Frank Zappa & Jean Luc Ponty - (1973-06-29) - Live at Festival Hall, Melbourne

Ultra-Modern Stringbean (LP/CD)
Mudshark (CD)
Live in Melbourne (CD)
Tiny Nightmares (2 LP)

Festival Hall, Melbourne, 29-Jun-1973
Featured as record 1 (dark blue label) of The History & Collected Improvisations of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (re-issued on CD)
Re-issued as one version of Tiny Nightmares by Impossible Recordworks (IMP 1.13)
Re-issued with Zurkon Music as another version of Tiny Nightmares (2 LP) by Beacon Island Records, Australia (2S726)
Also issued on CD as Mudshark by Three Cool Cats (TCC 049)
Also issued on CD in Germany as Live in Melbourne (Q 10002), with the bar code Q 10002
Length: ~45 min
Sound quality: Audience B+
LP label: ZX 3651
CD label: RXZ Records 301

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Jean-Luc Ponty, George Duke, Ian Underwood, Ruth Underwood, Bruce Fowler, Tom Fowler, Ralph Humphrey and Sal Marquez

1. Uncle Meat (Main Theme) / Uncle Meat Variations ["Excercise 4"?]
2. Dog Breath
3. Uncle Meat (Main Theme)
4. Montana 
5. Fifty-Fifty [instrumental version, not listed]

6. Mudshark
7. Farther Oblivion [listed as "Father O'Blivion"]

The track list on the album is quite wrong; the above should be correct. Track 7 is NOT "Father O'Blivion" but "Farther Oblivion", an officially unreleased number including themes from "Cucamonga" and "The Adventures of Greggary Peccary" as well as the entire "Be-Bop Tango" theme. The Mudshark and Live in Melbourne CDs have another sequencing: they flip the vinyl sides around (and get the track order 6-7-1-2-3-4-5), and the cover track list on Live in Melbourne is half wrong. The Mudshark and Tiny Nightmares covers have five superimposed pictures of Zappa playing guitar (the same picture has also been used on the Shogun Records boots Brest and Thigh); Live in Melbourne has Zappa in funny glasses, making a face.

Frank Zappa - 1968.10.26 - Olympia - París


26-Oct 1968, Olympia, Paris, France, 50 min, SBD, A+ (1st gen)

26-Oct 1968, Olympia, Paris, France

50 min, SBD, A+

1. Improvisations
2. King Kong
3. Plastic People
4. Hungry Freaks Daddy
5. Son Of Mr Green Genes (q: Rite Of Spring)

10 min, FM, A-

From a TV broadcast.

6. The String Quartet, Octandres

== The Mothers Of Invention Nov 1968 - Aug 1969 ==
FZ, Lowell George (up until 23-May 1969), Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, Arthur Dyer Tripp III, Ian Underwood, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Motorhead Sherwood, Buzz Gardner.

Frank Zappa - 1971 - Vitamin Deficiency (Repost)


Vitamin Deficiency (2 LP)

    * The Ahoy, Rotterdam, 27-Nov-1971
    * Santa Monica Civic Center, 21-Aug-1970
    * Studio

    * Re-issue of Poot Face Booogie and Safe Muffinz ("with bonus tracks"?)
    * Re-issued on Rosa Vinyl Records (ZAP 1)
    * Also issued as Vitamin Deficiency (Phoenix Records 44786)

    * Rotterdam musicians: Frank Zappa, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Don Preston, Aynsley Dunbar, Jim Pons, Ian Underwood
    * Santa Monica musicians: Frank Zappa, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Jeff Simmons, Aynsley Dunbar, Ian Underwood and George Duke

Length: ~90 min
Sound quality: Audience B
Label: Singer's Original Double Disks SODD 003

    Disc 1: Poot Face Booogie
    Disc 2: Safe Muffinz

The Phoenix Records version has a deluxe colour cover. There are altogether 3 or 4 variant covers. A version in a plain white cover with plain white labels has also been reported, as well as white labels with printed side numbers and recording info written in pen. One informant described one cover version as a "black and white cover, with blank labels on the record. The cover consists of Frank's face on the front in sketch style and Frank holding a torn umbrella in front of a bulldozer, it looks a little rough in the printing side of things."

    * DO NOT see also: There is also a UK promo CD called No Commercial Potential, from Ryko, 1995, and it seems that there is a vinyl counterfeit of that CD, too.

Poot Face Booogie

Sound quality: Audience B (worse than Live in Amsterdam 1971)
Label: The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label TAKRL 1909

    1. Peaches en Regalia
    2. Tears Began to Fall
    3. She Painted up Her Face / Half a Dozen Provocative Squats / Shove it Right In [tracks 1-3 amount to 12:13]
    4. Who Are the Brain Police? [06:34]
    5. My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama [03:03 or 01:53] / Interview [01:10]
    6. Dog Breath, in the Year of the Plague [02:51]

    7. Once Upon a Time / Sofa
    8. Stick It Out
    9. Divan / Interview [00:25] [tracks 7-9 amount to 21:04 or 21:29]
    10. The Factory: Lightning-Rod Man [02:51] [Lightning-Rod Man version]

(Note: the printed track list doesn't exactly look like the above; the above is corrected and more detailed.) Tracks 5 and 6 are the 1969 single versions (a different edit of track 5 has been released on Stage #5), and tracks 9 & 5 include interview segments of some sort. Track 10 is a 1966 recording of Lowell George & the Factory, produced by and featuring Frank Zappa, officially released on the album Lightning-Rod Man in 1993.

In his book The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play, Ben Watson calls Poot-Face Booogie "an illegal issue of such antiquity (1974) that its cover consisted of inserts in the shrink wrap. It was bought under the impression that it was official." There were issues with black & white paper inserts as well as others in colour covers with various colour inserts and stuff. One such back cover had a reprint of an interview where Zappa talked about how he was framed with making a pornographic audio tape - conspiracy to commit pornography - in the early 1960s. From The Real Frank Zappa Book, page 57:

    By then my Dad had been able to hire a lawyer, who said my only hope was to plead nolo contendere (no contest - or "I'm so broke I can't even buy justice in Cucamonga, so I'll just give a thousand bucks to this lawyer here and keep my fucking mouth shut, hoping you don't give me the death penalty").

From Biffy the Elephant Shrew:

    I recall an interview (reprinted on the back of the Poot Face Booogie bootleg) in which whoever transcribed the interview evidently didn't understand the Latin term and just left it out, so they had Zappa saying, "I pleaded, which means ..."

The/a back cover also had a picture of Mona Lisa with a Zappa moustache.

Safe Muffinz (LP)

    * 21-Aug-1970, Santa Monica Civic Center (not El Monte Legion Stadium, July 1971)

This recording has for a long time been thought to come from the El Monte Legion Stadium, July 1971, but it doesn't - Zappa does say "welcome to the El Monte Legion Stadium", but it's clearly the 1970 band on the record, and the recording has been identified as Santa Monica 21-Aug-1970.

    * Also re-issued with Poot Face Booogie as No Commercial Potential (2 LP)
    * Also re-issued with Poot Face Booogie as Vitamin Deficiency (2 LP)

    Length: ~45 min
    Sound quality: Audience B
    Label: The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label TAKRL 1929

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Jeff Simmons, Aynsley Dunbar, Ian Underwood and George Duke

    1. Call Any Vegetable
    2. The Air
    3. Dog Breath
    4. Mother People
    5. You Didn't Try to Call Me
    6. Would You Go All the Way?
    7. Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink

    8. Road Ladies
    9. What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening
    10. What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?
    11. Bwana Dik
    12. Latex Solar Beef
    13. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy [partial]

    14. Do You Like My New Car?
    15. Happy Together [Bonner/Gordon]
    16. What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?

(The last 3 tracks are on side 2; however, they're not included in all listings, but have been confirmed.)

The 50 original copies were issued with black & white inserts-in-the-shrink-wrap instead of covers - re-issues have colour cardboard covers (first orange, then green) and colour inserts (an orange cover copy with red & white insert has been reported). The front cover is based on the Cal Shenkel poster for the 1971 Pauley
Pavilion concert, and (misleadlingly) says "El Monte Legion Stadium 1971". Originally released in 1974.

This bootleg is archived in the United States Library of Congress! It's true: search for it in their on-line catalogue, they have it! :D (I don't know if there's such a thing as an item being removed from the Library of Congress, but as of April 2000, it was there. Control number 5672537.)
Disconnected Synapses (LP/CD)

Frank Zappa - 2001 - The Steve Vai Archives Vol 2

The Steve Vai Archives

Steve Vai: The Secret Jewel Box (10-CD Box)

Limited edition: 10000 copies
Unique Zappa material: none

This is a box set Steve Vai put together - kind of a big Mystery Disc for Vai fans - and the third disc is called Archives Volume 2 - Original Recordings of Frank Zappa (Light Without Heat Records LWH 1001-2). All from official Zappa releases. The track list, according to Rick Black:

    1. Tell Me You Love Me
    2. Theme From the 3rd Movement of Sinister Footwear
    3. Jumbo, Go Away
    4. Drowning Witch
    5. Envelopes
    6. Teen-Age Prostitute
    7. The Jazz Discharge Party Hats
    8. Ya Hozna
    9. Alien Orifice
    10. Approximate
    11. I'm A Beautiful Guy
    12. Beauty Knows No Pain
    13. What's New In Baltimore
    14. Moggio
    15. RDNZL
    16. Magic Fingers
    17. Strictly Genteel

Track 1 is from Tinsel-Town Rebellion; tracks 2-3 & 11-12 from You Are What You Is; track 4-6 from Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch; track 7 from The Man from Utopia; track 8 from Them Or Us; tracks 9 & 13 from Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention; track 10 from Stage #4; tracks 14-15 from Stage #5; and tracks 16-17 from Stage #6.

Only the first three CDs were released in 2001. The idea is that the next seven will be released later. There will be no Zappa recordings on these discs and future developments will not be followed here.

Additional Informants

    * Patrick David Neve

Frank Zappa - 1988 03 17, St.Patrick's Day, Broome County Arena, Binghamton NY

Disc 1 | Disc 2

Frank Zappa
Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton

Available Bootlegs, concerning Bossk:

The Best Band on Broadway the Hard Way US Tour (2 CD)
Frank Zappa's Best Band (2 CD)
St Patrick's Day (2 CD)

Source: 137 min, A

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


1. The Black Page (New Age Version) Incl. Band Introduction (09:36)
2. Dickie's Such an Ashole (06:15)
3. Stick Together (01:58)
4. My Guitar Wants to Kill Your mama (03:31)
5. Willie the Pimp (02:11)
6. Montana (04:00)
7. City of Tiny Lites (09:49)
8. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus Incl. Make a Sex Noise (18:10)
9. When The Lie's So Big (00:33)
10. Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk (07:19)
11. Florentine Pogen (08:17)
12. Andy (05:31)
13. Inca Roads (10:24)
14. Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up (03:06)
15. Let's Move to Cleveland (07:40)
16. When Irish Eyes are Smiling (00:47)
17. Theme from the Godfather II (00:28) [Nino Rota]
18. Who Needs The Peace Corps ? (03:08)
19. I Left My Heart in San Francisco (01:12) [George Corey Jr & Douglas Cross]
20. Stairway to Heaven (10:10) [Page/Plant]
21. Norwegian Jim (02:57) ["Norwegian Wood", Lennon/McCartney/Zappa]
22. Lousiana Hooker With Herpes (03:23) ["Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", Lennon/McCartney/Zappa]
23. Texas Motel (03:08) ["Strawberry Fields Forever", Lennon/McCartney/Zappa]
24. Sofa (03:06)
25. The Illinois Enema Bandit (07:12)


Frank Zappa's Best Band (also known as St Patrick's Day) has tracks 1-10 on disc one and tracks 11-25 on disc two - all from Binghampton. The cover says "Frank Zappa's Best Band Live at the Broome County Veterans Arena, Binghampton, NY March 17 1988"; the spine says "St Patrick's Day". The front cover has a picture of Zappa in a pink sweater, playing a Stratocaster. Back cover has track list and black & white picture of Zappa's head with a marine cap and a mike. An "inside cover" has a list of musicians and "Notes, Aspects, Lyric Mutations, etc." The inlay lists OSA/BIEM.