk Pie

Chalk Pie Unique material: lots Chalk Pie was the name of a live album planned for release in 1982. The track list was:  
1. Drowning Witch 
  2. Envelopes  
3. Teen-Age Prostitute  
4. The Dangerous Kitchen  
5. Chalk Pie 
6. We're Turning Again 
7. Alien Orifice  
8. The Jazz Discharge Party Hats  
9. "The Torture Never Stops" guitar solo (title unknown)  
10. What's New in Baltimore?  
11. Moggio  
12. "The Black Page #2" guitar solo (title unknown)  
13. Clownz on Velvet  
14. Frogs with Dirty Little Lips  
JWB provides a track-by-track walkthrough: Tracks 1-3 are identical versions and edits as side two of Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch, except they are mixed much differently.  
1. "Drowning Witch" - Live with studio overdubs. The group vocal section is from Santa Monica Dec-11-1981 (early show), Zappa's vocal secion is from Chicago 27-Nov-1981 (late show), the first guitar solo from the Ritz 17-Nov-1981, and the first third or so of the second solo is from Chicago 27-Nov-1981 (late show) again. The rest of the song is unknown. It all contains studio overdubs, some of which render the basic tracks almost unrecognizable.  
2. "Envelopes" - Live with studio overdubs. location unknown. Same version as on Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch. 
3. "Teen-Age Prostitute" - Live at Santa Monica 11-Dec-1981 (early show) with studio overdubs. All vocals appear in this mix; many were mixed out in Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch, where the lead guitar was also brought forward. Same version as on Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch. 
4. "The Dangerous Kitchen" - Live at Armadillo in Austin, Texas 16-Oct-1980. Same version as on The Man from Utopia original LP but mixed differently.  
5. "Chalk Pie" - Live in Salt Lake City 7-Dec-1981. Same as on Guitar, but mixed slightly differently.  
6. "We're Turning Again" - live in Santa Monica 11-Dec-1981 (early show) and Salt Lake City
7-Dec-1981. Unreleased version. Frank makes hilarious references to Journey, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, and Styx at the end of the song.  
7. "Alien Orifice" - Live in Salt Lake City 7-Dec-1981. Unreleased version.  
8. "The Jazz Discharge Party Hats" - Live in Carbondale, Illinois, 15-Nov-1980. Appears to be the same mix on The Man from Utopia original LP.  
9. "The Torture Never Stops" guitar solo (title unknown) - Live in 1980. Unreleased.  
10. "What's New In Baltimore?" - Seems to be live with studio overdubs, location unknown. Same version as on Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention, but the guitar solo is longer (full & unedited) and the mix is much different with less studio overdubs. [The guitar solo certainly is from Maryland November 15 1981 (late show), or must be, since it's the same as the album version, so I guess it's reasonable that the whole performance is from that show - Milhouse Guidry]  
11. "Moggio" - Live in Chicago #2 11/27/81 with studio overdubs. Same version as on The Man from Utopia, but mixed differently. [Just a clarification ... it is mixed much more like the original LP mix than any other mix. So at least we know that the lead-guitar-prominence idea was there early, and only later did he decide to change it. - David Goodwin]  
12. "The Black Page #2" guitar solo (title unknown) - Live in San Diego 12-Dec-1981 (early show). Unreleased. Might have been titled "Them Or Us".  
13. "Clownz on Velvet" - Live at the Ritz 17-Nov-1981. Al DiMeola guests on lead guitar. Unreleased.  
14. "Frogs with Dirty Little Lips" - Live in Santa Monica 11-Dec-1981 (early show) with studio overdubs. Zappa's son Ahmet guests. Unreleased version. Could have been used as the basic tracks for the Them Or Us version, as the studio overdubs appear to correspond with that version. It is a shame that Chalk Pie went unreleased. The continuity is excellent, as well as the track selection. Does anyone know why Frank deleted it? Is it because of Al DiMeloa's dissatisfaction with his "Clownz on Velvet" solo? What a shame. Tracks 13-14 have been bootlegged pretty widely, for example on the bootleg All You Need is Glove. Some people refuse to believe that it's actually Al DiMeola on track 12, but it really is. A bootleg called Chalk Pie only has tracks 5, 6, 12 and 13. The Chalk Pie tapes were leaked to collectors/bootleggers by one of the guys in the band, who shall go nameless, because, you get the idea (yes, I know which guy).

Frank Zappa - 1988.04.27 - Norwegian Rhapsody (Skedsmohallen, Oslo, Norway)

Norwegian Rhapsody Volume 1 (2 LP) (CD & MC?)
Norwegian Rhapsody Volume 2 (CD)
Norwegian Rhapsody (2-CD Box)

* Skedsmohallen, Oslo, Norway, 27-Apr-1988

The entire production run of Volume 2 seems to have been confiscated by the police. However, RXZ Records put out a 2-CD box later with both volumes.

Sound quality: audience A-
Label: Todeskuss / Ultraschall / "Barking Pumpkin"/PAX Records
Catalogue numbers on the LP cover: LP 20789-8, MC 120789-8, CD 220789-8 (maybe there were a cassette and a CD)
Another number that's also on the LP cover: 4002583105819
Matrix: ZP1/ZP2/ZP3/ZP4
CD box label: RXZ Records 311-312/A

Musicians (1988 band): Frank Zappa, Mike Keneally, Ike Willis, Bobby Martin, Scott Thunes, Chad Wackerman, Ed Mann, Kurt McGettrick, Bruce Fowler, Walt Fowler, Albert Wing and Paul Carman, plus "Gunn Janne" - credited on the back cover as "guest vocalist on the audience participation time"

1. Stink-Foot (08:15)
2. I Ain't Got No Heart (01:55)
3. Love of My Life (02:15)
4. Packard Goose (02:29) [incorporating the Royal March theme from Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat" and a theme from Béla Bartók's third piano concerto]
5. Alien Orifice (09:25)

6. Sharleena (07:20)
7. Let's Make the Water Turn Black / Harry, You're a Beast / The Orange County Lumber Truck / Oh No / Theme from Lumpy Gravy (10:20)
8. Advance Romance (06:40)

9. Bobby Brown (02:15)
10. Keep It Greasey (03:25)
11. The Torture Never Stops [including "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" and "Theme from BONANZA" (by Ray Evans / Jay Livingston)] (19:15)

12. The Texas Motel Medley (09:30) ["Norwegian Jim" (02:30), "Louisiana Hooker with Herpes" (03:45), and "Texas Motel" (03:15) - "Norwegian Wood", "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Strawberry Fields Forever", by Lennon/McCartney/Zappa]
13. City of Tiny Lites (06:40)
14. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus (09:48) [including "Make a Sex Noise"]

* Track 1 has a spoken intro where Zappa announces the "audience participation time", which is "Make a Sex Noise", included in track 14, and a band introduction outro.
* Track 9 is slightly edited: the first nine seconds have been cut out - a bad edit, because what was cut out was the band singing "ooh, Fornebu-uuu" (in the manner of "ooh, we sure do" on Stage #6). On the record, the track instead begins with "Hey there, people, I'm Bobby Brown". (Fornebu, a Norwegian airport, was a secret word that night.)
* Track 13 is heavily edited: some one and a half minutes have been edited out - the end of the guitar solo and the beginning of the last verse, after the solo.
* Track 14 ends with the first few bars of "Stairway to Heaven".

The front cover is dark blue/lilac with the title set in white, and Zappa's face in blue and pink. The back cover has a black & white negative picture of Zappa's face, and it too has the title in white, on a blue background, plus a track list that is almost correct. It also lists the musicians, location and date, secret words ("schauschesch" (bodyguard John Smothers' pronunciation of "sausage") and "Fornebu" (an Oslo airport)) plus, in an attempt to masquerade as an official album, the following information:

For mail order and info write to
Box 5418
North Hollywood

U.S.A.: 18187867546
U.K.: 017342434

Frank Zappa - producer
Bob Stone - engineer
Harry Andronis - engineer
Dwayne Taylor - road manager
Bob Rice - synclavier
Bernie Grundman - mastering
UMRK - remote studio

LP 20789-8
MC 120789-8
CD 220789-8


Composed and produced by Frank Zappa, exept "The Texas Motel Medley" words by F.Z., music by Lennon/McCartney.
All compositions published worldwide by Munchkin Music ASCAP.
(C)+(P) 1990 Barking Pumpkin / PAX Records.
All rights reserved.

It's a very professional cover, made to look like a legal release. The labels, though, paint a different picture: They're black and blue and say "TODESKUSS", plus:

All rights reserved by ULTRASCHALL
(P)+(C) by ULTRASCHALL REC. Deutscland
6000 Frankfurt/M. - Pötchengasse 51 [there is no Pötchengasse in Frankfurt]
Made in Germany 1988

According to a German bootleg dealer, a Volume 2 was made but the entire production run was confiscated by the police. However, RXZ Records later made a 2-CD box of both volumes. The track listfor Volume 2 is as of yet unknown, but if it includes the rest of the Oslo show, it would have:

* Stairway to Heaven
* Bolero
* Rhymin' Man (world premiere - what a stange place to premiere a song about Jesse Jackson)
* Sofa
* Andy
* Inca Roads
* Strictly Genteel

Informants: Andreas Kerschgens, "U"